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Counseling & Support

The counselors can advise and facilitate students in their exploration of opportunities both within the School of Medicine, its clinical campus and outside. Counselors can assist in educating students about the process for application for away electives including those which are international, mission trips as well as study and research opportunities. The Office of Student Affairs provides letters of good standing for students applying to these opportunities.

Lisa MacLean, MD, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Career Development
Michael Webber, PhD, Director of Counseling Services
Lynette Harper, ERAS Specialist

Class Counselors

Class of 2017 – Loretta Robichaud, R.N., M.S., N.P., C.N.S
Class of 2018 – Michael Webber, Ph.D
Class of 2019 – Kathleen Connors, LMSW, ACSW
Class of 2020 – S. Julian Dixon, Ph.D.

Counselors are available Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. To schedule an appointment, please call the student affairs receptionist at (313) 577-1463 or stop by the Student Affairs office, Mazurek 315.

The Office of Student Affairs offers a variety of services and resources to assist SOM students in career planning. The counseling staff is able to guide the student from the first stages of self-assessment to the final step of application. Through a variety of resources including the AAMC Careers in Medicine, and the Pathways Program students are guided through a process of weighing each critical and specialty factor. The Office of student affairs provides support in using the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) and the National Ranking Match Program (NRMP). The staff can also provide guidance for students who wish to participate in the San Francisco Match, the Military Match, the Urology Matching Program and the Canadian Residency Matching System (CaRMS). A computer lab dedicated to the matching program is located in the Office of Student Affairs for your convenience.

Perform to your potential!

Come meet with your counselor and academic advisor so you can learn to be the best medical student you can be. Complete the Academic Health Checklist (all responses are completely confidential) and bring a copy to your appointment. This is a great way to assess how you are doing and begin the conversation about how WSUCOM can help provide you individual support!

To make an appointment with your assigned counselor, please call the Office of Student Affairs 313-577-1463
To make an appointment with the academic advisor, please email Dr. Simone Brennan at

The personal demands of medical school are huge and many experience the impact of the stress both emotionally and physically. Students are required to master a large body of knowledge, clinical skills and professional behaviors. The Office of Student Affairs is staffed with professional counselors who are committed to promoting the academic, personal and professional development and success of each student. Students can seek assistance for a wide range of issues including but not limited to:

  • Supportive counseling – our counseling staff has mental health training and can provide support when coping with all the demands of medical school feels overwhelming. Students can receive support for:
    • Stress and time management
    • Anxiety and depression
    • Relationship issues with family, peers and faculty
    • Loss and bereavement
    • Personal and professional identity issues
  • Crisis intervention – regardless of the stress of school, life still happens. If you find yourself unable to cope with school and your personal life, the counselors in our office can be helpful in referral to the appropriate resources in our community to get you both the medical and mental health treatment you need.
  • Academic advising – whether you are at the top or bottom of your class, academic support is available to help you develop the right study habits, structure your time and understand the best methods for test preparation and success.
  • Excused absences/leaves of absences – if you are unable to attend a required class or examination, the Office of Student Affairs is the place you must come to discuss your absence. Please refer to the Year 1 Curriculum guide for a clear understanding of what types of absences are excused. The office also handles all types of leaves.
  • Referral liaison – in addition to medical and mental health service referral, the office can also assist with referral for neuropsychological testing, substance abuse treatment, grief counseling, as well as other types of outside referrals.

Students are encouraged to seek early intervention and supportive counseling to learn effective coping strategies in order to be a successful medical student. Information shared during counseling is confidential and does not become part of a students’ academic file.

Wayne State University School of Medicine follows appropriate standards of confidentiality in the management of private student information. Wayne State University School of Medicine’s policies pertaining to student access to records and the protection of confidentiality comply with Wayne State University (parent institution) and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), governing access to, and confidentiality of, student educational records. For a review of the policy please see the Policies and Procedures Manual on the Academic and Student Programs site.

The Wayne State University School of Medicine uses various secure electronic information systems, such as MySOM, Banner, STARS, E*Value, etc. for storing information regarding student academic performance, course registration, academic performance, biographical data, appointment information and financial aid and student account information regarding charges and payments. Paper files kept at Wayne State University School of Medicine include the academic file and the health file.