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Academic support services are available to all medical students through the Office of Learner Development. Assistance is offered to help students increase study effectiveness and efficiency and to achieve their learning and academic goals. Medical students are given assistance adapting their learning strategies to the unique challenges of medical education, and in developing skills for lifelong learning in medicine.


A full range of academic services assist students in developing optimal learning and performance skills and strategies - such as time management, organizational skills, problem-solving, memorization and reading techniques, test-taking skills, etc. Examples of services provided include:

  • Counseling for improving learning approaches and test-taking skills.
  • Assistance with specific learning or performance problems (i.e. difficulties in concentration/attention, procrastination, test anxiety, etc.).
  • Assistance with preparation for the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 and Step 2.
  • Referrals to Disability Services (Twin Cities, or Duluth Campus) and other university and community resources, as indicated.

Schedule an Appointment

For individualized assistance in optimizing learning activities and academic performance, or to consult on issues impacting on learning, contact Scott Slattery in the Twin Cities, or Phyllis Lindberg in Duluth to schedule an appointment.

  • Twin Cites: Scott Slattery, PhD, LP, B-609 Mayo, slatt008@umn.edu, (612) 626-7196
  • Duluth: Phyllis Lindberg, MA, LPCC, SMed 176, plindber@d.umn.edu, (218) 726-7056


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