The Office of Student Affairs and Career Counseling (OSACC) serves as one of a number of support services to maximize a student's academic performance. The deans of the OSACC provide individual academic counseling, study skill support, and individualized education plans. Among its services for incoming students, is an orientation program that includes individual learning styles, study strategies, time management and stress management.
The OSACC works closely with the faculty and staff of Jefferson Medical College to ensure that students are provided with the comprehensive academic support needed to meet their goals. Regularly scheduled meetings with the course coordinators and clerkship directors occur to ensure a collaborative effort to assess student progress.
Jefferson students have easy access to a dedicated learning specialist who is available to provide students with comprehensive learning and test-taking assessments. Students looking to optimize their academic performance can receive an assessment of study habits, learning styles, and test-taking abilities and receives individualized advice to improve their study efficiency and test-taking ability.
Clinical Skills Center
The Dorrance H. Hamilton Medical Education Building is the home to a state-of-the art clinical skills and medical simulation center that provides unique opportunities to learn and practice clinical skills through the use of simulation models, standardized patients, videos, and virtual diagnostic and surgical suites. The center is used regularly in the curriculum throughout the four years of medical school. Students have access to the center outside of the curriculum and are encouraged to use it independently to further develop their skills in order to achieve their goals of becoming strong clinicians.
United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
Students receive formal education through didactic sessions conducted by the OSACC, as well as individualized counseling (through meetings with OSACC deans) on the USMLE (aka, "the boards").
Testing Accommodations for Students
Thomas Jefferson University recognizes and respects the implications that Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act has on those students with certain specific learning disabilities who seek appropriate testing accommodations. The Office of Undergraduate Medical Education reviews all requests and makes appropriate recommendations on a case-by-case basis.