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Advising and Mentoring

The advising and mentoring for Doctor of Pharmacy students is based on professionalism and socialization into the profession of pharmacy. The Office of the Professional Development, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the Office of Advancement and Alumni Affairs in conjunction with key, fellow College of Pharmacy individuals and administrators provide a cohesive approach to achieve this goal.

PhLAMES Program

About the Program

The Pharmacy Learning, Advising, Mentoring, and Engagement for Students (PhLAMES) program aims to support and advance the longitudinal professional and character development of student pharmacists utilizing:

  • network-based mentoring

  • co-curricular activities that complement the didactic and experiential coursework of the professional PharmD curriculum 

The mentoring aspect of PhLAMES utilizes network-based mentoring which takes advantage of the professional networks and experiences of faculty mentors and a group of student pharmacists to:

  • support academic and professional development needs

  • encourage intellectual pursuits

  • improve intergenerational understanding in the College of Pharmacy community

Active student participation in student-led and student-centered co-curricular continuing professional development (CPD) activities aim to “expand the horizons” of the student pharmacist and instill the importance of independent lifelong learning and self-accountability in four core domains: 

  • health promotion and education

  • advocacy for the pharmacy profession

  • professional/leadership/career development

  • service to the College of Pharmacy and broader communities

Peer Advising Program

About the Program

The Peer Advising Program is a program designed to help first-year students adjust to their new academic environment.  Peer Advisors (PA) are second or third-year students who want to assist new students.  PAs can offer advice and assistance from a student’s perspective because not so long ago (one to two years) they had to deal with the same first-year issues.  How often students meet, talk or email each other is up to them.  Some students just like knowing that there's another student they can contact if they need to.

Alumni PharmD Student Mentor Program

About the Program

The Offices of Advancement and Alumni Affairs, Student Affairs and Professional Development have teamed up to create a new alumni-student mentoring program at our College.

The alumni mentor may serve as a professional contact to assist you with your pharmacy professional goals and career opportunities as well as provide professional advice and guidance.  Your alumni mentor may also serve as a great networking contact. 

Signing up for the Program

If you are interested in participating in this program, read the expectations and requirements for being a student mentee and then go to the link below to sign up.

By signing up for and participating in the Alumni Mentor program, you as a mentee will, in good faith, meet the following expectations:

  •  Initiate contact with your mentor 2-3 times each semester.
  •  Always address the mentor in a professional and respectful manner including emails, phone conversations, appointments and personal interactions.
  •  Represent yourself and the College of Pharmacy in a professional manner.
  •  Develop questions and engage your alumni mentor in discussions focusing on professional development and post-graduate career opportunities.
  •  Listen to and learn from the experience of your alumni mentor and remember to be open minded to advice and constructive criticism. 

Please keep in mind that the alumni mentors are volunteering their time to mentor you because they want to offer help, guidance and assistance to UIC COP students, please make the most of the experience and also be very respectful of their time.

We will do our best to accommodate all requests for an alumni mentor but please keep in mind that have a limited number of mentors.  If you are not selected, we will keep you posted if an alumni mentor becomes available.

If you are interested in signing up for the program, please sign up by September 15th at:

Sign up for an Alumni Mentor

Please feel free to contact the Ken Smith,, or Dan DiCesare,, from the Office of Student Affairs if you have any questions.