Your Student Experience Team

School of Medicine Student Experience Team 

Thriving in medical school, navigating career choices, and transitioning into residency training presents new opportunities and potential challenges.  At UCSF, the Student Experience Team (SET) supports you during these transitions and helps you on your way to becoming a 21st Century Physician.

The Student Experience Team works closely with your education deans to provide the resources and support necessary for your success, and ultimately the success of your patients and our community.

Our Team

LEADERSHIP

Lee Jones, MD
Lee Jones, MD, Associate Dean for Students
(To schedule an appointment with Dean Jones, please contact Ryan Kim.)

  • Oversees the medical student experience and can assist with issues related to student activities, support, career planning, and professional development

 

taylor

DoQuyen Tran-Taylor, Director, Medical Student Experience

  • Directs initiatives for medical students’ advising and career development and academic assistance


FACULTY ADVISORS

brent kobashi, MD

Brent Kobashi, MD, Faculty Co-Director of Career Advising, Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at UCSF,  Bridges Curriculum Coach 

  • Leads improvements to the career advising programs for medical students
  • Evaluates and implements best practices in career development and match advising
  • Develops and oversees the specialty advisor program
  • Provides faculty mentoring and support for coaches and career advisors

 

Heather Whelan, MD

Heather Whelan, MD, Faculty Co-Director of Career Advising, Associate Clinical Professor in the Section of Hospital Medicine at the San Francisco VA Medical Center/UCSF, Bridges Curriculum Coach 

  • Leads improvements to the career advising programs for medical students
  • Evaluates and implements best practices in career development and match advising
  • Develops and oversees the specialty advisor program
  • Provides faculty mentoring and support for coaches and career advisors

 

STAFF

dennis chan

Dennis Chan, Student Resources Coordinator

  • Manages the operation of the Medical Student Center
  • Develops and distributes the weekly Student Digest e-newsletter
  • Directs students to resources around campus

 

vittorio

Vittorio Comelli, PsyD, Assistant Director of Medical Student Wellbeing, Psychologist 

  • Clinical psychologist providing mental health services and wellness focused support for physicians in training during medical school

 

amanda dohse

Amanda Dohse, Student Life & Development Specialist, Foundations 1 Academic Advisor

  • Coordinates online orientation and Differences Matter Orientation for incoming medical students
  • Advises medical students throughout Foundations 1
  • Oversees the medical student tutoring program
  • Advises the Associated Students for the School of Medicine

ryan kim

Ryan Kim, Executive Assistant & Operations Manager

  • Manages scheduling and appointments for Dean Lee Jones, MD
  • Helps coordinate the Visiting Student Program

 

clay littrel

Clayton Littrell, Associate Director, Student Disability Services 

  • Coordinates the support services offered to medical students with disabilities  

 

tim montgomery

Timothy Montgomery, Director, Student Disability Services

  • Coordinates the support services offered to medical students with disabilities  

 

howard rubin

Howard Rubin, MD, Director, Medical Student Wellbeing, Psychiatrist  

  • Supports physicians-in-training to develop their personal wellness plans during medical school

 

franchesca torres

Franchesca Torres, Student Records Analyst 

  • Oversees DocuSign forms
  • Manages changes in AAMC and NBME
  • Manages APeX accounts for all students
  • Certifies Candidates for Certificates and Degrees
  • Responsible for completing all state licensing, verification of education

 

cha viloria

Cha Viloria, Career Launch Advisor 

  • Helps students prepare for the Career Launch phase of the Bridges Curriculum
  • Provides individual academic advising to students

 

susan whitlow

Susan Whitlow, Learning Resources Specialist  

  • Provides strategies to help enhance students' study skills, test performance, and mastery of material

 

nikki

Nikki Williams, Foundations 2 Academic Advisor 

  • Helps students prepare for the Foundations 2 component of the Bridges Curriculum
  • Provides individual academic advising to students
  • Manages the programs and services that support students through their Step 1 Board Exams