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Advisor, Learning Communities

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science
North Chicago, Illinois
salary negotiable, includes a generous benefits package
Posted Date
Oct 13, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Summary:


Under the leadership of the Assistant/Associate Dean for Student Affairs at Chicago Medical School (CMS) the Learning Communities advisor provides support for medical students throughout their four years of medical education.  The Learning Communities advisor works directly with assigned clinical faculty mentors to ensure the success and well-being of our medical students.  The advisor provides academic support, general career advising and serves as a co-advisor to student members of the learning communities house council.  As a member of the student affairs team, the Learning Communities Advisor collaborates with members of the student affairs team for events and other activities of the Chicago Medical School.   

Our generous benefits package includes medical, dental, and vision plans; paid parental leave; short term and long term disability plans; life insurance; flexible spending accounts; and a 403(b) retirement plan which includes a 10% employer contribution after 2 years of service. RFUMS is committed to employee wellbeing and work-life balance. Full time staff are eligible for 3 weeks of vacation, 15 sick days, and 13 holidays plus two floating holidays. That is a minimum of 30 paid days off each year!


 Who We Are

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) is a six-college graduate health sciences university dedicated to the interprofessional education of health and biomedical professionals. Chicago Medical School, the original college of the six, has been educating physicians and furthering biomedical research for more than 100 years. Established in 1912, the founders built a combined medical school and hospital where working men and women could study medicine at night.   


As a community-based institution, CMS students experience a variety of clinical environments and models; including, inner-city and suburban hospitals, the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center that serves U.S. military personnel, as well as private clinics and practice settings.  Training focuses on positioning patients at the center of care and as an active member of the healthcare team.  During student didactic training, CMS’ simulation labs allow students to sharpen their interactive and communication skills and develop critical reasoning. Students have early clinical contact, experience a supportive environment, and can count on a faculty dedicated to student success.

Faculty and staff are passionate about CMS’ mission to educate physicians and scientists dedicated to providing exemplary, compassionate patient care, and excellence in scientific discovery within a diverse, supportive, and interprofessional environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

 General Advisor:

  • Assigned to a cohort of students in each of the four classes, M1 through M4 years.
  • Serves as the point person for each student in their cohort.
  • Provides information on policies and procedures to help support student success.
  • Meets with students in cohort groups as well as individually to guide students in their transition to medical school and throughout, to residency placement. 
  • Maintains holistic advising records for each student within their individual cohort, tracking academic success, career advising, personal support needs, referrals, and progression. 
  • Participates in the completion of the MSPE (Medical Student Performance Evaluation)

Medical Student Academic Support:

  • Provides general academic support and conducts workshops for time management, organization, critical thinking, test taking, learning skills, etc.
  • Ensures that all students within their cohort are tracked for academic progress and appropriately referred for difficulties that may inhibit their success.
  • Manages support of Step 1 and Step 2CK study plans for each student within their cohort.
  • Reports student progress data related to academics and learning assistance by cohort.

 Medical Student Career Advising:

  • Participates in and leads career development activities.
  • Provides AAMC Careers in Medicine Workshops for students within cohort.
  • Facilitates discussions with students regarding their career path. 
  • Supports students in their development of a curriculum vita and personal statements for research opportunities, away electives, awards and scholarships and residency applications.

House and Learning Communities:

  • In collaboration with the Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the learning community mentors, supports programming around RFU nine dimensions of wellness.
  • Works collaboratively with physicians who serve as learning community mentors. 
  • Meets monthly with learning community mentors to review programming, student concerns and planning for house activities.
  • Provides guidance to student members of the House Council within the cohort.
  • Participates in the planning and execution of House Council events such as Field Day and Winter Carnival.

Special Programs:

  • Participates in the planning and execution of both the White Coat Ceremony and the Transition to Clinical Education Ceremony. 
  • Collaborates with other members of the student affairs staff for M1 Orientation, Academic and Career Advising Series programs, Match Day, Commencement, etc.

Other duties as assigned.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must achieve satisfactory results from a background check
  • Must have proof of COVID 19 vaccination and booster or a university approved exemption

Required Education and Experience:

  • Master’s Degree in higher education with a specific focus on college student personnel or counseling from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Five-years’ experience working with students as an advisor/counselor in a higher education setting.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Committed to student development and providing a professional mentoring relationship with medical students.
  • Demonstrated experience in medical education academic support with an understanding of learning theories and student success.
  • Student Affairs experience with activities and program development.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work with students, faculty, staff, and administration.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills to aid in developing strong and empathetic relationships with students with a willingness to listen to, understand and support while setting appropriate and professional boundaries.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated trustworthiness, integrity, and exceptional character. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Prior experience in undergraduate medical education is desirable. 
  • Experience working with medical students is preferred. 

Typical Physical Demands and Working Conditions:

  • Consistent with those found in a formal academic institution office environment.
  • Selected candidate must have the mental and physical capabilities to perform the essential functions of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

EOE, including Disability / Vets

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