The Colleges Program (CAP) was launched in September, 2005 by Dr. David Nichols, then Vice Dean of Education, with the support of the Dean at that time, Dr. Edward Miller, and in collaboration with Dr. Pat Thomas, Associate Dean for Curriculum, Dr. Tom Koenig, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and the Medical Student Society. The program is intended to provide every medical student with a dedicated and longitudinal advisor/mentor.
The vision for the Program is: “To develop a learning community of students and faculty dedicated to enhancing personal and professional growth and career development. This will occur through collaborative learning, clinical skill-building, longitudinal advising, and enhancing connections between students and all (interested) members of the school of medicine."
Twenty-four physicians in the medical school hold positions as "Core Colleges Faculty". This faculty devotes approximately 20 percent effort as longitudinal advisors to five students in each class, and as small group instructors for the Year 2 Clinical Skills course. From a social perspective, groups are organized around student-faculty pairings. This arrangement offers students the opportunity to learn the fundamental skills of medicine and lessons in professionalism and humanism from a trusted advisor.
Students and faculty are organized into four colleges, each named after legendary Hopkins faculty member:
Each college is populated by 120 students, 30 from each class, and six core faculty, with a faculty leader and student leaders. In the planning phase is an extended faculty network to maximize mentoring opportunities for students. Each college has a unique and complementary schedule of social, peer advising, and community events to foster unique college identity and enjoy the company of their peers. A geographic home for the Colleges is planned in the new Education Building.
Incoming students meet their faculty advisors at Orientation and subsequently see them for advisory meetings and informal get-togethers on a regular basis. Advisors may help students become familiar with the Baltimore community and host them in their homes. Academic and career advising will cover the "the road map" of medical education, including adjustment to professional school, research and scholarship, career choice, locating career-specific mentors, modeling professionalism, and appreciating the significance of "critical incidents" as they occur in a student’s professional training.