In addition to the advising provided by each of the Student Affairs Deans, there is advising by students which begins at freshman orientation. First year students are placed into small groups which are led by second year students in the role of peer mentors. Peer mentors maintain close contact with their respective groups throughout the year providing longitudinal support system.
Students interested in becoming Peer Mentors apply at the end of their first year of medical school. The Peer Mentors attend a three day retreat where they receive training in leadership, team building, listening skills and self-assessment. Peer Mentors are well-versed in the school's resources. The mentors attend freshman orientation and help ease the transition of the first year students. Peer mentors provide information from the student point of view and refer students to helpful resources when needed. Peer mentors facilitate socialization with faculty and members of other classes.