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Academic Advising

The Office of Student Affairs and Career Counseling (OSACC) at Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) 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.

At SKMC, we pride ourselves on being a warm, supportive and collegial community of learners. The OSACC deans and staff are here to help you be as successful as possible in your medical school careers, as well as in your future career choice.

Each annual meeting that students attend with their assigned Student Affairs dean has specific goals. Many students meet more than once with their dean in the school year. In the first year, students are introduced to the role of the Student Affairs office and are encouraged to turn to their dean for issues and discussion of summer plans. They are also introduced to the AAMC Career in Medicine curriculum. In Year 2, students are encouraged to begin career exploration and to submit theeir CV for review. In Year 3, the deans review their student's CV again and discuss specifics on career choice, including directing the student to meet with the correct specialty advisor. In Year 4, students discuss scheduling electives and sub-internships and are referred to the specialty-specific fourth-year templates on this Web site.