The medical student academic support office provides academic support regarding every aspect of the medical curriculum. Students may seek academic assistance for a variety of reasons. Our goal is to support all students as they adapt their study skills, test-taking strategies and personal habits to the demands of the medical curriculum. Any student in the College of Medicine may access our services at no charge, and referrals are not needed.

We encourage you to explore the following resources:

Academic Counseling:  Whether you’re just entering medical school or planning to graduate, there are always the challenges of adjusting to or keeping up with a rigorous curriculum. The Learning Specialists are available to meet with students individually or in a small group to try to prevent, identify, and resolve whatever academic issue you may be experiencing.

Study Strategies: We understand that the amount of material and the pace of the curriculum can present difficulties for many students. Knowing how to study is a key component of your success as a medical student. The more you become aware of your own learning style, the better you will learn. Referrals are also made for the testing of learning disabilities. 

USMLE Preparation: Starting with your first year, resource materials, didactic sessions for whole classes, practice tests, and facilitated small groups are offered to ensure your successful completion of Steps 1 and 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE). Step 1 and 2 exams are generally completed at the end of Med 2 and the beginning of Med 4, respectively. For more information about the USMLE, go to

USMLE Step 1 Mentor Program: Interested second-year students are matched with third- and fourth-year mentors/tutors who provide guidance and support during the USMLE Step 1 study block. We understand that studying for Step 1 can be stressful, so upper-class mentors avail themselves to answer questions regarding study strategies, study material, etc., and reinforce good self-care habits, such as eating, sleeping, and exercise.

For additional information, contact:

Anne Hinze, MA, MS
Learning Specialist, Office of Student Life
138B Meiling Hall
370 West 9th Ave.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

Kim Doran, MS
Learning Specialist, Office of Student Life
138C Meiling Hall
370 West 9th Avenue
Columbus OH 43210

If you are seeking information about admission requirements, please contact the Admissions Office.