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

  • 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

  • Provides support for the Associate Dean, Office of Medical Student Affairs (OMSA) and her staff
  • Assists with implementation of Stanford Medicine's big three events (Match Day, Commencement, and Orientation)
  • Supports the 1st Generation Mentorship Program and Social Rounds, and coordinates the Bagel Wednesdays program

Hobbies: Typography, alluring alliterations, my dog, science fiction, (slowly) curating a cabinet of curiosities, discovering deer-resistant plants and flowers (such as the humble tansy), and the practice, discussion, and (mostly) esophageal transit of the culinary arts


Neil Gesundheit, MD, MPH
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
(650) 724-5454

  • As the senior associate dean for medical education, oversees medical student training activities for the School of Medicine; also oversees GME and CME administrative activities.
  • Heads the academic advising group and 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 Manager
(650) 724-9622

  • 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

  • Responsible for oversight of institutional and federal student aid programs for students pursuing the MD degree including; need-based institutional grant forecast, establishing and monitoring student eligibility, programmatic policy recommendations, and distribution of student aid funds
  • Provides school-wide support for systems and issues involving student payment

  • Counsels students on debt management including  loan repayment options and strategies

Hobbies: Reading, cooking, wine/beer tasting and classic movies. Enjoys road trips and exploration of beautiful countryside. Retirement would include a boat and a lakeside house.


Abera Y. Metaferia
Financial Aid Counselor
(650) 724 3181

  • 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

  • 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 Manager
(650) 725-5798

  • Manages Stanford Clinical Opportunity for Residency Experience (SCORE) program
  • Plans and directs the International Visiting Students (IVS) Elective Clerkship program
  • Coordinates activities for Underrepresented in Medicine for SCORE
  • Ambassador for visiting international MD students

Hobbies: Traveling, reading, hiking, yoga, and tracking stars


Lisa Medoff, PhD
Learning Strategies Specialist
(650) 721-1025

  • 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


Lorie Langdon
Medical Scientist Training Program Manager
(650) 723-6176

  • Manages the MD-PhD and MS-PhD programs
  • Administers program graduate student admissions
  • Manages all program and student funding


Hobbies:  Reading, hiking, movies, music


Katty Kaunang
Student Services Specialist

  • Provides support for the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) MD-PhD program and Master of Science in Medicine (MSM) program
  • Assist in coordinating social, outreach and recruitment events for MSTP
  • Serves as the point of contact for students, faculty, and the general public

Hobbies: Traveling, going to the beach, thrifting, watching sports, boxing, baking, listening to music

Rebecca Smith-Coggins, MD
Associate Dean, Office of Medical Student Wellness and Professor (Teaching) of Emergency Medicine
(650) 723-6576

  • Confidential resource for students
  • Helps students resolve personal issues affecting their academic life
  • Serves as point of contact for students regarding sensitive or personal topics or for advice on non-academic issues

Hobbies: Photography, running, yoga, and textiles


Margaret Govea
Director, Office of Medical Student Wellness
(650) 721-3963

  • 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, racewalking, renovating dream home, music and film festivals


Carina Castro
Office Manager
(650) 723-6952

  • Manages the operational needs for the Office of Medical Student Wellness and plans and promotes wellness events
  • Tracks learning environment incidents and Refers medical students to wellness resources
  • Manages Social Media (update Facebook and Instagram on a regular basis) and creates content and visuals for social media platforms
  • Designs and develops informational resources and promotional items for the unit

Hobbies: Weight training, make-up artistry, and photography and videography


Celeste Fowles Nguyen, EdD, EdM
(650) 723-5085

  • 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
Associate Director of Clerkship Administration
(650) 498-7619

Hobbies: Hiking and traveling


Kyra Lui
Associate Registrar
(650) 724-5518

  • 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


Jessica Goudy
Assistant Registrar  Courses
(650) 724-8668

  • Manages the curriculum (http://med.stanford.edu/curriculum-management.html) for all 41 School of Medicine Departments
  • Approves and creates new academic courses & makes changes to existing courses
  • Creates and publishes the School of Medicine Academic Calendar

Hobbies: Enjoys spending time with family, gardening, watching movies, and exploring the Bay Area


Lynn Snyder
Registrar Support

  • Responds to requests for medical licensure applications, letters of good standing, enrollment verifications, and degree certifications
  • Assists with managing student records, degree progress administration, and curriculum management activities
  • Maintains Registrar's Office website pages (http://med.stanford.edu/md/academic-support/registrar.html)

Hobbies: Traveling, glamping, e-biking, listening to audiobooks, and playing pickleball


Tanicia Perry
Student Life Manager
(650) 725-3777

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

Hobbies:  Dancing, cooking, sci-fi and fantasy (emphasis on SNG and Harry Potter), keeping my kids on their toes