Student Advising & Career Development

Office of Student Affairs

The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs is available to assist with your concerns—big or small, personal or professional! Feel free to walk in, email, or schedule an appointment any time.

Learning Communities

All students are assigned to one of five learning communities and provided with four different types of advisors:

  1. Basic Science Advisors:  During the pre-clinical years, students will benefit from the advisement of basic science faculty members. There are two such faculty members assigned to each learning community and student are encouraged to interact with these individuals as needed. There are three formal, one-on-one meetings during the first two years.
  2. Clinical Advisors:  Each learning community has 8-10 clinical faculty members who voluntarily serve as advisors. These faculty members represent different medical specialties and they much enjoy advising students who are interested in their fields. While informal interactions are encouraged, we also have formalized one-on-one advising meetings between these folks and students twice in the third year of medical school.
  3. Student Affairs Liaisons:  There are two Student Affairs professionals assigned to each learning community. Their role is to be an accessible and easy-to-talk-to resource for all students. In addition, they work with student leaders in each community to plan social events and service learning opportunities.
  4. Student Peer Advisors:  Second and third year students are selected each year to serve as advisors for those in the classes following them. Our student peer advisors are trusted and looked to resources for “the real deal.” 

Research Advising

Our College of Graduate Studies is a great resource for medical students hoping to engage in scholarly research projects. Professional staff members and faculty are available to help find a research mentor and to lead you through the process from proposal to completion of your research project.

Career Advising

Career advising begins for students during their first week of medical school and continues throughout their tenure here at Upstate. Career advising programs are built into every stage of the curriculum—pre-clerkship, clerkship, post clinical requirements—to help launch students into residency.

Specialty Advising

Specialty advisors are available to assist you in the residency application process.   Each Specialty Advisor has been selected by their clinical chair as knowledgeable and student-friendly go-to resources!  Check out the list of specialty advisors PDF Icon.

Alumni Advising

Upstate alumni are available to mentor students. If you are looking for a mentor who can advise on your particular interests please contact the Alumni Office.

My Career:  COM

This online resource includes timelines and information on preparing your application, interviewing, match/program data, specialty advising, and class meetings. Check out the My Career: COM webpage.