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The UQ MD Personal Advisor Network (PAN) is an integral part of the Medical Student Aspirations and Support Strategy 2021-2023 and provides targeted and individualised support for medical students to help foster a spirit of community and connectedness. Each student entering the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program is invited to join the PAN and be assigned a personal advisor, who plays a valuable role in guiding and shaping the experience of medical students.

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, and
  • Recommending other input or support services should difficulties arise.
The Personal Advisor Rural Network (PARN) is a subset of the PAN. The PARN has been established with the specific purpose of encouraging students with a rural perspective and supporting rural origin students or those interested in pursuing a medical career in rural and remote communities. 

Further information for medical students about the PAN is available on the MD Student Support webpage.

Further information for personal advisors, including information on the role and how to sign-up, is available on the UQ MD Personal Advisor Network webpage.

Testimonials from students and personal advisors

My personal advisor has been such a fantastic bedrock of support this year, and has really helped to put this first year of study into perspective with some fantastic words of wisdom.
- Year 1 MD student, 2021

Overall I have found this program to be time well spent - looking after students at key moments in their years.
Personal advisor, 2021

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