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Academic Advisor Faculty of Medicine

Last updated on 30 July 2021

The Faculty of Medicine has two advisors who assist students with study-related and personal matters. Due to Covid-19 the student advisors are currently working from home. 

The advisors can provide information and advice on: 

Confidentiality

All meetings between the student and the advisors are confidential. Confidential information from the student’s personal file is only provided to third parties with the student’s explicit permission.

Contact details

You can contact the advisors by email (studieadviseurs@vumc.nl). You can also make an appointment

Renate Dekker (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
Marjolein Pouw (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

Every Wednesday (15:00-16:00) and Thursday (11:30-12:30) there is an online drop-in session via Microsoft Teams. 

More information about the academic advisors

  • Presence and absence of academic advisors


    Information regarding coronavirus

    Appointments
    In connection with measures concerning Corona, it is only possible to make an appointment by telephone with an academic advisor. You make an appointment by sending an email to: studieadviseurs@vumc.nl. Indicate what your student number is, on what day / time you want to be called and on which telephone number you can be reached.
    You will be called by the advisor with an unknown number on the day / time you scheduled the appointment.

  • Personal circumstances

    Life goes on, even for students! This means that there will be ups and downs, and most students will experience personal problems of one kind or another. Some will have more problems than others, some will face tougher problems, but problems there will be. Examples are a lack of self-confidence, bereavement, loneliness, relationship difficulties, addiction, somberness, or a general sense of dissatisfaction with yourself or your life. These problems can prevent you from functioning normally, and sometimes they will affect your studies, though not always.

    There are also more study-related problems such as fear of failure, stress, study motivation problems, exam anxiety, etc. If you face problems like these you are advised to ask for help.

    The academic advisors can help you to find out what it is you need to study successfully. How can you stay focused? How can you be convinced that your worries or fears are unfounded? How can you combine your present living arrangements with the demands of studying? Who can you talk to about your sense of confusion? Moreover, the student counsellors can explain any applicable rules and procedures to you, such as the Examination Board’s transition rules, expiry of validity of exam marks, etc.

    If you are considering stopping for a while, they can help you to decide whether that is the best solution in your situation, or that other options might be available that you have not considered yet.

    Of course, if you want to talk to one of the student psychologists directly then this can always be arranged.

    Interesting links
    Below you will find some interesting links:

    • On the I-student website you will find interesting information if you are not doing well.
    • Go to the student health test website to compare your health with fellow students!
    • Do you have a disability? Then you will find tips and information about legislation on the Handicap + Study site. Also make an appointment with the study advisor to make a timely inventory of what you need and whether it can be arranged.
    • Nice site about professional behaviour: values ​​web.
    • The Kopstoring website is an interesting website for young people between 18-25 with parents with psychological or addiction problems.
    • Do you suffer from sleeping problems? Then view the website medical-psychologie.nl.
    • Do you want to sleep well thanks to the sleep app? With this free app you get insight into your sleeping pattern.
    • Have you ever been so depressed that you no longer see life and do you ever think about suicide? You can contact the 113 Suicide Prevention Foundation anonymously 24/7 for telephone and online help. And please visit the academic advisor
    • Good site of the Amsterdam GPs: StudieStress.nl.

    Ready for relaxation exercises? Then click on the links below:

  • Exemptions granted by the Examination Board

    The advisors advise the Board on individual student’s applications. If you wish to submit a request to the Examination Board, you are advised to contact one of the advisors first to find out if the Board is the right place for your application and whether your application letter meets the requirements.