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. College-wide student panels are held early in the Winter quarter to give MS1s information about a variety of summer opportunities that can be embarked upon after the first year of medical school. 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! 

  • 2014-2015 dates are TBA

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

Brown Bag Lunch Meetings:

  • TBA

Ellen Hughes, MD, PhD

Clinical Professor of Medicine Emeritus
(415) 377-7227 (cell)

Office Hours: Most Wednesdays from 12-5pm in C-227

Sharad Jain, MD

Professor of Clinical Medicine

San Francisco General Hospital
Building 10, Third Floor, Box 1364
(415) 206-4987

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

Brown Bag Lunch Meetings: 

  • TBA

Catherine Lomen-Hoerth, MD, PhD
Professor of Clinical Neurology
Director, ALS Center at UCSF

513 Parnassus Ave, C122
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone (415) 476-9206

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

Office Hours: Monday afternoons

Brown Bag Lunch Meetings (respond to Outlook invites sent by Dr. Lomen Hoerth):

  • Sept 15

  • Oct 6

  • Oct 20 (MSTP only)

  • Nov 10

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

Brown Bag Lunch Meetings:

  • TBA