The primary personnel responsible for oversight of student success are the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs, the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, and the four Directors of Academic Advising (DAAs). All entering M1 students are assigned to a DAA who remains their academic advisor through Phases 1 and 2. Early in Phase 3, primary academic advising transitions to the Career Specialty Track Advisors, thought students’ DAAs are still available for academic advising as needed.
The goals of the advising system include:
- Provision of all medical students with educational resources and advice necessary to enhance their academic and professional experience
- Identification of students at risk for, or who have not been successful in, completing course requirements
- Assessment of issues impacting academic performance for individual students and provision of initial interventions as warranted (e.g., review of study skills or test-taking strategies)
- Referral of individual students to other individuals, groups, or programs for further guidance, support or counseling as warranted
Phase 1: During orientation, students are introduced to the entire academic success team, given an overview of the academic advising program, introduced to their individual assigned academic advisors, and complete a learning inventory. All M1 students have a scheduled appointment with one of four DAAs during the first weeks of medical school to discuss their learning inventory and study plans. Students with concerning performance on any assessment during a block may be asked to meet with the Block Director(s) or DAA and be advised about resources available to them and study strategies. Additionally, the DAAs have access to the CST directors for enhanced career counseling.
Phase 2: During the Acute Care Block, the DAAs present information and resources regarding the transition to learning in the required clinical clerkship environment. They are also available throughout the clerkship as needed.
Phase 3: The DAAs and the CST Directors meet with the students to present information and resources regarding the transition to learning during clinical electives and residency preparation during the Phase 3 Orientation Meeting.
In addition, students have mandatory scheduled meetings with the Associate Dean and/or Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at least once during each academic year. The goal of these meetings is to conduct a review of academic progress, reinforce strategies for approaching critical time periods in the lifecycle of a medical student and provide ongoing career counseling. Their contact information is listed below:
- Wendy Grant, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
- Alan Erickson, MD, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Tutoring is also available throughout the curriculum. Tutors are either M2, M3, or M4 peers assigned based on the level of the tutee and need. Students are identified as needing tutorial assistance by the DAAs/CST directors in their ongoing review of assessment information and counseling sessions. In addition, any student may request the services of a tutor by reaching out to either the Office of Admissions or Student Affairs or their DAA.
Finally, students may receive advising from UNO & UNMC Counseling and Psychological Services Office. The services of this University-wide Office include assessment for and interventions related to, test anxiety, stress management, issues with academic performance, and other professional counseling and at UNO.