The Medical Student Advisory Program, based on the AAMC Careers in Medicine (CiM) program was launched November 2012 under the auspices of the Office of Student Affairs. The program is designed to assist students in their career development through meetings with Career Advisors who assist them with activities across all four years to promote student growth and professional development as well as direct them to appropriate resources. The Medical Student Advisory Program allows each student to indicate their top three advisor preferences and a computer algorithm then matches the student to an advisor, much like the process used by the NRMP. Each faculty member is assigned at least two medical students with whom they are required to meet no less than once per semester throughout the student’s medical education.
A Medical Student Advisory Program Manual is available for both students and faculty and can be used to guide advisory sessions. The manual includes topics for consideration for each year of medical education and are adapted from CiM. Advisors must electronically document the student encounter using a provided checklist of topics and a free text box for other discussion items. These reports are maintained online such that topics discussed with advisors can be viewed over the course of the student’s medical education. This password-protected electronic system created and maintained by the Assistant Dean for Information Technology affords the Associate Dean for Student Affairs administrative oversight including the ability to monitor the frequency of meetings and reports.
For more information on the AAMC CiM see: https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/cim/