Office of Student Affairs

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

  • Attract talented, caring, and compassionate students through outreach and in collaboration with undergraduate institutions
  • Create and foster an educational environment that encourages wellness
  • 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 with 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.


Along with offering academic and career guidance to current students and recruiting new students to UT Southwestern, we work closely with the Office of Student and Alumni Affairs, Registrar’s Office, and other departments on campus to organize some of the most memorable activities a medical student will experience during their academic career, including:

  • Orientation Southwestern Style
  • An Evening with the Deans for second-year students
  • Careers in Medicine workshop
  • Commencement
  • MS0 Day
  • Match Day (see photos)
  • Meet the Deans lunches for first-year students
  • PRE-OP (orientation weekend retreat)
  • Pre-Clinical orientation
  • Transition to Clerkship Course
  • White Coat ceremony

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

Additional Support

Whether it’s pursuing a particular specialty within medicine, starting a new student organization, or seeking a new educational opportunity, the Office of Student Affairs enjoys supporting students’ creativity, determination, and drive. From supporting outreach efforts in the Monday Clinic to helping build and create new global health programs, the associate deans advocate for students to continually enrich the educational offerings and learning environment on campus either directly or in partnership with others.