Welcome to the University of Dundee’s School of Medicine Student Support Scheme. We hope that you will have a thoroughly enjoyable and productive study time in the Medical School. We expect that the majority of students progress through medical school without any problems. However, we are aware that some of you may need a little more support to make the journey that bit easier. The information in this site will guide you through support avenues available to you as a medical student at the University of Dundee.
The medical school student support service is available to answer all potential queries you may have. Claire O’Hara, Student Support Administrator will be pleased to deal with your queries and can refer you to the appropriate support service to deal with any issues or problems you may encounter. Please contact Claire by email on email@example.com or on 01382 383959.
If you have an urgent matter out-with working hours there are other support services available:-
- University of Dundee's Nightline t. 01382 381183/e. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nightliners will be on duty every night of every semester, to listen to anything that you might want to talk about, no subject is too big or small.
- NHS Direct – Online expert health advice.
- The Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90
- Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87
- Medical Students' Mental Health a University prepared site providing information on what to do if you or a friend are experiencing mental health problems
S. M. Shimi
Academic Lead for student Support
Student Support Lead - Mr Sami Shimi
My name is Sami Shimi and I am the academic lead for student support within the Medical School. My primary responsibility is to ensure that the student support system works effectively and provides both students and tutors with the support they need, when they need it. Within Undergraduate teaching I'm also involved in direct teaching by lectures and tutorials, assessment, and management of teaching in the form of a block organiser and site supervisor. In post graduate teaching, I am involved in supervision and teaching of junior doctors as well as direct surgical teaching and demonstrations.
Student Academic Mentor - Dr Robert Jarvis
I’m Rob Jarvis, the lead mentor for the medical school. I’m a GP by background and have been teaching here in Dundee for the last ten years or so. Hopefully I’m seen as a ‘friendly face’ in the medical school. I’m especially keen to help students who have some barrier to their education; these barriers can be in many different forms: social, family, academic, disability, language, cultural, health or other.
Often I act as a signpost for students to direct them to the appropriate people who can help. Sometimes I can help them directly myself. I provide a confidential service, which means that discussions with me are not noted on your medical school record unless you expressly consent to this or unless very rarely where there is an over-riding safety issue.
As Academic Mentor I am fortunate to be in close contact with those running the medical school, and I passionately advocate for the students within this arena. I may teach you, or give you feedback on some piece of work, I may even help to set the formal assessments, but I no longer act as an examiner so that you can be sure that discussions with me will not prejudice your progression within the school.
Student Support Administrator - Claire O'Hara
I provide the administrative support to the Medical School’s Student Support Scheme. I'm a recent graduate from the University of Dundee so it's likely that I've been through similar stresses to yourselves and I understand what it's like to be a student in this city. I can either assist you directly or direct you to a person or service which can help. Please come and see me at the Medical School Office on Level 7, or phone me on  383959 or email me at email@example.com.