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Advisory Program Overview
Role of the Peer Mentor
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Advisory Program Overview

All first-year students will be assigned to an Advisory Group for their preclinical years. Students are placed in core groups by society. Each Year 1 Advisory Group will have assigned Upper-class Student Peer Mentors, including a second-year student and two third- or fourth-year students. Peer Mentors are assigned by society. Scheduled Mandatory Advisory group meetings will occur multiple times each year and will have varying formats, including large group presentations, individual Advisory small-group meetings with Peer Mentors, and/or combination meetings with both large-group and small-group Advisory components. Additionally, students are encouraged to meet and/or communicate individually with their Peer Mentors as needed.

During Year 2, students will continue to meet in the Advisory groups established/assigned during their first year. Specifically, students are expected to attend and contribute to all scheduled mandatory Year 2 Advisory group meetings, including both large-group Advisory presentations and small-group Advisory discussions led by Peer Mentors.

During Years 3 and 4, Pathway Directors serve as academic advisors for students (See description of Pathway Advisory System).

Role of Peer Mentors

The role of a peer mentor is to provide the student advisee with a student’s perspective on such things as study strategies, resources, maintaining a healthy lifestyle and providing a glimpse into the years ahead with respect to the clinical years and choosing a specialty. The peer mentor should also be a source of reliable information and assist students in finding appropriate campus resources. The peer mentor needs to be available to participate in all scheduled advisory group meetings and provide individual mentoring as needed. 

How is this role different from the Bigs?
1) Students are selected
2) Training is provided
3) It is a more formal program
4) Less social and personal
5) It is a commitment. If a peer mentor does not fulfill their commitment, they will no longer remain a peer mentor

Peer Mentor Advising Tips

•It is important to respond to your student advisees promptly should they contact you for information.
•You should provide advice based on experiences and facts…. not hearsay.
• When advising, please be sure to state the information given is of your own opinion.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying to become a Peer Mentor, you will need to complete an on-line application. Contact Marie Hartman or Karen Shulik in the Office of Student Affairs & Career Advising for additional information.

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