Volunteer Faculty Advisor shares coffee and compatibility

June 9, 2016

They may seem like just another couple of friends conversing over coffee at the Copper Moon coffee shop at IU Health University Hospital. But look closer and you will see an advisor-advisee relationship that works.

For the past decade, Don Selzer, M.D., M.S., FACS, associate professor of surgery, has been involved in advising medical students, and this year he became a Volunteer Faculty Advisor (VFA). One of his current advisees is Tyler Turchan, MS3.  While Turchan appreciates Selzer’s advice regarding medical school and his approaching career, he’s most grateful for his advisor’s willingness to go beyond that.

“Some of the best advice he has given me has been regarding work-life balance and how to make sure that things are a priority outside of school and work,” Turchan says.

But don’t think the relationship is a one-way street. Selzer says being a VFA “means taking your knowledge both from personal experience and through connections with others from all disciplines and walks of life to help students. It is an incredibly fulfilling endeavor that provides both people with a positive feeling.”

Volunteer Faculty Advisors shepherd students through their medical school career providing one-on-one mentoring and a social connection to IUSM. Advisors serve as positive medical role models, exploring challenges and seeking solutions with (not for) the learners, and encouraging medical students to strive for excellence.

If you’d like to make a meaningful impact in the life of a medical student outside of the classroom, click here to learn more about the Volunteer Faculty Advisor program.