The Insiders

The best and brightest, on your side

Kevin Jubbal, M.D.

Dr. Kevin Jubbal graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles magna cum laude with a B.S. in Neuroscience and went on to earn his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego as the sole recipient of the top merit scholarship for all 4 years. Dr. Jubbal scored in the 99.9th percentile on the MCAT and achieved similarly impressive results on his USMLE (265+). He matched into Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He has authored more than 60 publications, abstracts, and presentations in the field of plastic surgery.

As a physician entrepreneur, Dr. Jubbal’s passion for medical education and patient care led him to found the Blue LINC Healthcare Incubator and Med School Insiders. Through these and other projects, he seeks to empower future generations of physicians, redefine medical education, and improve patient care through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Nikhil Agrawal, M.D.

Dr. Nikhil Agrawal graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Economics. He then returned home for medical school at the Ohio State University. He matched at his first choice program at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is now completing a Hand Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

  Dr. Agrawal serves as a mentor to numerous current residents around the country. He has published in a variety of well respected plastic surgery journals and is employed as a reviewer for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the highest impact factor journal in the field. His passion for education has allowed him to serve on the admissions committee for Residency.

Daniela Arango Isaza, M.D.

Dr. Daniela Arango Isaza obtained her medical degree at Universidad CES in Medellin, Colombia where she spent the majority of her life. During medical school, she participated in clerkships at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio as well as the University of Miami, from where she got letters of recommendation for her residency application. Her last year of medical school in Colombia was an intern year, where she had the same responsibilities as a first-year resident in the USA. At the time of her graduation, she was ranked in the top 5 students of the class and graduated with honors. After graduation, she was the main COVID-19 research coordinator in an intensive care unit in Colombia for 6 months, while applying for residency.

Currently, she is a second-year resident of Internal Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Dr. Arango is interested in pursuing further medical training in Hematology, specifically thrombosis, and bleeding. She is a member of the Thrombosis Research Group led by Dr. Jeffrey Zwicker at BIDMC. She is also one of the resident members of the ASH. Dr. Arango is committed to medical education and is passionate about helping others fulfill their potential and paying it forward.

Omar Bari, M.D.

Dr. Omar Bari graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude with a degree in Evolutionary Biology. He then spent two years as a Management Consultant with McKinsey & Company. Dr. Bari earned his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego and matched into dermatology residency at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Bari scored >260 on his USMLE and thoroughly enjoys helping other students maximize their own potential as well.

Dr. Bari is passionate about working with students interested in medicine, which is readily apparent from the unanimous love and support he receives from dozens of current and prior students. He particularly enjoys reviewing personal statements and developing strategies for effective interviewing. Outside of medicine, Dr. Bari enjoys working out, exploring coffee shops, and the theatre.

Jeremiah Bearss

Jeremiah graduated with honors from Utah State University with a degree in Chemistry and is currently a fourth-year medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson. He was accepted to the M.D./Ph.D. program and has completed his Ph.D. in Cancer Biology. He will soon match into internal medicine with the goal of completing a fellowship in oncology after finishing his medical residency.

Jeremiah has a passion for teaching and has several years experience as a private tutor and teaching fellow. He was awarded “Tutor of the Year” at Utah State University and has continued to develop his passion for teaching and mentoring. As part of the M.D./Ph.D. program, he has admission committee experience reviewing applications and interviewing M.D./Ph.D. candidates to this highly competitive program. He also understands and has a passion for helping those with research goals convey their work in the best light possible, and has a deep understanding of research, with many publications in top journals. He can help successfully navigate applicants with the unique challenges associated with applying to a dual degree program.

Outside of medicine he enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, playing tennis, perfecting a smoked brisket, and trying to find ways back onto a football field.
Adam Behroozian, M.D.

Adam earned his M.P.H. in Hospital and Molecular Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and M.D. from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine where he also served as class president during his four year tenure. He completed Internal Medicine Residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is completing a post-doctoral research fellowship through the American Heart Association and worked as a Hospitalist at VUMC. Adam is currently training in Cardiovascular Medicine in San Diego, CA.

Adam has experience mentoring medical school applicants and conducting mock interviews. He has successfully overseen several undergraduate and medical school mentoring programs. He believes in a holistic approach to medical school applications and does not subscribe to a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. He is excited to mentor and motivate future generations of aspiring physicians.

Elizabeth Bleed, M.D.

Dr. Beth Bleed graduated from Furman University with a B.S. in Mathematics, and went on to earn her M.D. from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. She attended grad school at night, completing her M.A. in Medical Humanities and Bioethics concurrently with her MD. She completed Pediatrics residency at the bustling Baylor College of Medicine program in Houston (Texas Children’s Hospital) and is now a PICU fellow at Northwestern McGaw – Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, IL.

She has extensive tutoring history in math and science, and experience interviewing medical school and fellowship applicants. Dr. Bleed’s passion is interdisciplinary thinking – she loves making connections between fields and teaching her brain (and yours!) how to think. She knows the ups and downs of the pre-med and medical school process, and wants to make that journey smoother and more fulfilling for the next generation of doctors. She wants to teach you how to see standardized tests as puzzles and maybe even enjoy them a little! Drawing from her extensive liberal arts background, she can’t wait to help you tell your story clearly and powerfully through essay editing and coaching. On her days off you can find her reading a novel on her rooftop or strolling the farmer’s market, looking for ingredients to experiment with in the kitchen.

Mahesh Botejue, M.D.

Mahesh Botejue graduated cum laude from the University of California, San Diego, with a B.S. in Biology and a concentration in ecology. He spent a year at the pharmaceutical firm Becton-Dickinson and a year traveling before matriculating to the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. At Temple he participated in several large studies in gastroenterology and earned his MBA as part of a combined MD/MBA degree, graduating with honors. He matched in internal medicine at the University of California Riverside school of medicine for his residency, and is interested in a fellowship in gastroenterology.

Having mentored students in college, as well as being on admission committees both in medical school and residency, Mahesh is experienced in mentorship and is passionate about working toward helping students improve themselves in a variety of ways and to become both better learners, individuals and practitioners.

Ryan Brewster

Ryan Brewster graduated from Middlebury College with degrees in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry and Spanish and is currently a medical student at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He is currently pursuing a research year studying the effects of the gut microbiome on cardiovascular disease in South Africa. Among his other professional interests include health disparities, cancer biology, entrepreneurship, and the medical humanities.

Ryan has extensive experience mentoring prospective undergraduate and medical students. He served as a Senior Admissions Fellow at Middlebury College, and has experience as a voting member of the medical school admissions committee at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Trevor Canty

Trevor graduated from the University of Notre Dame summa cum laude with a BA in Spanish and Pre-Health; he now attends the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. His professional interests include medical education, medical humanities, and health disparities.

He scored in the 99th percentile on the MCAT and has hundreds of hours of experience at top MCAT tutoring companies, as well as significant experience in MCAT question writing. In addition, he has experience tutoring in Spanish and Statistics at the undergraduate level.

Marina Castilla, M.D.

