Volunteer Faculty Advisor Program

Volunteer Faculty Advisor

Each medical student at IU School of Medicine is assigned a Volunteer Faculty Advisor (VFA) by his/her first-year campus, and this advisor provides one-one or group mentoring through all four years of the student’s medical school journey. Volunteer faculty advisors serve as positive role models and work in partnership with Lead Advisors to encourage and support students as they navigate medical school course work and clerkships. Students meet with their VFA multiple times each year—either individually or with other students.

What to Expect

Volunteer faculty advisors provide holistic mentorship to a cohort of four medical students throughout their medical school career. Students meet with their volunteer faculty advisor at least three times each year. Additional meetings are scheduled at the discretion of the advising pair, and at least one of the meetings should be an individual meeting. Volunteer faculty advisors provide students with a positive role model and social connection to the school, making themselves available to students for ongoing inspiration as they progress through their medical training. These advisors refer students to their Lead Academic Advisor as needed. For additional information about this program, email Dr. Abigail Klemsz  or email Dr. Antwione Haywood.

“Being away from home has been hard for me at times. And because Dr. Hasnaa Jalou moved away from home at a young age, too, I can really identify with her. There are a lot of similarities between her culture and my Mexican heritage, and she understands how difficult it can be to be so far away from your loved ones.”
Sariely Sandoval, medical student