Office of Student Affairs
The Office of Student Affairs aims to support students at the Perelman School of Medicine from Orientation to Graduation. By being available for phone calls, emails, and drop-in visits, OSA offers 24/7 guidance to students in need of assistance. This ranges from handling personal emergency situations, career advising, to access to academic support services. In addition the OSA serves as the liaison to Counseling and Psychological Services, Weingarten Learning Resource Center, and other campus-wide resources. The OSA also confers regularly with the Advisory Deans who interact with every student one-on-one. Eight Advisory Deans are available to assist with transitions, personal issues, emergencies and general advice as well. They can provide letters of recommendation for scholarships, year-out programs and summer opportunities.
The OSA organizes the Houses, which consist of four virtual Houses (Dickens, Morgan, Rhodes, and Wood) in which students are divided into upon matriculation. Each House includes two Advisory Deans. The goal of the House system is to provide vertically-aligned communities, giving student the opportunity to interact with their peers in all classes. Peer mentoring, service, social events, and advising activities all foster interaction between classes and develop smaller communities within PSOM.
The OSA is led by the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Dr. DaCarla Albright and Director Carrie Renner who both collaborate closely with the Coordinator Jessica Marcus.