Academic & Career Counseling

Your mentors and advisors play a key role at TouroCOM. Every student has multiple resources they can turn to for academic, professional, and personal support.

Faculty Advisors:

Medical school can be intellectually, physically, and even emotionally challenging. Our faculty advisor program helps students feel comfortable seeking support where they most need it.

We encourage you to take advantage of the insight, expertise, and help your professors can offer you. At a minimum, your faculty advisor can provide academic advising. But truly, your advisor will be your strongest advocate, taking a personal interest in your progress and helping you navigate the challenges you experience as a student.

You should contact your advisor as often as necessary for advice or encouragement. Your mentor will also assume a pro-active role in your academic performance, and will intervene to offer or find additional help as you need it.

Student Organizations:

Student organizations are organized by career interest whereby the leaders of that student organization regularly host outside speakers on campus to present on topics of interest, keeping them professionally engaged to future career paths.

Conferences:

The COM supports students being exposed to their future career choices by facilitating their attendance at annual conferences. Their attendance provides opportunities to connect with future mentors, attend lectures and presentations within the field, present posters or abstracts on topics of interest as well as network with future colleagues.

Alumni Mentoring Program:

The TouroCOM Alumni Mentoring Program matches third and fourth year students with alumni mentors that fit what current students are looking for in a residency – specialty, geographic area or particular program, or other factors (couples match, military scholarship, raising a family while in residency, for example).

To request one, contact Beth Portnoy, Coordinator of Alumni Affairs, alumni.tourocom@touro.edu, (646) 981-4576.

Director of Clinical Rotations:

In addition, students can speak with the regional Director of Clinical Rotations to discuss topics such as: board exams, preparation, exam scores, residency programs, electives, conducting interviews, match selections, selection of a career, and the alumni mentor society. Students can meet with the Directors of Clinical Rotations during their third and fourth years, while at the clinical sites, or by appointment (contact the Clinical Education Department).

Clinical Faculty/Preceptors during Clinical Rotations/Clerkships:

The Clinical Clerkship Program and the Directors of Medical Education at each affiliated hospital site further enhance opportunities to advance career interests. The overall clerkship program is designed to provide education and training in the general areas of family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, emergency medicine, and surgery; as well as exposure to additional specialty areas not limited to anesthesiology, pathology, and psychiatry, while radiology and geriatrics are covered throughout most rotations.

The Clinical Education Department maintains a listing of preceptors, their specialties and contact information that have specifically volunteered to counsel students. A listing can be found on the rotations porta via www.new-innov.com or can be provided by the Clinical Education Department.

Touro College Writing Center:

Students can utilize the Touro College Writing Center. The Writing Center helps you prepare written documents related to the job search process including: Resumes, Cover Letters, Letters of Application, Letters of Recommendation, and Thank You Letters.