VCOM Internal Counseling Services
Academic Counseling services are provided free of charge on each campus. The Academic Counselors hired by VCOM have a degree in Educational Counseling, PhD, or a PsyD degree. They are available for students who are experiencing academic difficulty but are also available to advise those students who are experiencing challenges in their personal life that may be affecting academic performance. Occasionally, a student might be recommended or required by VCOM administration or the Promotion board to meet with an Academic Counselor due to an inability to make academic progress or if identified as needing academic assistance. When an Academic Counselor recognizes a need for clinical counseling the counselor may recommend outside services. More information regarding mental health services is below.
Academic Counseling is confidential and information is not shared with administration, faculty, staff, or other students unless the safety of a student is in question.
Students are informed prior to the Academic Counselor sharing student information.
Meet the VCOM–Auburn Director for Academic and Counseling Services
The Director for Academic and Counseling Services is Mary Ann Taylor, PhD. Dr. Taylor provides counseling for students who need assistance with academics, relationship issues, anxiety, life transitions, organizational skills, and stress management. These are the most common issues medical students tend to encounter; however, this list may include anything else that surfaces as a barrier to success in medical school like substance use, grief, and perfectionism. Sometimes students just feel overwhelmed and are unsure of the next best steps to take. Dr. Taylor can assist with problem-solving and also provide recommendations for outside services that may be beneficial. No issue is too big or too small, so don’t hesitate to reach out to her; her doors are always open! Appointments may be conducted as in-person meetings or via SKYPE if a student is located away from campus. To schedule an appointment, students should call or email Dr. Taylor or contact the Student Services Department or The Center for Institutional, Faculty, and Student Success for assistance.
Mary Ann Taylor, PhD
Email: mtaylor [at] auburn.vcom.edu
Dr. Taylor is a clinical faculty member who specializes in behavioral medicine. She provides academic and student counseling at the VCOM-Auburn campus, lectures on various topics in professionalism, ethics, and psychiatry and serves as the humanistic expert for the Standardized Patient program. Dr. Taylor holds a PhD in Educational Psychology and a BS in Education from Auburn University and an MS in Counseling and Human Development from Troy University. She has over 25 years in higher education with a focus in teaching, learning, counseling, and evaluation. She has worked in private practice counseling and her areas of interest are motivation and learning in adult student populations.
Access to Counseling Services Across Campuses
Students may also Skype or have phone sessions with VCOM's Directors of Academic and Counseling Services from any of the three campuses regardless of student’s home campus.
- Ed Magalhaes, PhD, VCOM–Virginia Director of Academic and Counseling Services
- Natalie M. Fadel, PsyD, VCOM–Carolinas Director of Academic and Counseling Services
- Mary Ann Taylor, PhD, VCOM–Auburn Director of Academic and Counseling Services
For 24 hour emergency care, call: 334-821-3350
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741741 to talk with a Crisis Counselor.
For additional resources regarding suicide prevention, please visit: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
- Students may use mental health services outside of these agencies at their own expense.
Counseling Services for Third and Fourth Year Students
In the student’s third and fourth year of medical school, students are provided with other options for counseling services, since they are typically away from campus during that time and the utilization of the above services would be inconvenient. Information concerning counseling services for third and fourth year students may be obtained through the clinical site coordinator at each student’s rotation site or follow the link below for the opportunity to contact them on your own. Students may also Skype with VCOM's academic counselor.