LEARNING COMMUNITIES – THE "HOUSE" SYSTEM
In 2011 NJMS organized our learning community into a system of five Houses to further enrich the sense of community in medical school and to provide each student with individualized mentoring and support. From Orientation onward, incoming students meet with their second-year mentors (the "ENGAGE" Mentors) and their House Faculty Mentors (see below) establishing ongoing relationships that will assist them in optimizing medical school experiences and future career development.
The House Faculty Mentors are a critical feature of our Career Advising program, which is dedicated to helping students select and move toward a chosen career specialty. These members of the medical school faculty assist students in exploring career options and helping them reach informed decisions about which specialty to pursue. The Career Advising program is modeled after the approach recommended by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), which provides a comprehensive system of guidance that helps the medical student learn about career options, explore interests and values related to these options, and manage the residency application process. Activities sponsored by the Career Advising program begin in the fall of first year and continue throughout your tenure in medical school. Students find Career Advising activities to be invaluable as they contemplate future careers in medicine.