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Welcome to Office of Academic Support and Career Counseling

The primary mission of the Office of Academic Support and Career Counseling is to enhance students' academic performance and personal well-being, promote student excellence, and advance medical students' career goals.

The staff serve as student advocates working with individual students in the areas of academic support and career counseling. Our goal is to prevent, identify and resolve academic or personal issues that may negatively affect a student's academic performance, personal health, and/or career development. Services are available to all medical students at no cost.

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  • Academic Support

  • Career Counseling


Norma A. Pérez, MD, DrPH
Director, Career Counseling and Special Projects 

Stacy Shields, PhD
Sr. Specialist for Learning and Career Counseling

Joshua C. Archibald
Coordinator for Career Counseling

Erma Ceasar
ERAS Coordinator

Valerie Carmichael
MATCH Coordinator

For Appointments with Dr. Pérez contact Irma Garcia at or (409) 772-3390

For Appointments with Dr. Shields contact Kathleen Collins at (409) 772-5414

Upcoming Events

Drop-in Day Flyer
Ashbel Smith (Old Red), Suite 1.206
Date: Friday, May 31 & Friday, June 7
Time: 12 Noon - 5 PM
Drop in for a 20 minute appointment to have your Step 1 questions answered.

2019 Digital Art Contest
Chase Your Dreams

Quarterly Newsletters
Issue 1