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Current Students

Medical Student Portal

The Zone is the information portal for undergraduate medical students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.  Much of the information below can be accessed by navigating through the Zone; however, we thought it might be helpful to highlight some of the more popular topics.

Some of the pages are password protected, so if you are not yet enrolled in the School of Medicine, you will not be able to view the information.

Medical Student Handbook

The Office of Student Affairs disseminates information regarding academic policies and procedures, student services, student wellness, and much more through the Student Handbook.

Career and Residency Advising

One of the most important missions at our medical school is to provide an advisory system which is comprehensive, flexible, individualized and focused on student success. The Advisory Dean Program and the first year FAST System are run through the Office of Student Affairs.

Advisory Deans

Upon entering medical school, each PITT medical student is assigned an Advisory Dean, who will provide individual mentorship through all four years in the areas of:

  • Strategies for Success
  • Enrichment Opportunities
  • Career and Residency Choices
  • Professional Development

Faculty and Students Together ( FAST ) Groups

The FAST groups provide additional support during freshman year, consisting of five first year students, two second year students ( "big sibs" ) and clinical faculty member. The network specifically addresses the many transitional issues which student encounter upon entering medical school.


Research and Enrichment Opportunities

Many Enrichment Programs are offered, including Research Opportunities, Areas of Concentration, Dual Degrees, Year-off Fellowships, Community Service Learning, Global Health, and Public Health.   

Student Services

Student services are listed in the Student Handbook and include Student Health and Wellness, Financial Aid, Disability, and Counseling Services, among others.

Student Governance and Student Activities

Check out the Student Executive Council (SEC), the Specialty Interest Groups and student activities, as well as Student Life in Pittsburgh.

Policies and Procedures

The Student Handbook includes the school’s Academic Policies and Procedures and Administrative Policies and Procedures.

Academic Calendars

This page provides academic calendars for all medical students.