The academy system provides the framework for career, personal, and academic advising at the Medical School. Academies consist of students from all four years of medical school, a full-time director and coordinator, as well as three faculty career advisers. These smaller learning communities provide students with a home base across all four years of their medical education and allows for more meaningful interaction with faculty and other advisers.
Career advising, which is built on the AAMC-based Careers in Medicine Program, begins in Year 1 with a series of specialty-specific panels designed to provide information early in medical training. Career advising continues through Year 2 with a combination of Doctoring Course activities and academy-specific initiatives. In Year 3, students are assigned a faculty member in his or her specialty of interest; this faculty member mentors the student through the residency match process.