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Center for Student Success

Our doors are always open - before you even have your first class! We recognize that medical education requires stamina and acute studying skills, so one of our biggest priorities is to help students identify their best strategies for approaching and learning material. This is something that we emphasize and work on through individual sessions with each student during their education at SOM.

Throughout your time here, you may visit us for a variety of reasons, including:

Dyron Corley, Ed.D.


Dr. Corley provides advising and academic support to fourth-year students. He also manages academic and career advising services for students enrolled in the School of Osteopathic Medicine (Stratford and Sewell locations) and academic support services for graduate students enrolled in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). 


Stephanie Dearden

Associate Director, Academic Advisor/Coach

Stephanie assists with the Center for Student Success (CSS) operations. Stephanie also provides advising and academic support to first- and second-year students on the Sewell campus, oversees the SOM Tutoring Program, and coordinates the Pre-Matriculation and Guided Learning Groups Programs.


Kashonna Garcon

Academic Advisor/Coach

Kashonna provides advising and academic support to first, second and third-year students (last name A-F) on the Stratford campus. 


Kirsten Dillman

Academic Advisor/Coach

Kirsten provides advising and academic support for first, second, and third-year students (last name G-PAS) on the Stratford campus. 



Academic Advisor/Coach

Provides advising and academic support to first, second, and third-year students (last name PAT-Z) on the Stratford campus.


Nick LaTorre

Assistant Director for Career and Residency Advising

Nick develops and implements career advising programming across all four years of medical school, with emphasis on third- and fourth-year medical students as they prepare for residency applications and the MATCH process.


Mary Sylvester-Pegues

Program Coordinator

Mary provides advising and academic support to all third-year students. 


Xiomara Rojas-Langston

Staff Assistant

Xiomara provides administrative support for CSS and the Student Academic Progress Committee.