Before matriculating into the School of Medicine, students without any prior service experience must attend service-specific orientation programs. Orientation is conducted at the following locations:
- Army: U.S. Army Academy of the Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas
- Navy: Officer Indoctrination School at the Naval Education and Training Center, Newport, Rhode Island
- Air Force: Commissioned Officer Training Course at Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex Montgomery, Alabama
- U.S. Public Health Service: Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, Maryland
Students report to the School of Medicine campus after completing their service-specific orientations. The University brigade orientation begins the first week of August. During this time, the administrative requirements for registering students with the university and local military are completed. Academic orientation begins the third week of August. During this time, students learn about the medical education program.