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, Social Rounds, and Bagel Wednesdays programs

Hobbies: Typography, my dog, science fiction, (slowly) building a cabinet of curiosities, discovering deer-resistant plants and flowers (such as the humble tansy), collecting spare change from the international travels of others, and the practice, discussion, and (mostly) consumption of the culinary arts


Neil Gesundheit, MD, MPH
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
(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 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

  • 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 Manager
(650) 725-5798

  • Manages the Stanford Clinical Opportunity for Residency Experience (SCORE) program
  • Plans and organizes 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


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



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


Carina Castro
Office Manager
(650) 723-6952

  • Manages the operational needs for the Office of Medical Student Wellness
  • Plans and promotes wellness events
  • Tracks learning environment incidents
  • Refers medical students to wellness resources

Hobbies: Photography and videography, make-up artistry, and creating beauty videos


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

  • 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
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 40 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 gardening, her dog, watching movies, and exploring the Bay Area.


Tanicia Perry
Student Life Manager
(650) 725-3777

  • Processes EPIC access requests for Stanford Medicine and visiting clerkship students (both SHC and LPCH)
  • Alway locker assignments (for MD/MSPA 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