Every Yale Medical School student is randomly assigned a faculty academic advisor. The four advisors are highly regarded faculty members who have demonstrated dedication to and interest in students and their undergraduate medical education. Each advisor has 20 percent of his or her effort supported by the dean for this role. The advisors meet periodically with their advisees one-on-one and in groups to offer advice on navigating the journey through medical school and beyond and to help students having academic difficulties or questions. They are responsible for writing their advisees’ deans’ letters or MSPEs and other letters of support. A student may "opt out" of having his or her "deans letter" written by the assigned academic advisor in which case it will be written by the associate dean for curriculum. In addition, the associate dean for student affairs is available to all students to assist with problems of any nature, especially personal issues that students may wish to keep separate from their academic progress. The associate dean meets one on one with every first-year student and any student requesting a meeting throughout medical school. The associate dean meets weekly with the academic advisers to discuss themes that may emerge regarding students’ academic problems in order to bring broader attention to these themes and issues.