Dr. Marina Castilla graduated from University of Maryland, College Park with a B.S. in Biology and B.A. in Russian. She earned an M.D. degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. Castilla pursued an unconventional path from medical school to academia, holding faculty positions at George Mason and Georgetown Universities over the past ten years. She has extensive experience teaching medical, graduate, and undergraduate students as well as advising students on their path to medical school admission. Dr. Castilla is passionate about helping future physicians find their niche in the medical field.

Morgen Chalmiers

Morgen Chalmiers

Morgen A. Chalmiers is an MD/PhD student in Psychological and Medical Anthropology at the University of California, San Diego. She completed her undergraduate degree at Pomona College in the self-designed major of Women’s Global Health. She was recently recognized as an Emerging Scholar in Family Planning for her research on refugee reproductive health. Morgen is passionate about integrating anthropological insights into clinical practice and global health policy through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Additionally, she is enthusiastic about guiding non-traditional applicants like herself through the medical school admissions process. Morgen has extensive research experience in Global Health and Reproductive Health and offers interested applicants mentorship tailored to the specific requirements of these fields. Drawing on her personal experience as a non-traditional applicant, Morgen excels at guiding applicants in developing a persuasive personal statement that reflects their unique path to medicine.

Elizabeth Cho

Elizabeth Cho graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Public Health. After two years spent working in the nonprofit healthcare sector, she matriculated at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Having conducted several medical school applicant interviews, she is well versed in the medical school application process.

While her professional interests remain open, she is contemplating pursuing a surgical specialty. As someone who has benefitted from the mentorship she has received in her own professional career, Elizabeth takes great pleasure and pride in mentoring the future generation of physicians and helping them maximize their own potential.

Paul Clancy

Paul Clancy is a student in his senior year at Michigan State University, majoring in Neuroscience as well Physiology, with a minor in Global Public Health and Epidemiology. Paul’s passion for teaching others has been reflected in his commitment as an Undergraduate Learning Assistant for Biology. He is one of the senior members of the BioSci teaching team at Michigan State University, and has personally worked with over one thousand students in addition to tutoring more students outside of class. Scoring in the 100th percentile on the MCAT, he has demonstrated not only mastery of the material, but the best way to help teach others so they can also achieve success. On track to graduate as Valedictorian at Michigan State University with a 4.0 GPA, he has also shown academic excellence outside the MCAT and is proficient in the entire pre-med curriculum. In addition to his studies, Paul enjoys drawing, piano, and hammocking.

Kevin Climaco, M.D.

Dr. Kevin Climaco graduated cum laude from Boston University with a B.A. in Economics and minors in Chemistry and Public Health. He went on to earn his M.D from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He is currently a General Surgery Resident in the Lone Star State: Texas.

Dr. Climaco is extremely passionate about teaching, fostering welcoming environments that strive for excellence, and team building. He has helped mentor students from high school to medical school; and has experience in med school recruiting and medical school applicant interviewing. His current research projects involve Global Surgery, Colorectal Surgery, and Robotic Surgery. In his somewhat limited free time- Kevin enjoys being a foodie and being an amateur adventurer.

Nicholas Daneshvari

Nick Daneshvari graduated magna cum laude from UC Berkeley with a major in Molecular and Cell Biology. He is currently a fourth-year student at The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, where he is pursuing a residency position in psychiatry. Throughout medical school, he has been extensively engaged in psychiatry and neurology research, student wellness, and peer mentorship.

Nick has extensively advocated for peer mentorship, ranging from writing blog-style advising posts to the UC community, moderating Facebook groups for premedical applicants, or reviewing personal statements for hundreds of colleagues. This past year, Nick served as a student representative and voting member of The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Admissions Committee.
Marsha-Gail Davis, M.D.
Dr. Marsha-Gail Davis graduated from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Biology. She went on to earn her MD from University of California, San Diego. She completed her internal medicine residency at Yale Primary Care Residency Program and is currently a Preventive Medicine resident at UCSD. She mentors several trainees at the pre-medical, medical and graduate levels of medical education. She believes that representation matters and is excited to be a part of a diverse group of insiders who are dedicated to helping students achieve success.

Prior to medical school she served as a dedicated tutor to high school students at a Boston-based charter school. During that experience, she was exposed to the book called Mindset by Carol Dweck and learned about the positive impact of having a growth mindset coupled with hard work. She is passionate about helping people achieve their goals. She enjoys the joy of living well and creating art in multiple mediums.

Alexandra Dolgetta

Alexandra Dolgetta graduated summa cum laude from Binghamton University in New York with a B.A. in Cell and Molecular Biology and a minor in Global Studies. Alexandra has always had a passion for teaching and mentoring students, and has spent significant time working with students from the elementary through undergraduate level in New York, Maryland, and Italy, where she studied abroad her junior year of college.

Alexandra began medical school immediately after graduating college and is currently a fourth year student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She has just undergone the application and interview process for Ophthalmology residency, and is eager to assist and mentor the next generation of future physicians through application processes. In addition to her research and studies, Alexandra is passionate about writing, cooking new recipes, traveling, and playing tennis.

Jennifer Dumdie

Jennifer Dumdie completed her B.S. in Biology and Mathematics with honors from the University of South Dakota in 2015. She is currently an M.D./Ph.D. student at the University of California, San Diego, conducting research in early embryo development at the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. She plans to combine her research and medical degrees to assist patients suffering from infertility.

Jennifer has served on the admissions committee for both the UCSD MST Program, as well as the UCSD Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) for undergraduate students under-represented in medicine and science, and has assisted with both interview preparation and written application materials. With her extensive experience in medical school admissions, her students have achieved record levels of success. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog and enjoying all of the food that San Diego has to offer.

Erin Elbel, M.D.

Dr. Erin Elbel graduated from the Dean’s Scholars honors program at the University of Texas – Austin with a degree in Neurobiology and a certificate in Public Health Policy. She spent the next two years a clinical operations consultant at Huron Healthcare. She went on to earn her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she founded a clinic for people seeking asylum and graduated AOA, earning honors in all of her clinical rotations. She is now at Boston Children’s Hospital/Boston Medical Center as a pediatrics resident in the Urban Health and Advocacy Track, studying outcomes of adolescent bariatric surgery and the effects of fecal transplant on the microbiome in patients with inflammatory bowel disease.

Dr. Elbel has tutored and coached extensively throughout her college and medical school years and relishes the chance to help applicants craft the perfect application and interview well. She feels there is nothing more satisfying than helping others achieve their dreams. Outside of medicine, Dr. Elbel enjoys brewing her own kombucha, roadtrips, and spending time with her puppy.

Jordan Francke, M.D.

Jordan Francke graduated from Bowdoin College in 2013 with an A.B. in Neuroscience with honors, and a minor in Spanish. After graduating, he worked for three years at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, where he conducted research in the cost-effectiveness of testing and treatment programs for pediatric HIV in resource-limited settings. In 2016, he left Massachusetts General Hospital to begin medical school at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, from which he graduated with his MD and MPH degrees in April 2020.

