The Medical Student Affairs Career Development Team and Services 

Debra Rusk, MD

Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development
Medical Science Building 635 Barnhill Dr. RM 119

Responsibilities and Services

  • Leader of the Medical Student Education Career Development Office.
  • Provides career consultations for IU School of Medicine students at all nine campuses. Focuses particularly on student competitiveness for residencies and specialty-specific requirements with the ultimate goals of ensuring students match in their first specialty choice.
  • Works closely with career mentors to ensure mentors are trained and have the materials needed to maintain successful mentoring relationships with students.
  • Develops and implements professional development programming for all students and provides advising support to Special Interest Group (SIG) clusters.

Sacha Sharp, MA

Sacha Sharp, MA
Associate Director of Career Development and Cultural Inclusion
Medical Science Building 635 Barnhill Dr. RM 119
317 278-8182

Responsibilities and Services

  • Provides career consultation for all IU School of Medicine students in addition to services already provided by lead advisors. Career consultations include one-on-one mock interviews, CV critique and personal statement assistance (up to two revisions).
  • Works with the Assistant Dean of Career Development to develop and implement professional development programming for IU School of Medicine students at all nine campuses and to provide advising support to Specialty Interest Group (SIG) Clusters.
  • Regarding cultural inclusion, serves as the liaison between diversity affairs and medical student affairs, to provide additional advising support to underrepresented minority students and promote cultural competence among all IU School of Medicine students.

Connect with a Personalized Career Mentor

As a part of the career development program, the medical student affairs career development team matches students with designated career mentors. These career mentors serve a valuable role in the growth of healers during the journey from student to professional. Career mentors provide one-on-one career development, which helps students explore specialty and career options that align with their specific skills and interests. Students are able to interact with career mentors whenever they feel ready to discuss career options and delve into specialties, however, obtaining a career mentor is usually recommended by the third year.

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