"Investing in the success of others nurtures a legacy of servant-oriented leadership."
David Taylor joined the Georgetown University School of Medicine family in July 1990. In his role as the Senior Associate Dean for Student Learning, Dean Taylor is responsible for initiatives that promote the retention and advancement of medical students through the four-year curriculum. He utilizes knowledge and skills in educational philosophy and research, student and instructor interrelationships, advising and counseling, and learning and study strategies to implement academic support services essential to students’ academic success, the medical education mission and the quality of the learning experience.
Dean Taylor is also the Director of the Georgetown Experimental Medical Studies (GEMS) program, which targets underrepresented and disadvantaged students aspiring to the profession of medicine. GEMS serve as a rich network of future medical students in support of Georgetown’s commitment to diversity in the health professions. Essential educational services include supplemental instruction in anatomy, biochemistry and physiology, and other structured activities designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and academic outcomes for these promising students. To date, 504 GEMS alumni are practicing physicians, with 72 medical students enrolled in U.S. Allopathic Schools of Medicine, and 224 GEMS Alumni contributing expertise in other health careers.
Dean Taylor is the recipient of multiple awards including the Mayoral Proclamation of Excellence (2017) for medical education programs in service to the residents of the District of Columbia; and, Georgetown University’s Presidential Excellence Award (2015) for outstanding service to the School of Medicine.
Dustyn Wright has served as the Director of Student Learning since the Office of Student Learning & Academic Advising's founding in 2018, and also serves as Co-Director of the Professional Identity Formation Program at the School of Medicine. Prior to joining the Georgetown University School of Medicine administration in 2013, Dustyn received his Bachelor of Science in Movement Science from the University of Michigan, and is currently finishing his Master of Arts in Learning & Design here at Georgetown University under the Center for New Designs in Learning & Scholarship. His research interests include professional identity formation in medical students, learning environments/inclusive pedagogy, and medical student wellbeing. A Michigan native, Dustyn currently lives in Adams Morgan with his partner and Golden Retriever pup, Cali.
Assistant Director for Academic Support
Originally from Birmingham, AL, Alisha Ghosh, has an educational background in healthcare with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Health Administration. Additionally, she is a certified diversity practitioner in the healthcare field and an LGBTQ+ SafeZone Trainer. Alisha comes to us with experience with graduate medical education and medical programming, working at RWJBarnabas Health System before coming to Georgetown School of Medicine in October 2017. Alisha is our Assistant Director for Academic Support within the Office of Student Learning and Academic Advising where she provides learning support, academic advising, and medical education programming. Additionally, she assists any students with any exam accommodations needs and our peer to peer tutoring program.
Rayna Weiser is a current student in the M.A. in Learning and Design program while working as a graduate associate in the Office of Student Learning and Academic Advising. Originally from Connecticut, she finished her undergraduate degree at Northwestern University in June of 2018, where she holds a B.A. in Cognitive Science and a B.M. in Viola Performance. Rayna is responsible for assisting in the evaluation and execution of existing student learning support programs at the School of Medicine, as well as designing and implementing new programs to proactively support effective student learning in medical education. In addition, she provides administrative support to the office and students. Please contact Rayna for any appointments or follow-up meetings regarding Learning Consultation Requests with any of the office staff.