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 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, 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 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 on the PAN is available on the Medical Student Support webpage.

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

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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