Jordan has been tutoring professionally for 6 years for the MCAT, SAT, and ACT, and served as a TA for anatomy, physiology, and microbiology medical school courses. He has written dozens of MCAT practice passages that have been published in test preparation books. Jordan has also screened and interviewed applicants for college and medical school and was a voting member of the admissions committee for the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Outside of teaching, Jordan’s passions are marathon running, swimming, traveling, hiking, and biking.

Beatrice Go, M.D.

Beatrice Go graduated summa cum laude from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in Neuroscience and is currently a resident in Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Pennsylvania. Before attending medical school at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, she spent a year studying clinical and functional outcomes of sports medicine orthopedic surgeries. Her professional interests include health disparities and medical humanities, which she aspires to incorporate into her future career in academic medicine.

Beatrice is passionate about medical education and mentorship, and has been actively involved in her medical school admission committee as early as first year of medical school. She has served as a personal tutor and admissions consultant for many years. Having scored in the 99th percentile on her MCAT with an equally competitive score on Step 1/2CK, she is excited to help the next generation of premedical and medical students achieve their academic and personal goals. In her free time, Beatrice enjoys baking souffles, drawing, powerlifting, kickboxing, and trying as many new foods as she can in Philly.

Madeline Goosmann, M.D.

Madeline (Maddy) Goosmann graduated from Kent State University summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s of Science in Integrated Life Sciences in 2 years. She received her M.D. from Northeast Ohio Medical University, and  matched into her ideal match  in Otolaryngology in early 2020. She scored 250+ and 260+ on STEPs 1 and 2, respectively, and she thoroughly enjoys optimizing other students’ study plans and time management for maximum success.

Maddy is passionate about working with each individual’s needs. She especially enjoys offering input on personal statements, essays, interview prep, and study schedules. She has multiple years of experience tutoring large and small groups as well as experience helping the admissions department with medical school interviews. Outside of medicine, Maddy is an avid traveler, knitter, average musician, and recreational volleyball player.

Catherine Gu, M.D.

Dr. Catherine Gu graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and a minor in Psychology. She earned her M.D. from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and was involved with clinical informatics and digital health prior to matching into Urology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. 

Dr. Gu has a deep interest in mentorship and has been a personal tutor and admissions consultant for many years. She scored in the 99th percentile on the MCAT with similarly impressive results on the USMLE and she has helped her students to maximize their own potential. During her time at Penn, she has also been involved in medical school admissions and various mentorship programs. Outside of her professional life, she enjoys exploring Philadelphia restaurant openings and riding her bike along the Schuylkill River.

Linna Guan, M.D.

Dr. Linna Guan graduated with high honors from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Bioengineering and a minor in Chemistry.  She went on to receive a dual M.D./M.S. in Applied Anatomy from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine where she was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) honor medical society for her leadership, service, and academic excellence. She is currently a resident physician at the University of Chicago-Northshore and will be at Henry Ford for Dermatology residency in 2020.

Dr. Guan has a passion for teaching, dermatology research, and advancing medical education. She has extensive experience as a teaching assistant for anatomy, histology, and radiology as well as an author for First Aid Step 2CK 10th edition. In her free time, Dr. Guan enjoys lifting, dancing, and listening to audiobooks.

Pamela Guo, M.D.

Pamela Guo is currently a PGY-1 Psychiatry resident at OHSU in Portland, OR. She graduated cum laude from University of California, Los Angeles with B.S. in Neuroscience and a minor in Spanish. Prior to entering medical school, she worked in the UCLA Health Division of Geriatrics and became passionate about serving vulnerable populations, especially of ethnic minorities. She went on to Wake Forest School of Medicine, where she discovered her passion for mental health and wellness, minority mental health, and geriatric mental health. She is the recipient of multiple research, training, and scholarship awards including the Medical Student Training In Aging Research (MSTAR), funded by the National Institute of Aging, a branch of the National Institute of Health; Chinese American Medical Society (CAMS) scholarship; Chinese American Physicians’ Society (CAP); Financial Residency Scholarship; American Psychiatric Association (APA) Medical Student Travel Award 2020. Most recently, she is the scholarship recipient for the Oregon Psychoanalytic Center course: Fundamentals in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Pamela began tutoring in 8th grade and has since developed a deep and longstanding commitment to providing exceptional customized coaching for her students in her 10 years of private tutoring experience. She scored a 254 on her USMLE Step 1, 259 on USMLE Step 2, and above the 90th percentile in all her NBME shelf exams. During medical school, she taught a board-review for USMLE and NBME psychiatry questions.  She especially enjoys advising students with interests in psychiatry. Mentorship and advising has been invaluable in the trajectory of her career and she is delighted to pay it forward.

Cory Heal, M.D.

Dr. Heal graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Exercise Science and went on to receive his M.D. from Drexel University College of Medicine. He is currently a Radiation Oncology resident at the University of Arizona, where he matched into his number 1 ranked choice.

Dr. Heal has a passion for mentoring students and applicants. He has an extensive knowledge of the admissions process, having spent several years reviewing applications for acceptance to medical school, in addition to serving as an interviewer for both his medical school and residency. He understands that no one makes it into their dream field of medicine without good mentors. Dr. Heal is an expert at reviewing the subjective areas of an application, understanding there is much more to an applicant than test scores, and these soft elements are the key to allowing an applicant to shine.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Heal enjoys spending time outdoors with his rambunctious little boys, traveling, and exploring new places whenever he gets the opportunity.

Daniel Hong, M.D.

Dr. Daniel Hong graduated from Washington University in St. Louis magna cum laude with degrees in both Biology and Anthropology. He then went on to earn his M.D. from Vanderbilt University, and is currently a resident physician in Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia University.

Dr. Hong has extensive knowledge of the admissions process having been a voting member in medical school admissions committees, with mastery in the medical school application, interview, and grading processes. His desire to give back and pay it forward has led to his extensive mentorship experience with equally phenomenal results for the students he works with. In his free time, Dr. Hong can be found playing basketball, cooking, and binge watching sitcoms.

Felicia Hsu, M.D.

Dr. Felicia Hsu graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in Biological Engineering. She earned her M.D. from Harvard Medical School, where she spent a gap year writing a published fictional novel and working in the medical device startup space. She then matched into internal medicine residency at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Hsu has always enjoyed helping people craft their stories and realizing their full potential. She particularly enjoys reviewing personal statements and developing strategies for effective interviewing. Outside of medicine, Dr. Hsu can always be found camera in hand, planning her next wilderness adventure, writing stories, biking along the coast, and hosting the next games night.

 

Tony Huynh, M.D.

Dr. Tony Huynh, MD is an orthopedic surgery resident at the University of Arizona – Phoenix. He earned his Doctorate of Medicine from the Medical College of Georgia, where he graduated in the top quartile. Despite underperforming on his MCAT, he scored over 260 on both Step 1 and Step 2.

Tony is passionate about mentoring and tutoring motivated medical students, especially those interested in orthopedic surgery. 

Abdalah Ismail, M.D.

