The Office for Student Affairs is the most valuable resource in this school.  

Office for Student Affairs is responsible for the delivery of all student services in the School of Medicine. Student Affairs facilitates student leadership, academic training, and personal growth through co-curricular and extra-curricular services, programs, and activities. Our goal is to get to know all medical students and to create a caring atmosphere that promotes student success. We are the first point of contact for students needing assistance in a variety of areas. We strive to serve as strong student advocates and to provide resources for personal and academic achievement. The following is a list of some of the services we provide. 

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Student Wellness

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Student Services


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Contact Us

Debbie A. Chandler, MD

Associate Dean for Diversity & Student Affairs
Location:  Room 1-206
Phone:  (318) 675-5341

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Peggy Murphy, PhD

Director for Student Affairs
Location: Room 1-204
Phone: (318) 675-6570

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Kimberly Voorhies

Coordinator for Student Affairs
Location: Room 1-204
Phone:  (318) 675-5415

Laura Grayson

Associate Coordinator for Student Affairs
Location: Room 1-204
Phone:  (318) 675-5339


Campus Highlights

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Welcome Class of 2024! Eager students arrived on campus last Friday, ready to start medical school under very different circumstances than in previous years. For many, it was their first time on campus due to COVID-19 restrictions during their interview process. Students, following strict social distancing guidelines, were welcomed by top administration officials and got a brief overview of the curriculum and heard about all the tools available to help them succeed before heading back home to begin their classes online. The diverse class of 150 students is comprised of 84 females and 66 males and hail from all over Louisiana and each region of the nation.

Class of 2023 Basic Science Research Project Winners!

  • 1st  Place – Team 21 – Allison Desforges,  Rhory Legendre, Devin Cormier, Maggie Ross, Stewart Lockett, and Vishwa Shah.
  • 2nd Place – Team 8 – Christine Almazan,  Andee Fontenot, Caleb Green, David Okuampa, Alexa Tafaro, and Taylor Wilmore.
  • 3rd Place – Team 5 – Lauren Rando, Ben Ellison, Julia Cucarola, Michael Rockwell, Rama Mouhaffel, Zachary M. Connelly, and Hassan Nawaz.

Each winning team will receive a cash prize for their efforts. Special thanks to the  judges -  Dr. Jehan Abdulsattar, Dr. Ashley Flowers, and Dr. Valerie Welch.

Congratulations to teams 21, 8 and 5, and all teams who successfully completed the Basic Science Research Project.

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