The intensity and challenges of medical school are well known to all. Long hours, infinite study, intense competition, impossible workload. All to an important end: Boards, graduation, residencies, internships, life.
At NYMC, we are invested not only in our medical students’ future successes and happiness, but also in their present-day medical school experience and the foundation, expectations and memories it creates.
We want our students to move through school—and life—with the knowledge and confidence that there is support, friendship, and a team behind them. A team that is there to help them and make them better.
To bring this principle to life, in 2013, the NYMC School of Medicine Office of Medical Student Affairs introduced the House Advisory Deans Program.
Resembling such undergraduate programs at Princeton University and UCSD, as well as at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, New York Medical College SOM’s House Advisory Deans Program was designed to provide academic, career and personal support to matriculating School of Medicine students by immediately engaging each student into a "house”—named after a notable individual in NYMC history. Each house is composed of approximately 80 students, including students from each academic year, and has a house dean responsible for providing longitudinal advisement over the course of the four years of medical school.
Each house is intended to offer School of Medicine students with a valuable—and real—community of mentorship and guidance that remains with them through their tenure at NYMC and beyond. Alumni are encouraged to remain a part of their houses and serve as advisors to students within their house following their graduation. The House System also includes a peer mentor program and all students within a house are assigned a peer mentor from the class above them to provide academic and emotional support.
The NYMC House Advisory Deans Program is run by the Office of Medical Student Affairs and was envisioned and constructed by Gladys Ayala, M.D., M.P.H, Interim Vice Dean, School of Medicine, and Susan Rachlin, M.D., FACR, associate dean for student affairs, School of Medicine. The program has been embraced by alumni, faculty and students and promises to get stronger and more dimensional with each participating year, as new students join houses and recent alumni remain actively engaged in the lives of their replacement “roommates.”