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Office of Student Affairs

Medical School Deans, from left, Drs. Sarah Baker, Norberto Rodriguez-Baez, Blake Barker, Angela Mihalic, and Rene Galindo,
Medical School Deans, from left, Drs. Sarah Baker, Norberto Rodriguez-Baez, Blake Barker, and Angela Mihalic

The Office of Student Affairs serves to advance the academic, intellectual, and personal development and success of future physicians as they prepare at UT Southwestern Medical School for a career in medicine.

Our Goals

Engage • Create • Provide • Serve

  • Engage talented, caring, and compassionate undergraduate students through outreach and collaboration to recruit the next generation of physician leaders
  • Create and foster an educational environment that encourages wellness and a thriving student body
  • Provide guidance and opportunities to explore career options and achieve career goals, whether as a practitioner, physician scientist, or clinical investigator
  • Provide support to students experiencing difficulty by collaborating with other student service organizations and groups
  • Serve as a resource to alumni for needs such as career changes, alumni reunions, or admissions questions
  • Serve as a student advocate to maximize educational opportunities and academic success

The Office of Student Affairs is an excellent first resource for questions and advice about UT Southwestern – personal, academic, professional, or otherwise. We enjoy supporting students’ creativity and drive either directly or in partnership with others. Our promise to students is to continually enrich the educational offerings and learning environment on campus.


We work closely with the Office of Alumni Affairs, Student Services, Office of the Registrar, and colleagues across campus to organize some of the most memorable activities medical students will experience during their academic career, including:

  • MS1 Orientation: Southwestern Style
  • Breakfast with the Deans for first-year students
  • PRE+OP (orientation weekend retreat)
  • White Coat Ceremony
  • MS 0 Day
  • An Evening with the Deans for second-year students
  • Transition to Clerkship course
  • Match Day
  • Commencement

Staying On Track

The associate deans meet with each class several times during the year to provide guidance on upcoming events, information on scheduling and rotations, and to offer reassurance during predictably difficult times of the year. These class meetings are streamed and posted on class calendars so they can be accessed later as an information source if needed. In addition, the associate deans work with other student support services to reach out and assist students in need.

The associate deans produce helpful resources for students each year, including:

  • “The Match Southwestern Style” – A step-by-step guide for students applying to residency
  • USMLE Step 1 Survey
  • Advice for Fourth Year Survey
  • Residency Program data related to interviews and match statistics
  • Texas STAR UTSW Power BI Dashboards
  • “The Medical Student Performance Evaluation” – A letter compiling each student’s achievements that’s required for application to residency

Student Affairs Staff

Angela Mihalic, M.D.

Angela Mihalic, M.D.
Dean of Medical Students and Associate Dean for Student Affairs at UT Southwestern Medical School

Blake Barker, M.D.

Blake Barker, M.D., FACP
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
UT Southwestern Medical School

Sarah Baker, M.D.

Sarah Baker, M.D.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
UT Southwestern Medical School

Norberto Rodriguez-Baez, M.D.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
UT Southwestern Medical School 

Holli Holbert

Holli Holbert, Office Manager
Phone: 214-648-2169

Jeanine Moore

Jeanine Moore, Administrative Associate
Phone: 214-648-2168

Carmen Davis

Carmen Davis, Sr. Education Coordinator
Phone: 214-648-3757

Kelly Black

Kelly Black, Sr. Administrative Associate
Phone: 214-648-3367

Hannah Cochran

Hannah Cochran, Executive Assistant
Phone: 214-648-7371