Academic Support and Advising Overview

Academic Support and Advising

The Office of Cultural Enhancement and Diversity (OCED), in partnerhsip with the KUMC School of Medicine's Student Affairs Office and Counseling and Educational Support Services Office, provide these services, along with supplemental instruction provided in all Phase I modules.

The major function of the OCED is to develop and coordinate comprehensive, educational and academic support matched to the specific needs of students. The primary goal of the OCED is to assist students in achieving academic success by providing academic support and assistance.

Academic Assistance Programs include:

  • Supplemental Instruction: Study sessions consist of students, their peers and a trained Supplemental Instruction (SI) leader, emphasizing learning/study strategies, test-taking strategies, and organizational skills. The SI leader is a "cognitive role model"; a student who can demonstrate and show how students think about and process course content. Working with small groups during regularly scheduled meetings, the SI leader facilitates discussion in a structured environment so that students can actively interact and discover strategies that will empower them to master concepts and applications.
  • SI sessions begin the first week of class and continues throughout the academic year. Attending SI sessions is voluntary and are not substitutes for attending class.
  • KUMC Board Preparation Program
    • Preparation for Medical Board Exams is critical to the academic success and progression of students. Academic counseling and resources in preparation for Step 1 and Step 2 USMLE Exams are available.
  • Faculty and Resident Development
    • A large group session based on issues of culture and diversity takes place as part of the first year Orientation program.  This session will lay the foundation for subsequent modules and will address the health status of minority populations, key determinants of health in these populations, and health beliefs and their relationship to cultural factors.
    • A national expert on issues of culture and diversity will be sponsored on the campus during the noon hour. This session will lay the foundation for any subsequent resident modules and will address the health disparities, key determinants of health in these populations, and health beliefs and their relationship to cultural factors.
    • Standardized patient cases will be developed to teach and assess culturally competent clinical performance.
    • Annual surveys will be conducted of all first year medical students to assess their level of cultural awareness.
  • Other resources include:  tutoring, books, programs for reading improvement and speed reading, and assistance with writing personal statements and resumes.
    • The OCED Library is also available to help students become well-prepared and culturally competent physicians.

Last modified: Oct 21, 2013
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