Dean's Office Group on Academics and Student Activities

Deborah Deas, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
IOP - 4 North

Chris Pelic, M.D.
Associate Dean for Student Career Planning and Advising
601 CSB


My role as Associate Dean for Student Career Planning and Advising involves several activities.  Through the Careers in Medicine (CiM) curriculum, I administer a longitudinal career planning program to assist you in choosing a specialty as well as finding the right residency program.  The CiM course extends across all 4 years of medical school and participation is required of all medical students.  I also serve as advisor to the College of Medicine Student Council.  Through this linkage, I provide support, advice, and guidance to student groups.  Lastly, I serve as the point person for students interested in research and summer activities and assist with the Medical Student Research Portal (MSRP).

John Freedy, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
601 CSB

My role involves providing leadership for the Group on Student Affairs (GSA) so that our team is effective in meeting student needs.  In addition to these “behind the scenes” efforts, you will notice me communicating regularly to students in several ways (through e-mails, group presentations, individual meetings).  I want students to know that my highest professional priority is to make sure that each of you has the support, information, and resources needed to achieve your professional goals.  I am always available for individual consultation and encourage each of you to e-mail or drop by my office whenever I can be of assistance.   

Myra Haney Singleton, MA
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
601 CSB

In partnership with Dr. Freedy, I provide leadership for the Group on Student Affairs (GSA).  We work very hard to make sure that our team does everything possible to provide needed services.  Beyond GSA leadership, my duties include providing advisement, counsel and support to medical students in their transition from student to physician. I also monitor student academic progress and provide individual counseling to ensure that students are afforded every opportunity to succeed. Other responsibilities include managing several College of Medicine committees.

Gabrielle S. Redding
Manager, Student Affairs
I perform managerial duties for the Group on Student Affairs (GSA) to keep things running smoothly.  I also work closely with 3rd and 4th year students by coordinating information sessions, providing guidance for career planning, ensuring that the ERAS/NRMP Match process runs well, and working with the Careers in Medicine (CiM) program.  I also manage the Senior Mentor program, work closely with Student Council as an advisor, plan COM student ceremonies, and work with the medical students on various special events and initiatives.”

Alva Blair
Executive Associate

I coordinate administrative, business management and support activities related to the Group on Student Affairs (GSA).  I also assist in scheduling appointments for our GSA deans (Freedy, Haney-Singleton, and Pelic). 




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