Student Support Services

The College of Medicine devotes a great deal of energy to developing students outside the classroom. The College created a director of Student Development position in the Office of Student Affairs. George Blackall, Psy.D., MBA, oversees a wide range of programs that provide individual counseling, personalized faculty support, career counseling and disability services.

Two specific programs included in Penn State’s student development resources are Careers in Medicine (CiM) and the Faculty Advisor Program. The College of Medicine has incorporated the CiM Program developed by the Association of American Medical Colleges into a comprehensive career development program that is coordinated by the director of Student Development. We have tailored the CiM program by offering several small group discussion sessions to assist in career planning in addition to individual meetings as requested.

The Faculty Advisor Program is an important component of the student development system designed to provide support and guidance during all phases of a student’s medical school career. Each entering student is assigned to a faculty member. The faculty member assists with the initial adjustment to medical school, provides advice and counsel on academic and non-academic issues, and helps the student identify resources to assist with career interests and professional goals. The Faculty Advisory Program is a vital part of the Penn State experience. It is one of many opportunities for our students to develop close and personal relationships with faculty outside the classroom.

Health care is available to medical, graduate and nursing students and their families through the Office of Student Health based in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Comprehensive primary services are provided as well as a confidential counseling system.