The UQ MD Personal Advisor Network (PAN) was established as part of the Medical Student Support Strategy (2018-2020). This initiative provides targeted and individualised support for medical students and fosters a spirit of community and connectedness. Each student entering the Medical Program is assigned a personal advisor, who play a significant and valuable role in guiding and shaping the experience of medical students, one to one.

The personal advisor is a key point of contact and contributes to medical student support by:
  • Encouraging an appropriate work-life balance, healthy behaviours and extra-curricular activities
  • Meeting at regular intervals to “check in” regarding academic progress and wellbeing
  • Offering positive support and encouragement
  • Providing guidance on adjusting to life as a medical student
  • Recommending other input or support services should difficulties arise.
The Personal Advisor Rural Network (PARN) is a subset of the Personal Advisor Network. The PARN has been established with the specific purpose of supporting and encouraging UQ medical students with a rural perspective.  It has the additional aim of increasing the number of students who elect to pursue a medical career in rural and remote communities, as well as supporting rural origin students.

Testimonials from students and personal advisors

My personal advisor is a wonderful reassuring mentor, who is willing to listen and give advice freely. She is always ready to hear from your perspective, and goes an extra step to make you feel at home. She is someone whose qualities I admire, and she is a joy to speak to.
- Year 1 MD student, 2019

Have enjoyed the experience and over the year felt rapport has improved with the two students and they have taught me stuff.
- Personal advisor, 2019

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