The mission of the Office for Student Affairs is to promote student success and well-being by providing support, mentorship, and guidance on all aspects of student life throughout medical school and in planning of next career phases. We do this by offering a range of services:
- A comprehensive system of advising
- Support for academic needs
- Programming pertaining to professional development, career planning, specialty selection, and applying for a residency
- Connections to school and institutional services and departments
We are committed to several priorities.
- Advocating for your needs, both individual and collective student body
- Respecting your individuality and that of every student
- Listening to concerns and partnering on solutions
- Being available, accessible, and responsive
- Being accurate and current with our programming and advising
- Remaining transparent and fair about our policies and expectations
- Protecting confidentiality
- Fostering a diverse and inclusive environment
Advising and Counseling
Our student advisory services begin during orientation and continue throughout all years of school. We encourage you to communicate with faculty advisors whenever questions or problems arise. The Office for Student Affairs can help facilitate advisors who will meet specific academic needs. Mentors for research projects and community projects offer personal, enthusiastic support. You can develop close relationships with faculty members during your first two years of medical school and the deans are also available to discuss personal or academic issues. In addition, we offer strong support services for academic remediation, counseling, and health.
Each clinical department has designated a specific individual to give you advice regarding that discipline. Among other things, this individual can facilitate departmental letters of support for residency programs. The department chairs support the residency application process and are available to speak with you for a residency in their discipline. It is important that advisors and advisees develop meaningful relationships based on mutual respect.
We encourage you to meet with clinicians, scientists, and teachers to discuss career opportunities. Career interest groups in family practice, geriatrics, internal medicine, and pediatrics offer students a spectrum of role models to choose from. Our extensive electives program is designed to introduce you to physicians and surgeons practicing within a variety of settings.
Each year, the Office for Student Affairs coordinates a series of Career Night Seminars where department chairs and residency program advisors discuss career opportunities in their fields. As a third-year student, you attend an all-day off-campus retreat in the spring, designed to further explore possible career choices and residency opportunities. In addition, student groups sponsor a residency fair once every year where a variety of residency programs come to share information about their educational curricula.
Office of the Student Ombudsperson
The Office of Student Ombudsperson is available to any medical student to give counsel and feedback around academic, career, or personal concerns. They are also available to discuss informally any situation students have encountered around harassment, discrimination or other unfair treatment, interpersonal disputes in need of a neutral third party, uncertainty about or unfair application of a policy, or knowledge of misconduct. This Office is a confidential resource for students except in cases where legal action is needed (e.g., unlawful discrimination or harassment, assault/harm to student or patient). The Office serves as the student’s advocate in situations where the student will need to file a formal report with the Harassment Grievance Committee or the police.
There are two Medical Student Ombudspersons:
Student Affairs is a central resource of information and partners closely with these campus organizations: