Leaving no P-1, 2, 3, or 4 left behind, basically implies, like upon coming into the College of Pharmacy, we kind of have this term called "Pharmily". And we treated everybody as they come in as family. Just like in life, you don't want to see any family members fall behind or fall off track, and make sure that they get help, whether it's from a peer, anybody who's doing tutoring as well.
In the College of Pharmacy, we have a wealth of resources for student support. We have our academic enrichment program, which has several components. We meet with students after they've had exams. We meet with them during midterm period. And then we typically meet with them again before final exams to make sure that they're on the right track to finish their courses. So we offer tutoring for all of our courses and P-1 through P-3 years. The tutors are other pharmacy students who have successfully passed those courses. And they provide free tutoring to our students several days a week, for the entire semester.
There are different ways that a student can sign up for mentors. So we have VIMS, which is the Vanguard Interactive Mentoring scholars, which basically just consists of students from their second year and up, who will mentor incoming pharmacy students. VIMS also host SOS sessions, which is short for Sink Or Swim. And it's basically just a big meeting, where all the first year pharmacy students, along with the VIMS mentors. They can ask any and all questions that they have regarding, you know, life in pharmacy school, life outside of pharmacy school, you know, academic questions, and they can have all their questions answered by their peers.
A new student induction starts off with orientation for the P-1's. It's typically put on by our expeers, which is a student ran organization as well as VIMS, which is another student run mentorship program, where the P-1 students are paired with some of the upperclassmen. And they kind of helping guide them through orientation, all the fun activities that are involved as well as common knowledge that they want to have about the College of Pharmacy before they start their coursework. And then shortly after that, they'll receive their white coats, typically after their first test.
There is the Career Development Office inside of the Office of Student Affairs, and in addition to career services in the College of Pharmacy, students are also eligible and able to go to the University's Career Services Department for assistance.
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