Student Services

Advising & Mentoring for Pharmacy students

The Professional Development Advising Team (PDAT) program began with the matriculation of the first P1 class into the College of Pharmacy in 2007 and has assisted pharmacy students with continuity in advising, support and retention from the first year of pharmacy school until graduation.

Program Goals

Becoming a pharmacist involves integrating both the science and art of medicine with health care practice.  Students have many questions about their role and responsibilities as professional students, about the curriculum, about clinical practice, and about the current environment in which pharmacy is practiced.  The PDAT program offers students and faculty an opportunity to work closely together, learning to integrate the complexities of both basic sciences and clinical practice. The goal of the program is to support professional development of all students as they progress through the pharmacy school curriculum, to identify at risk-students and intervene with necessary support services, and to promote student success and retention.


PDAT consists of NEOMED clinical faculty and peers to ensure continuity of advising during the basic science and clinical years of pharmacy school.  Students interact with their advisors as a team and on an individual basis beginning the first year of pharmacy school.  PDAT meetings focus on each advisee’s personal development, academic success, and professional identity. PDAT offers students the benefit of advising from several perspectives:

  • The clinical perspective of practicing pharmacists who serve as Clinical PDAT Advisors
  • The peer perspective of upper level Peer Advisors
  • The colleague perspective of fellow team members

PDAT Benefits for Students

  • Assistance with the curriculum and the practice setting
  • Perspectives on pharmacy career paths, including residency and other options.
  • Opportunities to engage in shadowing, research and service with a clinical faculty member
  • Resources for any kind of question relevant to the pharmacy profession
  • Intervention and referral for needed support services

PDAT Benefits for Advisors

  • Opportunity to encourage and impact individual students
  • Opportunity to keep current with the overall curriculum
  • Ongoing connection to basic tenets of the pharmacy profession
  • Education about student development and growing professional identity

Clinical Advisors

Clinical Advisors provide leadership and direction to student advisees with primary responsibilities in areas of career education and professional socialization of students.  Students are required to meet with their Clinical Advisors twice per year.  Some examples of meeting topics include:

  • Academic progress and learning skills
  • Summer plans (research fellowships, shadowing, internships/externships)
  • Activities related to career development, self-assessment, and exploration of different career paths
  • Involvement in extra-curricular activities such as community service, student organizations and leadership development.
  • Stress Management and maintaining school-life balance
  • Goals for life-long learning and professional development
  • Expectations and evaluation of clinical skills
  • Residency Program selection
  • Interviewing
  • Goals for life-long learning and professional development

Peer Advisors

Peer Advisors assist students in adjusting to the many pressures and stresses of pharmacy education within a small group context.  Peer Advisors provide a formal forum for first-year students to interact with a second year student who can serve as a resource person to provide an opportunity for guidance and support, assist students in finding appropriate campus resources and models professional behavior.  Peer Advisors may also informally assist students in subsequent years with adjustments to clinical experiences and clerkships.  Peer Advisors also plan extra-curricular and social functions that bring faculty and students together.

PDAT Colleagues

Teams are thoughtfully constructed so that members bring a variety of perspectives and experiences to their individual group. Team members interact with each other in a variety of team-based learning settings within the curriculum.  Through this interaction, teams form a network of support and that extends beyond the classroom.


Office of Student Services
Phone: 330.325.6735


Northeast Ohio Medical University