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    Where to Go for Help and Advice

    You will get the best advice by talking to current students as well as faculty and staff affiliated with the MST Program. UCSD MST Program affords a great deal of flexibility and can be tailored on an individual basis; however, this has the potential to give a lack of focus and direction. Here is a list of advising resources at your disposal to help prevent this problem:

    • Other M.D./Ph.D. students: The best advice regarding the program, choosing a lab or life in San Diego will come from fellow M.D./Ph.D. students. Every incoming student will be matched with a second year 'big sib'. Your 'big sib' can give you the most current advice of how to study and what to expect during the pre-clinical years in medical school. A list of current students is included in this handbook. All current contact information of all the students is accessible at the MSTP office. Feel free to talk to students at all stages of their training.
    • Director and Co-Associate Directors: Drs. Insel, Glass and Spector are accessible to students at any time.
    • UCSD Faculty with M.D./Ph.D. degrees.  (List can be obtained from Mary Alice Kiisel upon request).
    • Program Administrative Assistant: Mary Alice Kiisel is always available to talk to. Go to her office or call her at x40689 or contact her through email at mkiisel@ucsd.edu.
    • The staff of the Office of Student Affairs: is always available to help you through every part of the Medical School.
        • Dr. Carolyn Kelly, Associate Dean of Student Affairs can be reached by phone (858) 534-3701.
        • Ramon Aldecoa, The Director of Student Life, Office of Student Affairs, can be reached by phone at (858) 534-0366.
        • Joyce Felder, Registrar in the Office of Student Affairs can be reached by phone at 534-1393 or by email at jfelder@ucsd.edu.