Academic Advisors

Academic advisors are available within the Medical Student Center to support you and your success as a student at UCSF. Academic advising provides a broad range of academic support, such as referrals to tutoring resources, medical school orientation, assisting to request leave from the curriculum, managing your schedule, scheduling your clinical clerkships, the residency application process, and much more. 

We Support Your Success

We have a team of experienced and skilled advisors to address your questions related to curriculum, academic policies and procedures, navigating medical school, or to identify specific resources for your success.

Learn more about your Student Experience Team

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SOM Student and SOM Dean interacting at School of Medicine Poster Session in 2017

Academic Advising Team

Foundations 1 Advisor

DoQuyen Tran Taylor, Director of Student Experience & the Foundations 1 Advisor for MedEdDoQuyen Tran Taylor

DoQuyen Tran Taylor, Director of Student Experience, assists students during the first 18 months of medical school. She is an essential part of your first few months, as she will meet with all first-year students to discuss your transition into medical school, academic resources, and long-term career planning. DoQuyen also advises the associate students for the School of Medicine (ASSM).

Foundations 2 Advisor

Nikki Williams, Medical Student Academic AdvisorNikki Williams

Nikki Williams assists students through 12 months of clinical core clerkships and clinical electives. You’ll meet with Nikki in your 2nd year in the Fall to schedule your Foundations 2 clerkships and x Clinical Immersive Experiences (CIExes). She can assist with Foundations 2 schedules, accessing resources, preparing to take Step 1, and continuing to career plan.

Career Launch Advisor

Cha Vilora, Medical Student Academic AdvisorCha Vilora

Cha Vilora assists during your final 18 months for scheduling career-launch courses, such as sub-internships, and will ensure you’re on track to graduate on-time. She helps navigate the administrative process to take a gap year between your 3rd and 4th year to complete an additional degree or to conduct research. She can also help decide when to take Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) and Clinical Science (CS) board exams and managing the residency application process.