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.
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.
Each learning community appoints a House Leader to serve on its House Committee for the duration of medical school. There are separate House Committees for each of the four houses (Emanuel, Portes, Lipschultz, and Finkel). Each committee includes representatives from all four classes, with an M2 member as Head of House. The committees coordinate and plan (or delegate planning of) house events, including at least one full-house social event per year, house representation in intramural athletics, community service/engagement events, and student-to-student connecting/advising/tutoring across classes. House committees will create and update house webpages, accessible through the CMS Student Affairs Website. In 2013-2014, the committees are developing house crests and mottos. House committees solicit volunteers to serve on the inter-house Stress Reduction Committee, which also organizes the annual Field Day.