Academic Support

Academic Support encompasses a broad array of services including learning strategies, test-taking skills, time management, advisement, as well as tutoring. Academic Support also provides special programming and opportunities designed to enrich academic experiences. Academic support is provided and available to all students in the School of Medicine regardless of status (enrolled or on leave), class (MS1-MS4), and WWAMI region.

  • Individual Advising: Academic Support provides services that help students understand the greater purpose of their education, develop strategies for success, and develop an appreciation for lifelong learning. By consistently working together, the student and learning specialist work to bring out every student’s personal potential, explore areas of interest, and complete goals.
  • Presentations: Academic Support provides informational presentations on registration for licensing exams, PreMat and Orientation, and Department updates.
  • Academic WorkshopsAcademic Support provides workshops related to performance enhancement, student panels, creating a Step 1 or Step 2 study plan, accessing Disability Resources for Students (DRS), and more.
  • Peer Tutoring: Academic Support houses the peer tutoring program. The program offers group and individual tutoring to students as they advance through the curriculum. Group tutoring sessions are offered multiple times throughout the week and individual sessions are scheduled on an as-needed basis. Tutors consist of fellow peers who have mastered the content and have a passion for teaching and helping others.
  • Referral Services: Academic Support provides customized referral services based on every individual student’s needs. Referral sources include Financial Aid, Disability Resources for Students (DRS), Counseling & Wellness Services, Career Advising, Registration, Proactive Advising, Curriculum, Foundations Deans, and more.

The learning specialists assist students with a variety of issues related to academic advising including test-taking, study plans, improving study skills, coping with test anxiety, and referrals for further support. We also help students prepare for the United States Medical Licensing Exams (USMLE ) – Step 1 and Step 2. Email for general academic support questions.

WWAMI Foundations Site:

WWAMI is the UW School of Medicine’s one-of-a-kind, multi-state medical education program. The acronym, WWAMI, stands for the states served by the UW School of Medicine: Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

Each state is considered a Foundations Site and has its own Learning Specialist available to assist students. Regional Learning Specialists meet with students at their respective Foundation sites during MS1 and MS2 years and in preparation for Step 1. Dr. Brice and Dr. Tyler meet with clinical students for advising related to NBME shelf exams and Step 2 CK.

Meet with the WWAMI Academic Support Team

Schedule an appointment with a learning specialist

How to Contact Academic Support

For general questions or concerns related to advising, tutoring or licensing exams, email our office account at

Academic Support Resources

Disability Resources for Students

Foundations Resources

Six learning strategies explained by our UWSOM learning specialists:

Three springboard study plans that put the learning science into practice.