The Office of Student Affairs provides institutional administration of the House and Learning Communities Program.  There are ample opportunities for faculty and students to engage in the program.

Faculty Engagement

A physician faculty mentor leads each community comprising approximately 48 students, one-fourth of each medical school class.  Learning community mentors are responsible for advising, clinical mentoring, teaching, and social support.  They also serve as role models for community students.  Mentors reflect on their own views of clinical medicine and provide examples of medical interactions for the students to discuss.  Mentors invite students, especially in the first year, to shadow them in their clinical work.  For students who are interested in specialties outside of the mentor’s field, mentors make clinical contacts available for students who are interested in specialties outside of their fields.  Mentors are involved in Orientation and White Coat activities for first year students, Transition Ceremony for second- year students, and Match Day and Commencement activities.

Student Engagement

Student leaders including but not limited to sixteen Learning Community Representatives serve on a House Council.  Committees of the House Council plan and coordinate house events such as the Annual Field Day.  There are separate House Committees for each of the four houses (Emanuel, Portes, Lipschultz, and Finkel). There are also committees, Social Committee, Peer Mentoring and Wellness Committee, that include membership across houses and learning communities.  Each committee includes representatives from all four classes, with an M2 member as Head of House.   Crests and mottos have been developed for the four houses.