I've never been one to be buddy-buddy with my advisor (in undergrad and now in medical school), but now I'm starting to rethink that. Obviously people have their own needs and style, but how hugely important is my faculty clinical advisor? My current advisor is a higher-up EM Doc and Vice President of the Hospital Foundation. My only meeting with him was to sign my M4 schedule. I thought we'd talk about it and me a bit, but it was quite short. He was a nice enough guy, but I don't know if he took the fact that we had never met before as an indication that I wasn't looking for someone to have lunch with every couple of months. He signed my form without really even reading it and sent me on my way. I was on an EM path before I found surgery, and once I decided on surgery I wondered if I should change advisors. I talked with the folks here, and since my current advisor is really part of the surgical advising faculty, I should be fine. In a month I'll be doing my surgical subI with the department head who already knows who I am and finalized my fabulous surgery clerkship grade based on my oral exam and case presentation with him. (My school is quite small, as well.) Since I have this interaction, is it all that necessary to offically change my clinical faculty advisor? What do other people get from their advisors besides having the necessary forms signed?