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The University of Navarra’s School of Medicine trains students to be nonconformist innovative doctors with a vocation of service, and who aspire to be excellent professionals. That’s why we want to attract students who not only seek to acquire knowledge, but also take on the challenge to improve the medical profession wherever they may work. One distinctive marks of the University of Navarra is to accompanying our students in their personal and professional development and to help improve society as a whole.

The Medical School’s professors mentor students by constantly pushing them to give their best, and encourage participation in exciting initiatives; this all takes place in an international setting that provides a unique university experience.

Starting in the first year, the Medical School assigns a faculty advisor to each student. The student can depend on the mentor’s guidance and advice. The objectives of the mentor program are:

• To inform and guide students at the start of their university studies.

• To help develop personal habits and professional skills.

• To provide guidance on academic pathways.

• To help in the area of career guidance.

Mentoring has its own characteristics that set it apart from other teacher-student relationships:

• It is personal: it provides individual advice and guidance. It is offered to all students, even those who are only attending the University for a short time such as exchange and postgraduate students.

• It is voluntary; therefore, it is not part of the academic curriculum like official subjects that have tutorials and are evaluated by assessments.

• It is university-oriented: it helps develop initiative, responsibility, and encourages students to expand their horizons beyond mere academic such as with culture, sports, solidarity, etc.