Greatness comes with a learning curve. And if something is to be learned, someone must teach it. Behind every hero is a mentor who has his or her back. Let one of these brilliant tutors be a part of your origin story.
"What one fool can do, so can another." ~ Richard P. Feynman
Jeff graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in biology, and graduated as a Benjamin Franklin Scholar. Jeff currently attends Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where he is pursuing his MD/PhD. Jeff has previously tutored students in a variety of subjects, including chemistry, physics and statistics. He greatly enjoys teaming up with hardworking individuals and seeing them succeed in attaining their academic goals.
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." ~ Albert Einstein
Ezra graduated from Yale College with a degree in molecular biology and is currently PGY-1 in Pathology at the University of Pennsylvania. He loves helping students to enjoy and master material that has previously been frustrating for them. What's more, Ezra has 7 years of experience teaching medical students and undergraduates with a wide range of scientific backgrounds. He plans to pursue a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology.
“Caminante, no hay camino, se hace camino al andar.” ~ Antonio Machado (Translation: Wayfarer, there is no way. Make your way by going farther.)
Morgan graduated with Highest Distinction from Indiana University in 2011 with degrees in biology and Spanish. She then worked in social services for Latino immigrant populations in Chicago for two years prior to starting medical school at Columbia University. Now a 4th year student at Columbia, she has maintained her track record of academic success, most recently with a Step 1 score of 250. Morgan will be pursuing her Masters in Public Health during the 2016-2017 academic year before returning to medical school and applying to residency in family medicine. She is excited to utilize her leadership and mentorship experience as she helps students tackle daunting tests with gusto.
"The difference between a master and a beginner is that the master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried." ~ Unknown
Tedi is a rising 4th year student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He was accepted to the Howard Hughes Research Fellowship at Harvard, where he is currently involved in developing viral gene therapy for retinal disease. Tedi has a record of excellence in medical school, and outside of academics and research, he is involved in organized medicine and serves as a student leader in the Massachusetts Medical Society. Tedi comes from a long line of educators and greatly appreciates the opportunity to help students accomplish their academic goals.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." ~ Leonardo da Vinci
Fred Bertino is a graduate of St. George’s University School of Medicine and is PGY-2 in diagnostic radiology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Fred’s experience in tutoring the sciences is widespread and longstanding, having tutored basic science course material, USMLE Step 1, and Step 2 CK/CS, as well as shelf exam content. Fred’s teaching style stems not only from an understanding of subject knowledge, but maintaining clarity and confidence into “question approach.”
"I'm a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it." ~ Thomas Jefferson
David is currently an MD/PhD student in his PhD years at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. His research focuses on the molecular basis of hereditary breast cancer. Prior to medical school, David graduated from Harvard University with a degree in molecular and cellular biology and was awarded the Hoopes Prize for outstanding undergraduate research. David has a history of testing excellence, including scoring above a 250 on the USMLE Step I. He is a very dedicated tutor with a passion for teaching and helping his students achieve their academic goals.
“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, difficulty... I have never in my life envied a human being who led an easy life. I have envied a great many people who led difficult lives and led them well." ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Alexander (Alec) Boardman is a 4th year medical student at UMass Medical School, pursuing a residency in Internal Medicine. As an undergrad at Harvard, he spent the majority of his winters up on the slopes training with the alpine ski team before graduating with a degree in molecular and cellular biology. Alec then hopped across the Charles River to work in biomedical research on the medical school campus for two years. He developed a knack for pipetting HeLa cells but ultimately decided that humans were more fun to talk to. Alec is the product of two teacher parents and is excited to help his fellow medical school colleagues reach their highest potential on USMLE exams.
"It's about practicing the day after the best game of your life." ~ Steve Nash, former NBA MVP and my fellow Canadian!
Michael graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from a joint double degree program from Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary. He is currently a rising 4th year MD/PhD candidate at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Having received the highest honors in his Internal Medicine clerkship, Michael's passion for teaching matches his enthusiasm for medicine. He has over a decade of teaching experience in the sciences, including tutoring undergraduates and medical students. Michael is an encouraging and dedicated teacher, committed to helping his students conquer their exams with excitement and confidence.
“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Christopher graduated from the University of Louisville, where he attended both college and medical school. While in medical school, he excelled in all of his courses winning the award for the top student in Physiology. After an intern year in ObGyn at the Mayo Clinic, Christopher transitioned to internal medicine where he is currently a resident at the University of Colorado preparing for a cardiology fellowship. Chris has worked as a peer and private tutor for pre-clinical courses, the USMLEs and shelf exams, and he loves helping all levels of medical students to achieve their dreams.
