UCF COM has a comprehensive holistic advising program called UCF M.D. COMPASS – College of Medicine Physician Advising and Support System.  The Office of Student Affairs, under the direction of the Associate Dean for Students, has overall responsibility for this program, which includes advising, counseling and support in four major domains as illustrated in the graphic below –


The Office of Student Affairs implements the M.D. COMPASS program in collaboration with Advising Academy Leaders, Specialty Advisors, and a number of key support services in the College of Medicine and at UCF.

Advising Academy Leaders’ role in the M.D. COMPASS program is designed to offer both structure and flexibility; periodic structured “checkups” provide consistency to all students across the advising program, while advisors 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 Checkups, 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.

For a detailed description of the Advising and Career Counseling Program, please see the M.D. Student Handbook 2016-2017.

Components of the M.D. COMPASS Program

Advising Academy Leaders

Berman, Stephen MD
Bhanusali, Neha MD
Dangiolo, Mariana MD
Fagan, Heather MD
Fisher, Frederick MD
Gibson, Jane PhD
Gupta, Rema MD
Hash, David MD
Milunski, Mark MD
Monroe, Manette MD
Rivera-Vega, Michelle MD
Rush, Ray MD
Sanders, James MD
Smallwood, Jordan MD
Vuyyuru, Sujatha MD
Zayat, Vania MD


With any questions regarding the M.D. COMPASS Program please contact:

Marcy Verduin, M.D.  
Associate Dean for Students


Jane Gibson, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Students


Manette Monroe, M.D.
Assistant Dean for Students


College of Medicine
6850 Lake Nona Blvd.
Suite 115
Orlando, FL 32827
Phone: 407.266.1353
Fax: 407.266.1389