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                               Advising Overview:

                                       A Team Effort

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.


Year 1-4

Education Specialist

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.

Director of Learning Strategies

  • advice related to course content

Coordination of Career Advising

  • advice related to career planning including CV & personal statement help, MSPE letter preparation, ERAS, and NRMP guidance.

Year 3-4

Academic Curriculum Coordinator

  • scheduling


                               Academic Advising

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. 


Advising Appointments 
For immediate 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. 

 Request Tutor                        Tutor

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. 

Additional resources:

Course and clerkship directors are available to review concerns regarding your approach to courses and clerkships.

Dr. Patrick Reynolds, Assistant Dean of Pre-Clinical curriculum is available to discuss the pre-clinical curriculum and what is expected of students.

Dr. Tim 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 students.

Information regarding accommodations for disabilities may be accessed through the Office of Student Records.


                                  Career Advising 


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 coaching team.  

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:

Dr. Nichole Taylor/Anesthesiology:

Dr. Greg Waters/Surgery:

Dr. Marcia Wofford/Pediatrics:


                             Specialty Advising

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 specialty advisors.


                            Additional Resources:



  • The 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:


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Fax: 336-716-5812


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475 Vine St.  Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Mailing Address:

Office of Student Affairs
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PO Box 573184
Winston Salem, NC 27157

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