Welcome to Alpert Medical School and to the Office of Student Affairs! We look forward to sharing in your medical school journey with you. Our goal, working closely with the Offices of Medical Education and Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, is to provide you with a supportive learning environment, offering the advising and support that you need to grow as a future physician.
Your well-being and overall wellness are of utmost importance to us, and we are committed to supporting you throughout your training. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us with any questions about student life at Alpert Medical School.
The mission of the AMS Office of Student Affairs is to support our medical students in their development as a community of individuals who are thriving personally and professionally. To advance this goal, we aim to support an open, caring, and inclusive learning environment at AMS and its affiliates, to serve as an accessible and responsive resource for our students, and to promote the personal, academic, and career development of our students.
Roxanne Vrees, MD
Associate Director for the Office of Student Affairs
Alex Morang, MA
Alex is the director of the career development office at AMS. She received her master's degree in counseling psychology from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College where she completed a graduate assistantship in the office of career development at Wellesley College. While at BC, she was recruited by Brown University and has spent over 25 years counseling and advising thousands of Brown students. Alex spent five years as the associate director of career planning services at Brown and 20 as the director of student affairs at Brown Medical School. Now, the director of career development, Alex directs the career advising programs for the medical school which include the Careers in Medicine program, the CiM faculty advising program, the residency advising and application program, the Match and the Council of Specialty Advisors Program; a 45 member team of MD's who provide specialty specific advising and author Brown's MSPE's. Alex received national recognition by the American Association of Medical Colleges as the first recipient of the Careers in Medicine Excellence in Medical Student Advising Award and has been honored by the graduating class every year of her tenure at AMS with the Senior Class Administrative Award. Alex also received the Member of the Year award from the Eastern College Professional Association for leadership and excellence in the field of career counseling.
Kelly Whalen, MS
Kelly is the Assistant Director for the Office of Student Affairs at AMS. She received a master of science degree in Healthcare Administration and Management from Salve Regina University and a bachelor’s degree in Health Policy and Management from Providence College. Kelly has been at Brown since 2012, working in Brown University’s Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, as the clerkship coordinator for psychiatry and clinical neuroscience. Prior to coming to Brown, Kelly worked at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Janice coordinates the residency application process for the Medical Student Affairs Office and all that entails! She plans various workshops and programs on career development and medical specialties, and serves as an information resource to all students regarding the application process. Janice supports the Director of Career Development in an administrative capacity. Janice coordinates the CiM lunchtime specialty programs. She manages the GHHS program, Match Day and Commencement.
Chelsea Reyes is the administrative coordinator for student and faculty development programs.
Dr. Lorrie Gehlbach is the Learning and Accessibility Specialist at AMS. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University and her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Dickinson College. Prior to joining the Office of Student Affairs at AMS, Lorrie served as the Director of Academic Enrichment at UMass Medical School. While there, she oversaw the tutoring program, worked with medical students, residents, and nursing students to aid the development of their learning skills, and provided assistance for the preparation of licensing exams. In her role as Learning and Accessibility Specialist here at AMS, Lorrie works closely with students to improve their learning skills and coordinates the process of applying for and implementing academic accommodations. She provides individual consultations to students to improve study, test-taking, and time management skills. Her office is located in room 266 and can be reached at [email protected].
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