The Office of Medical Student Affairs provides a supportive culture that promotes holistic student development and educational life balance. We offer comprehensive programs and services that educate, engage, and empower our students to achieve their personal, educational, and career goals. We aim to do this by providing services and programs in a supportive environment that enhances students' intellectual experience, career planning, fosters a feeling of well-being, stimulates professional development, provides leadership opportunities, and activates students' commitment to diversity.
Educational Affairs focuses on providing academic support and learning resources to enhance medical students’ educational experience and help each student achieve his/her personal and academic goals. SHSU-COM offers a variety of services to our students throughout their four years, which include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Academic consultation and counseling.
- Workshops on time management, learning styles and study strategies, stress management, and test-taking *
- Learning and study strategy assessment.
- Seminars, resources, and individual preparation sessions for licensing exams (COMLEX Levels 1 & 2).
- Screening for learning disabilities, attention difficulties, etc., and referral to Disability Services at SHSU for additional testing and evaluation when appropriate.
- Learning resources and materials.
*Medical students are encouraged to utilize resources offered by the SHSU Student Advising and Mentoring Center (SAM Center) and Academic Success Center (ASC).
The tutoring program assists medical students experiencing academic difficulties in any course in medical school. Students currently enrolled in medical school can be eligible for tutoring. Students may refer themselves or be referred by their course leaders, a faculty member, an advisor, or by members of the Office of the Dean or Educational Affairs.
The SHSU, Early Alert program, created by the SAM Center, is utilized as well. This program provides a system for faculty members who have concerns regarding their students. Once notified via Campus Connect, SHSU-COM Educational Affairs will actively reach out to students to offer services and aid in order to enhance the students’ academic performance. Students are encouraged to be proactive in discussing their needs with any and all of these individuals. Specific tutoring assignments will be made in consultation with the Director of Medical Student Affairs.
Career Counseling, Advising, and Mentoring
Educational Affairs offers medical students a multi-layered system of support comprised of faculty, staff, and peers who provide academic, career, and personal guidance, including the professional development of each individual. Career counseling focuses on giving students the opportunity to explore areas of interest, determine their options, identify potential residency programs, and prepare them to apply for residency and enter the NRMP.
The career counseling, coaching, and mentoring are provided all four years of the degree program through clinical advising, learning community participation, and specific programming by the SHSU-COM Office of the Dean and Faculty Advisors/Mentors. Medical Student Affairs and Clinical Affairs will work with each student to provide resources and assist with determining specialty interests, completing residency applications, and preparing for interviews. Medical Student Affairs and SHSU Career Services will collaborate to provide support for students as they complete their applications for residency and prepare for the interview process. Career counseling, coaching, and mentoring program outcomes such as match rates and residency programs are reviewed by Educational Affairs to determine the quality of the program and resources. Educational Affairs will collect and utilize student feedback to improve and refine career counseling services.
Career counseling is an important part of the medical education process. The goal of SHSU-COM is to provide students with experiences and knowledge of medical practices, such that they can choose the specialty and practice that best suits their interests, talents, and abilities. This goal is accomplished by recruiting students from communities in need of physicians, maintaining mentorship with faculty and physicians from the community, and providing clinical training in communities similar to those from which they came. All students are assigned a clinical faculty mentor. For research, students will also have a faculty mentor in their area of interest.
In order to ensure GME readiness, career counseling will be provided by college faculty. Faculty will review the resources provided by AACOM for medical student career advising. Students will have access to the AAMC Careers in Medicine (CiM) program. SHSU Career Services Career Counselor Liaisons will be available to assist medical school faculty and enhance the career counseling process for SHSU-COM students through the provision of CV critiques, mock interviews, and other career development resources as needed.
All entering first-year students will be assigned to one of four Learning Communities. These flexible, student-centered social and academic homes will be overseen by faculty and staff mentors who will act as advisors, teachers, and career development coaches. The learning communities will foster relationships between students and faculty, provide community service and team-building opportunities, focus on social networking, lifelong learning, peer mentoring, and include medical professionalism, ethics, and work-life balance sessions.