Early Academic Referral and Support program (EARS)
The Wake Forest School of Medicine EARS Program is available to assist students in developing the skills
and habits necessary to succeed in all aspects of the WFSM curriculum, as well as to address any specific
deficits experienced by the student. The program can provide academic advice, guidance, and tips for
improving or enhancing study skills, test-taking strategies, and general academic advice.
The EARS Program is designed to serve both students who are struggling, as well as those who may still
be obtaining passing grades, but who feel that their study and learning skills can use improvement or
enhancement in order to maximize success in medical school. Therefore, it exists as a support resource
for any student, regardless of his or her performance in the medical school curriculum.
- Do you feel that your effectiveness as a learner and performance in the curriculum could benefit
from learning new study methods and strategies specific to medical school? EARS is ready to
provide you with tools to help prioritize and maximize your learning in medical school and
- Are you getting by academically, but feeling as though you should be obtaining a higher level of
success than you are? EARS wants to hear from you and provide you with tips and tricks for
optimizing your medical school performance.
- Have you failed to meet a required benchmark for passing in either a pre-clinical course or
clerkship endeavor? EARS is here to listen and help to get you back on track.
First line resources who can help identify problems contributing to suboptimal performance include the
Course Director(s), Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the Director for Student Affairs. Through the
initial assessment of the student’s challenges and needs, a system is developed together with the student to
best serve his/her needs. There are 4 ways (listed below) in which EARS can assist the student. Depending
on the student’s needs, either one or several of these tools can be used:
1. Creating a personal action plan involving only the student, while the faculty can provide supervision, guidance and assessment of the progress.
2. Peer tutoring
3. Faculty tutoring
4. Referral to the Wake Forest Learning Assistance Center (WF LAC)
The Office of Student Affairs offers peer tutoring through the EARS Program and facilitates the pairing of
students with peer mentors.
The number and specialty of tutors will continuously change based on need. If you are interested in becoming a tutor or are in need of this service, please contact the Director of OSA and EARS: Dr. Bernard Roper.