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Debha Amatya

Debha Amatya

Debha Amatya completed his B.S. in Bioengineering with honors from Stanford University in 2014. He is currently an M.D./Ph.D student at the University of California San Diego, conducting research in neuropsychiatric genomics at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. He plans to pursue clinical training in psychiatry after the completion of his medical degree.

Debha enjoys learning about the diversity of paths that can lead one towards pursuing medical training and is passionate about helping clients craft their personal narratives. He also has specialized insight into the M.D./Ph.D admissions process, both in interview preparation and research fellowship application. During his free time, Debha enjoys exploring the ethnic food scene in San Diego, hiking with his dog, and playing basketball.

Noel Ayoub, M.D.

Dr. Noel Ayoub earned his B.S. in Physiology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He graduated from Stanford with both an M.D. and M.B.A., and matched into Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery residency at Stanford as well.

Dr. Ayoub served on the on the medical school admissions committee, specializing in the multiple mini-interview (MMI).

 

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 is passionate about working with students interested in medicine. 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.

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, where she is currently entering her 2nd year. She has served on the medical schools admissions committee and is well versed in performing interviews for incoming applicants.

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 looks forward to mentoring and advising the future generations of doctors.

Jennifer Clark MD

Jennifer Clark, M.D.

Dr. Jennifer A. Clark graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in Applied Science and Nuclear Medicine. She worked in the field of radiology for several years before completing a post-baccalaureate degree at Brockport College in New York. Dr. Clark earned her M.D. from Georgetown University and matched into radiology residency at Georgetown as well.

During her post-baccalaureate work Dr. Clark enjoyed taking courses unrelated to science, such as advanced composition and several advanced sociology courses, which provided extensive experience in essay writing and editing. As a non-traditional student she enjoys the opportunity to help other students and residents convey their personal stories and achieve their goal of a career in medicine.

Austin Cook

Austin Cook

Austin Cook graduated from the University of Colorado Suma cum laude with a degree in human biology. He concurrently trained as a full-time judo athlete at the U.S. Olympic training center, competing for the US Team, winning the US National Championships and earning a bronze medal at the 2014 world cup. He is currently a fourth year medical student at Stanford.

Austin has served as an interviewer at Stanford Medical School and particularly enjoys preparing students in mini-multiple interview MMI. He additionally has a focus in guiding athletes through the personal statement and application process.

Anthony Echo, M.D.

Dr. Anthony Echo is an attending plastic surgeon at the Houston Methodist Hospital. He earned both his B.S. in Biology and his M.D. from the University of Nevada, and completed Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency at Baylor College of Medicine. He completed the Microsurgery Fellowship at Stanford and the Peripheral Nerve Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. His desire to advance the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery has led to dozens of publications, abstracts, and presentations in top journals and national conferences.

Dr. Echo has extensive experience with admissions committees for medical school, residency, and fellowships.

Catherine Gu

Catherine Gu graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and a minor in Psychology. She matriculated at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she is completing a year-out internship in clinical informatics and digital health and re-entering her 4th year with plans to apply into Urology in the fall.

Catherine has a deep interest in mentorship and has been a personal tutor and admissions consultant for many years. 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.

Dustin Harris M.D.

Dustin Harris, M.D.

Dr. Dustin Harris earned his B.S. in Human Biology from the University of California, San Diego and went on to earn his M.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine. He is now an Emergency Medicine Chief Resident at the University of Chicago.

Dr. Harris has extensive experience interviewing medical school and residency applicants, both at UCLA and the University of Chicago. His passion for writing, poetry, and medical education shines through in his Instagram. When he’s not saving lives, Dr. Harris can be found performing stand up comedy or participating in extreme sports.

Jon Hochstein

Jon Hochstein

Jon Hochstein graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. After graduation, he spent a year developing a pediatric robotic exoskeleton at the National Institutes of Health. He is currently a medical student at the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology M.D. program at Harvard Medical School.

Jon’s background as a heart transplant recipient and cancer survivor has shaped his vision to become a physician-engineer to bridge the gap between technical engineering solutions and the complex realities that patients and doctors face in medicine today. He loves working with kids and likely will become a pediatric transplant surgeon or cardiologist. Jon is passionate about helping others on the medical school journey and particularly enjoys helping a client unveil and convey his or her unique vocation to medicine.

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. 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.

Dr. Jubbal is now a physician entrepreneur, and his 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.

Peter Kass MD MEd

Peter Kass, M.D., M.Ed.

Dr. Peter Kass attended Pomona College (Go Sagehens!), where he played varsity basketball and received a B.A. in Neuroscience. He went on to teach high school science and earn a Masters of Education as part of Teach For America prior to attending medical school at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently a third year psychiatry resident at the University of California, San Francisco and plans to pursue a child psychiatry fellowship.