"Why tip someone for a job I'm capable of doing myself? I can deliver food, I can drive a taxi, I can and do cut my own hair. I did, however, tip my urologist. Because I am unable to pulverize my own kidney stones." ~ Dwight K Schrute, The Office.
Sarah graduated summa cum laude from The University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a perfect 4.0 GPA. She earned her M.D. at Weill Cornell Medical College, where among other achievements, she distinguished herself with honors in all of her clinical clerkships, and is now in her Dermatology residency at UCSF. Sarah is one of our most experienced tutors with over a thousand hours of tutoring under her belt and a tremendous track record of success. She enjoys working closely with students to determine the best possible strategy that not only fits the student’s learning style, but also provides him or her with the confidence needed to take the next steps toward their career goals.
Check out Sarah's Tutor Spotlight here: https://www.medschooltutors.com/blog/tutor-spotlight-sarah-coates
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~ Oscar Wilde
Born and raised in Northern California, Alex graduated summa cum laude from St. George's University in 2016, and he is currently continuing his residency at Emory University specializing in Diagnostic Radiology. He scored a 253 on Step 1 and 258 on Step 2 CK. Alex feels privileged to be a part of the MST team, utilizing his mastery of efficient studying and a concept based approach to assist students in reaching their maximum potential.
Geneva is a fourth year medical student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and is applying to residency in internal medicine with the plan to pursue oncology. Geneva has a record of medical testing excellence, including 269 on Step 1, 273 on Step 2 CK and scoring >90th percentile on her Shelf exams. She has received highest honors in all third and fourth year clerkships completed to date. She was recently inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society for her commitment to academic excellence and research innovation. She is an empathetic, energetic and optimistic tutor who is committed to her student's success!
"Don't get caught up in the minutiae. It's all about the fundamentals." ~ Tzvi
Tzvi has been teaching, tutoring and training others to achieve their personal best for the last 11 years. After excelling on his Board exams, Tzvi brought his broad range of experience to Med School Tutors, where he has helped other aspiring doctors to achieve their own medical dreams. He is a graduate of Brooklyn College and Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is currently practicing as a primary care physician.
"Not all those who wander are lost." ~ J.R.R. Tolkien
Caleb studies at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. His passion for teaching has led him to positions ranging from research lecturer at a hospital in Somaliland to outdoor education instructor at Cornell University. Most recently, he took a year off to work as Program Director for a nonprofit that trains advanced-practice emergency room nurses in rural Uganda, a position that helped him appreciate how crucial well-tailored individual study approaches can be for effective learning. Caleb enjoys sharing his excitement about learning with students as they learn to realize their full potential for success.
Oh yeah. Lotta pressure. You gotta rise above it. You gotta harness in the good energy, block out the bad. Harness. Energy. Block. Bad. Feel the flow, Happy. Feel it. It's circular. ~ Gary Potter (in Happy Gilmore)
Evan graduated Cum Laude from Williams College in 2013, where he majored in chemistry and played four years on the varsity ice hockey team. After college, he worked as a full-time middle school tutor for one year with the Match Corps program before entering Boston University School of Medicine. In addition to medicine and education, he has also always been interested in entrepreneurship and currently enjoys running a startup company that focuses on improving the application process for med school applicants. Evan is excited to be a part of the MST team and to help students achieve their testing goals.
"Try new things: You should always be doing something that makes you a little uncomfortable." ~ Tim
Timothy is an alumnus of Cornell University, where he graduated with honors and received the esteemed William T. Keeton Award. He is currently a student at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons and plans to pursue residency in neurological surgery. Timothy has a record of high scholastic achievement in medical school by consistently receiving the highest possible mark in his clinical rotations, including internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics & gynecology, neurology, and psychiatry. His experience in student mentorship, support, and advising is robust. Tim is known for his warm temperament and passion for education, and enjoys helping his students achieve their maximum potential.
Check out Timothy's Tutor Spotlight here: https://www.medschooltutors.com/blog/tutor-spotlight-timothy-dyster-med-school-tutors
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others”- Mahatma Ghandhi
Justine graduated Summa Cum Laude and co-valedictorian from Rollins College before pursing an MD from the University of Florida where she is a current MS4. Justine scored 245 on the USMLE Step 1 and 255 on the Step 2 examinations. She scored 80 or above on five of her NBME shelf exams during her clerkship years. Based on her academic excellence, she was eligible for induction into the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She has several years of tutoring experience, including tutoring for advanced sciences as an undergraduate as well as USMLE Steps 1 and 2CK during medical school. She’s fully committed to helping her students achieve success!
