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MPOWER Explanations and Roles

Explanation of UTHSC MPOWER Sessions

Large Group Sessions

  • Office of Student Affairs will host four large group sessions throughout the year. M1 students will be the targeted audience and speakers will be invited to present on designated topics.
  • See UTHSC MPOWER Session/Activity Structure for topics.

Peer to Peer Sessions

  • M3/M4 Peer Advisors will host four peer to peer sessions throughout the year for the M1 and M2 students.
  • All UTHSC MPOWER students will meet collectively with their house for each peer to peer session.
  • See UTHSC MPOWER Session/Activity Structure for topics and highlights/spotlights.

House Activities

  • M2‐M4 Peer Advisors and Residents of each house will host four house activities throughout the year for the M1 and M2 students in order to forge identities of the houses.
  • Peer Advisors will be given a list of M1 objectives to meet by the end of the academic year. The objectives will help you structure your house activities.
  • At least 1 house activity should include an activity with another house.
  • Office of Student Affairs will be available to assist, if needed.

Roles of House Members

Faculty Members

(Including all Faculty Mentors, Research Faculty, MD/PhD faculty, and Military Faculty)

  • Offer support and perspective to students in a group or individualized setting.
  • Meet one on one with M1 students during the academic year to discuss professional and personal development, well‐being, and answer any questions or concerns from the students.
  • Work closely with the M2 Peer Advisors to create an environment of open, honest discussion, flexibility and mutual respect.
  • Enhance student development as professionals through self‐knowledge, career planning, professionalism, and humanism.
  • Organize at least 4 social gatherings (2 in the fall and 2 in the spring) with your M1 and M2 students. Office of Student Affairs will pay for one social gathering/activity, at your discretion, for all students in your group (M1‐M4 Students).
  • Attend large group sessions if schedule permits.

M1 Students:

  • Develop supportive relationships through faculty engagement to enhance academic success in a supportive team environment driven by an interactive discussion format.
  • Attend four large group sessions sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, four peer‐to‐peer sessions, and four house activities throughout the year focusing on various topics. Each session will last only one hour.
  • Meet one on one with your faculty member at least one time during the academic year.

M2‐M4 Peer Advisors and Residents

  • M2 Peer Advisors will serve as a liaison to the faculty mentors, assist in scheduling at least four social outings throughout the year, and attend all peer‐to‐peer sessions and house activities.
  • M3/M4 Peer Advisors and Residents will work with M2 Peer Advisors to create 4 house activities for the M1 students.
  • M3/M4 Peer Advisors will create and sponsor all peer‐to‐peer sessions for the M1 and M2 students.
  • See UTHSC MPOWER Session/Activity Structure for topics and highlights/spotlights.

Staff Support

Office of Student Affairs will be your point of contact for all UTHSC MPOWER activities:

  • Dr. Womack Debbey Hester will be available to offer support and assistance to all students.
  • Courtney Cook will be the point of contact and provide career counseling for M1 and M2 Students.
  • Taylor Smith will be the point of contact for M3 and M4 Students.
  • Dr. Ennis will be the point of contact for students with questions regarding research.

Last Published: Jul 26, 2019