Academic Resource & Support

The Academic Resource & Support Office within OMED works in conjunction with the Course and Clerkship Directors, Advisory Deans, and the Office of Student Affairs to assist all medical students in navigating the academic requirements and challenges of medical school.

During MS1 orientation, Laura Jeannerette, Senior Advisor for Medical Education, meets with incoming students to discuss a variety of resources available to them to optimally support the diverse academic demands they will encounter. Ms. Jeannerette serves as advisor to the Student Academic Resource Consortium (SARC) for MS1 & MS2 students. First and second year students are introduced to SARC representatives and to the SARC Manual, which provides peer feedback and suggestions on how to best navigate each academic year. She also works with these representatives and Student Affairs faculty to ensure updates are made to the Core Clerkship manual for MS3 and MS4 students.

Other academic support services available to first and second-year students include the following:

  1. Providing support to summer Prologue students in conjunction with Student Affairs to enhance academic success.
  2. One-on-one peer tutoring and small group sessions, provided free of charge, particularly for students who demonstrate marked challenges with the curriculum. 
  3. Individual academic counseling appointments, as needed or requested, to discuss effective methods for studying, time management, and/or test taking strategies.
  4. Support for students with documented disabilities in coordinating approved academic accommodations in conjunction with the Disability Resources and Support Office (DRS) on lower campus. Referral for outside evaluation, if previously unidentified/undiagnosed learning difficulties emerge. 
  5. Support and referrals to meet any need that is an obstacle to optimal academic performance.
  6. Assistance and oversight with STEP Club (Academic Success Program): Monthly MS1 and MS2 sessions to learn approaches that can apply to a student's own learning to maximize performance. These sessions are facilitated by senior medical students, residents/fellows, and faculty. STEP Club shows new approaches and ways of thinking about learning that may help a student retain information more effectively.

Academic support services for all medical students include:

  1. The Educational Resource area which is located in Suite S592 Scaife Hall. It is a small library of relevant resources for first and second year course work, clerkships, and the USMLE Board Examinations.
  2. Confidential assistance for students who request additional resources and direction with MS1 and MS2 curriculum and MS3 and MS4 clerkships (especially as related to time management, utilizing study skills effectively and efficiently, test taking and anxiety, and any other issues which may arise).
  3. Help with dedicated board preparation efforts for the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2CK examinations. This includes, coordination of faculty review sessions, NBME practice assessments, and both individual and class meetings to provide support and resources as well as linkage with peers who have successfully navigated these high-stakes examinations. 
  4. Individual meetings with students, as requested, to assist in developing personalized study plans for the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2CK examinations as well as clerkship shelf exams.
  5. Assistance for designated PSTP, CSTP, and MSTP students who complete varying commitments within research programs which requires them to leave and reenter academic courses on different timeframes than peers. Communicates closely with Faculty from the Physician Scientist programs.
  6. Appointments can be made with Ms. Jeannerette via email

Contact Information

Laura Jeannerette, MS
S584 Scaife Hall
3550 Terrace St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15261