Yasmin Rivera Appointed Academic Success Counselor for School of Medicine

Yasmin Rivera

MACON – Yasmin Rivera was recently appointed academic success counselor for Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM) on the Macon campus.

“Yasmin is an experienced adviser and counselor in higher education, with experience working with students at Methodist University,” said Dr. Susan Codone, senior associate dean of academic affairs. “Yasmin holds a master’s degree in school counseling and also has experience as a hospital residency coordinator, so she knows the needs of medical students and graduates well. We are fortunate to have her supporting our medical and graduate students at MUSM.”

Rivera earned her Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice and psychology from the University at Albany, SUNY, and Master of Education in school counseling from Liberty University.

She began her career providing admissions and student support services for Methodist University’s Fort Bragg office, and later served as director of the office from April 2010-June 2015.

She went on to become education training and voucher program coordinator for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services and residency coordinator for general surgery for U.S. Army Medical Command at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

About Mercer University School of Medicine (Macon, Savannah and Columbus)

Mercer University’s School of Medicine was established in 1982 to educate physicians and health professionals to meet the primary care and health care needs of rural and medically underserved areas of Georgia. Today, more than 60 percent of graduates currently practice in the state of Georgia, and of those, more than 80 percent are practicing in rural or medically underserved areas of Georgia. Mercer medical students benefit from a problem-based medical education program that provides early patient care experiences. Such an academic environment fosters the early development of clinical problem-solving and instills in each student an awareness of the place of the basic medical sciences in medical practice. The School opened a full four-year campus in Savannah in 2008 at Memorial University Medical Center. In 2012, the School began offering clinical education for third- and fourth-year medical students in Columbus. Following their second year, students participate in core clinical clerkships at the School’s primary teaching hospitals: Medical Center, Navicent Health in Macon; Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah; and The Medical Center and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus. The School also offers master’s degrees in family therapy, preclinical sciences and biomedical sciences.