Academic Support for All Students: Throughout your medical school
experience, the Office of Student
Affairs should be considered a front-line resource for academic assistance and advising
resources. This will include team-based support in the following areas:
academics, career development and personal well-being.
Year 1-2: Upon matriculation, all students are
assigned an advisor who is also one of their clinical skills coaches. This relationship is meant to support and
encourage students as they embark on their pre-clinical education. The clinical
skills advisor is available to help with the adjustment to medical school,
career exploration and mentorship.
Year 3-4: Upon entering the clinical phase of
the curriculum, the clinical skills team transfers primary advising
responsibilities to the advanced career advisors (ACA). The ACAs help students
with their pathway to residency and identification of specialty advisors. They
are also available to assist students in the selection of electives and design
of the fourth year schedule.
in identifying and improving study and test-taking strategies
- peer-assisted learning (tutoring and mentoring
referral to academic
Director of Learning Strategies
related to course content
of Career Advising
- advice related to career planning including CV & personal statement
help, MSPE letter preparation, ERAS, and NRMP guidance.
Academic advising refers to support offered to all of our students
for sustained success in courses, clerkships, and Step exam preparation. This is supplied in a variety of ways by a host of
faculty and staff as described below.
advice and assistance with your approach to learning and studying, please
make an advising appointment by completing this form.
We are committed to fostering an inclusive and collegial learning environment and
value the contributions students make to the learning process and each
other. As such, we encourage everyone to consider taking part in the WFSM
Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) community in some capacity. If you are interested
in participating, please click on the appropriate box to submit your request.
If you have any difficulties completing the advising form or
tutoring request, please contact, Dr. Stacy Schmauss, Education Specialist overseeing Academic Advising in the
Office of Student Affairs for assistance or further information.
To discuss learning strategies directed at managing
course content, please contact: Dr. Yenya Hu,
Director of Learning Strategies.
Course and clerkship directors are available to review concerns
regarding your approach to courses and clerkships.
Patrick Reynolds, Assistant Dean of Pre-Clinical curriculum is available to
discuss the pre-clinical curriculum and what is expected of students.
Peters, Assistant Dean of the Longitudinal curriculum is available to
discuss the longitudinal curriculum and what is expected of students.
Dr. Kim Askew, Assistant Dean of the Clinical curriculum
is available to discuss the clinical rotations and what is expected of
regarding accommodations for disabilities may be accessed through the Office of Student Records.
Career exploration and planning for residency
application is facilitated through:
- Clinical skills coaches,
- Advanced career advisors (during clinical years),
- Specialty advisors,
- Structured career planning sessions and resources, and
- Interest groups
Clinical Skills Coaches: All year
one and two students are assigned an advisor from their clinical skills
Advanced Career Advisors (ACA): As
students approach the clinical years of medical school, they are provided with
an advisor whose expertise is residency selection and application.
Advanced Career Advisors are
WFSM faculty members. Once established, this advisory relationship exists for
the duration of the residency application and the National Residency Match
processes. The primary goal of this relationship is to provide students
with resources to most effectively obtain a successful residency match.
ACAs provide support via:
- Strategic schedule planning
- Interviewing advice—specific to the specialty of choice
- CV and personal statement review, assistance identifying the noteworthy
characteristics that will be listed in the Medical Student Performance
Evaluation (MSPE) letter
- Offering support through the ranking process by reviewing the
student’s specialty choices
- Matching into residency programs.
Advanced Career Advisors:
Dr. Kristen Hairston/Internal Medicine: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Nancy Rosenthal/Pathology: email@example.com
Dr. Nichole Taylor/Anesthesiology: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Greg Waters/Surgery: email@example.com
Dr. Marcia Wofford/Pediatrics: firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialty advising is a process of partnering faculty with
students to provide insight to specific specialties and assist students in the
clarification of their life/career goals. ACAs can facilitate identification of
AAMC CAREERS IN MEDICINE
AAMC Careers in Medicine (CiM) can help students choose specialties that best
fit their attributes, provide details about more than 120 specialty choices,
and compare qualifications and programs. All US MD students receive free
access to CiM and can sign up by using their AAMC account that was created when
signing up for the MCAT, AMCAS, etc. Get started now: https://www.aamc.org/cim/.