ACADEMIC SUPPORT

  • Acad. Advising
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Acad. Enhancement
  • Boards Preparation
  • Clinical Advising

academic advising

Our Mission

We support student success by assisting with a broad array of student needs and concerns. These include:

  • the acclimation to increased academic demand
  • the integration of knowledge and skills
  • the navigation of institutional policies and requirements
  • the strategic planning for future career paths
  • the exploration of new strategies to excel academically

We aim to provide the most accurate information and the most relevant resources to guide and address student needs throughout their medical school journey.

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  What can I expect in an advising session?

Each advising session is uniquely crafted for the individual student with confidentiality strongly upheld, excluding legal obligation. The adaptability of a session plays a critical role in its effectiveness, along with four other key components: identifying the question or area of concern, collaborative discussion to flush out the impacting variables, defining action steps for future progress, and planning for accountability.

  When should I consider advising?

Advising can be beneficial for all students. Students may utilize advising to discuss academic resources, board exam preparation, tutoring, academic planning and scheduling, leaves of absences, learning strategies, time management, specialty exploration, peer conflict, and more.

  How do I schedule?

Academic Support utilizes WcOnline for scheduling requests. This service allows our team to easily manage appointments, send reminders and follow ups, and provides an online platform for webcam appointments. Once a student has registered for an account through WcOnline and provided their MCW credentials and information, they have quick access to our services.


Use the following instructions for registration and scheduling assistance:

Meet our Team

As Program Manager and Program Coordinator of Academic Support, we are available to assist with student academic needs and concerns, discuss learning strategies, test anxiety, time management, etc., and connect students with available academic support resources. In addition to these services, we oversee the successful creation and management of all Academic Support programs and offerings.

Cheryl Crawford, MS, MA
Program Manager
Academic Affairs, Rm M3335

Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm
(414) 955-8583 chcrawford@mcw.edu

Molly A Falk-Steinmetz, MS, Ed
Program Coordinator
Academic Affairs, Rm M3345

Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm
(414) 955-8731

msteinmetz@mcw.edu

Peer Tutoring Program

MCW’s tutor team is available to assist students with the medical school and pharmacy school curriculum, as well as the homogenous pieces of the graduate school curriculum. This team expands to the regional campuses and provides online appointments for quick accessibility. Our tutors work closely with MCW Course Directors, faculty, and staff to provide exceptional academic support and meet the needs of a diverse student body.

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  Is it free?

Yes, all one-on-one tutoring services are free for students.

  When should I consider tutoring?

Whether your goal is to pass or honors a course, tutoring is appropriate for any student who wishes to improve their current study approach and academic standing. Our tutors are equipped with the experience and mastery to assist you in navigating your course material to best understand and retain the most high-yield information. We strongly encourage students to utilize tutoring in a proactive manner. Our office is happy to make referrals depending on your goals and needs.

  Is there a specific place or time that tutoring occurs?

Each tutor has a different schedule, and their availability is consistently updated. This allows students to pick the tutor, day, and time that works best for them. There is no central location for tutoring. The tutor you choose will have a designated location for you to meet. You will receive the location information via email.

  How do I schedule?

Academic Support utilizes WcOnline for scheduling requests. This service allows our team to easily manage appointments, send reminders and follow ups, and provides an online platform for webcam appointments. Once a student has registered for an account through WcOnline and provided their MCW credentials and information, they have quick access to our services.

 

Use the following instructions for registration and scheduling assistance:

Academic Enhancement

MCW’s Academic Enhancement is an outstanding supplemental instruction program provided throughout the M1, M2, and M3 year. Tutors are MCW medical students who work closely with Academic Support and Course Directors and Coordinators to provide accurate, up-to-date information to be delivered in line with the course syllabus. All supplemental instruction provided through the Academic Enhancement program is delivered in an online format for live attendance and recorded for viewing at a later date. Academic Enhancement material is made available to students in the Academic Enhancement D2L course of their year.

M1 Academic Enhancement

Online group sessions are delivered in two formats throughout the M1 year, a two-hour comprehensive lecture review and a one-hour Q&A review. These group sessions are held on a weekly basis throughout the school year. Academic Support Services’ offers supplemental instruction for the following M1 courses:

  • Anatomy
  • Molecules to Cells
  • Physiology
  • Infectious Agents & Host Immunity
  • Principles of Drug Action
  • Medical Neuroscience

M2 Academic Enhancement

Online group sessions are delivered in one format throughout the M2 year: a two-hour comprehensive lecture review. These group sessions are offered once or twice weekly depending on the course schedule and tutor. Academic Support offers supplemental instruction for the following M2 courses:

  • Foundations of Pathological Processes-MSS
  • Cardiovascular
  • Renal-Respiratory
  • Heme-Lymph
  • GI-Nutrition
  • Endo-Repro
  • Neuro-Psych
  • Symptoms

Clerkship Academic Enhancement

Supplemental instruction material for clerkship reviews is made available to students throughout the year within the Clerkship Academic Enhancement D2L course. Students’ are encouraged to attend live online sessions when scheduled and to utilize uploaded review material and recordings for clerkship success. Academic Support offers supplemental instruction for the following clerkships:

