Structure of the Academies of Advisors Program

The Academies of Advisors consists of six academies. Each academy has seven advisors, comprised of Boston University Medical Center (BUMC) clinical and basic science faculty with proven expertise in mentoring students, and two student Academy Council representatives. Approximately thirty (30) students per year join each academy group, or 4-5 students per year for each advisor.

The faculty composition of each academy includes;

  • Medical School dean from either the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Academic Affairs, or the Admissions Office
  • one basic science faculty
  • one primary care faculty member
  • one surgical faculty;
  • and two specialist faculty (radiology, pathology, etc. or medical or surgical subspecialty).


Upon entering BUSM, each student is assigned a faculty member as their Academy Advisor and remain in this academy until graduation.  Each Academy Advisor is assigned two Advisors At-Large, who serve – less formally – as an additional resource for students. Additionally, during the 3rd year, students will select a Field-Specific Advisor (FSA). FSAs are faculty physicians who advise students on particular specialties and help guide them toward residency. First year students are also assigned a Peer Advisor (PA).  PAs are 2nd year BUSM students who provide yet another resource for students.


Each Academy has two (2) Academy Council Representatives (President and Alternate), totaling twelve (12) officers, who help to ensure participation from students, provide feedback about the Academies programs/events/mentoring, and contributes to new program ideas.



With 43 Advisors, 84 Advisors At-Large, 12 Academy Council Representatives, dedicated Field-Specific Advisors, and numerous Peer Advisors, the Academies of Advisors Program is an institution-wide effort to support the professional and personal development of each medical student as they assume the challenges of medical school.