"The journey in science and medicine may be long and hard, but the rewards are great."
Lauryn Falcone graduated Summa Cum Laude and as co-valedictorian from Rollins College before pursuing an MD/PhD degree at West Virginia University School of Medicine. She is currently working towards a PhD in cellular and integrative physiology at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in a respiratory toxicology laboratory. Lauryn completed her first two years of medical school as an honors student, scoring a 254 on the USMLE Step 1 examination and achieving above the 90th percentile on eight NBME shelf exams. Lauryn has a strong passion for tutoring and mentoring students and enjoys helping them navigate the challenges of medical school.
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone in omnipotent" ~ Calvin Coolidge
Eli is a Pediatrics resident at Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center and is pursuing a career in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Eli has a strong record of academic excellence including Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha awards, scoring in the top percentiles for both the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 CK, and was awarded Special Honors in Pediatrics from his medical school during his final year. Eli currently works as an exam prep tutor for USMLE Steps 1 & 2, a mentor/trainer for new tutors as the Associate Director for Tutor Development and Medical education, and is part of the MST consulting team. Eli has a strong interest in medical education, public health and advocacy and has held many leadership and advising positions. He has tutored 750+ hours with MST, helped train more than twenty-five tutors, and partaken in USMLE curriculum consulting with Rush Medical College.
Check out Eli's Tutor Spotlight here: https://www.medschooltutors.com/blog/tutor-spotlight-eli-freiman
UC San Diego / Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
‘Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.’ ~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., in a speech to the Medical Committee for Human Rights, 1966
Spencer is a current MPH student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who recently finished his third year of medical school at UC San Diego. In addition to excelling on the USMLE Step 1 and 2 CK, he received Honors grades in four of his third year clerkship rotations, and was recently nominated to the Gold Humanism Honors Society by his medical school peers and faculty. His extensive academic experience includes teaching the introductory Italian course at his alma mater, and he enjoys few things more than teaching and mentoring fellow students. When he’s not having fun with his wife and two kids, he loves playing soccer.
“Whatever you are, be a good one.” ~ Abraham Lincoln
Allison is a graduate of University of Virginia School of Medicine and is currently completing her Transitional Year internship in Columbus, OH. She will then head to Rochester, MN to start her residency in Radiation Oncology at Mayo Clinic. Allison scored 264 on Step 1, 278 on Step 2 CK, and 251 on Step 3. She was recognized by her medical school class for achieving the highest grade in several pre-clinical courses. She was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and served as the UVA chapter president. Allison has experience tutoring advanced sciences and medical subjects for over 5 years.
Dan was born and raised in the great state of Texas. He completed an undergraduate degree at Texas Christian University, followed by a Master’s degree at The University of North Texas Health Science Center. He began his medical education at St. George’s University, and was inducted into the international medical honors society Iota Epsilon Alpha. He has since transferred to Northeast Ohio Medical University, where he continues his record of academic excellence, including a score above 270 on USMLE Step 1. Dan enjoys teaching and loves helping his students realize their full potential.
"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough." ~ Mario Andretti
Alec is in the midst of the MD/PhD program at UMass Medical School. A native of Texas, Alec left the Lone Star State to pursue a degree in chemical engineering at UMass Amherst. Despite the scarcity of barbecue in New England, he opted to remain in Massachusetts after graduating to complete his doctoral training. Alec excelled during his pre-clinical studies and clinical clerkships, earning a score of 266 on Step 1 and honors in both his internal medicine and neurology rotations. He is currently in the lab, studying connections between melanocyte development and melanoma biology. Alec hopes to connect his interest in medicine, research, and teaching in his future career.
"If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." ~ Albert Einstein
Sam graduated from MIT with a 3.9 GPA in math and physics. He is now a fourth year at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and plans to become a radiation oncologist. Sam has stellar record on standardized exams including the MCAT (37), USMLE Step 1 (251), and the clinical shelf exams (99th percentile in neurology and psychiatry). Sam has a unique background as an award winning saxophonist, accomplished mathematician, and successful researcher at NASA. His diverse experiences enable him to approach each student with professionalism and expertise. Sam has over 8 years of experience tutoring in science and medicine. He is a dedicated mentor and excellent listener.
Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. ~ Calvin Coolidge
Ryan graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering from University of California, Irvine. Ryan is currently a fourth year medical student at St. George’s University, School of Medicine, and is a member of the honors society Iota Epsilon Alpha. He has tutored for the past 2 years of medical school and currently serves as a mentor for students entering their clinical years. He loves seeing his peers achieve their goals and is dedicated to working hard and sharing his own experiences and knowledge in order to see them succeed on Step 1 and Step 2 CK.