Dr. Abdalah Ismail graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. He is currently doing his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Aurora St. Lukes Medical Center in Milwaukee, WI.Dr. Ismail has always committed to education and mentoring since his undergraduate days. He has plenty of experience tutoring undergraduates in the pre-medical curriculum and helping them with medical school admission. In medical school, Abdalah was heavily involved with curriculum design and produced didactic materials to teach MS3/MS4s black box topics in radiation oncology. Dr. Ismail has considerable experience on the admissions committee interviewing medical students during his medical school years. He also is an avid writer of short stories and seeks to use this to help students with their essays. Dr. Ismail enjoys playing basketball and soccer, writing short stories, and cooking new recipes.

Joyce Jhang, M.D.

Dr. Joyce Jhang earned her B.A. in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL, and received her M.D. from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA. After her medical education, she completed her General Surgery Residency at East Carolina University/Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC, followed by a Minimally Invasive Surgery/Bariatric Surgery fellowship in Omaha, NE.

From her undergraduate to fellowship years, she has been involved with mentoring individuals interested in pursuing medical school and surgery residency. Additionally, she has interviewed multiple candidates, and reviewed numerous applicant files and personal statements as part of her residency admissions committee. She has personal experience with the frustration of the application process, and hopes to help future applicants find success on their first attempt. In her free time, Joyce enjoys trying new restaurants, watching movies, and traveling.

Austin Johnson, D.O.

Dr. Austin L. Johnson graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with a degree in human biology. He then went on to earn his D.O. at Oklahoma State University where he excelled in the top tier of his class. He was inducted into the National Sigma Sigma Phi and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies. He matched into the University of Texas Medical Branch for residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Johnson assisted in the foundation of the National Otolaryngology Interest Group and has authored over 30+ peer-reviewed research publications along with dozens of poster presentations at national conferences.

Dr Johnson is passionate about working with students and is interested in helping students achieve their goals in medicine. He particularly enjoys discussing successful strategies to match into competitive specialties with limited resources. Because of his extensive research background, Dr Johnson has skillfully developed an eye for writing, which lends itself to being very helpful in reviewing personal statements and residency applications. Outside of medicine, Dr. Johnson enjoys working out, hunting and fishing, and spending time with his beautiful wife and daughter.

Prerak Juthani

Prerak Juthani graduated summa sum laude from UC Berkeley with a double major in Public Health and Molecular and Cell Biology. He is currently finishing up a dual MD-MBA degree between the Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Management. Prerak is immensely passionate about medicine and entrepreneurship. In fact, while applying for medical school, he created an organic chemistry board game called REACT!, which he brought to market by crowdfunding over $25,000. Outside of medical school, Prerak also has his own YouTube channel, focused on increasing educational accessibility by providing tips for effective studying techniques and podcast called Red, White & Brown, intended to provide an insight into the novel immigrant experiences of first-generation South Asian immigrants.

Prerak has extensive experience in teaching and education, tutoring biology, chemistry, and organic chemistry in undergrad as well as USMLE, on which has scored above 250. Prerak hopes to pursue an Internal Medicine residency and hopes to use the broadness of the specialty to merge his interest in business and medicine.

Andrew Kaddis, M.D.

Dr. Andrew Kaddis was born and raised in Los Angeles, and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a degree in Biology.(Go Bruins!) After pursuing global health and time in EMS, he earned his M.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. He recently completed residency in San Diego in Emergency Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Emergency Medicine.

Andrew has been involved in mentoring throughout his academic career. He has worked with all ages across multiple socioeconomic backgrounds, serving as a peer counselor, tutor, college and medical school advisor. Mentoring will always be a part of his life; he looks forward to helping you achieve your goal of succeeding in medical school or residency program.

Eleanor Keller, M.D.

Eleanor Keller graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She worked for two years at a medical education group in Boston before matriculating to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 2018. She is currently in her final year of medical school and is pursuing a residency position in internal medicine.

Eleanor has experience in medical school admissions, conducting interviews with prospective students. She also is committed to mentoring and enjoys teaching and precepting first- and second-year medical students in their small group sessions.

Penina Krieger

Penina Krieger graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude with a degree in Neuroscience. She then completed a masters degree at University of Cambridge as part of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship program. She is currently a fourth year medical student at NYU Grossman School of Medicine where she has been involved in peer mentoring and tutoring.

Penina has extensive experience mentoring college and medical students, serving as a general and organic chemistry tutor throughout college. She has continued her passion for mentoring and teaching in medical school, where she serves as a peer advisor and co-instructor for the Practice of Medicine course. Stemming from her passion in helping others succeed, Penina has also been extensively involved in curriculum development in medical school.

Katherine Lang

Katherine Lang graduated from Kenyon College with a BA in Biology. She then worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant and obtained her Master’s of Nursing (MN) from Case Western Reserve University. After working as an RN on a procedural cardiology unit, she chose to pursue medicine and as a non-traditional student matriculated to the Case Western University School of Medicine where she is currently completing her medical degree.

She is passionate about medical education, having taught anatomy, histopathology, and physical diagnosis to her junior medical student peers. She also spent time conducting medical student interviews during her first and second years at Case. She plans to pursue residency in Internal Medicine.

Calvin Lau, M.D.

Calvin Lau graduated cum laude from Duke University with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Global Health and Chemistry. He went on to attend the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. In medical school, he served as a coordinator for the Pediatric Interest Group as well as the head tutor for the 3rd Year Pediatrics Clerkship.  As a senior medical student, he also co-taught a pre-clinical medical humanities class. In addition to medical education, Calvin is passionate about advancing therapies for pediatric oncology patients and improving access to high-acuity pediatric care locally and abroad. He matched into pediatrics at Stanford University.

Calvin has a strong passion for mentorship and education at the undergraduate and medical school level. He has spent over 300 hours tutoring medical students in various USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 topics and generated an adjuvant peer-tutor curriculum for the 3rd year Pediatrics Clerkship. He also provides mentorship to fellow medical students in the transition from classroom to clinic. Additionally, he has spoken at pre-med events on the undergraduate campus and provided personal statement review application advice to prospective medical school applicants. Outside of medicine, he loves surfing, trying new cuisines, and traveling.

Melissa Laughter, M.D.

Dr. Melissa Laughter graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering. She then went on to obtain her MS and PhD in bioengineering and MD from the University of Colorado. Dr. Laughter successfully matched into dermatology at New York University. She has a very extensive research background with over 100 book chapters, publications, abstracts, and presentations within bioengineering and dermatology. She has been published in top bioengineering and dermatology journals and continues to contribute to the literature.

Dr. Laughter is extremely passionate about medication education and mentorship and has been a mentor to numerous medical and pre-medical students over the past decade. She has been on the residency admissions committee, interviewing candidates, and discussing potential applicants on the admissions committee. She is excited to continue encouraging the next generation of physicians, researchers, and dermatologists.

Jay Lin, M.D.

