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School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs

We welcome you to Saint Louis University and to the study of medicine and are grateful that you're considering SLU School of Medicine to further your education. Undoubtedly, you are excited and you have every right to be. You worked hard to get here and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed: Medicine is a fascinating and rewarding career.

Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs provides guidance, support and administrative assistance to all of our medical students. The office's staff maintains an open-door policy, and is available to answer questions and offer support.

The office coordinates important events like the first-year orientation, the annual White Coat Ceremony and various commencement activities. The office also acts as a liaison to faculty and administration, and assists with academic advising and personal counseling.

Other areas of responsibility of the office include, but are not limited to:

  • Coordinating second-year convocation
  • Coordinating fourth-year convocation
  • Overseeing career advising services for students in all years
  • Overseeing student-run organizations
  • Supervising the election of class officers
  • Advising students on research opportunities
  • Participating in the writing of medical student performance evaluations/dean's letters
  • Overseeing the distribution of student awards given at graduation
  • Guiding students interested in rotations/electives in foreign countries
  • Scheduling town hall meetings with the dean, the dean's staff and interested students
  • Supporting students eligible for military reimbursements
Office of Student Affairs Staff
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Adam Merando, M.D.
Associate dean

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Tyler De Shon, Ph.D.
Assistant dean

Lauren Schwartz, Ph.D., ABPP

Lauren Schwarz, Ph.D.
Assistant dean

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Keniesha Thompson, M.D.
Assistant dean

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Regina Leeders
Program coordinator

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Judee Renner-Sliment
Program coordinator


The School of Medicine hosts orientation for first-year medical students. Students completing clerkships though various divisions and departments will also have orientations their first day of the course.

View M.D. Program Orientation

View Clerkship Orientation Information


As an initial course of action, students seeking academic, career or personal counseling should contact the dean of students in the Office of Student Affairs for advice and referral. The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion serves as a similar resource.

Faculty course and clerkship directors are a prime source for immediate academic assistance.

Additional resources available to you, include our faculty, your fellow students, mentors, counselors, educational specialists, psychologists and psychiatrists who are available to provide information and help.

Involvement and Achievement

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

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Connect With the National AOA Organization

Gold Humanism in Medicine Honor Society

Election occurs after completion of clerkship rotations by classmates colleagues for demonstration of humanistic and compassionate treatment of patients

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