Student academic advising occurs within two broad programs.
- Advising: First-year students are assigned to academic societies upon matriculation. Each academic society has an Advisory Dean. This advisory dean meets with all 1st and 2nd year students individually in the 1st and 2nd year. In addition, advisory deans will meet with their students in small groups several times throughout the year. Advisory Deans meet and discuss with their students how to succeed in medical school, the opportunities and challenges they may face as a medical student, career paths and how to select among them.
- Career Advisers: As they prepare for their final year of medical school, students have the opportunity to select a career adviser from a list of faculty in the field in which the student plans to seek a residency appointment. The career advisers have responsibility for reviewing the student’s choice for fourth-year electives and making appropriate recommendations for the structure and content of the elective year. In addition, at the beginning of their final year of medical school, students are required to meet with the Assistant Dean for Career Counseling in preparation for writing their Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE or Dean’s Letter). At this meeting and throughout their final year, the assistant dean discusses the student’s long-term educational and career goals, helps choose residency programs that meet these goals, reviews their residency application and personal statement, and supports construction of their program rank list.The Assistant Dean for Career Counseling is also available to students at any point in their medical school career to provide individual counseling in planning for choosing a specialty, as well as the residency application and match process. For more information visit the Career Counseling Office website and the Postgraduate Training section of the Bulletin.
In addition to the advising programs described, students seek informal advising from faculty with whom they have had contact, either through classroom work, research or clerkships. Students also have faculty contact through membership in the academic societies. Many of the specialty specific student interests groups and other student run programs provide opportunities for clinical shadowing and informal advising.