Academic support is available in the form of career and academic counseling by the Health Career Opportunity Programs associate dean and the Medical and Dental Student Affairs associate deans. Upon request, time management and test-taking skills courses are available to all incoming students. In addition, tutorial services and board examination review courses are available.
Social support includes: a welcome reception for incoming freshmen with classmates, upper level students, residents, fellows, faculty, and community physicians and dentists; luncheon meetings and seminars on health care topics throughout the academic year, including the annual Elbert A. Powell and Irma Cheek Powell Minority Enrichment Lecture Series; the Minority Practitioners Mentoring Program with community physicians and dentists, including minority medical and dental alumni serving as mentors for enrolled medical and dental students; and support for student representatives to attend annual meetings of professional associations, including the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), Student National Dental Association (SNDA), the Hispanic Student Dental Association (HSDA), and the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA).
The SNMA, SNDA/HSDA, and LMSA also offer first-year students assistance with their new educational environment through a peer support network with second-year students and communication of scholarly and socially newsworthy items of interest to enrolled medical and dental students through a department newsletter.