  • Surgery
  • Ob/Gyn
  • Anesthesiology
  • Family Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics

Academic Enhancement Large Group Example

Academic Enhancement Small Group Example

boards preparation

USMLE Step 1

Step 1 Preparation Program

The Step 1 Preparation Program prepares and guides M2 students as they integrate their coursework with Step 1 studying and resources. Small groups provide M2 students with the opportunity to meet monthly with volunteer M3 mentors who guide them through Step 1 content and questions. Large groups provide M2 students with the opportunity to review the broader Step 1 topics, such as how to dissect questions, effective study strategies, how to create a schedule, and high-yield subject specific material. A short newsletter series is prepared by the Step 1 Preparation Program Team to deliver well-balanced, thoughtful information and to initiate a healthy conversation about studying, resources, and wellness related to Step 1 preparation.

Step 1 Preparation Program Timeline (Academic Year 2018-2019)

July 2 Program invitation sent to M2s and M3s
July 30 Deadline for notice of participation
August 13 Small groups are finalized
End of August Program Orientation (required)
September Large group sessions begin
Newsletter series begins
Small groups begin to meet 1-2x per month (required)
April Large group sessions finish
Newsletter series finishes
Small groups host last meeting before student's designed study time

 

 

Kaplan Qbank

Students are provided with the Kaplan Qbank, which is paid for as a part of tuition. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the Qbank alongside their M2 coursework, completing subject specific blocks to integrate Step 1 knowledge. In addition to the questions, students have access to Kaplan self-assessments, which they may choose to include within their designated study.  

Kaplan 8-hour Practice Exam

Academic Support Services’ hosts Kaplan’s 8-hour Step 1 practice exam for students towards the end of April on the Milwaukee campus. The exam simulates the Step 1 exam and offers students an opportunity to assess their baseline, while getting a better idea of the day-of stamina demand.

Regional campuses host Kaplan practice exams at varying times throughout the M2 year.

Resources

Students are provided with access to the Step 1 Preparation Program module within their M2 Academic Enhancement D2L course. Students will find examples of study schedules, banks of resources, M3/M4 strategies, the newsletter series, and more.

USMLE Step 2 CK & CS

Consultation on Strategy & Resources

Academic Support is readily available for rising M4s and regional campus rising M3s to discuss Step 2 CK & CS preparation, strategy, and best resources. Each student will be approaching the exams from a different lens depending on their specialty aspirations, academic background and needs. It’s important to assess goals and resources prior to scheduling. Students may schedule an academic consultation through WcOnline.

Additional support and resources include:

clinical advising program

MCW’s required Clinical Advising Program provides an opportunity for rising Milwaukee M3 students to work closely with a clinical faculty member to individualize their senior schedule, build solid and cohesive ERAS packages for residency programs, and develop a professional identity under the guidance of a faculty role model. In addition to scheduling, Clinical Advisors and their mentees are encouraged to discuss a broad array of topics related to medical student success and specialty preparedness.

A clinical advisor should be prepared to:

  • Assist with M4 curriculum selection, including electives and away rotations, as well as timing for Step 2 CK & CS exams
  • Review CVs and personal statements
  • Help expand students’ professional networks and encourage the development of networking skills
  • Advise on residency programs, assess competitiveness, and guide the application process
  • Write letters of recommendation

Clinical Advising Program Timeline (2017-2018)

January 5 Academic Support introduces the Clinical Advising Program to Milwaukee M3 students
Mid-February M4 Coursework Guide PDF uploaded and available on Academic Support's website
February 16 Student deadline to electronically submit Clinical Advisor Request and Approval Form
March 1 Advisor deadline to review, sign and submit the Clinical Advisor Request and Approval Form via email to Academic Support's designated office
Students to schedule a meeting with their advisor and complete the Clinical Advisor Policies and Schedule Form
March 31 Student deadline to submit Clinical Advisor Policies and Schedule Form via email to Academic Support 's designated office
April 18 Registration for M4 classes

 

Forms

Clinical Advisor Request & Approval Form (PDF)
Please download this form and submit your completed form via email to chcrawford@mcw.edu

  • Student: Please complete the student portion and electronically submit by 2/16/18. Upon submission, Academic Support will forward the form to your requested advisor for completion. You will receive an email confirmation from Academic Support upon advisor approval.
  • Advisor: Please review, electronically sign, and return via email to Academic Support's designated office by 3/1/18. You will receive an email confirmation from Academic Support.

Clinical Advisor Policies & Schedule Form (DOC)
Please complete with both student and advisor signatures, scan, and submit via email to chcrawford@mcw.edu.

  • Student: Please meet with your Clinical Advisor to review the M4 scheduling policies and create a fourth-year schedule that both meets the graduation requirements and is appropriate for your specialty of interest. Complete with signatures, scan, and submit via email to chcrawford@mcw.edu by 3/31/18.
  • Advisor: Please meet with your student to review the M4 scheduling policies and guide the student in creating a fourth-year schedule that both meets the graduation requirements and is appropriate for their specialty of interest. Please sign the form to verify that you met and discussed the student’s schedule. The student is responsible for submission of the completed form.

Resources

Page Updated 01/04/2018