The Colleges Program
Purpose and Vision
The Colleges Advisory Program (CAP) is intended to provide every medical student with a dedicated and longitudinal advisor/mentor.
The vision for the Program is: “To develop a learning community of students and faculty dedicated to enhancing personal and professional growth and career development. This will occur through collaborative learning, clinical skill-building, longitudinal advising and enhanced connections between students and all (interested) members of the school of medicine.”
Members of the “Core Colleges Faculty” serve as longitudinal advisors and as small group instructors for the Year 1 Clinical Foundations of Medicine course. From a social perspective, groups are organized around student-faculty pairings. This arrangement offers students the opportunity to learn the fundamental skills of medicine and lessons in professionalism and humanism from a trusted advisor.
Incoming students meet their faculty advisors at Orientation and subsequently see them for advisory meetings and informal get-togethers on a regular basis. Advisors may help students become familiar with the Kuala Lumpur community.
Students and faculty are organized into colleges, each with a faculty leader and student leaders. An extended faculty network maximizes mentoring opportunities for students. Each college has a unique and complementary schedule of social, peer advising and community events to foster college identity and enjoyment of the company of peers. Dedicated spaces in the Medical Education Building serve as the geographic home for the Colleges.
Academic and Career Advising
Academic and career advising will cover “the road map” of medical education, including adjustment to professional school, research and scholarship, career choice, locating career-specific mentors, modeling professionalism, and appreciating the significance of “critical incidents” as they occur in a student’s professional training.