Working Hours: 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday

 Lebron Leon Nancy  

Ms. Nancy I. Lebron, M.Ed
Academic Advisor
(787)743-3038 Ext. 250

Mission

Academic advising promotes intellectual discovery, encourages students to take advantage of both in- and out-of-class educational opportunities, and helps them identify and achieve their goals. Our Academic Advisor is a trained professional in learning assessment, that has no role in the students’ academic assessment and/or promotion. The most important mission of the Academic Advisor is to assist students in developing educational goals that are consistent with program competencies. She serves as a liaison between faculty and students to help students achieve their academic goals. The Advisor also helps students identify appropriate resources through orientations and workshops. In collaboration with Personnel from the Deanship of Student Affairs, the Academic Advisor guides students in the development and approval of their academic study and/or remediation programs, and reviews their study plans for USMLE and PANCE exams. 

General services provided by the Academic Advisor

  • Study Strategies
  • Time Management
  • Test- Taking Skills
  • Study plans
  • Lecture Note Taking
  • Other

Academic Advising System

SJBSM has designed a system of academic advising that provides students with a layered system of academic support to assist them in achieving their academic goals. This system integrates the efforts of faculty members, year coordinators, course/clerkships directors, student affairs and students, that contribute individually and collectively on behalf of each student’s performance. The system is monitored by the Academic Advisor, who ensures that the individuals that intervene have no role in making assessment and/or promotion decisions in relation to the students.

The system is described as follows:

  • Early Intervention: upon admissions, first year students complete an inventory during orientation week that includes personal information; learning style; and time management skills. Mandatory interviews take place where the results are provided and discussed with students, including recommendations on appropriate study techniques. Early in the academic year, faculty may also refer students struggling with their academic goals to the Academic Advisor for an early intervention strategy.
  • Detailed assessment –using data from subsequent exams, a risk analysis is done for all students by the Learning Assessment Office. The Academic Advisor uses this information and integrates it to the additional assessments available in order to develop an individualized academic plan that provides students with a complete and comprehensive intervention plan.
  • Continuous monitoring - the Academic Advisor provides continuous monitoring to

Students conducting evaluations, and following up meetings to discuss the individualized academic plan and providing additional assistance when necessary. At the end of the academic year, the Academic Advisor evaluates the results of the system and submits a report with recommendations.

Additional resources available for students – the Academic Advisor will refer the student to the following offices and services when deemed necessary.

  1. Personal Counselor - the Personal Counselor is responsible for providing students with personal guidance with the intention of helping them identify and deal with personal situations that may affect them, and that, in some way, may obstruct their academic progress and personal development.
  2. Career Advising – The Personal Counselor provides guidance to students from the MPH, PA and BSN that helps them clarify their educational and/or professional goals, and leads them to essential career resources. She also assists students in preparation for their board examinations such as United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE), the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE), and the Puerto Rico Board of Examiners of Health Professionals.
    • MD students receive assistance from the Student Program Director who assists them in learning how to make good career decisions and choose a specialty by means of a thoughtful career planning process.
  3. Reasonable Accommodation Program – this program promotes and ensures that students with a documented disability are not denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimination under the educational programs and activities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and applicable state law.
  4. Tutoring –the tutoring program offers assistance to students in courses in which they are encountering academic difficulties. The tutoring program is mandatory for students at academic risk. Academic tutoring may be offered by faculty (who have no participation in the evaluation and/or promotion of the assigned student) and/or from fellow students through a peer to peer tutoring program as determined by the program. Students who serve as tutors are identified and recommended by faculty and/or course coordinators, and must be available to invest time in the tutoring program. They receive support from faculty in organizing and selecting the appropriate educational materials and methodology for tutoring, and a stipend for their work.
  5. Library – one of the school’s strengths is the online library services that has the best online databases in the market. Students may access these services remotely at any time. In addition, the library facilities are divided in the following areas: study rooms and individual study areas, faculty conference rooms, virtual anatomy resource center, a graduate resource center and the Computer Aided Instruction Laboratory (CAI), Serial Publications Collection, Information Literacy Room, Audiovisual Equipment Room, Photocopiers Room, and collections of Reference, Reserve and Circulation. The printed and non-printed resources are diverse and specialized, and comprise the necessary and essential resources that student need to comply with the academic programs.  
  6. MD faculty research mentoring – SJBSM promotes research in translational community medicine in all of its programs. MD students are assigned a faculty member as a mentor for their research project. Faculty research mentors assist the academic support system by providing structure and support to all medical students throughout the four years of medical education.
  7. PA faculty mentoring - PA students are assigned a principal faculty member as a mentor at the beginning of their academic program. Faculty mentors assist the academic support system by providing structure and support to all PA students throughout the PA program.
  8. Peer mentoring (Big Brother/Sister) – a peer mentoring/sponsorship program is promoted among MPA and MD students. Mentors follow up on students during their years in the academic program and provide informal advising that is flexible, proactive and positive in nature. These pairings are a unique element in the academic support system and serve as sounding boards for common, everyday questions relating to courses and administrative matters.
  9. Policies and procedures – polices have been set in place to provide for a safe and adequate learning environment where students may achieve their academic goals successfully such as student workload, health service, mistreatment, exposure to blood and airborne pathogens, etc.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring to my meeting?

  • To optimize the time in your academic meeting, be sure to bring any questions you may have about your academic success and any other items that may be relevant to setting up a plan for your academic success. This may include your planner, calendar, or other planning system that you may be using, recent notes or study sheets you've made.

Resources:

https://www.literacynet.org/mi/assessment/findyourstrengths.html

http://vark-learn.com/the-vark-questionnaire/

https://learningnurse.org/personskills/time/tm-intro.php