Welcome to the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). Our primary goals are to provide SOM faculty with teaching support and professional development, and SOM students with academic support, by providing guidance, resources, and services. To achieve these goals, we work directly with faculty and students on both an individual and group basis.

Please feel free to contact us directly or stop by our office at anytime. We are located in Suite 210 of the Academic Center, School of Osteopathic Medicine (SOM), 1 Medical Center Drive, Stratford, NJ 08084.

Services for Students

Starting medical school can be quite stressful, especially considering the volume of material that must be learned and remembered. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is here to get the students started, to help them learn how to approach the material, and to inform them of the resources and services that are available. We are also here to help students understand the rules and regulations outlined in the student handbook, and to help mediate any necessary administrative procedures, such as applying for standardized tests, etc. Finally, we are here to help them deal with personal issues. For example, we work with the faculty and staff to re-schedule any quizzes/exams missed due to illness, or other factors beyond their control.

We provide the students with a range of services. For example, we offer individual consultations where we work with students to analyze their specific learning needs, or help them solve a particular problem. We also offer individual and group sessions that deal with such issues as: study skills, time management, test-taking strategies, etc. Another, very popular service for incoming SOM students is our PreMatric Program, - click here to find out more.


We have various resources, including printed texts, learning assessments, CDs, etc. Perhaps our best resource, however, is our bank of peer tutors. Our peer tutors are available to students at any time, for any subject, free of charge.

Prospective Students

We currently run a Preparation (PREP) Program for undergraduate students who are interested in health careers training - click here to find out more.

About Us

  • Jacqueline Giacobbe, MS, MA

    Jackie is CTL's Director. Her primary role is to coordinate all of CTL's activities. She also has numerous other roles, including directing faculty development activities. Ms. Giacobbe received her Masters of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently seeking a PhD in Educational Psychology.

  • Lisa Cardello, MA, NCC

    Lisa is the Associate Director of CTL. Lisa coordinates career counseling services and programming at SOM. She also provides academic advising and support to 3rd and 4th year students. Lisa holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from The College of New Jersey and an Ed.S. Degree in Counseling Services from Rider University. She has National Counselor Certification and serves as the President of the NJ Career Development Association.

  • Elizabeth cronin, MA, NCC

    Elizabeth is a Program Development Specialist. In addition to providing academic counseling and resource support to SOM students, Elizabeth also coordinates faculty development services and manages the Summer Pre-Medical Research and Education Program (Summer PREP) for under-represented and disadvantaged students from colleges and universities across New Jersey. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from TCNJ, as well as a National Counselor Certification.
  • ferin ford, MA

    Ferin is a Program Development Specialist. In addition to providing resource assistance and academic support to SOM students, Ferin coordinates the Pre-Matriculation program for incoming first year students. She holds a Master of Arts degree from Rutgers University in Psychology.

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