In addition to his background in classroom pedagogy and educational leadership, Dr. Kass has extensive knowledge of both medical school and residency admissions, including past participation in medical school and residency admission selection and recruitment. Dr. Kass also has a passion for medical education and spends much of his extracurricular time developing curricula for medical students and leading science enrichment programs at local high schools. When he isn’t working, Dr. Kass enjoys traveling, rock climbing, and exploring San Francisco’s famous coffee shop scene.

Richard Li, M.D.

Dr. Richard Li earned his B.A. in Economics from Harvard College, and went on to earn his M.D. from Harvard Medical School. He returned to California, matching at the City of Hope in Radiation Oncology residency.

His passion for improving medical education and mentoring has led to his involvement with multiple education projects, including Med School Insiders.

 

Christina Lin, M.D.

Dr. Christina Lin earned her B.S. In Nutritional Science Physiology and Metabolism as well as a minor in Education from UC Berkeley and went on to earn her M.D. from the University of California, San Diego. She is now completing her Internal Medicine residency at UCLA.

Having gone through the difficult and competitive process herself, Dr. Lin is passionate about helping those pursuing a career in medicine. She has extensive experience in MCAT tutoring and medical school admissions consulting, and her clients have consistently achieved phenomenal results. 

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 of USC, where he is currently a second year medical student. He has experience with medical school admissions, teaching, and otolaryngology research.

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. 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.

Alicia Lu, M.D.

Dr. Alicia Lu graduated from the University of Southern California double majoring in Neuroscience and Sociology. She earned her M.D. from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and matched into Emergency Medicine residency at Mount Sinai.

She is passionate about teaching, mentoring, and helping underserved communities. She co-founded the Rhode Island Medical Navigator Partnership for which she was awarded both the EMRA Research Grant and the EMF/SAEM Medical Student Research Grant. Dr. Lu seeks to empower students from disadvantaged backgrounds to successfully pursue their dreams in the medical field.

Randall McKnight, M.D.

Dr. 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, Randall 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.

Jesse Meaike, M.D.

Dr. Jesse Meaike earned his B.S. in Nutrition Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his M.D. from the Baylor College of Medicine. As a highly competitive applicant, scoring in the 99.9th percentile for both Step 1 and Step 2, he matched into Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery residency at Mayo Clinic. 

His passion for teaching and mentoring led him to serve several years on medical school admissions committees. Dr. Meaike’s background and upbringing in rural Nebraska cultivated his passion for mentoring students from underserved areas, in addition to his drive to improve access to specialty care for patients in these underserved regions.

Saba Motakef, M.D.

Dr. Saba Motakef earned his B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of California, Irvine, and went on to earn his M.D. from Albany Medical College. He matched into Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center. 

Dr. Motakef is prolific and well respected in the world of plastic surgery research, publishing dozens of papers, abstracts, and presentations. His paper on vaginal labiaplasty earned the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 2016 Best Paper Award.

Amit Pandey, M.D.

Dr. Amit Pandey graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biology and went on to earn his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego. He matched into Internal Medicine residency at UCSD and is pursuing fellowship in Cardiology. He was awarded the S.B.H. Memorial Thesis award for his research in cardiology as a medical student. 

Dr. Pandey has extensive experience serving on the admissions committee for both medical school and residency. He is also passionate about medical education and helping the next generation of premedical and medical students achieve their goals. His love of mentoring and affinity for writing has led him to write several articles on the Med School Insiders blog. When Dr. Pandey is not saving lives, he can be found on the basketball court.

Nicholas Roney, M.D.

Dr. Nicholas Roney earned both a B.S. in Molecular Biology and a B.A. in Spanish from Grove City College. He earned his M.D. from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and matched into Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

Following medical school, he served five years in the U.S. Navy. After completing a General Surgery internship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, he received special training as a Navy diver and went on to become an Undersea Medical Officer. During this time, he was also involved in basic science dive medicine research, successfully competing for Department of Defense Grant funding. In his spare time, he’s a dedicated family man and an avid hiker.

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 second year and working towards her M.D. and M.P.H.. She has extensive experience with medical school admissions committees, specializing in conducting interviews with applicants.

Sarah has extensive experience with mentorship and tutoring. She has had many great mentors in the past that have helped her to reach this point in her life, therefore, she believes that helping others reach their fullest potential is honoring what her mentors have done for her.

Casey Williamson, M.D.

Dr. Casey Williamson graduated from the University of Southern California double majoring in Biology and English Literature. He earned his M.D. from the University of California, San Diego and matched into Radiation Oncology at UCSD.

Dr. Williamson was integral in interviewing medical school applicants as part of the admissions committee, and has also authored dozens of questions for Step 1 question banks.

Bayard Wilson, M.D.

Dr. Bayard Wilson attended the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Biology. He went on to earn an M.D. and Master’s Degree in Clinical Research from the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Wilson is currently completing his Neurosurgery residency at UCLA.

Dr. Wilson has several years’ experience interviewing for admissions committees and advising medical school applicants. His interests outside of Neurosurgery include resident and medical student education, and when not at the hospital he can be found training to keep up with Dr. Pandey on the basketball court.

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