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.

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. He scored in the 99th percentile on the MCAT and achieved similar success on the USMLE.

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.

Mikhail Attaar, M.D.

Dr. Mikhail Attaar graduated from Northwestern University with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and earned his M.D. at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Between undergrad and medical school, he spent a year as a Project Manager at Epic Systems where he led a team of application coordinators in a successful Go-Live at a large academic medical center. He matched into General Surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center where he is a resident physician.

Dr. Attaar’s extensive track record in mentorship and consulting was rooted several years ago. In undergrad, he taught health education in underserved high schools in the greater Chicago area. In medical school, he was selected to tutor first and second year medical students and interviewed prospective candidates for admission to medical school as a voting member of the medical school admissions committee. Dr. Attaar draws from the experiences and systems that led to his own success, scoring 265+ on his USMLE, and takes great pleasure in helping other students achieve their maximal potential. As a general surgery resident, he continues to devote time to mentoring medical students in between the operating room, clinic and the lab.

Nicholas Bacher, M.D.

Dr. Nicholas Bacher graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington earning a B.S. in Biology. Throughout college he worked as an Emergency Medical Technician for a commercial EMS company and upon graduation he trained and worked for two years as a Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician with a large nonprofit organization. As a non-traditional student, Dr. Bacher earned his M.D. from New York Medical College and matched into Anesthesiology residency at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Bacher served as an MMI interviewer throughout medical school and has worked on ongoing research in graduate medical education. Dr. Bacher has worked as a freelance individual advisor to underserved/underrepresented pre-medical students for several years, specializing in assisting applicants who are non-traditional or are the first physician in their families. He has also worked extensively with residency applicants from all backgrounds including MD, DO, FMG, and IMG. His passions outside of medical education include motorcycling, electric guitar, and making the perfect cup of coffee.

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.

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, 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.

Brooke Calabrese, M.D.

Dr. Brooke Calabrese graduated magna cum laude from Stony Brook University, where she majored in Biochemistry and minored in Chemistry. During her years as an undergraduate she took time to study abroad in Florence, Italy. She then went on to the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra-Northwell where she earned her M.D.. Being in the second graduating class from this case-based school, she was given the opportunity to have a unique perspective in curriculum development at a new medical school. She was inducted into the prestigious AOA honor society for her academic achievements. She is currently completing her Anesthesiology residency at the University of Colorado, after which she hopes to pursue a liver transplant fellowship.

Dr. Calabrese also served as a voting member of the medical school admissions committee and interviewer for the 4+4, combined BS/MD program. Being that she was the first from her family to undergo a medical education, she understands how confusing the process can be and looks forward to advising students to a successful career in medicine. In her downtime she can be seen exploring Denver and enjoying time outdoors with her two dogs.

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.

Iris Chen, M.D.

Dr. Iris Chen earned her B.S. in Psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles and went on to earn her M.D. from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is now completing her residency training in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Chen has participated extensively in the admissions process and has been a voting member of the residency admissions committee. She has also helped many premedical students through the process of applying to medical school. Her passions include medical education, quality improvement, and clinical research. In her free time, she loves traveling, fitness, and playing piano and the drums.

Paul Cheng, M.D.

Dr. Paul Cheng graduated magna cum laude from the University of California Los Angeles with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Education Studies. He stayed at UCLA and completed medical school at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Cheng’s commitment to educated manifested through serving on the admissions committee, specializing in the MMI format, and actively tutoring junior medical students.

After residency training in Anesthesiology at the University of Chicago, he completed a Pain Medicine fellowship at UC Davis. Currently he practices pain medicine in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area where he specializes in interventional pain management. 

Dr. Cheng is passionate about medical education, mentorship, and he has loved advising students ever since his own days as a premed. In addition to his main medical practice, he also serves as a volunteer clinical faculty member in the UC Davis Pain Medicine Department and regularly teaches and mentors the trainees in that program while continuing to actively publish research literature in the fields of anesthesiology and pain 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.

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.

Jennifer Dumdie

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.

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, and is passionate about paying it forward, helping future generations of physicians.

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.

Pouya Entezami, M.D.

Dr. Pouya Entezami graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a B.S. in Neuroscience. While there, he conducted Virology and Immunology basic science research. His interests in medicine further developed conducting research in the field of Reconstructive Hand Surgery. He went on to earn his M.D. from the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio after scoring in the 95th percentile on the MCAT. His training continues at the Albany Medical Center, where he is a Neurosurgical Resident with additional training in Neuroendovascular surgery. He has authored numerous publications in his field in top academic peer-reviewed journals.