"I've learned in my life that it's important to be able to step outside your comfort zone and be challenged with something you're not familiar or accustomed to. That challenge will allow you to see what you can do.” ~ J. R. Martinez
Zachary completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise before attending medical school at Duke University. Now a 4th year student at Duke, Zachary has invested significant amounts of time teaching clinical thinking and clinical skills to second year medical students. He also received Honors in all of his clinical rotations and was selected to the Duke chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He plans to apply to a combined Medicine/Dermatology residency. When he’s not working on his research involving the host transcriptomic response to Cryptococcus, Zachary is an avid tennis player and loves to head to the courts in his free time.
“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou
Geeda is a 4th year medical student at UMass Medical School, applying for residency in internal medicine. Although born and raised in Massachusetts, she headed up north across the border to attend McGill University. She spent her time studying Pharmacology and Spanish while researching the big wide cellular world of GPCRs. Although she learned a lot about drugs, she was sad to find that her 10-word French vocabulary wouldn’t cut it in the medical field. So, she headed back to UMass and is happy to be living closer to home (cooking). Geeda has a passion for teaching and is excited to translate her successes on the USMLE to her students.
“If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh
Michael graduated summa cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in Neurobiology and Behavior, and is currently a fourth year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania on a year out to do research. He will be pursuing a career in psychiatry with a focus on medical education. He has extensive experience in teaching and mentoring, from undergraduate biochemistry and physics courses to the “Doctoring” course for first year medical students. Furthermore, he spends his free time as an instructor of modern and traditional Cuban dances.
"You enter the forest at the darkest point, where there is no path. Where there is a way or path, it is someone else's path. You are not on your own path. If you follow someone else's way, you are not going to realize your potential." ~ Joseph Campbell, "The Hero's Journey"
Emma is one of our most veteran and senior USMLE and medical mentors. Unlike almost anyone we know, she has been teaching and tutoring the USMLEs, basic and clinical sciences for over 12 years—both in the classroom and as a one-on-one tutor. Her wealth of experience and love of teaching have made her adored by her students, who can hardly believe how much she helps them raise their scores. Emma graduated twice from the University of British Columbia with her BS in microbiology and subsequently her MD. She also trained in orthopedic surgery at the prestigious McGill University program. *Emma took her Step 1 and 2 CK about 15 years ago at which time the scoring was quite different. At that time, passing was in the 170s, and Emma scored in the 99th percentile on both tests.
"Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple" ~ Dr. Seuss
Like many of our tutors, Jonathan left Kaplan to join the elite Med School Tutors team as an MCAT tutor. He graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University before moving on to NYU School of Medicine. Jonathan now specializes in helping aspiring physicians to reach their top scores on their own USMLE exams. He has a long history of dedicated teaching and tutoring experience, spanning high school subjects, SAT, college sciences, MCAT and basic medical sciences. He is an Ophthalmology resident at Rutgers-NJMS.
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." ~ Sir Winston Churchill
Dr. Leila Javidi is a PGY-1 Family Medicine Resident with her Masters in Public Health at Mount Carmel St. Ann's, a wonderful community hospital in the heart of Columbus, Ohio (Go Bucks!) where she is actively involved in curriculum development, recruitment, patient safety and medical mission trips. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Saint George’s University and completed her core clerkships at NYU-Lutheran in Brooklyn, NY. Although she had never before considered herself a “standardized test guru”, over the course of her first few years of medical school she developed a fool proof study style that she is eager to share with her students. She loves to teach and she prides herself on her ability to motivate students to achieve their maximum potential. She is most known by her students for her sense of humor, her ‘pep talks’ and her ‘no-excuses’ study mentality.
Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
"Do what you ought, and put your heart into what you are doing." ~ St. Josemaria Escriva
Ryan is a fourth year medical student currently attending Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where He studied molecular and cellular biology and tutored extensively organic and inorganic chemistry as a private tutor. Ryan scored a 263 on USMLE Step 1 and a 790 on COMLEX Level 1 and is currently ranked 3rd in his class of over 200. He wishes to pass his success down to his students. It would be his honor to serve his students in whatever needs they have.
"Be good... and if you can't be good, be careful!" ~ My Nana
Kevin graduated from University of California – Berkeley with honors and carried out his award-winning senior thesis research at University of California – San Francisco. He is currently a second year MD-PhD student at NYU School of Medicine, where he is researching metastasis in melanoma for his doctoral thesis. Kevin has a longstanding passion for education and has tutored privately for various subjects including SAT, math, and chemistry. Utilizing his enthusiasm and compassion, Kevin is committed to giving students confidence, making learning fun, and helping students achieve their full potentials.
