Student Life


The Office of Medical Student Affairs provides a supportive culture that promotes holistic student development and educational life balance. We offer comprehensive programs and services that educate, engage, and empower our students to achieve their personal, educational, and career goals. We aim to do this by providing services and programs in a supportive environment that enhances students’ intellectual experience, promotes students’ career planning, fosters students’ feelings of well-being, stimulates students’ professional development, provides students with leadership opportunities, and activates students’ commitment to diversity.

For More Information, Contact:

Tess Johnson, Ed.D., Director of Medical Student Affairs | 936.202.5255

Amber Sechelski, Ed.D., Associate Director of Medical Student Affairs | 936.202.5258

Nikea D. Vernardo, M.Ed., MSPE Career Specialist | 936.202.5260 Schedule an appointment


As your Student Affairs Specialists, we serve as a bridge between the College of Osteopathic Medicine and the Division of Student Affairs supporting the holistic well-being of our medical students to achieve their goals by providing services that complement their academic experiences.

For More Information, Contact:

Lara Patterson | 936.202.5259 | EMSTAT, Suite 110F

Shandilynne Holley  | 936.202.5273 | EMSTAT, Suite 110E

Cenaiyda Carranza | 936.202.5247 | EMSTAT, Suite 110D


The College Library supports the learning and research needs of students in the DO program by providing access to a wide variety of medical resources, including databases, eBooks, and digital Resource and Research Guides.  A medical librarian is also on-campus to assist students in research activities, like selecting sources, finding evidence, managing references, and more.  Students also have access to the print and digital collections, and services available from the University Library located in Huntsville, Texas.


For More Information, Contact:

Christina M. Seeger, CPhT, MLS, AHIP, Medical Librarian, Clinical Assistant Professor | 936-202-5334