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’ academic success and personal well-being.  

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:

  • Academic advising and tutoring
  • Student life/wellness advising and personal counseling
  • Extracurricular advising to help you make the most of your time outside the classroom
  • Advising for student leaders of the Stanford Medical Student Association, interest groups and committees, and hosts traditional and featured events
  • Help with housing issues
  • Information, referrals, and services for students with disabilities in partnership with the Stanford Disability Resource Center (DRC)
  • Referrals to other Stanford Medicine and Stanford University resources

Ask Stanford OMSA

We're happy to help answer any questions and connect you with other Medical School groups.

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 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 Coordinator
(650) 725-5798

  • 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

  • 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




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, cycling, racewalking, music and film festivals


Griselda Paredes
Student Wellness Manager
(650) 497-5846

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

  • 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
Curriculum Administrator
(650) 724-5518

  • 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

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


Eva Vasquez
Assistant Registrar
(650) 724-8668

  • 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: Watching good movies and knitting


Tanicia Perry
Student Life Manager
(650) 725-3777

  • Grants EPIC access for MD students (both SHC and LPCH)
  • Arranges locker assignments
  • Serves as the Event Coordinator for Orientation, Match Day and Commencement

Hobbies: Music, sports, hiking, sewing, sci-fi and fantasy (emphasis on SNG and Harry Potter), being a mom, and friendly competitions