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Project Heart

Healing with Empathy, Acceptance, Respect and Integrity

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You will find a little extra support during your four years in medical school, thanks to a unique VCU School of Medicine initiative called Project HEART - a reminder to heal with empathy, acceptance, respect and integrity.

As an incoming medical student, Project HEART will assign you to groups that meet at least eight times during your first year, and then throughout the rest of your medical school career—all under the mentorship of faculty or staff members who provide guidance, assistance and support.

The individuals and offices listed below will provide assistance while you are in school. Please feel free to contact them as needed.


Dr. Ike Wood

Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education and Student Affairs - general and academic counseling/advising, referral for any student services

Phone: (804) 828-9791
Office: MMEC 4-4222
E-mail: iwood@vcu.edu
Web: Medical Education

Dr. Chris Woleben

Associate Dean of Student Affairs - general and academic counseling/advising, referral for any student services

Phone: (804) 828-9791
Office: MMEC 4-218
E-mail: cmwolebe@vcu.edu
Web: Student Affairs

Dr. Susan DiGiovanni

Assistant Dean for Medical Education - general and academic counseling/advising for M1 and M2 students, referral for any student services

Phone: (804) 827-1743
Office: MMEC 4-220
E-mail: sdigiovanni@mcvh-vcu.edu
Web: Medical Education Curriculum Office

Dr. Michael S. Ryan

Assistant Dean for Clinical Medical Education - general and academic counseling/advising for M3 students, referral for any student services

Phone: (804) 828-4589
Office: MMEC 4-216
E-mail:msryan@vcu.edu
Web: Counseling

Lelia Brinegar

Assistant Dean for Curriculum - general and academic counseling/advising, referral for any student services

Phone: (804) 828-9790
Office: Sanger Hall, Room 1-011
E-mail: lebrinegar@vcu.edu
Web: Medical Education Curriculum Office

Pemra E. Cetin, M.B.A.

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs - Director of Financial Aid, general and academic counseling/advising, referral for any student services

Phone: (804) 828-5271
Office: McGlothlin Medical Education Center, Room 4-307
E-mail: pcetin@vcu.edu
Web: Financial Aid

Lisa Webb

Executive Director of the Division for Academic Success for Students at VCU Medical Center - individualized counseling for academic problems, determination of disabilities and accommodations

Phone: (804) 828-9782
Office: VMI Building, Room 202
E-mail: lbwebb@vcu.edu
Web: www.vcuhealthsciences.vcu.edu/sassdss/index.html

Amy Miller

Assistant Director of the Division for Academic Success for Students at VCU Medical Center - individualized counseling for academic problems, determination of disabilities and accommodations

Phone: (804) 828-9782
Office: VMI Building, Room 202
E-mail: ammiller4@vcu.edu
Web: www.vcuhealthsciences.vcu.edu/sassdss/index.html

Janet Mundie

Student Services Specialist - oversight of all student organizations, completion of the Medical Student Performance Evaluation, coordinates the matching of medical students with residency programs

Phone: (804) 828-9791
Office: Sanger Hall, Room 1-002
E-mail: jhmundie@vcu.edu
Web: Student Organizations

Nancy Jackson

Program Support Technician - oversight of the electives program for the School of Medicine

Phone: (804) 828-9784
Office: Sanger Hall, Room 1-002
E-mail: nbjackso@vcu.edu
Web: Electives

Heather Davison

Registrar for the School of Medicine, notary public for medical students - maintains the permanent record of grades, the go-between for the School of Medicine and the USMLE (licensing organization)

Phone: (804) 828-9793
Office: Sanger Hall, Room 1-007
E-mail: hcdavison@vcu.edu
Web: Registrar’s Office

Confidential Aid to Students

A student-selected and operated organization created to provide support for fellow classmates in need

Shideh Chinichian, e-mail: chinichianms@vcu.edu
Elizabeth Diaz, e-mail: diazer@vcu.edu
Maryam Fakhrai, e-mail: fakhraims@vcu.edu
Sravanthi Madala, e-mail: madalasc@vcu.edu
Priscilla Mpasi, e-mail: mpasipm@vcu.edu
Adam Rossi, e-mail: rossiar@vcu.edu
Tejas Shah, e-mail: shaht@vcu.edu
Carol Tran , e-mail: tranct@vcu.edu
Valerie Tulbovich , e-mail: tulbovichv@vcu.edu

Financial Aid

Counseling about debt management in medical school and assistance with educational loans and scholarships

Phone: (804) 828-5271
Office: McGlothlin Medical Education Center, Room 4-307
Web: Financial Aid

University Counseling Services

Professional counseling and consultation for students to explore personal concerns and to obtain help in making changes in their lives

Phone: (804) 828-3964
Office: Grant House, Basement
Web: VCU University Counseling Services

University Student Health Services

Primary care services, blood and body fluid evaluations and preventive health care

Phone: (804) 828-9220
Office: VMI Building, Room 305
Web: VCU University Student Health Services

Wellness Resource Center

Education on alcohol and drugs, quitting smoking, nutrition, stress management and sexual health, as well as confidential services for students who experience sexual assault or relationship violence

Phone: (804) 828-9355
Office: 815 S. Cathedral Place
Web: VCU University Student Health Services