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Student Affairs

Student Affairs

Student Support Services & Career Services

Welcome

“The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.”

(William Osler)

  • About Us
  • Requests
  • Support Services
  • Career Services
  • Important Links

ABOUT US

The mission of the Office of Student Affairs is to foster the development of student physicians. This is accomplished through a variety of activities and services including Student Support Services and Career Counseling.

 

Dr. Carol Ping TsaoAssociate Dean
Carol I Ping Tsao, MD, JD
(414) 955-8256/ (414) 955-4812 l ctsao@mcw.edu

The Associate Dean for Student Affairs is responsible for leadership and administration of all student affairs activities and also maintains responsibility for student discipline and accountability issues regarding academic standing, professional conduct, and implementation of student – related institutional policies.  Schedule changes, leaves–of–absence, transfers, withdrawals, and other matters pertaining to student status must be approved by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. 

Activities/Services:

  • Accommodations
  • Academic Standing and Professionalism Committee
  • Bulletin Board Approvals 
  • Dean’s Letters
  • Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) Questions
  • Jury Excuse Letters

 

  • Leaves of Absence, Extended/5-year Curriculum
  • Match Day
  • Schedule Changes
  • SOAP Week
  • Student Awards
  • Various Important Forms Distribution

Dr. Sue HaldemannOffice of Student Support Services
Sue A. Haldemann, PhD
(414) 955-8361 | shaldema@mcw.edu

Student Support Services assists students with a variety of activities ranging from student organizations to social events to personal concerns.

 

Activities/Services:

  • Activity Transcripts
  • Advocacy                            
  • Alcohol Approval Forms
  • Children’s Halloween Festivities
  • Crisis Management
  • Orientation
  • Policy Issues
  • Senior Yearbook
  • Student Activities

 

  • Student Assembly
  • Student Concerns
  • Student Leadership Initiatives
  • Student Lounge
  • Student Organizations Including Council of Presidents (COPs)
  • Title IX Steering Committee

Sr. Administrative Assistant
Melissa Struck
(414) 955-8256 | mstruck@mcw.edu

The Sr. Administrative Assistant serves as a front desk receptionist for Drs. Tsao and Haldemann while performing routine duties requiring general knowledge of basic office procedures and organizational policies and procedures. The Administrative Assistant greets and directs students and visitors providing information regarding Medical School Student Affairs services.

Activities/Services:

  • Jury Duty excuse letters
  • Leave of Absence letters
  • IRB letters
  • Academic Standing letters

 

 

  • Inquiries regarding how to reach Dr. Tsao
  • Responds to general inquiries about services for Student Affairs
  • Assists with student organizations/events

Dr. Nai-Fen SuStudent Career Services                                     
Nai-Fen Su, PhD
(414) 955-4977 | naifensu@mcw.edu

The Career Services provide all students in the Medical School personalized and innovative services, programs, and resources focused on Career Assessment, Career Exploration, Career Decision-Making, and Career Preparation that achieve students’ career goals and success. The career counselor also assists you in preparing your CV and personal statements as well as providing one-one-one interview coaching for your residency program interview preparation. 

Learn More about Services for Unmatched Students (SOAP Program)

 

Activities/Services:

  • AAMC Careers in Medicine Liaison
  • Career Advising
  • Career Assessment
  • Career Day – Medical Specialties
  • Career Decision Making

 

  • Career Exploration
  • Career Search: Clinical/ Non-clinical Careers
  • Residency Day – ERAS & Match Process
  • Residency Preparation: Resume/CV/Personal Statement critique, 1:1 Interview Coaching, and Mock Interview, etc.

Requests

Jury Duty Excuse Request

If you have received a jury duty summons and will be unable to fulfill that duty due to your academic and/or clinical schedule, please drop off your jury duty summons letter at the Office of Student Affairs, or scan the summons (all pages, both sides) and email it to bbrennan@mcw.edu. The Office of Student Affairs will contact the applicable jury duty management office to request your jury duty be postponed until after you graduate.

Letter of Recommendation Request

Need a letter of recommendation from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs for a scholarship, research program, etc.? Please send your request NO LATER than two weeks before the deadline.

Please email your request with the following information to bbrennan@mcw.edu: Your current CV (also make sure your activities transcript is up to date) A link to the program you are applying to 3-4 points you would really like highlighted in the letter Clear instructions on where the letter should be sent, how it is to be submitted, etc. The deadline date and time for submission

Student Support Services

Welcome to Student Support Services! We provide a host of personal and professional development opportunities and services for medical students. Activities and services range from housing and M-1 Orientation information for prospective medical students to student activities, organizations, community service projects and senior class activities for enrolled students. We also provide support and a confidential space for students dealing with personal and academic issues.

