An integral part of life in the School of Medicine is the Colleges Advisory Program, in which students are organized into four colleges for the length of their education at Johns Hopkins. Named for four legendary former faculty members, Florence Sabin, Vivien Thomas, Daniel Nathans and Helen Taussig, the colleges include 24 current core college faculty who devote 20 percent of their time as advisors, mentors and Clinical Foundations instructors to a total of 20 students each (five from each of the four current M.D. classes). The program provides every medical student with a dedicated and longitudinal mentor, enhancing their personal and professional growth and career development.
Each college has a unique and complementary schedule of social, peer advising and community events to foster its own identity and create opportunities for studying, socializing and team interaction. Incoming students meet their faculty advisors at orientation and subsequently see them for advisory meetings and informal get-togethers on an ongoing basis. Advisors may help students become familiar with the Baltimore community, often hosting them in their homes. Academic and career advising will cover the full spectrum 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.
The importance of the CAP program is physically evident in the recently opened Armstrong Medical Education Building, with separate suites for each college incorporated into the design.