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Medical Education
Medical Student Education

Advisory Colleges


The Advisory College Program is designed to provide mentoring and personalized academic advising, facilitate student communication among peers and faculty, and guide students through an array of educational resources, timelines, clinical care settings, and prospective career options. The goals of the program are to help students foster closer relationships with each other and their advisors, access resources and make career decisions in an informed and productive way, and enhance their personal and professional development.

The four colleges are comprised of students from all four years of medical school and headed by two faculty mentors. The mentors represent a broad range of backgrounds and clinical specialties. Mentors meet with students one on one, in small groups, and at Advisory College social events.

Overview of Advisory College Activities

One-on-One Meetings are held in the Fall and Spring to provide each student with personalized academic and personal advising. During the Fall of the second year, students will review their study plan to prepare for the USMLE Step 1 exam. Students continue to work with Advisory College mentors individually as they narrow their career focus, plan their 4th year clinical schedule, and apply for residency. Check your iROCKET calendar and email for information about upcoming Advisory College activities.

Monthly brown-bag lunch meetings will center around a theme applicable to a particular student cohort, but all are welcome. If you can't attend your own mentor's brown bag but are interested in the topic, feel free to join another college! 

Advisory College Mentors

G. Michael Harper, MD

Professor of Medicine 
San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Building 1, room 310A
415-221-4810 x2967

Office Hours: Fridays from 12-5pm in C-227

Sharad Jain, MD

Professor of Clinical Medicine
San Francisco General Hospital
Building 10, 3rd Floor, Box 1364

Office Hours: On campus Monday afternoons and at other times by appointment

Catherine Lomen-Hoerth, MD, PhD

Professor of Clinical Neurology
Director, ALS Center at UCSF

533 Parnassus Ave, U360
San Francisco, CA 94143
415-476-9206  cell: 415-609-0490

400 Parnassus Ave, 8th floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
415-353-2122 clinic phone
415-353-2524 clinic fax

Office Hours: Monday afternoons

Carol Miller, MD

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
400 Parnassus Ave, AC-01, Box 0374
Pager: 415-443-3837

Assistant's phone: 415-353-2441

Office Hours: Thursdays from 12-5pm in C-227