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PharmD Advising

Advising is more than just academic support – it’s also about career advisement and you should meet your advisor even if you are not having academic or personal issues. 

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Advisors and Mentors

Faculty Advisors: All UB SPPS students are matched with a faculty advisor when they enter the program. It is required that you meet with your advisor at least once a semester. You may also seek advice and mentorship from any other faculty member as well. 

Alumni Mentors: We pair interested students with an alumni “guide” called a Dean's Alumni Ambassador (DAA) Mentor. Your DAA Mentor would be chosen for you based on your interests. DAA Mentors introduce students to career opportunities and develop relationships with practicing pharmacy professionals. Contact Jennifer Rosenberg, Associate Dean, for more information.

Student Peer Mentors: Dean's Student Ambassador Peer Mentors are available to chat with prospective and current students. Consider this a great complement to meeting with your academic advisor or mentor.

Purposes of Advising

Advisors are available to assist with academic, career and personal matters. Advisors...

  • Assist students in developing educational and career plans consistent with life goal(s).
  • Provide accurate information regarding academic progression, degree requirements and other school policies.
  • Help students access campus resources.
  • Assist students in overcoming personal, academic and career planning issues.
  • Identify conditions that may impede achievement and formulate solutions.
  • Increase retention by providing a personal contact, connecting them to the institution and available resources.

Topics for Discussion

Possible topics for advising meetings include:

  • Educational background
  • Career options, goals, and planning
  • Course plans (electives and special programs)
  • Grades, academic progression, academic probation and other school policies
  • Preparation for postgraduate study 
  • Resume/CV review
  • Experiential education
  • Research with advisor (PHM 598)
  • Time log review for time management (ex. track hour by hour for two weeks then review how time was spent)
  • Motivation, reading skills, note-taking skills, test-taking strategies, listening skills, memory/retaining information
  • Behaviors including number of hours working, getting enough sleep, exercising, getting involved in clubs/organizations

Advisement Tools

The University at Buffalo and the SPPS Admissions and Advisement Office have developed the following tools to assist you in understanding your progress and help you develop an academic plan.

Additional UB Services and Resources

As a UB student, you have access to so many tools to help you succeed. Take advantage of Counseling Services, Wellness Education Services, Life and Learning Workshops, Financial Aid and more.

Advising FAQ's

How was my advisor assignment determined?
Your advisor is based on your choices indicated on the pre-orientation form. If you selected multiple interests or did not indicate a specific advisor, random assignments were made.

Can I switch/change advisors?
No. You are assigned to one faculty advisor, but you are also encouraged to meet with other faculty members and seek advice from multiple sources. We can also help facilitate meetings between you and faculty or alumni, so if you are having difficulty getting in touch with someone, ask us to help. Email pharm-advise@buffalo.edu.

Can my advisor be from outside UB SPPS faculty?
No. You are assigned to one faculty advisor in the school. However, feel free to connect with others outside of the school. We can also facilitate a meeting with an Alumni Mentor.

How often do I have to meet with my advisor?
Students must meet with their advisor at least once a semester. Keeping in close contact with your advisor gives him/her the basis for any letters of reference or referrals in the future. Advising is more than just academic – it’s also about career advisement. Students should meet their advisor even if they are not having academic or personal issues.

Do I have to meet with my advisor even though I do not have any concerns?
We require students to meet with their advisor at least once a semester. It is the student’s responsibility to reach out to their advisor. Meetings are not only for students who have academic concerns – it is also about career advisement. Advisors can help you prepare and also forward opportunities to you. Also, it is important to meet regularly to establish a relationship so that if you do need help or a reference, it will be easier for advisors to help you. 

What should I expect in my advisor meeting?
Academic advising can help you explore career options, investigate postgraduate opportunities, choose appropriate electives and programs, identify research opportunities and find university resources and support. Your advisor will likely lead the discussion, but you should also come prepared with a list of questions, your grade report and your updated CV. 

What should I bring to my appointment?
Come prepared with questions about courses, special programs, career options, etc. Bring your grades if you have grade concerns. Bring your updated CV or a list of activities you have been doing.

Do I have to meet with my advisor if I am a dual degree student in another program? 
Yes, you must check-in with your advisor at least once a semester – even if you are in the other school. Your meeting may be via phone, Skype, or email. 

Are P4’s required to meet with their advisor? 
Yes, you must check-in with your advisor at least once a semester – even if you are away on rotations. Your meeting may be via phone, Skype, or email. 

Can my advisor help me with financial or tuition questions?
No, advisors will not be able to assist you in these matters. These questions can only be handled by the UB Office of Student Accounts. Questions related to applying for privately or publicly funded scholarships, however, are within the realm of what an advisor can assist you with.

How can my advisor help me with a personal concern? 
Your advisor is available to listen to any concerns you may have. They can provide some resources and advise to assist you. 

How can my advisor help me with an academic concern?
Advisors want to see you succeed and we know each and every one of you is capable of success in our program. If you think you're falling behind, please make an appointment with an advisor.

Can advisors see my grades?
No, advisors cannot see your grades. You may bring your grades to the advising appointment. However, we do collect mid-term grade reports and will notify your advisor if you are doing poorly in a course. 

Who can I contact about the SPPS PharmD advising program or if I need additional information?
Please refer to the Student webpages. There, you will find class and exam schedules, tutoring and study skills resources, financial resources and student accounts, career planning resources, research resources, UB services and resources and more.

For general questions, please email pharm-advise@buffalo.edu or contact Karl Fiebelkorn, Advisement Committee Chair, or Christine Stumm, Coordinator of Advising Committee. 

 

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