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  • Description of Academic Consulting Services

    1. Eligibility for Services
      Services provided by ACS are available to: 1) currently enrolled students in the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Dentistry, School of Pharmacy, School of Health Related Professions, and School of Graduate Studies at the University of Mississippi Medical Center; 2) any individual currently designated as a resident or fellow at the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and 3) any faculty of the University of Mississippi Medical Center requesting assistance for educational development.
    2. Services Available
      ACS provides students, residents, and fellows assistance with a wide range of issues that include: transition to professional school, time management, study skills, stress management, testing strategies, interpersonal and communication skills, clarification of career goals, and coping strategies. ACS identifies personal and mental health issues interfering with learning and teaching and makes referrals when recommended treatment is beyond the academic service scope. ACS also provides support and consultation to faculty, assisting in their development of the relevant skills and behaviors essential to teaching adult learners.
    3. Confidentiality
      ACS is an institutional service that provides evaluation and assistance to students, residents, fellows, and faculty of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Based on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), ACS can disclose information to appropriate institutional officials for legitimate educational purposes. ACS will not disclose any information to individuals external to the University of Mississippi Medical Center without permission/consent of the participating student, resident, fellow, or faculty. In situations involving danger and/or risk to self or others, confidentiality cannot be maintained and contact of individuals internal or external to the University of Mississippi Medical Center can occur. These situations include 1) intent to harm self or others; 2) report of child abuse or neglect; 3) report of abuse or neglect of a vulnerable adult; or 4) if, in the academic consultant's judgment, there is demonstration of endangerment to self due to diminished mental capacity or emotional functioning. In addition, ACS must comply with the law and release information subpoenaed by a court for use in judicial proceedings.
    4. Staff Consultation
      In order to provide optimal services, academic consultants may consult with other members of the professional staff and/or faculty of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
    5. Emergent Needs
      ACS only provides services for educational and academic development. If an emergency requiring immediate care or psychiatric intervention occurs, the individual should contact a current health care provider, go to the nearest emergency room, or call 911.
    6. Research and Evaluation
      ACS evaluates and improves its services by conducting research and evaluation. Individuals receiving services may be asked to participate in current research studies or selected information may be used in research projects conducted at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. All information utilized for research purposes is anonymous and confidential.