Our faculty are friendly, accessible and ready to help. Formal advising includes the following:
Pre-clinical Advising (1st and 2nd Years)
Each incoming student is assigned to an Academic Society led by an Advisory Dean. The Advisory Dean is the assigned advisor to those students within that society. The Deans meet 1 on 1 with every 1st and 2nd year student each semester. They also hold small group lunches for their Advising Society Group throughout the year, exploring interests within and beyond medicine.
Yumi Turmelle, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Turmelle was born in Havana Cuba, and moved to the U.S. at age 8. She received her medical degree at the University of Florida. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the University of Miami and came to St. Louis for fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Washington University. She also completed an M.P.H. at St. Louis University School of Public Health and Social Justice. Dr. Turmelle is associate professor of pediatrics whose interests include liver transplant and cholestatic liver disease. She is the medical director of the Liver Care Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She understands that trainees from underrepresented groups face unique challenges and has been selected to chair of the Faculty Diversity Committee. As a first generation college graduate, Dr. Turmelle has many mentors who have inspired and supported her throughout her academic career.
Tessa Madden, M.D., M.P.H.
Dr. Madden grew up in Upstate New York. She received her medical degree from Washington University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University in New York. After residency, she completed a fellowship in family planning at Johns Hopkins during which she obtained an MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is currently an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the Division of Family Planning. She is active in patient care, medical education, and clinical research. Her research focuses on improving access to contraceptive services. Dr. Madden enjoys providing mentorship to medical students both as an academic society advisor and clinical researcher.
Evan Schwarz, M.D.
Dr. Schwarz grew up in Dallas, Texas, and completed medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. During his last year of residency, he was elected as one of the chief residents and won the residency teaching award. After residency, he completed a fellowship in Medical Toxicology at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine before returning to Saint Louis. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and the Medical Toxicology Fellowship Director. In addition, he is an active member and sits on several committees for the American College of Medical Toxicology, is on the editorial board of Emergency Physicians Monthly, and is a member of the board of directors for the Missouri College of Emergency Physicians.
Third-Year Career Advisors: Each third-year student selects a career advisor in their specialty of interest.
Support and Counseling for Diversity Students: Through the Office of Diversity Programs students and faculty join forces to organize events that foster and celebrate diversity achievement.
At Washington University, the Career Counseling Office guides medical students through the process of choosing specialties, planning curriculum, and applying to residency programs. Washington University medical students are extremely successful in the Match.
The Career Counseling Office Residency Roadmap website provides advice and further resources for:
- Choosing a specialty
- Choosing residency locations
- Applying for the residency Match
- Preparing for residency interviews
See Match Locations for Washington University School of Medicine graduates, past six years combined.