University of Pittsburgh


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.