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M.D. Program

M.D. Program

Dean's Advisory Council for Student Wellness

  1. Philip Buss
  2. Ed Callahan, Ph.D
  3. Faith Fitzgerald, M.D., Co-Chair
  4. Christina Gallerani
  5. Sylvia Garma, Ph.D.
  6. Charlene Green,M.A., M.F.T.
  7. Mary Metcalf, M.D.
  8. Justine Mumma
  9. Alberto Odor, M.D.
  10. Carmelina Raffetto
  11. Margaret Rea, Ph.D.
  12. Samir Sheth, M.D.
  13. Andreea Seritan, M.D., Chair
Philip Buss is a UC Davis medical student in the class of 2015 and a member of the Rural-PRIME Program.  He developed an interest in wellness while working towards his degree in Exercise Biology at UC Davis.  He has been active for many years in the student-run clinics, most recently as a Co-Director at the newly established Knights Landing Clinic.  He is excited to have the opportunity to positively impact the wellness of his classmates and that of future classes.
Ed Callahan, Ph.D., serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Personnel and as Professor of Family and Community Medicine. He directed the Doctoring I course for many years prior to it being called Doctoring I and several years after.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist with experience in treatment of most adult disorders including anxiety, mood disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, sexual dysfunction and couples relationships. While he will not do any direct counseling in his role with the committee, he is available for confidential consultation and referral to University and community resources.

Faith T. Fitzgerald, M.D., is an Internist and Professor of Medicine and Director of Humanities and Bioethics at the University of California Davis, Sacramento.  She took her M.D. at the University of California, San Francisco in 1969, was Board Certified in Internal Medicine in 1973 and has been teaching medical students and residents ever since.  She has written on a wide variety of topics in medicine, including protean disease states, medical education, physical diagnosis and bioethics.  She is a Master of the American College of Physicians, current Regent of the American College of Physicians and sees patients in both hospital and clinic.

Christina Gallerani, is a medical student in the class of 2016. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in integrative biology in 2009. She first developed an interest in promoting student wellness as an undergraduate when she worked as a student housing manager in the Berkeley Student Cooperatives. She is interested in global health and recently went on medical trips to Honduras and Ecuador. She is also a co-director of Bayanihan Clinic and an officer in the dermatology and global health student interest groups. 

Sylvia Garma, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist who is active in research and provides Consultation and Liaison Services at Shriners Hospital.  In this context she works closely with medical students during their Psychiatry clerkship and with Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows.  She is also a faculty facilitator in the Doctoring III course.  Her main interests are in posttraumatic stress in children and adults, adjustment to illness/injury and health disparities.  Dr. Garma comes from Argentina and has worked and taught internationally.
Charlene Green, M.A., M.F.T. is a Student Support Services Coordinator for UC Davis School of Medicine, working with medical students in academic, career and wellness advising roles. She has a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. She has a special interest in wellness for healthcare providers, especially those who encounter psychosocial issues regularly. Before joining the School of Medicine team, she worked as a clinical social worker, serving patients with chronic, genetic blood disorders in the UC Davis Division of Hematology and Oncology.
Mary Metcalf, M.D., is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She has been involved with clinical teaching for more than 30 years and has had many years of experience working with students and house staff. She is a past instructor of record for the third year clerkship in Pediatrics and was a long time member of the Department of Pediatric's Student Education Committee. Although Dr. Metcalf is officially retired, she continues to attend in resident continuity clinics and also participates in teaching conferences such as morning report and case management conferences.
Justine Mumma is a medical student in the class of 2015. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Neuroscience in 2010, and Columbia University with a M.S. in Human Nutrition in 2011. She is keenly interested in exercise and nutrition as a part of overall wellness, and hopes to help promote healthy lifestyles within the medical student community. Justine especially enjoys running and participates in marathons, such as the Nike Women’s Marathon in fall 2012.
Dr. Odor Alberto Odor, Associate Adjunct Professor at the UC Davis Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. He obtained his M.D. degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), followed by training in internal medicine, general surgery and transplantation surgery at the National Institute of Medical Sciences and UNAM. Dr. Odor joined the UC Davis faculty in 2008. He teaches and advises graduate students, along with medical students, veterinary medicine students, and students in the Masters in Health Informatics Program
Carmelina Raffetto

Carmelina Raffetto,
a retiree of the University of California, Davis, formerly worked with medical students in her role as Career Advising Coordinator for UC Davis School of Medicine. She now enjoys the position of Executive Director for the Northern California Chapter of the American College of Physicians. In her position as Executive Director she is still involved with medical students, residents, and early career physicians, along with reconnecting with members of the American College of Physicians

Dr. Rea

Margaret Rea, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist. For over 25 years, she has worked in various hospital and academic settings providing clinical services and conducting research on mental health treatment.  After earning her doctorate, she worked at the University of California, Los Angeles directing treatment programs for bipolar disorder and depression. Since joining UC Davis, she has been responsible for providing the wellness services for the UC Davis Medical Center residents and fellows which includes counseling, group facilitation and educational programming about physician well-being. Her areas of special interest include stress management techniques such as mindfulness as well as cognitive behavioral therapy treatment for anxiety and depression.

   Dr. Seritan

Andreea Seritan, M.D., is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Dean for Student Wellness. Dr. Seritan is a geriatric psychiatrist with a strong interest in physician and physician-in-training wellness and career development. She has pursued advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and mentors students, residents, and junior faculty. In 2008-09, Dr. Seritan served as the first School of Medicine's Educational Fellow and chaired the Medical Center's Medical Staff Health Committee. Dr. Seritan has been leading the Office of Student Wellness since July 2009.

  Dr. Seritan

Samir Sheth, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pain Medicine and Co-Director of Neuromodulation. He is board certified in anesthesia and pain medicine. Dr. Sheth decided to pursue these fields because he wanted to have a meaningful impact on people whose quality of life has been diminished by pain. He is committed to treating his patients in a multidisciplinary fashion, with the goal of improving their overall wellness. As a member of the Advisory Council, Dr. Sheth is looking forward to collaborating with other members in order to offer insights and recommendations for UC Davis medical students.