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Academic Advising and Counseling

During the first 18 months, advising is available through the Associate and Assistant Deans (College Deans) in Student Affairs as well as teaching faculty.

During the core clerkships, students select an academic advisor (physician) from a list of faculty in which his/her career interests lie. The decision must be finalized at the end of the core clerkships. Students develop an elective program after consultation with, and subject to the approval by, their College Dean/advisor. The College Dean/advisor is expected to advise about elective choices, career decisions, and residency programs, and to supply perspective about the medical profession in general.

It should be noted, however, that faculty advisors have not been charged with monitoring the academic progress of student advisees. They do not receive their advisee's grades or other evaluation reports with the exception of poor elective evaluations.

Finally, the College Deans meets individually with each student at the beginning of their final year to review their career plans and to write a Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE).


Other Counseling Services/Options

  • Confidential Counseling (CAPS): 924-5556 or 243-5150
  • After Hours Emergency Consultation: 972-7004
  • Student Health Services, such as for Depression, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Adjustment Difficulties
  • Women's Center, which provides confidential services for both men and women located on the Corner at University Avenue and 14th Street (982-2252 or womenctr@virginia.edu
  • UVa Cares, Eating Disorders Task Force
  • Student Advocacy Committee, for issues regarding unprofessional behavior towards or involving medical students
  • Equal Opportunity Office (EOC), for unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct (243-6368 or 924-3200)
  • UVa Sexual Assault Education Coordinator, who provides a private, confidential way to report sexual assault and date violence (982-2774)
  • Reed Psychiatry Care Fund is a private fund administered by the Medical Alumni Association (924-1734) for women medical students in need of outpatient psychiatric care. Confidentiality is strictly maintained.
  • Hoos In Recovery - This association of University undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and alumni in recovery from alcoholism or addiction meets twice monthly (e-mail HoosInRecovery@virginia.edu or go to http://www.virginia.edu/case for the meeting schedule).
  • Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center provides support for sexual and gender students and their allies.

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