Welcome from the Dean

Welcome to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs (ASA)

Our office provides administrative support and student services for the applicants to and enrolled students of the UCSD School of Medicine. We believe that the >7000 annual applicants to the School will learn a great deal about the special opportunities and programs at UCSD SOM by exploring this site. Practical information about the admissions process and financial aid can be readily accessed through the links.

Our >500 enrolled students will additionally find the Student Affairs and Financial Aid websites very helpful for information regarding student services throughout the academic year. Applicants to and enrolled students in the Medical Scientist Training Program will find that site contains a wealth of information about all aspects of this dual degree pathway.

The students and faculty of the UCSD School of Medicine participate in a number of innovative community partnerships. We hope you take the time to explore these programs through the link to Diversity and Community Partnerships.

Kama Z. Guluma, M.D.
Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs

Dr. Kama Guluma Bio

Dr. Kama GulumaDr. Guluma joined the Division of Medical Education as Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs in October 2018. He obtained his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College in Ohio, and his M.D. degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, and then completed an emergency medicine residency at the University of Michigan. He joined the UCSD Department of Emergency Medicine as a faculty member in 2001, and is a Professor of Emergency Medicine. His early career activities included being an investigator in NIH-funded pre-clinical and clinical research in the emergency treatment of acute ischemic stroke, exploring concepts such as therapeutic hypothermia and external counterpulsation. Prior to becoming Associate Dean, he served for six years as the Director of Student Programs for the Department of Emergency Medicine, and six years as an Academic Community Director in the UCSD School of Medicine. He is a past recipient of the Medical Student Teaching Award in the UCSD Department of Emergency Medicine, has been a nominee for the Kaiser Excellence in Teaching Award in the UCSD School of Medicine, and a recipient of the Faculty Mentorship Award from the UCSD Graduate Student Association. Other professional activities include being an Associate Editor for the Journal of Emergency Medicine and being an Oral Examiner with the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

As the Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs, Dr. Guluma oversees the offices of Admissions, Student Affairs, and Financial Aid