Prospective Medical Students

Student Support Services is your best source for housing and M-1 Orientation information and resources.

Enrolled Medical Students

MCW has hundreds of different ways for you to develop the personal, professional and leadership skills you will need to become a well-rounded physician:

Student Assembly (SA): The first thing you will notice about MCW is that students are actively involved in campus decision making. SA provides a forum that enables all students to express individual and/or collective concerns on any matter and seek a resolution that is equitable and in the best interest of the student body as a whole. SA offers both elected and volunteer service opportunities.

Faculty Council Standing Committees and Executive Committees: If interested, you may also run to serve on a variety of faculty and staff committees ranging from Admissions and Curriculum to Food Service and the Bookstore.

Student Organizations and Interest Groups: You will have over 50 student organizations to choose from ranging from professional national groups such as AMA-MSS and AMSA to campus initiated groups such as the A Cappella Choir and a host of intramural teams. These organizations sponsor many activities, including the Black Bag Ball, Variety Fest, social events and intramural sports including volleyball, football, soccer and basketball. There are also career-oriented programs and community service projects. This is where you will make lifelong friendships.

Student life is not always a bowl of cherries: You will have to deal with a few pits along the way. We are there for that, too. The Student Support Services Office provides support and guidance for a host of personal and academic issues that can arise during medical school. Sometimes you may just want to vent. Other times you might seek advice on which actions to take. We are happy to share our extensive knowledge and expertise with you to assist you in examining all of your options.

We look forward to making sure that student life at MCW is vibrant and ever changing to meet the needs of MCW students. Please let us know how we can help you enjoy and improve the quality of your experience at MCW.

Career Services

The Career Services provide all students in the Medical School personalized and innovative services, programs, and resources focused on Career Assessment, Career Exploration, Career Decision-Making, and Career Preparation that achieve students’ career goals and success. The career counselor also assists you in preparing your CV and personal statements as well as providing one-one-one interview coaching for your residency program interview preparation. 

M1 - M4 Career Pathway

Download M1-M4 Career Pathway (PDF)

M1 Career Self-Assessment

  • Development of self-concept and needs
  • Clarifying personal interests, abilities and values relating to potential specialties
  • Exploring preferred work environment, practice characteristics, and clinical apprenticeship experience
  • Career Day: Exploring various specialties via Q&A session

M2 Career Exploration

  • Information gathering regarding career options (e.g., specialties and subspecialties, academic medicine, public health and other medical careers)
  • Exploring career options via courses, clinical rotation, research, volunteer, summer experiences etc.
  • Clinical Apprenticeship experience
  • Career Day: Learning different specialties and elective decision making

M3 Career Advising/Decision Making

  • Professional skills development
  • Referrals to clinical advisors in area(s) of interest
  • Advising and support for career decision making
  • Career Days: Residency application preparation

M4 Career Search/Preparation

  • Obtaining letters of recommendation
  • Career development programs: Developing CV/personal statement, application materials, and interview skills
  • Mock interviews: Receives feedback and improves interview skills
  • Evaluating or alternating M4 elective experiences to prepare for specific residency training programs

M1 - M3 Career Pathway

​Download M1-M3 Career Pathway (PDF)

M1 Career Self-Assessment

  • Development of self-concept and needs
  • Clarifying personal interests, abilities and values relating to potential specialties
  • Exploring preferred work environment, practice characteristics, and clinical apprenticeship experience

Career Exploration

  • Information gathering regarding career options (e.g., specialties and subspecialties, academic medicine, public health and other medical careers)
  • Exploring career options via courses, clinical rotation, research, volunteer, summer experiences etc.
  • Clinical Apprenticeship experience
  • Career Day: Learning different specialties and elective decision making

M2 Career Advising/Decision Making

  • Professional skills development
  • Referrals to clinical advisors in area(s) of interest
  • Advising and support for career decision making
  • Career Days: Residency application preparation

M3 Career Search/Preparation

  • Obtaining letters of recommendation
  • Career development programs: Developing CV/personal statement, application materials, and interview skills
  • Mock interviews: Receives feedback and improves interview skills
  • Evaluating or alternating M4 elective experiences to prepare for specific residency training programs

AAMC Careers in Medicine® Liaison

It is a career planning program designed to help you choose a medical specialty and select and apply to residency programs. Developed and sponsored by the AAMC, the program consists of an extensive website, printed student manuals, workshops and presentations. This four-phase process guides you through the elements of career planning, including self-understanding, exploring of medical careers, and choosing a specialty to meet career objectives.

Page Updated 09/25/2017