Personal and academic student advising occurs within two broad programs: Preclinical Counseling and Career Counseling. However, our overall approach to advising is open, facilitative and flexible. The aim is to link students with faculty who have interest, knowledge and experience to best help students identify and achieve their goals. Thus, students are encouraged to seek out and get to know any faculty members who have relevant information. Our accessible and highly student-friendly faculty welcomes inquiry from and interaction with students.
Support and Counseling for Diversity Students
Based in the Office of Diversity Programs, faculty and students collaborate to create an environment that supports personal achievement and development of students and faculty from diverse backgrounds. Each year’s agenda starts with WUMP & Diversity Retreat course that is attended by all incoming students. Throughout the year, students and faculty organize and coordinate academic, cultural and social activities that promote multicultural awareness and sensitivity, that teach cultural competence and that celebrate diversity.
Academic Societies and Advisory Deans
There are three academic societies, each of which is named for two famous faculty: Lowry-Moore, Erlanger-Graham, and Cori. (There were actually two Coris, Carl and Gerty – both Nobel laureates.) Each incoming student is assigned to an Academic Society. The societies host informal student gatherings, larger-scale activities, and the annual all-three-society-sponsored formal dinner dance called Med Ball.
The Advisory Dean is the assigned advisor to students within that society. The Deans meet 1 on 1 with every 1st and 2nd year student each semester. They also hold small group lunches for their Advising Society Group throughout the year, exploring interests within and beyond medicine.
Each third-year student selects a career faculty adviser who is a specialist in the field in which the student will be seeking a residency appointment. 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.
The Big Sib Program
Each year, second-year class social chairpersons match every incoming student with a second-year student who acts as a Big Sib. The matching is based on items like college attended, home address, extracurricular interests and anything else that the match-makers can identify that first- and second-year students might have in common. The program’s annual kick-off starts with a picnic (hosted by the second-year class) where the sibs get introduced and connected. Throughout the year the sibs share advice, insights, class notes and materials and occasional inspirational treats like homemade cookies or a Starbucks gift card. Sweet!