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Office of Student Affairs
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Health Sciences Facility I
685 W. Baltimore Street, Suite 150
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 706-7476 

Donna Parker

Donna L. Parker, MD, Associate Dean for Student Affairs 

The Associate Dean for Student Affairs is responsible for the overall function of the office. In that role, Dr. Parker fosters an open and inviting atmosphere for all students to feel welcome. She is an advocate and mentor for all of the students in the School of Medicine, promoting their personal and professional development. She serves on committees and collaborates with other School of Medicine and University offices to improve processes and to establish policies and procedures, with the goal of providing better service to our students, staff and faculty. Dr. Parker personally writes many MSPE’s (Medical Student Performance Evaluations) and oversees the writing of all MSPE’s.

Sara E. Menso

Joseph Martinez, MD, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs 

The Assistant Dean for Student Affairs serves primarily in a counseling and activity advising role. He also writes MSPE’s (Medical Student Performance Evaluations) and letters of recommendations. Dr. Martinez is a Careers in Medicine Liaison and facilitates the Mentoring Program. Dr. Martinez is also on faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Neda Frayha formal

Neda Frayha, MD, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs 

As a member of the Office of Student Affairs, Dr. Frayha writes Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPEs) and serves primarily in a counseling and activity advisory role. She is the Student Affairs liaison for the school's dual degree programs and their students. She is also on faculty in the Department of Internal Medicine, where she sees patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Kevin Brown 

Kevin Brown, MS, Executive Director for Student Affairs and Medical Education
Direct Line: 410-706-7668

Sonia Beasley

Sonia Beasley, Associate Director
Direct Line: 410-706-7586

The Associate Director provides students with registration guidance and assistance and proper records management. She monitors and maintains the University/SOM student information system for academic records (SURFS) used in admissions registration, and mandated reporting functions ensuring the confidentiality and accuracy for students. She is the managing editor for the Academic Handbook, the elective and subinternship catalogs. She oversees the visiting student process (VSAS) and serves as the Veteran’s Administrative benefits liaison. She coordinates affiliation agreements and leaves of absence for students. She is the point person for FERPA questions or concerns, international elective registration and add/drop processes.

Dawn Roberts

Dawn Roberts, MA, Associate Director
Direct Line: 410-706-7689

Ms. Roberts is responsible for planning and coordinating seminars, workshops, Graduation, Match Day and other special events through the office. She offers guidance to the Student Council and student organization leadership. She is also primarily responsible for organizing and implementing our programs for high school and college students including tours and the Shadowing Program. Ms. Roberts provides tutorials and information to students regarding the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Resident Matching Program. She serves as the National Health Service Corps Ambassador as well. She also coordinates the Humanism Honor Society and Student Clinician Ceremony luncheons, the AOA Banquet and manages scholarship and award information. 

Sara E. Menso 

Sara E. Menso, MBA, Business Analyst
Direct Line: 410-706-3649

Mrs. Menso provides daily support to students, manages the application (Automated Student Affairs Processes) that compiles the Medical Student Performance Evaluations (MSPEs), assembles the documentation that is uploaded to Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS); an application that helps fourth-year students to apply to residency. She is the editor of The White Coat, the Office of Student Affairs newsletter. She manages the department's presence on the web and manages the financial accounting system for the Student Council, Alpha Omega Alpha and Global Humanism Honor Society accounts. She also consults with medical students that are interested in taking electives or subinternships internationally.  She also coordinates affiliation agreements and leaves of absence for students.  

Tami VanDamme 

Tami VanDamme, Program Coordinator 

Direct Line: 410-706-7476

Ms. VanDamme manages activities of the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) with inter-related activities of other programs, departments or staff. Serves as POC for VSAS. Reviews applications to determine acceptance to VSAS program. Ensures department coordinators are educated in VSAS processes by planning, creating, and implementing VSAS classroom and one-on-one instructional training sessions. Works with Campus legal and other legal representatives to draft affiliation agreements. Coordinates logistic aspects of event or meeting management. Prepares periodic reports for management or outside agencies. Provides support, interacts and maintains liaison with students. Manages white coat ordering. Provides administrative support to the Appeals Committee.