Career Advising in Family Medicine

Family Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education is committed to helping you "find your fit" in medicine and a sustainable, joyful career. We are available for general and family medicine specific career advising. We offer a variety of events and support based on your stage of training.

Please contact Dr. Jill VanWyk at or Lucille (Lu) Heimerl at to be scheduled with one of our core advisors based on their availability. Or, check out our faculty profiles if you wish to reach out based on their professional interests/areas of advising expertise.

Family Medicine Undergraduate Medical Education - Core Advisors

Heather Brougham

Heather Brougham, DO

Professional Interests: Women’s health, contraceptive procedures, mental health, obesity medicine.

Advising Expertise: Experience in academic and community medicine, former chief resident involved in match list preparation.

Dr. Mark Deutchman
Mark Deutchman, MD 

Professional Expertise: Oral health, practicing in ambulatory and hospital settings including maternity care, ultrasonography, and clinical procedures.

Advising Expertise: Colorado programs and rurally focused residencies.

Dr. Melissa Johnson
Melissa Johnson, MD, DOCS Coach 

Professional Interests: Medical student education, outpatient family medicine (all ages), women's health (IUDs, Nexplanon placement, colposcopy), office-based procedures (shoulder and knee injections), and minor skin procedures.

Advising Expertise: 4th-year applications, self-discovery and specialty selection, work-life balance, interview preparation.

Seth Kramer, DO, MPH

Seth Kramer, DO, MPH

Professional Interests:  Metabolic disease, Diabetes Mellitus, Obesity Medicine, Nutrition, Public Health and Preventative Medicine of all ages, Office-Based procedures (Shoulder/Knee injections), HCV treatment, PrEP

Advising Expertise:  4th year application & interviewing process, community health, supporting those finding their place and specialty selection.

Dr. Kari Mader
Kari Mader, MD MPH

Professional Interests: Women’s health including obstetrics, refugee & immigrant healthcare, community-based research and organizing for achieving health equity, innovative care for underserved populations, team-based care, leadership training.

Advising Expertise: Supporting students in finding their "place" in any specialty, 4th year application & interviewing process, Colorado & southeast programs and academic programs with innovative curricula.

David Mendez, MD

David Mendez, MD

Professional interests: health equity and diversity, medical education, addiction medicine, behavioral health, public health.

Advising expertise: interview preparation, work-life balance, self-reflection.

George Olsen, MD

George Olsen, MD

Professional Interests:  OB and Maternity Care, Medication Assisted Treatment for Substance Use, Medical Education, Primary Care for Underserved Populations.

Advising Interests:  Interview preparation, Finding the Right Specialty, Making a Rank List, 4th Year Acting Internships.

Cleveland Piggott, MD MPH

Professional Interests: Health equity and social justice, behavioral health, academic medicine, leadership development, public health, and achieving the quadruple aim.

Advising Expertise: Colorado residency programs and those in the South East, connections to colleagues who have trained at many family medicine programs around the country.

Dr. Roberto Silva
Roberto Silva, MD 

Professional Expertise: Community health center (CHC) medicine, medical education, maternity care, office-based procedures.

Advising Expertise: Students who are undecided about residency choice, community health center/federally qualified health center residencies, rural medicine & residencies.

Jill Vanwyk, MD

Jill Vanwyk, MD

Professional Interests: Behavioral health in primary care, cognitive behavioral therapy, group visits, adolescent health, office procedures (injections, contraceptive procedures, nail matrixectomy, skin biopsy).

Advising expertise:  Programs in the Pacific Northwest, Midwest.

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