Throughout your medical school experience, student affairs should be considered a front-line resource for academic assistance and advising resources. This includes team-based support in academics, career development and personal well-being.
Upon matriculation, all students are assigned an advisor who is also one of their clinical skills coaches. This relationship is meant to support and encourage students as they embark on their pre-clinical education. The clinical skills advisor is available to help with the adjustment to medical school, career exploration and mentorship.
Upon entering the clinical phase of the curriculum, the clinical skills team transfers primary advising responsibilities to the advanced career advisors (ACA). The ACAs help students with their pathway to residency and identification of specialty advisors. They are also available to assist students in the selection of electives and design of the fourth-year schedule.
- Learning strategies: Yenya Hu, MD/PhD, Director of Learning Strategies
- Pre-clinical curriculum and student expectations: Patrick Reynolds, MD, Assistant Dean of Basic Science Education
- Longitudinal curriculum and student expectations: Tim Peters, MD, Assistant Dean of Educational Strategy and Innovation
- Clinical rotations and student expectations: Kim Askew, MD, Assistant Dean of the Clinical Education
Information regarding accommodations for disabilities may be accessed through the Wake Forest University Learning Assistance Center and Disability Services.
Career exploration and planning for residency application is facilitated through:
All year one and two students are assigned an advisor from their clinical skills coaching team.
As students approach the clinical years of medical school, they are provided with an advisor whose expertise is residency selection and application. Advanced career advisors are Wake Forest School of Medicine faculty members. Once established, this advisory relationship exists for the duration of the residency application and the National Residency Match processes. The primary goal of this relationship is to provide students with resources to most effectively obtain a successful residency match.
ACAs provide support via:
- Strategic schedule planning
- Interviewing advice—specific to the specialty of choice.\
- Curriculum vitae and personal statement review, and assistance identifying the noteworthy characteristics that will be listed in the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) letter
- Offering support through the ranking process by reviewing the student’s specialty choices
- Matching into residency programs
Specialty advising is a process of partnering faculty with students to provide insight to specific specialties and assist students in the clarification of their life and career goals. ACAs can facilitate identification of specialty advisors.
AMA FREIDA is an interactive database that provides access to fellowship and residency information.
AAMC Careers in Medicine
The AAMC Careers in Medicine (CiM) can help students choose specialties that best fit their attributes, provide details about more than 120 specialty choices and compare qualifications and programs. All U.S. MD students receive free access to CiM and can sign up by using their AAMC account that was created when signing up for the MCAT, AMCAS, etc. Get started now.