Jen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and then attended the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. During medical school she was awarded a one year research fellowship dedicated to advancing the field of digestive diseases. She is currently a third-year resident at Mount Sinai and hoping to continue her training in the field of Gastroenterology with a focus on GI cancers. Jen has a longstanding history of academic success and scored a 250 on Step I and 252 on Step 2CK. She loves to teach and mentor medical students with her incredible energy and passion for medicine.
“Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy.” ~ Fortune Cookie
Steven is a current third-year student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has served on the pre-clinical curriculum committee, the student government, and as a tour guide for prospective students at UMMS. He has experience tutoring as an undergrad at Boston College, where he graduated summa cum laude. Steven is very excited to share his knowledge and passion for learning with those who are preparing to take Step 1!
"The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he cannot are both correct." ~ Confucious
Josh graduated Phi Beta Kappa from NYU and AOA from NYU School of Medicine before completing his internal medicine residency (cardiology fast track) also at NYU Medical Center. Josh has also garnered a truly well deserved reputation for compassionate and caring tutoring and test preparation. Over more than 10 years, Josh has helped aspiring doctors to achieve their goals in their coursework and on standardized tests. He currently specializes in Step 2 and 3.
Jennifer Li is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania College of Arts & Sciences and currently a medical student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She has received a competitive grant from the New York Society of Vascular Surgery and is currently pursuing a scholarly year in vascular research before entering her 4th year of medical school. Jennifer has an extraordinary testing record. She has been a long-time tutor and teacher in numerous subjects of medicine, including anatomy and physiology, and is extremely dedicated to the success of her students.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~ Maya Angelou
Heidi graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University in 2010, with a degree in Biology and Community Health. She spent two years at Massachusetts General Hospital conducting research with radiologists and cardiologists. She is currently a fourth year medical student at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and has been inducted into both the Gold Humanism and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Societies. Heidi has worked as a tutor for more than 7 years, including as an instructor for the Princeton Review and a teacher for first-year medical students at Columbia.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~ Maya Angelou
Melissa graduated with honors from Cornell University in 2010, with a degree in Human Biology, Health and Society and a concentration in dietetics. She spent two years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, first as a dietetic intern and subsequently as an inpatient dietitian covering oncology and cardiology wards. Melissa is currently a fourth year medical student at NYU School of Medicine. She scored 257 on Step 1 and 258 on Step 2CK and has recently been inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Melissa has several years of teaching experience, first as a clinical preceptor for dietetic interns and more recently as a clinical co-instructor for the Practice of Medicine course for second-year medical students at NYU.
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” ~ Muhammad Ali
Nick is a newly-minted 4th year medical student at UMass Medical School, pursuing a residency in pediatrics because kids are way cooler than adults. After graduating from Boston College, Nick moved to Houston, Texas where he taught 6th and 8th grade math for three years. He also bought cowboy boots. After teaching, Nick returned to being a student, where he has received high-honors in all of his third year clerkships and excelled on their shelf exams. He is excited to return to the world of teaching and is ready to help his fellow medical students ace their exams.
“Each player must accept the cards life deals him. But once they are in hand, he alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.” ~ Voltaire
Arka is a fourth year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, currently taking a research year out. Originally from South Jersey/Atlanta/Dallas, Arka is rapidly becoming a Philly lifer after spending both undergraduate, where he studied biochemistry and philosophy, and med school here. Now that he's wrapped clerkships and boards, he's trying to re-cultivate all of those interests he forgot about for the last year - movie watching/making, exercise, cooking, naps... He's excited to help fellow med students reach their goals as part of the Med School Tutors Team.
"Humor is the great thing, the saving thing after all. The minute it crops up, all our hardnesses yield, all our irritations, and resentments flit away, and a sunny spirit takes their place." ~ Mark Twain
Dan is a graduate from Princeton University, where he studied molecular biology and neuroscience and performed in an improv comedy troupe. He then went on to the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he demonstrated a record of academic excellence, and was inducted into both the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society. Dan is pursing a residency in Internal Medicine and is confident that, wherever he ends up, he wants medical teaching to be a large part of his career.
"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." ~ Albert Einstein
Dan received his MD from Rutgers University- New Jersey Medical School in 2013. He finished his Internal Medicine residency and is Chief Resident for Rutgers NJMS. In recognition of his academic excellence, he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society in 2011 and received the Dr. Jacob Dreskin Award at graduation for outstanding performance in the clinical years. Dan has been a tutor and educator of medical science for 3 years, and his passion for teaching is immeasurable.
