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Academic Timelines & Resources

Welcome future doctor! In general, graduate school is difficult. Specifically, medical school is an experience that challenges your commitment, determination, stamina, and perseverance.

Believe it or not, students can and do experience difficulty in medical school. Some problems medical students encounter include:

  • transitioning from undergraduate to graduate school
  • poor study skills, habits, and techniques
  • balancing courses with other commitments
  • self-esteem and confidence
  • motivation and procrastination

Recognizing that everyone needs support to be successful in medical school, various resources arefree and available to all current WSU medical students.

Overview of Available Programming

The following is a description of academic programming available to medical students in the Basic Sciences.

Academic Success Program

The Academic Success Program is to provide educational services and programs for medical students who need academic support to improve their academic progress and for students to enhance their academic achievements. Through services provided by the University Academic Success Center and specialized programming provided by the School of Medicine and Wayne State University, students are empowered to develop the academic skills and abilities to promote and demonstrate academic excellence.

Academic Success Lectures

Regularly scheduled in the Year 1 & 2 academic calendar Workshops on Outlook or Google, workshops are designed to review and teach academic study skills. Such skills covered are time management, note taking, memory, reading, test taking, etc.
<h3Academic Success Course on Blackboard

Academic activities, presentations, and study aids for the Basic Sciences can be accessed on BlackBoard. Connect to Academic Success Year 1 or Year 2 to access online tutorials such as WebPath or ExamMaster, find the location and times for review sessions, Step 1 programming and planning as well as other useful tips and techniques for basic science courses.

Academic Success Center (WSU)

The Academic Success Center (ASC)is to ensure that allWayne State University studentsbecome self-determined, motivated and independent learners. We accomplish this throughinstruction and services that support students’ development of skills toachieve academic excellence.


Students returning to school may participate in all aspects of basic science courses EXCEPT any and all examinations.

Comprehensive Exams

USMLE style exams are purchased or created to give Year 1 and 2 student’s exposure to national board exam. These exams occur at the end of the year.


One-on-one or small group academic assistance is available free of charge from a fellow medical student (Years 2-4). Tutoring includes discussion of relevant materials, strategies for retention of materials as well as application of materials as they relate to national board exams. Request a Tutor.

Review Sessions

Review of course material led by a Year 2 student is regularly timetabled in a MD lab at lunchtime on tuesdays and thursdays at 12 noon. Students attending this hour-long review in a group format are required to sign in each time they attend a session. The schedule for reviews is also listed in the Year 1 academic calendar on Outlook or Google calendars.

T2S2: Tips, Techniques, Strategies, and Skills

Upperclassmen facilitate workshops for Year 1 courses highlighting the available and pertinent resources for student success.