The advising function of the Vanderbilt MSTP is organized into four advising colleges. Each advising college includes three-to-four members of each class across all years of the MSTP (M1-M2-G Phase-M3-M4) and is led by three faculty advisors. Two students serve as coordinators, working with the advising college leaders to schedule programming and facilitate student-advisor interactions.
The advising colleges enhance a sense of community within the MSTP and provide additional opportunities for peer-to-peer advising. The colleges meet twice yearly for social functions and may choose to meet more frequently depending on the interests of the students and the advising college leaders.
This advising college system is designed to achieve the following objectives:
- Facilitate interclass relationships between M1/2-G phase -M3/4 to create a larger advising network.
- Provide peer-mentoring avenues to benefit both junior students and senior students.
- Identify and provide guidance for students facing difficulties in their training at any stage.
- Assist with major transitions, e.g., starting medical school, beginning graduate school, returning to medical school (preclinical or clinical), and preparing for graduation and residency.
- Utilize faculty members most likely to foster long-term professional/personal relationships with students.
- Offer advice about career choices and serve as a reference to other more knowledgeable sources.
- Engage MSTP alumni and master clinical teachers.