Center for Educational Development and Support

Named in honor of Dr. Anna Epps, CEDS is a comprehensive academic support, professional center that includes educational skills specialists, program coordinators, and administrative staff who are dedicated to academic excellence in the four schools: Applied Computational Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Studies and Research, and Medicine.


We are centrally located on the Meharry campus in the Rolfe Student Center Building. The upper level offers two spacious group study rooms, a classroom with a seating capacity for 35, and a conference room. A break room area is equipped with vending machines and a snack area. The lower level offers a computer lab for computer-based learning, an instructional learning room for group instruction, and three independent study rooms.


CEDS staff collaborates with students to develop individual learning plans, connect students to resources for accelerated learning, and support students preparing to challenge national board examinations. CEDS staff collaborate with faculty to support student learning outside of the classroom, develop tutor led instruction, and to ensure that student’s academic learning needs are met.


Together we can support student learning and promote student academic achievement through collaborative learning and academic acceleration.


To support the academic success of student doctors, future researchers, data scientists, and public health professionals.


Tailored approaches to student success; open communication; collaboration across the college, positive relationships, collaborative learning; student-centered services.


Provide the academic support that each student needs; prepare students for their future careers; foster learning and skills development to assure excellence for all students.

Collaborative Learning


  • To bridge the gap between classroom and clinical teaching and individual studying by providing an academic support program that is staffed by student tutors.
  • To foster the dynamics of individual or group tutorial interaction among peers.
  • To develop the interest and capabilities of students who may pursue careers in academia.

For over a decade, CEDS has focused on collaborative learning through its peer tutor program. Nationally certified by the College Reading and Learning Association since 2009, peer tutors undergo a rigorous training program to provide academic support and accelerated learning. The peer tutoring program allows students to enhance their academic performance. Peer tutoring has been shown to support student learning; however, tutors are no substitute for developing a strong working relationship with faculty. CEDS encourages all students to meet with faculty during their office hours and by appointment. Additionally, CEDS encourages faculty to support student learning outside of the classroom and clinic times.


Collaborative learning is available to all students. Additionally, tutors provide tutor-led instruction, which are interactive, review sessions.

Collaborative learning sessions are available upon request to all students. Students can request group collaborative learning sessions. Individual collaborative learning sessions can be scheduled on an as needed basis. Group tutoring is five or less students or with your study group. Accudemia is the platform that CEDS utilizes for students to schedule collaborative learning sessions.


For accelerated learning, students can work with Educational Skills Specialist in the following areas:

  • Time Management
  • Critical Thinking/Analytical Reasoning
  • Stress Management Advising
  • Self-Confidence Building
  • Reading & Comprehension
  • Test Taking Strategies
  • Note Taking
  • Study Techniques

Comprehensive Board Review Program

In collaboration with the School of Medicine and School of Dentistry faculty, respectively, CASA provides resources to support success with United States Medical Licensing Examination Steps 1, and 2 and National Board Dental Examination.



Students with Disabilities

Meharry Medical College is committed to providing access to all students. Please click here to find out more information about requesting accommodations.

Administration & Staff

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Pamela Rucker, M.A., M.P.A.

Assistant Director and Educational Skills Specialist


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Shonae Settles

Collaborative Learning Coordinator


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Vincent Wilson, M.S., ADAC

Educational Skills Specialist


Services for Students

  • Skills Profile Assessment
  • Skill Improvement Instruction in:
    • Time Management
    • Critical Thinking/Analytical Reasoning
    • Stress Management Advising
    • Self-Confidence Building
    • Reading & Comprehension
    • Test Taking Strategies
    • Note Taking
    • Study Techniques
  • Individual Skills Development Consultation
  • Computerized Student Practice Testing
  • Peer Tutoring – Nationally Certified
  • Small Group Intervention Review Sessions
  • Small Group Case-Based Review Sessions
  • Comprehensive Medical Review Program – USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3
  • Comprehensive Dental Review Program – NBDE Parts 1 & 2

Services for Faculty

The Center’s goal is to foster synergy and collegiality to its faculty by offering consultant-led workshops and seminars that address:

  • Use of Smart Classroom Electronics
  • Teaching Techniques
  • Student Assessment
  • Mentoring
  • Instructional Technology


We also offer a Mini-Sabbatical Program.


Please call for additional details, including schedules and appointments.