"It's not an intelligence exam it's a hard work exam. You give me a student with average intelligence, the best resources and willingness to work and they will destroy it." ~ Mike
Mike began his residency in orthopedic surgery at North Shore-LIJ and then decided to transition to radiology, which he completed at Staten Island University Hospital where he was the Chief Resident. With over fourteen years of experience mentoring and tutoring premed and med students, he now serves as our Chief Medical Officer. He will be completing a fellowship in Musculoskeletal radiology at UCSF, which he will begin in Summer 2016.
“I’m not superstitious, but I am a little stitious.” ~ Michael Scott
Tyler is a fourth year medical student at UMass Medical School, and is planning to apply for residency in Internal Medicine. Tyler graduated from Bates College in Maine, where he studied Music, Spanish and Psychology. Despite his efforts to combine the three fields, his Spanish Music Psychotherapy business did not pan out, and he turned to Medicine. At Umass, Tyler has thrived academically and clinically, scoring a 255 on Step 1 and a 267 on Step 2, while also earning high-honors in all of his third year clerkships. Tyler tutored Spanish at Bates, has taught music lessons for years, and is excited to help his new students ace their exams!
“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward” ~ Kurt Vonnegut
Myles is a graduate of Weill Cornell Medical College and is currently in Emergency Medicine residency at Vanderbilt University. He was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society in medical school and was highly successful in clinical rotations due to an overwhelming passion for medical education and clinical excellence. Myles scored 39 on the MCAT and tutored that exam extensively during medical school. He continued this high level of achievement with a USMLE Step 1 score of 267 and a Step 2CK score of 270. He is passionate about tutoring and seeks to see his students engrossed and enchanted with the fascinating world of medical knowledge.
“It is not because that things are difficult that we do not dare, but because we do not dare that things are difficult.” ~ Seneca
Brian is a fourth year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania currently applying to Internal Medicine residency. Originally from Kenya, Brian moved to the US when he was 11. He attended Yale University, where, in his senior year, he was selected as a Freshman Counselor and mentored first year students in their transition to college. In medical school, he has excelled in his clerkships and electives, and was thus selected to be a peer mentor for the internal medicine sub-internship. He is excited to be a part of the MST team and looks forward to helping fellow med students reach their full test-taking potential.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" ~ Oscar Wilde
Nat is currently completing a dual MD/MBA program at Columbia University. He will pursue a residency in internal medicine upon graduation in May 2018. Nat has a strong medical testing record, including 255 on Step 1 and 38 on the MCAT. With his business degree, Nat hopes to help transform primary care delivery and get involved in healthcare policy work.
The worst time to have a heart attack is during a game of charades. ~ Demetri Martin
Scott grew up in Connecticut, attended college in Pittsburgh, spent a year teaching high school math in Micronesia, and has made his way to attend medical school at Duke. Now a rising 4th year, he has invested much of his free time into mentoring first year medical students to prepare them for clinical skills needed on the wards. He also regularly tutors and mentors adolescents incarcerated at a local detention facility. He achieved all Honors in his clinical rotations and will have several research publications. His proudest achievement was building a boat during one of his gap years although his woodworking skills are better than his fishing skills.
“Put some skates on. Be your own hero.” ~ Maggie Mayhem
Molly graduated from the University of Miami (Go Canes!) in 2011 with a degree in Exercise Physiology. She then worked as an Americorp Teaching Fellow at Citizen Schools NY before starting medical school at NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. She finished her pre-clinical years in the top 15% of her class, earning the distinctions of both Phi Sigma Alpha and Sigma Sigma Phi Honor Societies, and scored in the 96th percentile on COMLEX Level 1. She is currently in the Academic Medicine Scholars program at NYIT-COM and is working with a neurobiologist to research the hand-eye coordination of patients with Parkinson’s Disease who experience micrographia.
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~ Maya Angelou
Ann is a third year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania, and she will be pursing a career in Pediatrics. Ann has an excellent record on standardized exams including the MCAT (39), USMLE Step 1 (273), and the clinical shelf exams. She has extensive teaching experience after tutoring for the MCAT while attending Duke University. She is also passionate about community service; she has worked at a women's refugee clinic as well as a harm reduction clinic. She is really excited to work with students to achieve their goals on the USMLE exams as part of the Med School Tutor team.
"Do the best you can with what you've got." ~ Brian
Brian has 10 years of formal tutoring experience and is continually driven by the success of his students. He often leads small group sessions for first and second year students at his medical school. Brian has demonstrated excellence on the USMLE and NBME exams and scoring in the 99th percentile on the Medicine Shelf Exam. He is a member of both the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society.
