Student Academic Support Services
Karen Shanahan, MS, Ed
Academic Affairs, Room 3308
Phone (414)955-8583 Fax (414)456-6506
Program Manager I
Office Hours: 8:00AM-5:00Pm, M-F
Students are provided with learning style assessments, workshops, learning strategies, studying and testing resources, as well as referrals. Students are supported in identifying and resolving academic issues, personal concerns, and issues that may be affecting academic performance.
An outstanding tutoring program in the basic science years is provided to assist at-risk and struggling students with review of material and application of information. Tutors are MCW medical students in the M2, M3 and M4 years, hired as staff members. Tutors work closely with Course Directors and faculty members to provide at-risk and struggling students with accurate and relevant information. Group sessions are held on a weekly basis throughout the school year. An online tutor community, including current calendars, tutor notes, and relevant updates is available at Angel – “SA 001 Tutors”.
USMLE Board Preparation:
To help our students prepare for Step 1 of the USMLE, Academic Support Services hosts three programs. The Step 1 Board Prep Program invites M2s to form small groups with a third year student serving as their mentor. Students in these groups complete readings, answer board review style questions, and share knowledge under the guidance of an M3 mentor. OSR Representatives present Step 1 information at three lunchtime engagements to the M2 class including: personal experiences with the exam, ways to prepare and study, and class survey results from years past. Additionally, Student Academic Support Services offers a spring-time series of in-depth, small-group sessions called USMLE Step 1 Workshop Series that involve: implementing and tailoring individual study plans, study strategies, long & short-term planning, test day overview, library and commercial materials, resources and technology, and board prep schedule construction.
AAMC Careers in Medicine®
It is a career planning program designed to help students 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 students through the elements of career planning, including self-understanding, exploring a variety of medical careers, and choosing a specialty to meet career objectives.
The AMA-MSS offers Career Day to our first and second year students in the spring semester. Faculty and staff from MCW’s residency programs are invited to share information and insight on specific specialties, such as work environment, clinical responsibilities, lifestyle, training, and applying to residency programs.
Sponsored by AMA-MSS and occurring in the spring semester, this event is a more in-depth view of the residency application process. Faculty and staff from MCW programs are present and share information and insight regarding the application process as well as specialty-specific information.
This AMA-MSS sponsored event is offered in the fall, and is an opportunity for M3s to meet representatives from approximately 25-30 residency programs throughout the Midwest.
SOAP (Supplemental Offer and Acceptance Program) process was developed by the AAMC and NRMP in consultation with student affairs deans, residency program directors, resident physicians, and medical students. Using technology created and executed by the AAMC IT staff, SOAP allows unmatched students to learn the locations of unfilled positions and apply for them through the AAMC’s Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®).
Clinical Advisor Program:
The program guides and supports students through the selection process of a well-rounded fourth-year Clinical Advisor. Advisors assist with curriculum selection, specialty choice exploration, review of CVs and personal statements, assistance in networking, and writing letters of recommendation. Students are encouraged to connect with many faculty members to seek advice and guidance, but each student is required to have an ‘official’ clinical advisor via the Oasis system.