Last updated on December 2nd, 2021

Student Support in the First Two Years

Student support services during the clinical years are detailed in the .

The Four-Year MD program is academically rigorous and with a demanding class, small group, laboratory, clinical and study schedule. Some students succeed with extended timelines. The SGUSOM is committed to offering all students the support they need to succeed.

Students in Term 1-5 courses have a number of services available to them designed to support learning and to help them succeed in medical school. In addition to the support available through the academic department, support services are also include services offered by the Department of Education Services (DES), Psychological Services Center (PSC) and Student Health Services. The Academic Advising and Development Support (AADS) unit in the Senior Associate Dean of Basic Sciences Office coordinates the advising system for the basic sciences. The SGUSOM utilizes a four-tiered advising system for its students:

  1. College System: Each College is a learning community designed for student support and wellness. Central to the College system is the aim of improving the learning climate to maintain academic performance while mitigating stress, anxiety and depression and augmenting cohesion, a sense of ‘community”, and student satisfaction. Each College is led by a Director of College with the support of the Associate Director of College. The Director provides a leadership contact for every student enrolled in the College and ensures that the membership of the college is aware of all of the support services offered by the College and has timely access and support when required.
  2. Academic Advice: There are full-time academic advisors within the Senior Associate Dean of Basic Sciences Office Academic Advising, Development and Support Division (AADS), which lead and coordinate the Academic Advising Program. A select number of faculty in terms 1-5 assist the full-time academic advisors to provide consistent, current, and specific advice to students. Academic Advising is a key component of the Interactive Team Instruction (ITI) delivery of the Basic Principles of Medicine, (BPM) and Principles of Clinical Medicine, (PCM) courses of the MD Program, via the AADS. The AADS faculty provide advice regarding academic options available to students (e.g., joining the ITI delivery format, taking the Credit Remediation (CR) option), etc. In addition, all teaching faculty in Years 1 and 2 hold weekly office hours for students in the MD program. These advisors also refer students to other service departments.
  3. Learning Strategies Advice: Students in need of learning strategies advice (e.g., time- management skills, study skills, test-taking skills, reading comprehension) may seek help from faculty in Department of Education Services (DES). Students may also be referred to the DES by the AADS, academic advisors, the APRC, or the CAPPS. Learning Strategies advising is a key component of the (ITI) delivery of Years 1 and 2 material.
  4. Wellness Advice: Students who seek counseling for non-academic personal reasons are met by faculty in the Dean of Students office who are skilled in attending to student wellness. Referrals may be made to other campus support services (e.g., Student Health Services, the Psychological Services Center, Student Financial Department).