Dr. Jay Lin graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Connecticut (Go Huskies!). He was also an Honors Scholar with his research in childhood obesity and awarded a Student Life Award for his leadership and involvement on campus. After earning his M.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, he began residency in Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Lin also has extensive experience in medical education, serving as an undergraduate teaching assistant and medical school clinical skills instructor. He has also created educational video content and a digital flashcard curriculum that has been integrated within UConn’s pre-clinical years. Scoring 265+ on his USMLE, he is highly regarded for helping students achieve top results on standardized tests. In his free time, Jay enjoys photography, cooking, and basketball.

Derek Liu

Derek Liu graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Bioengineering before spending two years developing gene therapies at Sangamo Therapeutics. After, he matriculated at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, where he interviewed numerous candidates and served as a voting member on the medical school admissions committee. He is currently a resident physician in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, Irvine.

Derek is passionate about teaching and mentorship, and has devoted hundreds of hours to helping his peers with challenging coursework and navigating the path to medical school and beyond. He is excited to continue helping the next generation of doctors. Outside the classroom, Derek is passionate about learning to cook new dishes, working out, and attending as many concerts around Los Angeles as he can.

Patrick Loehr

After receiving an undergraduate education in Spanish Literature and Art History at Pomona College, Patrick moved to Madrid on a Fulbright teaching and research scholarship. The following year, he worked as a Fulbright Fellow for UNESCO’s Culture Sector in Paris. He then moved to New York City, where he spent the next three years working in the art departments of various film and television productions. When he returned to California, he began the pursuit of a career in medicine. Patrick is enrolled in the University of California San Diego’s Program in Medical Education — Health Equity (PRIME—HEq), where he is pursuing both his M.D. and Master’s in Education.

For the past twelve years, Patrick has been an educator and peer mentor. In college and in New York, he worked for tutoring agencies that afforded him the opportunities to work with students on preparing for the SAT, ACT, and GRE, and to coach an after-school debate program for inner-city youth. Patrick has a deep passion for helping underrepresented and disadvantaged students. More recently, he has excelled as an MCAT tutor, with his students receiving some of the largest score improvements.

Marcos Lopez, M.D.

Dr. Marcos Lopez graduated from the University of Florida with Honors with a degree in Biology. He earned his M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Lopez was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha and was awarded the Knapp award for Columbia student with highest academic achievement. He scored in the 99.9th percentile on his MCAT and 255+ on Step 1 and 2. He matched to Integrated Plastic Surgery at the University of North Carolina for residency where he has won awards for excellence in Surgical Critical Care and Surgical Oncology.

Dr. Lopez has tutored professionally and privately for over 12 years at all levels of education. As a Plastic Surgery resident, he is interested in outcomes in reconstruction and microsurgery as well as quality improvement projects.

Victoria Lorah, D.O.

Victoria Lorah graduated from the University of California Los Angeles with a B.S. in Physiological Science and a minor in Film, Television, and Digital Media Studies. Before applying to medical school, she worked as an emergency department scribe, scribe trainer, and substitute teacher. She graduated from Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2021. During her time there, Victoria served as the Student Admissions Director, providing her an inside look into the medical school admissions process. In addition, she has extensive experience mentoring pre-medical and medical students regarding applications, interviews, and career planning.

Victoria is currently a pediatric neurology resident at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. In her free time, she plays musical instruments, reads books, and tries to find the best restaurants Phoenix has to offer.

Nolan Maloney, M.D.

Nolan Maloney graduated from Yale in 2016 with a B.S. in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics, magna cum laude, and went on to earn his M.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine in 2020. Dr. Maloney scored in the 99.9th percentile on the MCAT, scored above 260 on both USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK, and matched into Dermatology residency at Stanford. He is passionate about clinical research and has authored many publications, but what he enjoys most is collaboration, mentorship, and helping others succeed and achieve their goals.

Dr. Maloney has been particularly passionate about mentorship and teaching, serving as a tutor during medical school, and mentoring many medical students through various research projects. He especially enjoys reviewing and editing personal statements, helping students craft and deliver their narrative clearly. In his free time, Nolan enjoys tennis, basketball, ping pong, and scenic hikes.

Matthew Mazurek, M.D.

Dr. Matthew Mazurek is a Certified Physician Executive who holds a Master’s in Health Administration, with distinction, from Colorado State University, Global and graduated magna cum laude with a BA in English Literature from California State University, Fresno. He attended the University of California, San Francisco and participated as a full voting member on the admissions committee for three years and completed his anesthesia residency at UCSF.

He is currently Medical Director for the Department of Anesthesia at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center and has been providing mentorship and guidance to both pre-medical and medical students for nearly 20 years. He is passionate about teaching and supporting the next generation of physicians and has clinical appointments with five medical schools. He likes to fish and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter in the great outdoors of northern Minnesota.

Patrick McGlone, M.D.

Patrick graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Biology. He attended the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and is now an orthopedic surgery resident at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. He has a long history of dedication to service – he was enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve prior to medical school and is now an officer in the Army Medical Corps.
 
Patrick is passionate about demystifying the process of studying for medical school, and helping others achieve peak performance in a way that allows them to enjoy and thrive in their lives, outside of medical school as well. Additionally, he knows the frustration of not being accepted to medical school the first cycle, and hopes to help others avoid it!

Randall McKnight, M.D.

Dr. Randall McKnight graduated from Dartmouth with a B.S. in Neuroscience and went on to earn his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He is now currently an Orthopaedic Surgery resident at Carolinas Healthcare in Charlotte, NC. An expert in medical school admissions, Randall co-founded the multiple mini interview (MMI) mock interview day at UC San Diego.

Prior to entering medical school, Dr. McKnight explored his passion for teaching and mentoring in New Orleans as a high school chemistry and physics teacher. He subsequently spent two years working for Teach For America as a Manager of Teacher Leadership and Development. His extensive experience in education has produced excellent results for the dozens of pre-med and medical students he has mentored. In his free time, Dr. McKnight enjoys playing basketball and ultimate frisbee.

Mihailo Miljanic, M.D.

Dr. Mihailo Miljanic graduated magna cum laude from Boston College with a B.S. in Biological Science and earned his M.D. at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas. In between his undergraduate and medical education, he spent three years teaching high school AP chemistry and physics to socioeconomically disadvantaged communities through Teach for America in Dallas, Texas. Upon his entrance to Dell Medical School, Dr. Miljanic co-founded the Health Career Collaborative – Austin with two former Teach for America colleagues, which has served as a mentorship program to hundreds of pre-medical students. For his work in founding this academy, Dr. Miljanic and his co-founders received the prestigious United States Excellence in Public Health Award, given on a national level by the United States government.

While in medical school, Dr. Miljanic had extensive experience tutoring and mentoring medical students for their upcoming USMLE exams, and has served as an interviewer for medical school admissions. Dr. Miljanic is a resident physician specializing in the field of radiation oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and has published multiple papers in prestigious peer-reviewed journals. Outside of medicine, he enjoys paddle-boarding on the lake, live music, and running outdoors with his border-collie Stella.

Pietro Miozzo, M.D.

