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Welcome Medical Students (2023-24)!


Please note that details are still being finalised for these sessions and further information will be confirmed via email in due course.


You will find below information regarding your first week at Cambridge.

You will receive, by email, a welcome letter detailing your set, and how to access the online timetables. Please check your @cam email account.

The documents below make up the Freshers Pack, which you must read carefully and print off as necessary.


Occupational Health Information 2023

Individual Occupational Health appointments will be running from the beginning of Michaelmas term (see your welcome letter)

For Your Appointment

Please read the information page on the Occupational Health website and print and complete the following forms which you should bring to your appointment:

Map for appointment

It is extremely important that you attend your Occupational Health Appointment, if you realise that your scheduled appointment clashes with a timetabled session then please contact the Occupational Health Service to rearrange, otherwise this appointment should take priority over other society/college commitments, including supervisions.

Signing of the Medical Students Register

You will be asked to formally sign the Medical Student Register and the MSC Database Permission form online via Moodle our VLE, further information will be in your welcome letter.


Student Device Specification (updated 17.08.2023):

The Faculty of Biology has issued minimum specification guidelines for laptops that relates to the materials it provides:

  • Windows: 7, 8.1, 10 and 11 on 64-bit platforms (Note: Support for Windows 7 and 8.1 are discontinued from IEP version 1.14.20)
  • macOS: OS X 10.15 and higher (Note: Minimum requirement is macOS 11 and higher from IEP 1.14.21)
  • OpenGL 2.0 graphics driver
  • CPUs newer than 2011 (Intel Sandy Bridge or newer)
  • Minimum SSE 4.2 in AMD processors and CPU
  • A broadband internet connection (0.15Mbps upload speed)
  • A working internet connection during installation so that the configuration file can be downloaded
  • 75 MB of free storage space per hour
  • Web camera and microphone (internal or external) 

Note: Our Exam Portal, Inspera, does not run on Google Chromebooks, virtual machines, machines running Linux, tablets, or mobile phones.


Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th October 2023

11:00-15:00 Molecules in Medical Science (MiMS) Lab-coat session 

This is a drop-in session occuring from 11:00-15:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Please attend at a time avoiding other course and college commitments.

If you are a Cambridge Graduate Course student (CGC) you should  attend the sessions on the Wednesday, if you are a Standard Course student, you can attend on either Tuesday or Wednesday depending on your other commitments

Molecules in Medical Science (MIMS) flyer (includes directions to venue)


Wednesday 4th October 2023

09:00-13:00 Functional Architecture of the Body (FAB) Induction sessions, Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Downing Site (Map to the Anatomy Building)

Functional Architecture of the Body (FAB) flyer

14:00-15:30 General Medic Induction, Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site (Map to the Babbage LT)

MedST/VetST Induction Programme

15:30-16:00 General Induction for Medics and Vets, Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site (Map to the Babbage LT)

MedST/VetST Induction Programme


Thursday 5th October 2023

14:00-16:00 Academic Induction for Medics and Vets, Babbage Lecture Theatre, New Museums Site (Map to the Babbage LT)

MedST/VetST Induction Programme


You should consult your timetable for lectures after Thursday 5th October but please be aware there is a further introductory session on:

Wednesday 11th October 2023

12:00 Preparing for Patients Introduction session

Preparing for Patients (PfP) flyer 


Date to be announced  

 MedSoc Fresher's Fair.

An exciting opportunity for incoming medics to meet your MedSoc team. Not only can you sign up for our membership (a free t-shirt included!), you can also meet other medical societies (e.g. Medical Humanities society, speciality societies, charity initiatives + many more!) and some of our sponsors (BMA, MDU, MPS). Most importantly, there will be lots of freebies to collect! We are extremely excited to hold this event in person this year. You can check out our Facebook pages through this link: Give them a like to see more information when we post it and to join our freshers chats and your year groups Facebook page as well as a bunch of other exciting stuff!


Further Information


Black Advisory Hub: First Year Induction Programme 2023

The Black Advisory Hub is excited to host this year's First Year Induction programme! This programme was designed in response to student consultation with the BAH student teams and the Access & Participation Plan Participatory Action Research student researchers, who noted that incoming Black students would value an opportunity to network and be informed about Cambridge resources and support services before they arrive at the University. As a result, this induction programme is open to all incoming Black-identifying students, whether undergraduate or postgraduate, domestic or international.


Basic Principles of First Aid

All MedST students will attend a compulsory First Aid Course in Lent term 2024, to gain practical skills to deal with emergencies. The content of the course may include how to deal with the following:

- Recovery position

- BLS with AED

- Choking

- Anaphylactic reaction

- Burns

- How to bandage a wound

- How to apply arm slings

- Haemorrhages 


Travel and Transport

University Map

Travel by Bus

Travel by Bike


Contacting the Faculty Office

You can email us at if you have any questions.