Academic Advising Policy

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A medical school has an effective system of academic advising in place for medical students that integrates the efforts of faculty members, course and clerkship directors, and student affairs staff with its counseling and tutorial services and ensures that medical students can obtain academic counseling from individuals who have no role in making assessment or promotion decisions about them.

UTRGV School of Medicine is committed and dedicated to providing quality academic advising and support services to all students. Academic Advising is an ongoing process. Advising involves advisor and advisee working together to facilitate students with a smooth transition to the UTRGV School of Medicine and discussing and developing strategies to ensure progress towards degree completion and overall development. Academic advisors meet with all SOM Students at least twice every semester and follow up with them on an as-needed basis. In particular, advisors meet with students who are at risk, have failed one or more weekly quizzes, a mid-module or final module exam or feel academically challenged.

  • Advisors maintain record of student contacts and data.
  • Academic advisors are also available to assist students in determining and developing their Individualized Educational Plan and time management by the end of the student's first semester.
  • Provides career advising to students.
  • They also work with module directors, faculty, clerkship directors, and the staff of the Office of Student Affairs to facilitate referrals and services to SOM students.
  • Academic advisors do not have a role in student's grading and promotion, and so students are comfortable contacting academic advisors in the Office of Advising and Support Services. 

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