Dr. Miozzo is originally from Padua, Italy and came to the US as a small child, finally ending up in New York City. After middle school, he lived in Cambridge, UK, attending high school and studying violin at the Royal College of Music in London. He returned to the US for undergraduate studies at Yale University, majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. In college, he developed an interest in immunology research, working on autoimmune disease. He then spent a year at the National Institutes of Health as a research fellow, studying B cell metabolism. He returned to New England for medical school at the University of Massachusetts. There, he discovered a love for medical education through tutoring, peer mentoring, service on educational committees, and curriculum development.

He is now a Pediatrics Resident at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children. Dr. Miozzo has co-authored several journal articles and book chapters, and has presented at national conferences, on his research related to immunology, high-resolution microscopy, and population health. Although his childhood dream of becoming a chef is still on hold, he loves to cook and bake! Outside of the kitchen, he is a keen violinist and cyclist.

Aboudi Mounir, M.D.

Dr. Abdulghani (Aboudi) Mounir graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry focused on Biochemistry. Dr. Mounir was able work as an R&D engineer at Abbott, working in the electrophysiology department before attending the Medical College of Wisconsin for his MD. He is currently doing his residency in Internal Medicine at Aurora St Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee, WI with ambitions of becoming a cardiologist.

Dr. Mounir has personal experience with how difficult the application process can be but hopes to show candidates all the things he wishes he could have done differently. His role is to show candidates how to create the most well-rounded application. The aim is to show you that your application is much more than board scores and GPA as this is something he learned throughout the process. He hopes to continue to pass along advice to prospective candidates to create the most competitive application and help candidates reach their goals. Dr. Mounir is an avid football (Go Pack Go) and basketball fan, while enjoying playing golf whenever the weather in Wisconsin permits!

Kumar Nadhan, M.D.

Dr. Kumar Nadhan completed his B.S. in Psychobiology at University of California, Los Angeles and M.D. at Lewis Katz Temple University SOM. He matched into dermatology residency at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. He has served on the medical admissions committee for Temple University and created the institution’s mentoring program. He has a passion for research having completed a Transplant Dermatology and Skin of Color research fellowship between year three and four of medical school. He has authored over 30 publications in the field.

Dr. Nadhan is passionate about helping others fulfill their potential and paying it forward. 

Christine Nunez

Christine Nuñez completed her B.A. in Psychology, and minors in Chemistry and Spanish, Graduation with Distinction from Duke University in 2016. Upon graduating, she spent 2 years working as a Clinical Research Specialist at Duke’s Psychiatry Department. She is currently an M.D. student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She plans to graduate medical school in 2022 and pursue a residency training program in Psychiatry. Her professional interests include addressing mental health inequities and access to care within underserved populations, as well as promoting a culture of support and wellness amongst her medical colleagues.

Christine has served as a voting member of the medical school admissions committee and interviewer for 5+ years for her undergraduate institution. As a first-generation college student, Christine is passionate about helping other applicants navigate the challenging process of applying to medical school and has a genuine appreciation for wholistic applications. During her free time, Christine enjoys running, embracing her inner “foodie,” and exploring all that Miami has to offer.

Uchenna Okoro, M.D.

Dr. Uchenna Okoro graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology along with a minor in Psychology. He went on to earn his M.D. from the University of Michigan and is currently an Anesthesiology resident physician at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Okoro is passionate about medical education and helping premedical and medical students achieve their goals. He knows he would not be where he is today without receiving mentorship of his own – here is therefore spurred on and inspired to pay it forward to others. As a former voting member of the medical school admissions committee University of Michigan Medical School, Dr. Okoro’s insights have earned him high praise and top results with previous students. Some of Uchenna’s other interests include singing/music, cooking, boxing, and swimming.

RJ Oris

RJ Oris attended Brown University and received a B.S. in Biology. After graduating at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, he spent a year working as a medical assistant in urgent care centers. He is currently a medical student at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. As a former Academic All-Ivy athlete, RJ understands how performing at a high level in academics and various extracurriculars can be challenging, and he is passionate about helping students build the skills to thrive in these pursuits while maintaining a balanced lifestyle.

Scoring in the 100th percentile (525) on the MCAT, he has demonstrated mastery of the test and knowledge of the strategies for achieving a top score. RJ’s desire to pay it forward has also led him to serve as president for Northwestern University – Feinberg Connections, an organization that links Northwestern medical students with Northwestern pre-med undergraduates to provide mentorship and advising. In his free time, RJ enjoys trying new foods, running, lifting, and playing the guitar.

Nicolin Oserowsky, M.D.

Dr. Nicolin Osesrowsky graduated from the Washington University in St. Louis majoring in Anthropology and minoring in Spanish. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Medicine, and matched into Psychiatry residency at University of Michigan.She is passionate about teaching and giving back to her community. She was active in volunteering throughout her education including working to provide preventative health care for underserved populations at her medical school’s student-run free clinic.

Dr. Oserowsky values work-life balance and aims to empower medical students to learn efficient and effective studying techniques to achieve their academic goals while preserving their mental wellness.

Zaw Phyo

Zaw Phyo began his college career at Ohlone College, a local community college in Fremont, CA and transferred to UCLA, where he studied Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics. He then spent two years at the National Institutes of Health as a PostBac Research Fellow before starting medical school at Johns Hopkins, where he is a currently a fourth-year medical student. He is currently in the process of applying for Pediatric residencies with a particular interest in Pediatric Oncology. Zaw believes that successful applications to medical school or residency programs is rooted in narrative. From his experiences of serving on the admissions committee at Johns Hopkins and mentoring undergraduate students through various application processes, he understands the importance of narrative in a succinct and effective manner.

Outside of his professional life, Zaw enjoys watching and player football (soccer) and is a diehard Manchester United fan. He also enjoys running half marathons and travelling to national parks.

Divya Prajapati

Divya Prajapati graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles summa cum laude with a B.S. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and minor in Global Health and will be earning her M.D. from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. She has conducted research in vascular and cancer cell biology and volunteered with a student-run free clinic. She is now interested in cancer biology, health inequities, and social justice in medicine.

Divya is deeply passionate about mentoring students and paying forward the help she has received herself. She scored in the 99.9th percentile on the MCAT and has extensive experience teaching MCAT courses and tutoring students to stellar results. Outside her professional life, Divya enjoys trying new cuisines, hiking, and exploring new cities.

Cecil Qiu, M.D.

Cecil Qiu graduated from Dartmouth College, where he studied math and biology. After a stint as a management consultant and semi-pro ultimate frisbee player in San Francisco, he started medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago. There, his passion for outcomes research, service work, and patient care grew and he was eventually inducted into AOA and the Gold Humanism Society. He is now a resident in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Cecil believes that being a competitive residency applicant starts with a focused plan and a healthy mindset. From his own experiences in medical school and as a former M1/M2 instructor, he knows that some of the biggest challenges of medical school are being able to prioritize your activities and keeping your goals in mind when things get overwhelming. Cecil embraces the diversity of learning styles and personal goals among medical students, and he is enthusiastic about helping them get to their dream residencies.

