Anna Cherrie Epps, Ph.D. Center

The Anna Cherrie Epps, Ph.D., Center for Educational Development and Support (CEDS) is a comprehensive academic support unit, established to foster an environment that stimulates and nurtures excellence in learning and teaching in the three schools: Medicine, Dentistry, and Graduate Studies and Research.


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. An Educational Skills Specialist is on duty to work with students by assessing their academic profiles and developing a learning plan appropriate to each student’s needs. The combined staff works together to ensure that a student’s academic learning needs are met.

Peer Tutor Program

The Center for Educational Development and Support (CEDS), Peer Tutor Program, which officially began in August 2007, constitutes an important and effective component of the student services offered by CEDS. The Peer Tutor Program has been nationally certified by the College Reading and Learning Association since 2009.


The main objectives of the Peer Tutor Program are:

  • To bridge the gap between classroom 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.

Tutoring sessions are available upon request to all students. Students can request individual or group tutoring sessions. Group tutoring is five or less students or with your study group. Please complete the tutor request form located on the intranet under Students Forms and Documents and General. Or simply click on the link provided to take you to the intranet. Login with your Meharry ID to access the form. Upon completion of the tutor request form click submit. You will be contacted within 48 hours with your tutor appointment.

Administration & Staff

Jacqueline D. Gardner, M.A.

Associate Vice President,
Student & Academic Services
Faculty Affairs & Academic Societies

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

Educational Skills Specialist

Tammi Lavender, M.B.A.

Assistant Director

Morgan Caldwell

Program Associate

Shonae Settles

Administrative Assistant Senior

Cindy Stoller

Computer Support Tech

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.