Throughout his career, Dr. Entezami has engaged in mentoring and advising both undergraduate and medical students. Having faced his own adversities, he prides himself on helping others achieve their academic potential. In his free time he travels and spends time in his garden.

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.

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

Pamela Guo 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 such as the elderly. She went on to Wake Forest School of Medicine, where she is currently a 4th year student. She continued her work with the senior community by volunteering at the local elderly home, in a leadership role as the Geriatrics Student Interest Group President. She was the recipient of the Medical Student Training In Aging Research award, funded by the National Institute of Aging, a branch of the National Institute of Health. Pamela is also passionate about mental health and wellness, and serves on her school’s wellness committee. She is the lead investigator for two different studies on medical student mental health and wellness, and her projects in mental and behavioral health have led her to pursue psychiatry.

As an educator and lecturer for the third year psychiatry clerkship, she teaches a board-review for USMLE and NBME psychiatry questions. She also serves as a formal peer mentor to eight 1st year students, and has 10 years of private tutoring experience.  She loves teaching others in a systematic way that helps break down hard problems into stepwise solutions. Mentorship has been invaluable to her growth throughout undergraduate and medical school, and she is happy 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.

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 plans to 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.

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.

 

Nikeshan Jeyakumar, M.D.

Dr. Jeyakumar graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a B.S. in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics and a minor in History of Science and Medicine. He then attended Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he received a Master’s degree in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology and completed a thesis on gene therapy. Following graduate school, he attended medical school at University of Miami, where he earned his M.D. with Research Distinction and a Master’s in Public Health. He is now completing his residency in Internal Medicine at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine, and plans to apply for hematology-oncology fellowship.

Dr. Jeyakumar is deeply committed to helping students discover what they love about medicine and use that motivation to bolster their medical school applications. He is also dedicated to scientific investigation and has received research awards from the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Society of Hematology. He has excellent insight into the process of applying for competitive research grants and enjoys facilitating the development of young investigators. In his spare time, Nikeshan loves watching his hometown Lakers (it’s been a rough last few years), working out, and traveling whenever the opportunity arises.

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.

Sarah Karinja, M.D.

Dr. Sarah Karinja graduated from Columbia with a B.A. in Biology and a concentration in Latin American and Iberian Studies. She earned her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, graduating AOA. While in medical school, she worked at Weill Cornell Medical College to investigate capsular contracture after breast reconstruction, for which she was awarded the American Association of Plastic Surgery Leonard R. Rubin Best Paper Award of 2017. She continued her training at the Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Program, where she is currently a resident physician.

Her passion for education has led her to serve on the admissions committees for both medical school and residency. Dr. Karinja has excelled as a tutor, mentor and advisor throughout her academic career, and enjoys the opportunity to support the next generation of doctors. She has received consistent high praise from her students and was voted the 1st place student teacher of the year by her peers while at P&S. Outside of academic medicine, Dr. Karinja enjoys cooking new recipes, urban gardening, snowboarding, and exploring local hikes and watering holes with her border collie.

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 completing his Psychiatry residency 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 his home state of California, matching at the City of Hope in Radiation Oncology residency in Southern California.

His passion for improving medical education and mentoring has led to his involvement with multiple education projects, including Med School Insiders. Highly inquisitive and curious with a passion of giving back and paying forward, Dr. Li has made medical education and a career in medicine more accessible to disadvantaged students. With admissions committee experience and extensive accolades for tutoring, Dr. Li is a top qualified MCAT tutor with a 99.9th percentile score, with similarly impressive results on his USMLE.

 

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 the University of California, 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. Dr. Lin scored in the 99th percentile on her MCAT and 260+ on her USMLE. She has extensive experience in MCAT tutoring and medical school admissions consulting, and her clients have consistently achieved phenomenal results. While the results of her students speak for themselves, her commitment is second to none and shines through in the high praise she consistently receives from current and former clients.

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 is working to earn his M.D. Derek has served as a voting member on the medical school admissions committee, in addition to extensive experience in 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.

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

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. During her time in medical school, she served as the Student Admissions Director, providing her an inside look into the medical school admissions process. During her time in this position, she won the school-wide award of Student Leader of the Year. In addition, she has extensive experience mentoring pre-medical and medical students regarding applications, interviews, and career planning.

