Welcome to the Washington University School of Medicine
in St. Louis Dis-Orientation Guide!

The official student-produced guide to our school, city, and life in medical school.

The Dis-Orientation (Dis-O) Guide is here for you as you enter medical school. Dis-O serves to introduce you to the ins and outs of life as a medical student at WashU. Each Dis-O Guide is a snapshot in time crafted by the M1 class. If you are curious about perspectives from classes that came before; the Dis-O digital archives contain Dis-O Guides going back nine years.

Before you enter the 2023-2024 guide, our dean of the medical school, associate dean for student affairs, associate dean for admissions, and associate dean for diversity warmly welcome you to Washington University School of Medicine.

All of us (from M1s to M4s, lecturers to thread leads, and all of our staff and deans) want to help you succeed and achieve your goals. We also want your time in medical school to be one of delight as much as it is transformative.