“It takes great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still to love it.” ~ Oscar Wilde
Tara is a fourth year at UPenn and plans to pursue a residency in anesthesiology. She graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt, majoring in Economics. Tara has excelled on all her medical testing, scoring >95th percentile on the MCAT, Step 1, and every shelf exam. She has been tutoring since she was 14, from teaching algebra to middle school students to teaching physics to college football players. Her passion for mentoring has continued through medical school, where she is involved in Medical Education club and is a “Near Peer” mentor. She will spend her fourth year tutoring Step 1, teaching anatomy, participating in “Sangria Sunday” potlucks, and enjoying non-educational, yet delightful, television.
"Illegitimi non carborundum" ("Don't let the bastards get you down.")
Nick is chief resident in otolaryngology at the prestigious University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and is heading to MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina) for a fellowship in rhinology and endoscopic skull base surgery. He began his medical teaching and tutoring career at Rutgers Medical School in New Jersey as a mentor to first and second year peers preparing for Step 1. Nick has been devoted to teaching and advising top students since early in his college years at Pepperdine University.
“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.” ~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
Nilan is a fourth year medical student at the University of Pennsylvania and is pursuing a residency in Internal Medicine. He was born in Oakland, CA but grew up in Bethesda, MD before attending Princeton University and graduating summa cum laude with a degree in Molecular Biology and a certificate in Global Health and Health Policy. He has excelled on medical testing, including the MCAT (41), Step 1 (255), and Step 2 CK (259). He enjoys teaching and tutoring, and has taught physics, anatomy, and case-based clinical courses while also serving as the co-President of the Medical Education Club at Penn. He runs, sings, and reads whenever he can!
"It's amazing that the amount of news that happens in the world every day always just exactly fits the newspaper." ~ George Costanza
Hari is a graduate of Duke University and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. His tutoring experience covers a broad array of subjects and students — from biology, chemistry, Spanish and English, to all material covered in the first three years of medical school — and he draws on this experience to cater to each of his students in uniquely adaptive ways. Hari is now a resident in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
"It is not death that a man should fear, but he should fear never beginning to live." ~ Marcus Aurelius
Vikram received his MPH and is pursuing his MD at Washington University in St. Louis, and will be pursuing a residency in plastic surgery. Vikram began tutoring and mentoring students in high school as a math and reading tutor for Kumon. He continued to teach throughout college, working as an MCAT and undergraduate tutor in the basic sciences. He scored >260 on Step 1 and above the 95th percentile on all his clerkship shelf exams. He loves teaching, as it allows him to invest in his students' success while refining his own knowledge base.
"Nothing stills an inquiring mind more than the conviction that it knows."
Josh graduated from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He is a resident in orthopedic surgery at the University of North Carolina. Josh has a strong record in standardized examinations, including a score of 268 on USMLE Step 1 and 264 on USMLE Step 2CK. Prior to joining the Med School Tutors family, Josh had been a tutor for USMLE Step 1, basic science coursework, and NBME shelf examinations. Josh is an avid teacher with a commitment to excellence and aims to achieve excellence with all of his students.
"Active studying is all about scratching down illegible repetitions of facts recently read onto cheap legal pads, then throwing them out! I wanna see a wastebasket full of discarded brain dumps!" ~ Chris
Chris graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill magna cum laude in Chemistry with distinction in biomedical research. Following two years of research in neuro-pharmacology, he entered the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Remaining engaged in neuroscience, Chris has received research fellowships to study neural stem cells at Stanford University and malignant brain tumors as a Doris Duke Research Fellow at Columbia and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. As a senior mentor, Chris has worked with junior medical students at Columbia to prepare them for both the Shelf Exams and USMLE Step 1.
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"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead
Nitin is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Massachusetts Medical School who’s currently taking a year off to pursue a Masters of Public Health degree at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He plans on applying into pediatrics residency and wants to eventually pursue pediatric oncology. In addition to excellence in medical testing, he has received highest honors in all completed third and fourth year clerkships. He is also passionate about improving access to pediatric cancer care globally and currently works extensively in Central America. Nitin is an optimistic and dedicated tutor who hopes to help students achieve their USMLE and career dreams.
"Alis volat propriis" (Rough translation: "she flies by her own wings") ~ Jesse Quinn Thornton
Lauren graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Williams College with a BA in Biology. She is MS 5 at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently a research fellow at the Center for Emergency Care Policy and Research. Lauren is planning on pursuing a residency in Internal Medicine and has a strong interest in medical education. She has over 8 years of tutoring experience and loves helping students reach their potential.
