The Office of Medical Education (OME) and the Office of Medical Curriculum mentor students in formats that are tailored to their individual needs and levels.
During orientation, students are placed in mentoring “families” that provide peer support and social interactions. These groups, which include fourth-year students from the Gold Humanism Honor Society, are formed and facilitated by the student-mentorship committee.
Twice a year, student mentoring families come together to dine with community physicians, many of whom are UB medical school alumni. These mandatory gatherings provide students with an opportunity to explore career paths and receive support from physicians practicing in fields of interest to them.
The mentoring directory is provided as a service from the MAA and the medical society of the County of Erie. It provides a list of area physicians who have volunteered to service as medical student mentors.
Students have the option of joining any of the specialty
interest groups run by Polity. These groups give students the
opportunity to attend group dinners, shadow and learn from local
physicians in their specialty of interest. Students also have the
opportunity to take on a leadership role in their group of
In sessions provided by OME, students discover what their learning style is and are taught skills relevant to their style.
Student are also provided with individual guidance as requested or needed and may be referred to on-campus learning specialists or student-led tutoring groups.
Students are introduced to and guided in the use of the Careers in Medicine (CiM) tutorials of the Association of American Medical Colleges.
During their first year, students are offered the opportunity to meet individually with a dean in OME to:
After the first year, students can request individual meetings to discuss:
In conjunction with Polity and the Medical Alumni Association, OME and the Office of Medical Curriculum provide information to students about leadership roles for their personal and professional development. Example of leadership roles students can take in medical school include Polity President, Polity Club Officer, Wellness Committee Leader, Orientation Committee Leader and Mentoring Committee Leader.
Clinical clerkships begin with orientation, followed by the Student Clinician Ceremony, which prepares students for the transition from classroom to the clinical setting. Monthly class meetings address career planning and professional development.
During intersession, students learn to prepare their curriculum vitae (CV) and personal statements for residency program applications. They also meet in small groups with faculty and/or program directors to discuss the residency application process and to learn how to gauge their competitiveness and fit for the field they intend to pursue.
Each student will meet with a student affairs dean to begin preparing the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE), or Dean’s Letter, for their residency applications. This meeting combines the personalization of the MSPE with career choice, guidance and preparation of the application packet.
With the help of advisors, students are individually coached in the preparation of their residency application, including the process of finding a specialty match that is aligned with their interests and academic performance. OME holds mock-interview nights to train students in group and individualized interviewing skills.
OME staff also will review students’ program lists as needed and monitor progress through the application and interview processes.