Alexander American University – School of Medicine has the interests of all of its students at heart. Medical school can be very challenging and the experience is different from that of many other undergraduate studies. Having to adjust to the volume and density of information presented in class often leaves students feeling unsure of their ability to learn and integrate well enough for success. For many students, not being at the top of their class is a new experience. To this end, AAU seeks to ensure that ensure each student takes full advantage of the University’s resources in order to optimize his or her experiences on the path to accomplishing their dreams.
Upon entering the University, students are assigned an academic dean who works closely with them for the duration of their studies. Further assistance is made available to students in need of additional classes. This may be arranged either at the student’s request or on the advice of course directors. Additionally, students may speak to their college mentors, each of whom is skilled in working with students surrounding academic, personal, and career-related concerns. Students who are at risk for failing a course may utilize one of these options to express concerns and to access counsellors who will recommend strategies or services that may assist them.
A Promotions Committee is appointed to monitor the academic progress of each new class that matriculates. The committee, comprised of five faculty members, represents the basic sciences and clinical departments respectively. After students’ performances are assessed, recommendations for advising with the Dean are made when deemed necessary. An associate dean for student affairs also assists students with problems of any nature including personal issues that students may wish to keep separate from their academic progress. She or he writes letters of recommendation for students applying for scholarships and fellowships; edits the Deans’ letters for consistency; and co-signs them. An associate dean meets weekly with the academic advisers to discuss themes that may emerge regarding students’ academic problems in order to bring broader attention to such.