Our program is led by the Director of Academic Success, in collaboration with faculty and staff from the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Medical Education. The goal of Academic Success is to enhance medical students’ and residents’ academic and clinical learning experiences by offering a variety of learner-centered programs, services, and resources. Academic Success programs include workshops and webinars, panel discussions, guest speakers, peer tutoring, confidential consultations, and online instructional resources focused on timely and relevant topics. Example topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Creating a study plan and daily schedule
  • Developing an academic or educational learning plan
  • Developing effective strategies to manage the volume of course content
  • Developing study aids and tools (e.g., graphic organizers, flash cards, diagrams, tables)
  • Enhancing approaches to in-training/in-service exams for residents
  • Enhancing team processes and performance
  • Enhancing test-taking strategies (including how to read and answer NBME-style questions and how to enhance performance on standardized tests)
  • Implementing evidenced-based learning and study strategies
  • Implementing strategies for effective use of question banks
  • Improving note-making approaches
  • Improving strategies for review and self-testing
  • Managing time effectively and efficiently
  • Organizing and synthesizing information
  • Pre-reading techniques
  • Reading strategies to enhance comprehension and speed
  • Reducing test anxiety
  • Studying during busy rotations
  • Transitioning to Medical School
  • Understanding learning style preferences and implications for learning
  • USMLE Step 1, 2, and 3 strategies and resources
  • Referrals to other College of Medicine or CMU resources

Please contact me to inquire about Academic Success programs, to volunteer, and/or to suggest future topics.


Amanda Swafford, MBA

Director of Academic Success

The College of Medicine – Mount Pleasant

1280 S. East Campus Drive, CMED 2421
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
(989) 774-3338

The College of Medicine – East Campus

1632 Stone Street, Office 2009
Saginaw, MI 48602
(989) 746-7601

Note: The information on the Academic Success web pages is intended only as general, summary information. Academic Success does not endorse any commercial products, processes, services, or programs.