As adults in a professional school, medical students bear the primary responsibility for their success or failure. Academic counseling services are available from the Counseling and Student Development Center.

The College of Medicine also recognizes that students may need assistance from advisors.

There are several goals of the advisory system:

  • To provide students with a faculty member who is familiar with the student's abilities, who can serve as a confidant and advocate for the student;
  • To better inform the student of opportunities that may enhance their medical school education;
  • To assist the student in understanding the guidelines for promotion set by the College of Medicine;
  • To inform the student of campus support services that might aid them in times of their academic or personal difficulty; and
  • To assist the student in the design of senior electives, in support of their residency choice.

M1 & M2 students receive advisors from the basic science and clinical faculty. You are encouraged to meet with your advisor if you encounter academic difficulty prior to the first examination.

Students will receive their first examination grade from their assigned advisor. This is to guarantee contact between the student and advisor. If a student receives an examination grade of marginal or fail on the first examination, the student and his/her advisor will be notified. Students are to meet with their advisor to try and identify specific reasons for the poor performance.

Advisors of students in apparent academic difficulty will meet with the student as needed.
Students who receive a final grade of marginal or fail may be placed "On Review". Those who have failed to meet with their advisor, the Associate Dean for Admissions and Students, or utilize support services (e.g. Academic Success Program), should understand that not availing themselves of support services will be considered in future decisions regarding academic probation and their continued enrollment in the College of Medicine.

We encourage you to seek help from the Associate Dean for Admissions and Students, your advisor, or other campus resources before you find yourself in academic difficulty.

Medical school is challenging, so it is the rule, rather than the exception, to need help at some time. Anxiety, marital or family problems, depression or academic difficulty can affect the best of students. Assistance with these problems can be sought from your advisor, or

M3 & M4 students will be expected to select a clinical curriculum advisor from the clinical faculty. This could be the same advisor who served in years one and two, if this individual was a clinician. It is anticipated that the advisor selected at the mid portion of the junior year will, for many students, represent an individual in the field of the students' residency training interest. The student will meet with the advisor to plan the M4 year. Students can change advisors according to their career interests. Final grades from each rotation will be sent to the student, but not the advisor, unless the student demonstrated marginal or failing performance.

Each department has primary residency advisors who are available to thinking of entering that field. These advisors are knowledgeable about residency programs and strategies for application in that field. Students are permitted to change advisors should their area of interest change or should they find that the original advisor is not meeting their needs.