Program Overview

The Advisory Colleges is an advising, career and professional development program which was established in 2008 at the UNC School of Medicine.  The program was developed in order to create an organized and structured system of advising whereby students benefit from the ongoing support and wisdom of experienced faculty, educators and role models of professionalism at our institution.  The goal of this program is to foster a relationship between each student and a faculty member where students  receive guidance and counseling in order to be successful in their endeavor to create their own physician identity.

The Advisory College system provides a pool of diverse and well trained faculty to serve as advisors for medical students.   It promotes relationships which are free from conflicts of interest which might preclude open and honest communication. 

Advisors assist students in many ways:

  • Provide guidance/resources for career goal development - assist students in creating his or her personal physician identity with regards to career choice and professionalism.
  • Provide academic counseling and refer to appropriate resources.
  • Help students in developing a study plan that works with their study styles.
  • Assist students in maximizing their personal and emotional well-being and guiding them to appropriate resources when necessary.
  • Assist students with creating schedules that is conducive to the student’s individual career goal objectives.
  • Act as a liaison/sounding board for students who have experienced mistreatment when the student does not feel comfortable approaching administration or the mistreatment liaison.
  • Serve as an alternative Advisor for their college if a conflict of interest arises.
  • Meet with students to discuss their Medical Student Performance Evaluation or MSPEs, ERAS Application Process, and the Match.
  • Personal Counseling - provide support and resources for students who are encountering challenging personal circumstances (e.g. personal or family member illness, family tragedy, etc.)
  • Refer students to appropriate services for evaluation of learning challenges, behavioral and emotional issues and substance abuse.
  • Work with Clinical Academic Resources Director "CARD" in development of remediation plan for students in the Competency Driven Support Program or CDSP.
  • Review clinical student low performance flags and follow-up as appropriate.
  • Assist students in finding opportunities in research and help identify summer opportunities to further educational interest in areas of interest.
  • Assist students in participating in shadowing opportunities to gain experience in areas of interest.
  • Attend pre-SPC (Student Promotions Committee) meetings with the Associate Dean, Registrar, Educational Resources Coordinator and student to prepare for Student Promotions Committee or SPC review.

Advisors are specialty neutral in their advice regarding career choice in order to objectively assist students in their specialty choice. Advisors receive grade and evaluation information in order to assist students who may be having some academic difficulty in a timely fashion.