A. In general

Based on article 35 (Law 4009_2011 Official Gazette A 195) it is defined that: "The Study Advisor guides and supports students in their study programs. With the Internal Regulation of each institution, the assignment of study advisor duties to professors is defined and the specific related issues are regulated". The institution is mandatory.

In the operating Master's Degree Programs of the Department of Medicine, as academic advisors are faculty members of the same or another Institution unless the structure, the special nature of the Program or the number of Master's students allows this role to be assigned to other lecturers as well. In this case, the Curriculum Committee of the Interdepartmental Master's program, which submits a substantiated request, is responsible. The reason is purely practical, as faculty members are "closer" to the "academic environment" and can effectively direct their supervised graduate student on the subjects of his competence.

For the seamless support of postgraduate students in terms of their studies and student life in general, Study Advisors collaborate where required with

a) the Support Structure for Students with Disabilities and/or Special Educational Needs - "ACCESS",

b) the Student Counseling Service of the Laboratory of Psychology and Applications in Education and

c) the Support Service for cases of Harassment and bullying.

The teaching staff, the administrative staff, the Directors of Laboratories and Clinics and the Chairs of the Departments, as well as the competent services of the Foundation cooperate and support the Study Advisors in their work, while taking into account their information, observations, suggestions and requests, for any deficiencies, malfunctions that create problems for postgraduate students and any suggestions for their immediate treatment.

Graduate students, especially first-year students, are encouraged to have frequent meetings with their Academic Advisors, in order to better organize their study program and solve related problems. The final responsibility for their choices in matters of study rests with the graduate students themselves.

In the event that the academic advisor repeatedly does not respond to his duties, the student may request his replacement with a reasoned request to the Director of the Program and the Curriculum Committee. In the event that the Academic Advisor finds that the student does not follow his advice, he may ask the Program Director for a documented replacement by another Academic Advisor.

B. Assignment Process

Regarding the Postgraduate Study programs in the Department of Medicine, the academic advisor assumes his role with the registration of the Postgraduate student as follows.

Upon registration, each student receives an email from the Secretariat, which is also shared with the professor's advisor, informing him of the name of his academic advisor, his role and his contact information.

The academic advisor can, during the course of his studies, also be a supervising professor, but the reverse cannot be true, i.e. a supervising professor can also be someone who has not assumed the role of Academic Advisor.

C. Frequency of communication

It is recommended to contact the academic advisor at least two (2) times during the course of his studies.

D. Responsibilities of the Academic Advisor

  1. To explore and expand with appropriate support the inclinations and skills of graduate students
  2. Facilitate the student's adaptation to the academic environment if and when there are difficulties
  3. To communicate with the students at least two (2) times during his studies
  4. To guide the student academically to make the right decisions regarding the course of studies or his connection to the labor market
  5. To ask the Secretariat for information on whether there are learning or other specificities
  6. To keep a personal file with the details of the student, his meetings and the subjects for which he has been asked for academic advice.
  7. The comments of the students should be fully utilized and the teaching staff of the DPMS should be informed in order to improve the quality of the teaching work provided (feedback).