Named in honor of Dr. Anna Cherrie Epps, the Center for Academic Success and Achievement (CASA) is a comprehensive academic support, professional center that nurtures excellence in learning in the four schools: Applied Computational Sciences, Dentistry, Global Health, Graduate Studies and Research, and Medicine.


CASA is centrally located on the Meharry campus in D.T. Rolfe Hall. The upper level offers four spacious group study rooms and two classrooms with a seating capacity of 35. The break area is equipped with vending machines. The lower level offers a computer lab for computer-based learning, two large space instructional learning rooms for group interaction, and five independent study rooms.


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

CASA has facilitated collaborative learning through its peer tutor program for over ten years. Peer tutors are trained by CASA staff and certified through the International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC), sponsored by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA).

Tutoring sessions are available to all students upon request. All sessions are group tutoring which consists of two or more students. A component of tutoring is the Tutor Led Instruction (TLI), which consists of large group settings. All tutor related activities are scheduled through the electronic tracking system, TracCloud.

Academic Skills

For accelerated learning, students can work with an Educational Skills Specialist in the follow 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 Schools of Dentistry, and Medicine, respectively, CASA provides resources to support success with the United States Medical Licensing Examination Steps 1 and 2, the Integrated National Board Dental Examination (INBDE) and the NBDE Part II.


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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Jason E. Steinas, Ed.D., MS, CPEC


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Pamela Rucker, MA, MPA

Assistant Director and Educational Skills Specialist

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Shonae Settles, BS

Collaborative Learning Specialist & Administrative Associate

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Maleek Mitchell, MS

Educational Skills and ADA 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 and 2
  • Comprehensive Dental Review Program – NBDE and NBDE Part 2

Contact Us


D. T. Rolfe Hall
(#16 on the campus map)

Building Hours:

7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.

Staffed Hours:

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(by appointment after 5:00 p.m.)

Phone: 615.327.6500
Fax: 615.321.2999