Mission Statement

Our mission at the Office of Medical Student Affairs is to provide comprehensive, integrated and efficient support services to medical students through partnerships throughout the School of Medicine. We are an effective and responsive team of professionals and student advocates who work collaboratively to ensure our students’ personal and academic success.  

Student Support

Ease your transition back into school and enhance your Stanford Medicine experience.

This is your starting point for information, support and guidance. The Office of Medical Student Affairs (OMSA) team is dedicated to helping you make the most of your time here and supporting your school/life balance.

OMSA provides:

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Where Are We?

The Office of Medical Student Affairs is located at

Medical School Office Building (MSOB)

1265 Welch Road, Suite 100

Stanford, CA 94305-5404

Who We Are

Mijiza Sanchez, MPA, EdD
Associate Dean, Office of Medical Student Affairs
(650) 497-9594
mijizamsanchez@stanford.edu

  • Oversees the Office of Medical Student Affairs
  • Directs the planning of three milestone events for medical students (Match Day, Commencement & Orientation)
  • Advocates for student success, access and support of all medical students during their matriculation at Stanford Medicine


Hobbies: Photography, reading, travel, yoga, hiking & wine tasting

 

Dale Lemmerick
Operations Coordinator
(650) 721-8876
dalel@stanford.edu

  • Provides support for the Associate Dean, Office of Medical Student Affairs (OMSA) and her staff
  • Assists with implementation of OMSA's big three events (Match Day, Commencement, and Orientation)
  • Supports and coordinates Social Rounds and Bagel Wednesdays programs


Hobbies: Typography, my dog, science fiction, discovering deer-resistant garden plants and flowers (such as the humble tansy), and the practice, discussion, and consumption of the culinary arts

 

Neil Gesundheit, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Student Advising
(650) 724-5454
neil7@stanford.edu

  • Heads the academic advising group
  • Serves as an academic advisor, particularly for career development and preparation for applying to residency
  • Involved in medical education and curriculum development

 

Hobbies: Basketball, tennis, hiking, travel, Spanish language and culture, blueberry pancakes, and Leo Tolstoy

 

Ray Jackman
Advising Coordinator
(650) 724-9622
rayj@stanford.edu

  • Coordinates the Residency application process
  • Connects students with their academic advisors
  • Provides logistical support to Stanford Medicine students and visiting clerkship students


Hobbies: Playing and watching sports, running, building things

 

Martha (Marti) C. Trujillo, MPA
Director of Financial Aid
(650) 723-6954
mtrujill@stanford.edu

  • Oversees eligibility criteria, policy governing, and distribution of institutional and federal aid to students in the MD program
  • Counsels students on debt management and debt repayment strategies
  • Provides school-wide support for issues regarding payment to students


Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, reading, and watching old movies

 

Abera Y. Metaferia
Financial Aid Counselor
(650) 724 3181
abera.metaferia@stanford.edu

  • Determines financial aid eligibility
  • Counsels and advises students on financial aid
  • Reviews and revises financial aid awards


Hobbies: Running and walking

 

Lawson Roberts
Financial Aid Analyst
(650) 723-6958
lawsonr@stanford.edu

  • Processes Financial Aid applications
  • Processes Federal and SU Loans
  • Provides guidance on any general financial aid questions about loan and scholarship eligibility, outside scholarships, awards, and disbursements.


Hobbies: Watching and playing soccer and baseball, and overlanding (4x4 glamping)

 

Rita Balian
Visiting Student Coordinator
(650) 725-5798
balian@stanford.edu

  • Acts as the point of contact for the Stanford Clinical Opportunity for Residency Experience program
  • Plans and organizes International Visiting Students elective clerkship program
  • Coordinates activities for Underrepresented in Medicine, and ambassador for international students


Hobbies: Traveling, reading, hiking, yoga, and Vedic astrology

 

Lisa Medoff, PhD
Learning Strategies Specialist
(650) 721-1025
lmedoff@stanford.edu

  • Helps students with study skills, time & stress management
  • Provides planning for Step 1 studying
  • Provides general academic/emotional support


Academic interests: Adolescent mental health and sexuality
Hobbies: Musicals, Shakespeare, and cats

 

Rebecca Smith-Coggins, MD
Professor (Teaching) of Emergency Medicine
(650) 723-6576
smithcog@stanford.edu

 

 

 

Margaret Govea
Director, Office of Medical Student Wellness
(650) 721-3963
govea@stanford.edu

  • Serves as the point person for faculty, staff, and students with wellness concerns, and for university and school policies related to medical student health
  • Implements recurring medical student wellness events and programs
  • Works with student wellness leaders to initiate relevant programs; evaluate programmatic effectiveness
  • Oversees revisions to medical student wellness website and manage other technology to enhance business processes


Hobbies: Cooking, cycling, racewalking, music and film festivals

 

Griselda Paredes
Student Wellness Manager
(650) 497-5846
griselda.paredes@stanford.edu

  • Implements recurring medical student wellness events and programs
  • Works with student wellness leaders to initiate relevant programs; evaluates programmatic effectiveness
  • Develops marketing materials for developing wellness activities
  • Plans, and organizes the programatic, financial and and administrative operations and activities of wellness programs


Hobbies: Cooking, traveling, music festivals, hiking

 

Celeste Fowles Nguyen, EdD, EdM
Registrar
(650) 723-5085
celeste.nguyen@stanford.edu

  • Manages School of Medicine Registrar’s Office
  • Serves as the contact for licensure, USMLE, letters of good standing, degree certifications, and fellowship applications


Hobbies: Exploring parks and playgrounds and neighborhoods, spending time with my family

 

Caroline Cheang, MBA
Assistant Director of Clerkship Administration
(650) 498-7619
cheang@stanford.edu

  • Manages all clerkship scheduling for MD students and visiting students; clerkship evaluations in E*Value
  • Oversees the Clerkship Fishbowl system (https://med.stanford.edu/medfishbowl.html), visiting student websites and clerkship descriptions in online catalog
  • Manages Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS), Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), and National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)
  • Coordinates the creation of Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)


Hobbies: Hiking and traveling

 

Kyra Lui
Assistant Registrar
(650) 724-5518
kyralui@stanford.edu

  • Manages the curriculum (http://med.stanford.edu/curriculum-management.html) for all 39 School of Medicine Departments
  • Approves and creates new academic courses & makes changes to existing courses
  • Creates and publishes the School of Medicine Academic Calendar
  • Responsible for monitoring and tracking medical students’ academic progress from matriculation through graduation
  • Clears medical students for graduation
  • Serves as the contact for questions regarding grades and enrollment in AXESS


Hobbies: Reading, staying active, live music, and dogs

 

Tanicia Perry
Student Life Manager
(650) 725-3777
tanicia@stanford.edu

  • Processes EPIC access requests for Stanford Medicine and visiting clerkship students (both SHC and LPCH)
  • Alway locker assignments (for MD student use only)
  • Advising for Stanford Medicine student organizations
  • Event manager for Orientation, Match Day and Commencement
  • Liasion between students and other University offices and resources  


Hobbies: Music, sports, hiking, sewing, sci-fi and fantasy (emphasis on SNG and Harry Potter), keeping my kids on their toes