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The Group on Student Affairs (GSA) exists to provide support and guidance to students throughout their medical school experience.  Our team of professionals is dedicated to helping each medical student achieve optimal professional growth and development.  The GSA serves students through a wide variety of activities.  For example, in consultation with other key stakeholders, we plan most major student events from MS1 orientation through graduation.  We also participate in the development and administration of many policies that impact the quality of life and campus resources available to medical students.  We provide support and advisement to student council and all recognized student groups.  We also provide the longitudinal Careers in Medicine (CiM) course to assist each medical student in finding the right career path.  We are always available for individual consultation regarding any issue or concern.  We often find solutions to such issues in our office, but when appropriate we also make referrals to available campus resources (e.g., center for academic excellence, student counseling service, student health service, financial aid office).  We are here to make sure that you have the support, information, and resources that you need to be successful.  Our goal is to be of service to you and so we welcome all opportunities to assist you in becoming a truly outstanding medical professional. Match Information

John R. Freedy, MD, PhD
Associate Dean,
Student Affairs                                                                           
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,
Student Affairs
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.
Chris Pelic, MD
Associate Dean,
Student Career Planning and Advising
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).

Alexzandrea Brown
Program Coordinator,
Student Affairs

I work collaboratively with the Associate & Assistant Dean on Student Academic Progress and Professionalism. I assist with coordinating the Careers in Medicine Program, which consist of small entities such as career advising, student council interest groups, and summer research. Also, I assist with the Medical Student Performance Evaluation letters (also known as Dean’s Letters) and various student related events and activities such as Orientation, White Coat Ceremony, Match Day, and Commencement.


Gabrielle S. Redding 
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,
Student Affairs
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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