Specialty Advisors for Career Exploration (ACE)

Find Your Mentor 

Career advising aligned with your professional interests. 


The Specialty ACE program was launched in 2021 to enhance career development opportunities for medical students at all levels. The Specialty ACEs are experienced faculty advisors enthusiastic about mentoring students in their specialty.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Establish a cohort of faculty members within their Department to support their advising efforts. Cohort members are faculty members who span clinical and research arenas within their specialty.

  • Serve as the "go-to person" within the Department when students are interested in learning more about their specialty.
  • Serve as the "go-to person" within the Department when other faculty members, Deans, and College Chairs would like to refer a student to learn more about their specialty.
  • Meet with students to explore their interests, and match students with potential mentors within their Department.
  • Oversee the student “Specialty Interest Group,” or identify a faculty colleague to run with this responsibility.
  • Help students navigate the residency application process in their specialty.

Connect with a Specialty ACE

John S. Shin, MD
Director, Medical Student Education

Judi A. Turner, MD, PhD
Vice Chair for Education

Paul Levins, MD
Clinical Professor

Jan Smogorzewski, MD
Medical Student Clerkship Director and Director of Inpatient Dermatology Education

Paul A. Kedeshian, MD
Associate Clinical Professor

Travis Shiba, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor

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Neveen S. El-Farra, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine

Jodi L. Friedman, MD
Clinical Professor

John Ly, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor

Marvin Bergsneider, MD
Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Erica D. Oberman, MD
Associate Clinical Professor

Deborah Lehman, MD
Clinical Professor & Assistant Dean

Meeryo C. Choe, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor

Ginger Slack, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor