Academic Support & Tutoring

Academic Learning Specialists

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 ) and are prepared to help students all along the way in even in the face of changes with licensing. Additionally, various books and resources are available to students in a lending library. Contact the learning specialist at your site to learn more!


Acting Lead Academic Learning Specialist: Yvonne Tyler, M.D.

Yvonne meets with Seattle students during Foundations and in preparation for Step 1. Additionally, she serves as a learning specialist for students at all sites as they prepare to take Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS of the USMLE.


Academic Learning Specialists at each Foundations Site:

Regional learning specialists meet with students at their respective foundation sites during MS1 and MS2 years and in preparation for Step 1.

Seattle: Yvonne Tyler, M.D.

Spokane: Jon Hammermeister, Ph.D.; Brittney Haong B.S.

Wyoming: Rachel LeBeau B.S.E.; Tracey Ann Haas, DO, MPH

Alaska: Shannon R. Uffenbeck,  Ph.D.

Montana: Jacqueline Wilson, M.D.

Idaho: Lynda Freeman DHSc., MPH, MBA


USMLE Updates During COVID-19

Click here to be redirected to the USMLE’s website for the latest announcements.



Tutoring Canvas page

Tutoring is available to all medical students and is free of charge. In order to meet the needs of our diverse student population most tutoring is available over Zoom. Ready? To set up a meeting with a tutor, please see the tutoring canvas page tutor list (link above).


Disability Services and Accommodations

DRS: Disability Resources for Students


Step 1 Resources

For information on resources, timeline, and preparing for test day, visit Step 1 Preparation website.

For more info on skills and strategies for succeeding in medical school, please read the academic support blog.


Step 2 CK & CS Resources


Recording links

ANKI Tutorial

Test Anxiety Workshop