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Academic Support Services


Angie Hairrell, PhD
Director of Academic Support Services
HPEB 1040
Phone: 979.436.0236


Chris Diem, MEd
Assistant Director for Temple, Dallas and Round Rock
MEC 409
Phone: 254.724.8814

Erica Chance, EdD
Assistant Director for Houston
WP 533A
Phone: 346.238.5124

About Academic Support Services

The Office of Academic Support Services offers a variety of programs and services designed to enhance a student's learning at the Texas A&M College of Medicine. Angie Hairrell, PhD, Chris Diem, MEd, and Erica Chance, EdD assist individuals through one-to-one appointments on any learning or study issue, supplemental instruction and guidance for board preparation, and other related areas. Small and large group seminars are designed to provide an overview of proven strategies to prepare students for class, board exams and certifying exams.


1st Year Students

  • Test taking strategies and test analysis
  • Time management strategies
  • Skills for medical school success program
  • Expert skills program
  • Screen for learning disabilities
  • Stress management strategies
  • Regularly scheduled seminars

2nd Year Students

  • Step 1 preparation (Includes study calendars, one-on-one advising, check in's during studying)
  • Strength and opportunity reports after exams
  • Utilization of questions prior to block exams

3rd Year Students

  • Board and shelf exam preparation
  • Study skills for the clinic
  • Time management for rotations

4th Year Students

  • CV and Personal Statement preparation
  • MEID-805 Elective focusing on residency, personal finances and continued education
  • Course projects and papers
  • Board review preparation