Academic Advising

Academic advising is a multifaceted program “built-in” to the curriculum and designed to advance students on the path to graduation and residency successfully. This longitudinal program includes the House Advising Program, individual advising sessions, and Bears Prepare Student Affairs ½ Days. Academic Success Counselors are available to help if students need additional academic support.

House Advising Student Mentoring Program

The School of Medicine’s house advising program is designed to enhance the medical school experience and maximize learning opportunities for students while in medical school. The advising program is divided into five “houses,” which include students from each class year and a basic science and physician faculty member who will work with students from M1 orientation through graduation. This close-knit learning community provides a comprehensive mentoring and advising experience and helps students build relationships with their professors and classmates.

Bears Prepare Student Affairs Sessions

Bears Prepare sessions are designed to address topics relevant to medical students during each semester of years I, II, and III. Students will review topics such as maintaining a healthy school-life balance, preparing for STEP exams, and scheduling clinical rotations using the lottery system.

Academic Success Counselors

Academic success counselors offer individual appointments for all students. With a dedicated academic success counselor on each medical school campus, students have the resources and support they need to stay on track throughout their educational journey. These counselors can help with things like:

  • Study skills
  • Organization strategies
  • Time management
  • STEP prep

Meet Our Academic Success Counselors

  • Charon Austin

    Academic Success Counselor


  • Misty Cline

    Academic Success Counselor