Ganesh Ramakrishnan, M.D.

Dr. Ganesh Ramakrishnan graduated from DePaul University magna cum laude with a BS in Economics and a minor in Finance while working full time in the financial services sector at WPP (Publicis), Morningstar, and Duff & Phelps (Kroll). He was subsequently employed full time in a hybrid role at Bank of America Securities in their Corporate and Investment Banking Group. He subsequently underwent several personal events inspiring him to contribute to society in a more direct role, thus prompting a transition into the field of medicine.

He completed his premedical prerequisites at Northwestern University while simultaneously covering 3rd shift on a full-time basis as an emergency department scribe. After matriculating into Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine he matched into the only integrated vascular surgery program with a guaranteed cardiothoracic surgery fellowship. He has authored more than 25 publications, abstracts, and presentations in the fields of vascular and cardiothoracic surgery.

Thomas Reith, M.D.

Dr. Thomas Reith graduated with high honors in Mathematics from Davidson College, where he also studied piano performance. Afterwards, he spent two years at Epic working in the healthcare software industry. Dr. Reith earned an MD with Honors in Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin and matched into radiology at the University of Iowa. He is interested in pursuing a fellowship in neuroradiology.

During medical school, Dr. Reith served as an interviewer and voting member of the admissions committee. He was also involved with student government and conducted research in medical imaging. Dr. Reith remains passionate about mathematics and technology and enjoys combining these interests with the medical field. Outside of medicine, he is an avid pianist and enjoys travel, baseball, skiing, and the arts.

Will Richardson

Will Richardson attended Brigham Young University – Idaho where he received a B.S. in Human Biology. After scoring in the 98th percentile on the MCAT, he leaned into his passion for mentorship and found he had a knack for tutoring other premed students to stellar results on the MCAT and premed prerequisite coursework. He has also been involved in clinical research and is currently a medical student at Texas A&M College of Medicine.

His life experiences have given him a strong passion for teaching and education, particularly as they relate to overcoming setbacks and failure. He holds strongly to the belief that a growth mindset is a teachable key to success, which serves as a fundamental aspect of his tutoring and has led to his students regularly achieving double digit increases in their MCAT scores. Will is also a devoted husband and father, and spends his free time with his wife and two daughters.

Idean Roohani

Idean Roohani graduated cum laude in the honors program with highest departmental honors from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.S. in Biology and three minors in Science Education, Evolutionary Medicine, and Global Health. He scored perfect scores in all three science subsections on the MCAT and is currently finishing his 3rd year of medical school at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. He is interested in pursuing a career in plastic surgery.

Idean has close to a decade of experience teaching and mentoring students at various stages in their academic career. He’s worked as a general and organic chemistry tutor and progressed as a teaching assistant, where he taught lecture halls filled with hundreds of students. Beyond this, he served as a passionate mentor through several positions and continues to help students with college 4-year planning, pre-medical advising, and medical school applications. In his free time, Idean enjoys powerlifting, woodwork, bartending, and learning about entrepreneurship.

Sarah Seresinghe

Sarah Seresinghe graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Biological Sciences. After graduation, she spent two years doing quality improvement research at the University of California, Los Angeles and working as a medical scribe. Sarah matriculated at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where she is currently in her final year. She also completed an additional Master of Public Health degree at Case Western.She has extensive experience with medical school admissions committees, specializing in conducting interviews with applicants.

Sarah has extensive experience with mentorship and tutoring, with her previous students achieving stellar results. In having many great mentors in the past that have helped her to reach this point in her life, she is eager to pay it forward. To her, helping future physicians reach their fullest potential is honoring what her mentors have done for her.

Amar Shah, M.D.

Dr. Amar Shah graduated summa cum laude in three years from Lehigh University with a major in Behavioral Neuroscience. He then attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, earning his M.D. and M.P.H.S. He scored in the 99.9th percentile on the MCAT and above the 94th percentile on each NBME Shelf examination. He completed his internship at the University of Washington in General Surgery and is currently a radiology resident at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

Amar is passionate about medical education and teaching. As a medical student, Amar was heavily involved in his school’s curriculum, serving as a course/clerkship liaison for five courses, providing an interface between his peers and professors. He has tutored a variety of subjects from calculus to medical school clinical coursework. In addition, he was a student leader of a group that taught infant CPR to parents at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. In his free time, Amar enjoys watching professional basketball, reading, and relaxing with his two cats.

Kevin Shah, M.D.

Dr Kevin Shah is a quadruple board certified Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiologist. He completed his training in Southern California including medical school at University of California Irvine and Internal Medicine residency at University of California San Diego. He completed fellowships in Cardiovascular Disease and Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology at University of California Los Angeles and Cedars Sinai Heart Institute, respectively.

Dr Shah is a current academic faculty member at the University of Utah as well as the Director of the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit and has a passion for working directly to train medical students, residents, fellows, and advanced fellows. He has won numerous awards including House Officer of the Year and has published multiple peer reviewed journals in top tier cardiology journals. Outside of work, he loves to spend time with his family and enjoys stand up comedy.

Sunny Shah

Sunny Shah graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Neuroscience and then attended Tufts University graduating with a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences. His thesis focused on the biochemical and metabolic reprogramming by the glioblastoma brain tumor. He matriculated to the FIU – Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine in Miami, Florida, where he won the Outstanding Leadership award in 2020 and 2022 as well as a merit-based tuition scholarship. During medical school, he served on the interview committee evaluating applicants and also served as a Medical School Ambassador.

Currently, Sunny is a Clinical Research Fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery continuing his research training. He is passionate about medical education and has over 6 years of tutoring experience. He scored 250+ on both the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2. He has authored 4 publications and has multiple publications and abstracts. Outside of medicine, Sunny enjoys photography, travelling and Bollywood dancing.

Benjamin Shekhtman, M.D.

Benjamin Shekhtman graduated from Kent State University with a BS in Biological Sciences. He was accepted one year early to medical school, due to completing his undergraduate studies in three years. Benjamin matriculated into the University of Toledo College of Medicine, which he completed in May of 2019. He is currently a PGY1 specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at his Alma Mater: the University of Toledo College of Medicine. He has had significant experience in both being a part of the medical school admissions committee along with helping to design questions and streamline the process for MMPI’s at his home institution. 

Benjamin has had a multitude of experiences as both a tutor and mentor to medical students. He has taught basic sciences to medical students along with being a student physician group leader for volunteer medical community outreach for underserved communities. He loves to teach, and has the goal of continuing to do so inside and outside the clinic.

Ian Simpson-Shelton

Ian Simpson-Shelton graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland in 2011 with a B.A. in biochemistry. While in college, he was was also a chief scribe at Med Star St. Mary’s Hospital. Upon graduation, he completed a one year post baccalaureate program at the University of California, San Diego.

He is currently in his final year of medical school and apart of the UC San Diego PRIME-HEq program, focusing on underserved medicine. As a medical student, he helped create UC San Diego Health Professions Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPrEP) which helps underrepresented high school students pursue careers in medicine through close work with the school of medicine. Ian is committed to mentoring underrepresented students and those from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve success in the medical field as future physicians.

