Academic advising is primarily facilitated through the Advising Academy Leader program.

Advising Academy Leaders’ role in the M.D. COMPASS program is focused on academic advising and designed to offer both structure and flexibility, periodic structured “checkups” and provide consistency to all students across the advising program. Academy Advising Leaders have the flexibility to meet with their advisees more often in groups or individually depending on the needs and preferences of their students.

The Office of Student Affairs provides resources to Advising Academy Leaders for advising and meeting the needs of students, including suggested discussion topics for meetings with advisees, templates for Match Check-Ups, sample student CV’s, access to the AAMC’s Careers in Medicine website (including advisor support materials, such as advising checklists), access to student academic performance and other resources.

At UCF COM, students have an advising academy leader who follows them throughout their four years of medical school.  Students may also choose an additional Specialty Advisor, particularly when they are pursuing a specialty not represented in pool of available Core Advisors (e.g., radiation oncology).  Academy Leaders provide advisement, guidance, and support in three of the above domains – academic advising, career advising, and personal wellness, with a focus on career advising – through one-on-one interactions with their student advisees.

Advising Academy Leaders

Your Advising Academy Leader (AAL) is assigned to you during orientation of your M1 year. Please contact Soraya Smith if you have any questions about your advisor assignment.

Berman, Stephen, M.D.
Bhanusali, Neha, M.D.
Dangiolo, Mariana, M.D.
Fagan, Heather, M.D.
Fisher, Frederick, M.D.
Gibson, Jane, Ph.D.
Gupta, Rema, M.D.
Hash, David, M.D.
Herbert-Magee, Shantel, M.D.
Milunski, Mark, M.D.
Rivera-Vega, Michelle, M.D.
Rush, Ray, M,D.
Salazar, Sergio, M.D.
Sanders, James, M.D.
Smallwood, Jordan, M.D.
Vuyyuru, Sujatha, M.D.
Zayat, Vania, M.D.