Community Building & VP&S Houses

The Student Affairs team, advisory deans, along with our second year peer advisors (M2PAs), provide valuable information and programming for new students throughout the summer and beyond.

The VP&S “house” system, launched as part of orientation for new students in August 2022—cultivates “near-peer” advising relationships to augment the advisory dean system that has been administered by the Office of Student Affairs for the past 20 years. Each incoming student is assigned to one of six “houses,” each named after a Washington Heights thoroughfare—Amsterdam, Broadway, Edgecombe, Fort Washington, Haven, and Riverside— and each led by an advisory dean with support from the assigned M2PAs. Each house is formed from two Foundations of Clinical Medicine small groups, and the faculty preceptors for the course also play an important role in the house.