In addition, he is currently pursuing a masters degree in Leadership of Health Care Organizations at the University of California, San Diego. In his free time he enjoys hiking, baseball, tennis, and watching live music.

Andrew Schilling

Andy Schilling graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Neuroscience. He is currently a fourth-year medical student at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he has pursued opportunities in peer tutoring, mentorship, and clinical research.

Andy has a lifelong dedication to teaching. He previously worked as a teaching assistant at Princeton University. He has mentored numerous undergraduate and medical students in test-taking and application strategies. He currently serves as a student member of The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine Admissions Committee.

Ari Stone

Ari Stone is a 4th year medical student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health pursuing residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Ari has a proven track record of academic excellence. He completed a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology and scored in the 95th percentile on the MCAT. Ari continued to refine his study systems throughout medical school, ultimately ranking in the top 5% of his class, as well as scoring in the top 99% of USMLE examinees. Ari has worked as a tutor and pre-medical advising coach for over 5 years, helping hundreds of students prepare for the MCAT and medical school application process. Over the past year, he has been excited to branch out into USMLE curriculum as a video author. Ari is passionate about medical education, public health advocacy, and making science accessible. In his free time, he enjoys live music, outdoor adventures, creative writing, and running.

Vidit Talati

Vidit Talati graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and extensive experience working on hematologic cancer biology research at the Siteman Cancer Center. He then matriculated at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he is currently in his final year.

Vidit has a passion for medical education and is currently involved in an Internal Medicine clerkship mentorship program, interviewing prospective medical students as a member of the admissions committee, and leading small group sessions for first and second year medical students. In the near future, he hopes to pursue a career in Otolaryngology at a large academic center where he can continue to pursue his passions of education, mentorship, and research.

Cynthia Truong

Cynthia Truong graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in Biology. After graduating, Cynthia spent a year investigating mechanisms of resistance in multi-drug resistant bacteria at Stanford Hospital, after which she matriculated at Baylor College of Medicine to pursue her M.D. During medical school, Cynthia received the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellowship to study wound healing, stem cell biology, and immunology at The Rockefeller University in New York City. In addition to her diverse research pursuits, Cynthia scored 270+ on both USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK. She is pursuing a career in dermatology, where she hopes to continue learning through research and academia.

Cynthia has extensive experiencing developing class curricula and teaching high school, undergraduate, and medical students. She is passionate about advising students on how to craft their medical careers to fit their specific interests, and helping students optimize their study strategies in order to reach their academic goals. She enjoys teaching all medical school subjects, as well as offering her input on personal statements and essays. Outside of medicine, Cynthia loves cooking, reading, painting, and playing tennis.

Catherine Urbano

Catherine Urbano graduated from Emory University summa cum laude with a double degree in Chemistry and Psychology. She is currently a fourth-year medical student at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine where she is pursuing a residency position in ophthalmology.

Catherine has extensive experience mentoring college and medical students, serving as a resident advisor, organic chemistry teaching assistant and private tutor throughout college. She has continued her passion for mentoring and teaching in medical school as a student interviewer for prospective students and clinical skills instructor for first- and second-year medical students.

Catherine Wang, M.D.

Dr. Catherine Wang graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a B.S. in Physiological Science. For medical school, she attended the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, and between her 3rd and 4th year of medical school, Catherine was accepted for a yearlong research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she investigated rare skin cancers and cutaneous side effects from novel cancer therapies. She graduated with AOA honors and matched into Dermatology as her specialty. She is currently an internal medicine prelim intern resident in San Francisco.

Catherine is passionate about mentorship and has held numerous teaching positions since high school. She also participated in the medical school admissions process by interviewing and evaluating applicants at Keck. In her free time, Catherine enjoys traveling, boxing, and propagating plants.

Elizabeth Wang, M.D.

Dr. Elizabeth Wang graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles cum laude with a B.A. in English and B.S. in Physiological Science, and earned her M.D. from UC Davis School of Medicine. She was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) medical honor society for her academic and professional achievements, and received the AOA Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship for her research. She matched into dermatology residency at Stanford.

Dr. Wang has a passion for teaching, mentorship, patient education, and innovation. She has extensive experience on the medical school admissions committee and has over a decade of experience teaching English and personal statement writing. She is passionate about medical writing and journalism, and spent several years as Editor-in-Chief of a UCLA health/wellness magazine, as well as Associate Editor of a peer-reviewed dermatology journal. Throughout medical school, she served as a tutor to first year medical students, and facilitator of doctoring classes. She is excited to take her experiences to empower students dedicated to the field of medicine and help train the future generation of physicians.

Jessica Wu, M.D.

Dr. Jessica Wu graduated from Yale University magna cum laude with a degree in Spanish and went on to earn her M.D. from UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. In medical school, she published her first book, See My True Colors, which features children with various skin conditions from around the world explaining the importance of celebrating differences. Jessica is currently a pediatrics preliminary resident at Massachusetts General Hospital and will start her dermatology residency at UCLA this summer.

Dr. Wu is passionate about teaching and mentoring, as she would not be where she is today without several exceptional mentors. A skilled writer and public speaker, she is especially interested in editing application materials and preparing students for interviews. In her free time, she enjoys playing the violin and traveling.

Eric Yang, M.D.

Dr. Eric Yang graduated magna cum laude with a distinction in research from the University of California San Diego, where he majored in Biochemistry & Cell Biology and minored in Computer Science. After working as a systems integration research associate and software test engineer for one year, he went on to earn his MD at Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University. He is currently a Dermatology Resident at Brown University.

Dr. Yang has a passion for teaching, having tutored computer science, histology, anatomy, and physiology to a wide range of students over the years. He hopes to help future physicians navigate this often confusing path to help them achieve both their career and personal goals.

Sherman Yu, M.D.

Sherman graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.A. in Biology and Chinese. He earned his MD at the Medical College of Wisconsin and is currently doing his residency training in anesthesiology at the University of Chicago.

Sherman was passionate about education and mentorship even before he took interest in medicine. Sherman has extensive experience working with students from diverse backgrounds in the academic setting. His teaching background includes a position as a teaching assistant in an upper level biochemistry course at the University of Wisconsin, work as a foreign English teacher in Zhongshan, China, and designing online supplemental lectures for junior medical students. In his free time, Sherman enjoys playing basketball, exploring new restaurants, and updating his fantasy football roster.

Rosa Yu, M.D.

Rosa Yu graduated from Brown University with a B.S. in Neuroscience, magna cum laude, and earned her M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine. She is currently a resident in internal medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, an affiliated teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. She is passionate about medical education and health equity.

Rosa has had over 10 years of experience mentoring undergraduate and medical students. As the first generation in her family to attend college and medical school, she joined this team with hopes of guiding more first gen students like herself through the challenging process of becoming a physician. She looks forward to working with you to craft a compelling, authentic personal statement and guide you through the residency application process.

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