Currently a fourth-year medical student at Touro University Nevada, Victoria is applying to child neurology residencies. In her free time, she plays musical instruments, reads books about neurology, and is trying to find the best restaurants Las Vegas has to offer.

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.

Patrick McGlone

Patrick graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.S. in Biology. He is a current 4th year medical student at the Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University and will be starting his training in orthopedic surgery this summer. He has a long history of dedication to service, in the Marine Corps Reserve prior to medical school and now attending on a US Army HPSP scholarship.

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.

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.

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 (270+), 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.

Bridget Myers

Bridget Myers graduated from University of Michigan with a B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience and a minor in Criminal Justice. While there, she conducted Neurology and Human Genetics basic science research. She is currently a fourth-year medical student at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Between her third and fourth years of medical school, she completed a research year at University of California San Francisco conducting clinical trials in dermatology, and is currently applying to dermatology residency. 

Bridget’s passions include writing, dermatology research, and mentorship. Mentorship has played a large part in Bridget’s medical journey, and she wants to improve access to mentorship for other medical students. She has extensive experience tutoring and enjoys helping students reach their full potential. In her free time, Bridget enjoys reading, hiking, and photography.

Kumar Nadhan, M.D.

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.

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.

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.

Roshan Patel, M.D.

Dr. Roshan Patel graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Economics and went on to earn his M.D. from the Ohio State University, where he developed a passion for Rheumatology. He was part of the first class to implement a new integrative curriculum and developed a deep interest and understanding of medical education. He completed his internal medicine residency at University of Illinois Chicago and returned to Ohio State to continue his training as a Rheumatology fellow.

Dr. Patel was a voting member on the medical school admissions committee at OSU for three years, whereby he reviewed applications, interviewed, and scored applicants. He has a passion for teaching and passing on advice to future generations as evidenced by his extensive history of tutoring and mentoring since high school. During his free time he enjoys traveling and basketball.

Sam Plant

Sam Plant is a second-year medical student at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute. He graduated with honors from Utah State University with a degree in General Studies, which allowed him the opportunity to pursue a broad range of interests before entering medical school. He currently conducts research developing combinational techniques to treat chemotherapy-resistant glioblastoma.

Sam is also a dedicated husband and father of a very busy two-year-old, which has provided him with a unique perspective on the rigors of medical student life. Sam has a strong background in advising pre-medical students in the application process and tutoring students on how to crush the MCAT exam. He currently plans to pursue a career in Interventional Radiology. Prior students love Sam, not only because he delivers results, but his genuinely caring nature that puts his students first.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 where he is currently a Radiation Oncology resident physician.

Dr. Williamson was integral in interviewing medical school applicants as part of the admissions committee at his previous institutions, and has also authored dozens of questions for Step 1 question banks. His mastery of standardized tests is evident in his own performance, scoring 265+ on the USMLE. His commitment to student success and love for mentorship is readily apparent, as his students not only achieve stellar results, often gaining admission or matching into their top picks, but their unanimous love for Dr. Williamson is second to none.

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 is well versed in the importance of balance, achieving top academic performance while also maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle.

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.

Francis Wu, MD

Francis Wu, M.D.

Dr. Francis Wu graduated cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis with majors in Anthropology and Biology with a concentration in Biochemistry. He continued on to earn his M.D. from Wash U, and is currently a radiology resident physician at Saint Louis University.

Dr. Wu’s passion for mentoring and teaching others has led to his extensive experience as an academic mentor and tutor. Scoring in the 99th percentile on the MCAT, he has mastered the art and science of the MCAT and takes great pleasure in the phenomenal results of his students. He was requested by multiple professors to become a teaching assistant given his knack for teaching and explaining difficult concepts. As a stellar student with top scores, Dr. Wu taught students the same methods that led to his success. He has tutored students in mathematics, biology/chemistry and the MCAT while in school. Outside of work, Dr. Wu enjoys board games, cycling, and cooking.

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.

Sameer Zaidi, M.D.

Sameer Zaidi graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. He went on to earn his M.D. from the Indiana University School of Medicine, and matched into Anesthesiology at Cedars-Sinai, where he is currently a resident physician.

Aligned with his extensive experience with mentorship programs in the past, Dr. Zaidi is passionate about giving back to the next generation of physicians. As a physician with admissions committee experience, he is particularly interested in helping students master their medical school application essays through effective use of narratives and helping them put their best foot forward during the interview process. In his free time, Sameer loves playing basketball, spending time outdoors, and exploring restaurants.

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