Support Services

Upstate is proud of its reputation as a supportive academic institution. Everyone here—administrators, faculty, staff and your fellow students—recognizes the demands and pressures of medical school and acts accordingly.

Many support systems are in place so that you can succeed and thrive here, not only academically but emotionally and socially as well.

  • The Office of Academic Support Services offers a variety of services and programs, including workshops, academic counseling and peer tutoring.
  • Visit the Students First Support Services for details on the many offices and functions that exist solely to support students.

Academic Advising

N. Barry Berg, Advisory Dean

N. Barry Berg, PhD
One of the Advisory Deans

Every medical student is assigned to one of seven advisory teams that includes 12 students, an Advisory Dean, a clinician and a senior medical student.

During their first and second years, students are required to meet once each month in a small group session over lunch. Topics can include stress, preparing for residency, studying for Step 1, etc. Students are also encouraged to meet privately with their Advisory Dean as needed.