Mentoring Students in Difficulty

Medical school is an exciting and often challenging time. The pressures of a heavy courseload, family demands and assuming the responsibilities of caring for patients may lead to academic or personal difficulties for your student. Some students will openly share their difficulties with you, while other students may try to hide these difficulties for fear of loss of esteem in your eyes. The signs that your student may be having difficulty can include physical changes, changes in work habits or overt signs of dependence on substances such as alcohol on a student’s breath. If you are concerned that your student may be experiencing difficulties and are unsure what to do, please contact our staff and faculty to discuss your concerns confidentially. Additionally, resources that you and your student can access to meet their needs include the below.

UW School of Medicine’s College Faculty:

The UW College Faculty oversee a four-year integrated curriculum of clinical skills and professionalism, teach the Introduction to Clinical Medicine II course, and provide students with consistent faculty mentoring. College faculty are matched with students in their first year and serve as teacher and mentor to students during all four years of their medical school careers. To contact your student’s college mentor, please contact our program staff.

School of Medicine’s Counseling Service:

Offers a range of services to help students and their partners cope with the demands of life in medical school. Services offered through the School’s counseling programs in Seattle or as part of the WWAMI regional program are free of charge and completely confidential.

Click here to learn more about School of Medicine WWAMI counseling resources.

Student Affairs:

The UW School of Medicine’s student affairs office has several programs and resources including a Student Resource Center, a Learning Specialist and Tutoring Program to help students in academic difficulty.

Click here to access the Student Affairs website.

Office of Multicultural Affairs:

The goal of the Office of Multicultural Affairs is to facilitate the identification, recruitment, retention, and professional development of individuals from underrepresented and/or disadvantaged backgrounds. The office provides counseling and academic advising to assist students.

Click here to access the Office of Multicultural Affairs website.