Students are encouraged to use the advice, expertise and help of the faculty. Students should feel free to contact a faculty member of their choice for advice, encouragement and support. Students may also contact the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to have a faculty mentor assigned through the COMCoaching program.
The COMCoaching Program pairs interested students with a faculty member or third/fourth year CCOM student to facilitate individual discussion pertinent to the requesting student's needs. Topics typically focus on acclimating to the medical school environment, achieving academic success, maintaining a school/life balance and preparation for boards. Interested students may contact the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs to request a faculty or student COMCoach. Students who are struggling academically may be required to work with a faculty COMCoach.
Attending off-campus meetings, conferences or events
Students interested in attending osteopathic conferences, lobby days, specialty-focused meetings or any medically or educationally related presentation offered while classes are in session must submit a written request for an excused absence at least 30 days prior to the event date. In the case of students on clinical rotations, the request must be made at least 30 days prior to the start of the rotation during which the event will occur. The student must be in good academic standing and receive written approval from either the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs or Associate Dean of Clinical Education to attend the event. Students are advised to receive this approval prior to making travel arrangements. Any costs incurred due to a student being denied approval to attend an off-campus event are the sole responsibility of the student.