About the Societies

Beginning with the 1999-2000 academic year, all medical students were assigned to an Academic Society. The purpose of the KU Medical Alumni Academic Societies is to:

  • Enhance student-faculty interaction;
  • Enhance student-interaction, particularly across classes;
  • Provide a structure for student advising;
  • Promote a sense of community for students and faculty; and
  • Encourage the development of professional attitudes and behaviors among student

The socieites sponsor periodic events for students and faculty.  Individual society meetings occur over the noon hour on the first or third Thursday of most months throughout the school year.  Thursday meetings are reserved for guest speakers, discussion groups, and professional and leadership development activities.  Social activities occur at various times throughout the year and may include picnics, dinners, recreational outings or other informal gatherings.

For more information about the Academic Societies, please contact Annette Kramer, 588-5287, akramer@kumc.edu.

Student-Faculty Interaction

Faculty members participate as advisors/mentors on a voluntary basis and are assigned one or two students from each class. Matriculating medical students are introduced to their faculty mentor during society events during orientation.

It is expected that each student will meet with their assigned faculty advisor at least once each semester to maintain a consistent advising schedule. This ongoing communication allows students to build formal relationships which contribute to the academic, personal and professional development of students at KU-SOM.

Student-Student Interaction

Faculty members participate as advisors/mentors on a voluntary basis and are assigned one or two students from each class. Matriculating medical students are introduced to their faculty mentor during society events during orientation.

It is expected that each student will meet with their assigned faculty advisor at least once each semester to maintain a consistent advising schedule. This ongoing communication allows students to build formal relationships which contribute to the academic, personal and professional development of students at KU-SOM.

Student Advising/Mentoring

Students are matched with faculty advisors based upon interest to the extent that is possible. The mix of students from each of the four classes along with a skilled, experienced faculty advisor provides a forum for academic, personal, professional, and career development for students at all levels. Faculty mentors are listed on the Academic Society website. Click on a Society to view faculty mentors. Faculty names are linked to a list of assigned students.

Sense of Community

Students remain in their designated Academic Society throughout their medical school experience. This creates a unique sense of community that students experience from their very first day in medical school. Student-student and student-faculty interaction is fostered through academic/professional programs and social gatherings.

Professional Development

Academic Societies were created to encourage the development of professional attitudes and behaviors among students. Professional development is fostered through various society-sponsored programs and events, and through informal interaction between students and faculty.

The University of Kansas School of Medicine has adopted a "Professionalism Initiative," conceived to raise awareness of professionalism within the KU medical community as a whole, from the first day of medical school, throughout one's career in the health sciences. Find out more about the Professionalism Initiative.

Learn more about career advising and professional development in the School of Medicine.

Last modified: Jan 11, 2013
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