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College of Medicine Ombudsman

COM Staff Ombudsman

Texas A&M College of Medicine is committed to cultivating a safe and effective learning environment on all of our campuses, at all of our sites and for all of our constituents (faculty, staff, and students). To aid in cultivating the learning environment for staff, the College of Medicine, with input from the University Faculty Ombuds Officer created the role of the College of Medicine Staff Ombudsman in fall 2018 within the Office of Medical Education.

The role of the College of Medicine Staff Ombudsman is to serve as a confidential, impartial and neutral sounding board regarding any staff concerns within our learning environment. The College of Medicine staff ombudsman is aware of college and Texas A&M policies and procedures and can provide information on appropriate pathways to resolve issues related to the learning environment. The College of Medicine Staff Ombudsman does not provide advice (legal or otherwise), replace a university official, determine responsibility, assign sanctions or get involved in official College of Medicine grievances.

The duties of the College of Medicine Staff Ombudsman include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as a confidential outlet if a College of Medicine staff person needs to verbally process an issue
  • Being available within a timely manner to meet one-on-one with College of Medicine staff
  • Interfacing with the Texas A&M Faculty Ombudsman where appropriate/indicated
  • Participating in the monthly Learning Environment Enrichment Committee meetings
  • Working collaboratively with the College of Medicine Faculty Ombudsman around learning environment concerns
  • Being familiar with the College of Medicine and Texas A&M policies (such as Title IX) and procedures

Erin Herbirch, Staff Ombudsman

Prior to beginning her career with the College of Medicine, Erin obtained a Bachelor of Science in bioenvironmental sciences from Texas A&M University, followed by a Masters of Public Health in health policy and management from the Texas A&M School of Public Health. She began her career with the College of Medicine in 2011 as a medical education program coordinator and now serves as a program manager in Academic Affairs working specifically with the clinical curriculum.

Erin's role as the Staff Ombudsman is to serve as a confidential, impartial, and neutral sounding board regarding any staff concerns within our learning environment.

Erin Herbrich

Erin M. Herbrich, MPH
979.436.0648 | 512.341.4918
eherbrich@tamhsc.edu