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Services Provided To First and Second Year Medical Students

  • Individual counseling in study skills, test taking and time management is available to all students. Many medical students procrastinate, do not study enough and/or approach learning as rote memorization.  Counseling sessions pertain to learning in first and second year blocks, and preparation for the Step 1 licensing exam. Students self-refer or are referred by faculty or staff.
  • Individual tutoring is available to all students upon recommendation of the Director, a Dean or faculty member. When a tutor is requested, an individual assessment is first made by the Assistant Director or Director as to whether the student has academic difficulties or problems better dealt with by individual counseling. Some obstacles to academic success, which may require remediation, may not be amenable to individual tutoring.
  • Individual exam reviews for MS1 and MS2 students who fail blocks are held by block directors and attended by the Director or Assistant Director. Attending exam reviews provide Academic Development staff insight into what the students are doing which may not be efficacious. Otherwise, the counselors are dependent upon students’ self-reports. The Director or Assistant Director usually hold follow-up discussions of the exam review with the student and with the block director.