The Office of Student Development and Academic Counseling (OSDAC) is located within the Brody School of Medicine and is dedicated to facilitating students' academic, career and personal development. To achieve our mission, we provide a variety of support services with a major focus on academic support, individual counseling, student development and prevention.
Academic Counseling and Development
Academic counseling and development services are intended to enhance students' level of academic skills and maximize academic performance in each year of the medical school curriculum. Individual and/or small group assessment and interventions are provided to assist with:
- Academic and performance anxiety
- Time management
- Study skills
- Test taking skills
- Board preparation
- Test remediation
Tools we use in our work include: the Approaches and Study Skills Inventory for Students (ASSIST), the Nelson-Denny Reading Test, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). We also maintain a Medical Student Lending Library which stocks books for M1 - M4 students as well as residents to help with their educational needs. This service is at no cost to students.
Career Counseling and Development
Career counseling and development services are intended to help medical students:
- Understand and explore career options
- Make appropriate and satisfying career choices
- Resolve career indecision
- Assess interests/values/personal characteristics
- Prepare professional credentials for residency application
- Address work/life balance concerns
- Enhance professionalism behaviors
- Increase multicultural awareness and competence as physician leaders
Students desiring specialty specific career advising, should contact Dr. Luan Lawson in the Office of Medical Education at firstname.lastname@example.org
Personal Counseling and Development
Personal counseling and development services include individual, couple, or small group assessment, triage, and short term counseling interventions related to:
- Stress and anxiety
- Family/relationship issues
- Grief and loss
- Self-defeating behaviors
- Personal adjustment to medical school
- Crisis situations
- Self-care and wellness
For personal mental health concerns, we typically provide brief, short term counseling. If your counselor feels that you are in need of more intense clinical assessment and/or long term care, your counselor will discuss this with you and provide a referral to Carolina Centre, ECU Psychiatry, the ECU Student Health Center or another provider of your choice. Services provided by Carolina Centre and ECU Psychiatry are at no cost to Brody medical students. OSDAC services are provided by doctorate level counselors and/or psychologists who are also licensed as mental health clinicians by their respective professional boards. Conversations with counselors are held in strictest confidence except for situations involving suspected abuse, harm to self or others, when court ordered, and when a student gives written permission for information to be released.
For medical students who desire a personal counseling, psychological assessment, or psychiatric care appointment with Carolina Centre or ECU Psychiatry, students should first contact our office to be referred to the appropriate provider. Once a referral has been made, students may then make an appointment directly with the provider. If you are referred to an outside provider, please be sure to indicate to the provider that you are an ECU Brody School of Medicine student.