The KU Medical Alumni Academic Societies provide the foundation for academic advising throughout a student's first three years in medical school. Student and faculty members of the Societies are paired to establish advising relationships to help guide students through the rigors of Phase I, the transition to clinical medicine, selection of a specialty, and challenges of the interview and match process.
In years 1-3 students are required to meet with their adviser or mentor twice per year; once in each semester. Students should initiate contact with the faculty member. In year 4, students have no required meetings, but are encouraged to seek out their advisers for assistance in the interview and match process.
The successful completion of required meetings must be verified through a process similar to that used for precepting: students will secure the adviser's signature (electronically or otherwise) and upload the signature to JayDocs. Academic and Student Affairs will monitor uploads to ensure all meetings are completed.
The fall semester advising deadline for M1, M2 and M3 students is October 2016.
The spring semester advising deadline for M1, M2 and M3 students is March 2017.
Admitted students are asked to complete a basic survey of their medical interests. The society faculty director uses the survey information as much as possible to match the student to a society faculty member with similar interests who will serve as the student's adviser. Students and advisers are informed of their assignments in the beginning of the academic year.