"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." ~ Albert Einstein
Josh is a third year medical student living and finishing his last year of school in Philadelphia, PA. After growing up in Pittsburgh and Cleveland, Josh attended college at Cornell University where he graduated summa cum laude in Biology: Neurobiology and Behavior, and minored in Spanish and Global Health. Now that he has completed his core clerkships and internships, Josh has a lot more spare time to pursue his interests outside of medicine which include running, writing, exercising, cooking…and Netflix. He has a passion for teaching and is excited to partner with students as part of the Med Student Tutors team.
Evan graduated from the NY State/American Program of Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine at the top of his class and is PGY-2 in Radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital. With hard work, dedication, and finding ways to make his studying fun, he received a 265 on Step 1 and a 274 on Step 2 CK. Evan brings a knowledgeable and unique approach to tutoring and strives to make education an adventure!
"You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." ~ Dr. Seuss
Rivka graduated as an MD/PhD from UMDNJ and is now in a competitive residency in the University of Miami’s Dermatology-Research Track. Before attending medical school, Rivka taught chemistry and calculus at the high school level, and she also served as a one-on-one high school and SAT tutor. Over the last 6 years, Rivka has served as a peer tutor and private tutor for M1, M2 and M3 students preparing for Shelf exams and Step 1 and 2CK and enjoys helping aspiring doctors to turn these tests into opportunities to excel.
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength. ~ Corrie ten Boom
Lisa graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University and then went straight to medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. She is currently working on her Masters in Public Health (MPH) at Yale and will return to Jefferson to finish her fourth year this fall. She received scores of 256 and 259 on Step 1 and Step 2 CK respectively. After finishing her MD/MPH, she plans to pursue a residency in Pediatrics. From teaching dance in college to teaching anatomy, pathophysiology, and clinical skills in medical school, Lisa loves sharing her passions by teaching and is excited to help others achieve their goals.
"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't." ~ Bill Nye
Yosuf is a graduate of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and will be completing his internal medicine residency at Mayo Clinic. Yosuf has an excellent standardized testing history, scoring in the 99th percentile on the MCAT, 252 on Step 1, and 261 on Step 2CK. Yosuf received an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in quantitative methods. Yosuf has been a tutor and a teacher for the MCAT, medical school coursework, and Step 1. Yosuf attributes a great deal of his academic and career success to high performance on exams and would love to help others do the same!
Wilson graduated with an MD from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and is currently a research fellow in the department of Urology with plans on pursuing a career in the field. He had roles as a teaching assistant tutor throughout his undergraduate career in the advanced sciences and previously worked at Kaplan as an MCAT instructor. He is well known for his attention to detail, preparation and dedication to his students.
“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” ~ Disputed/Unknown
Amit is currently an MPH student at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health who recently finished his third year of medical school at Columbia University. Amit has stellar academic record, including graduating from Rice University with a 4.0 GPA, 39 on the MCAT, over 250 on both Step 1 and Step 2 CK, and Honors in 6 of his clinical rotations. He has diverse teaching experience, including starting a mentoring and tutoring program for middle school-age refugees, working as a public school teacher, and teaching pre-clinical students. He is deeply committed to helping students reach their full potential.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke
Kyle graduated from Ohio State University with a BS in Biology and a Spanish minor. After, he moved to Spain to be an elementary school teacher. Now a 3rd year Medical Student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine New York, Kyle scored a 250 on his Step 1 and a 680 on the COMLEX Level 1. He is currently publishing an article on umbilical cord blood gases in c-sections. Kyle was a TA for summer anatomy through Touro and was a tutor/TA for Physiology, Anatomy, and Neuroanatomy as a member of Sigma Sigma Phi Honor Society. He has an extensive history of teaching and is excited to continue helping others.
"A five-year old child could understand this! Run out and get me a five-year old child.” ~ Groucho Marx
Rembrandt is a student at Rush Medical College in Chicago. He graduated as a Regents Scholar with a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Los Angeles, tutoring a variety of pre-clinical coursework and training EMTs in West LA. Rembrandt’s research interests include cardiac arrest, pre-hospital care and EMS systems. He enjoys helping others discover the amazing job of repairing the human body.
"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle" - Plato
Neelaysh is a 4th year medical student at UCSF and is applying into otolaryngology. He has a history of standardized testing excellence and scored a 245 on Step 1 and a 271 on Step 2. He has been tutoring and teaching since he was a senior in high school. He takes great pride in helping students achieve their test taking goals and in helping them develop lifelong study skills.
"It always seems impossible until it's done." ~ Nelson Mandela
Benjamin is a 4th year medical student at St. George’s University and pursuing a residency in Anesthesiology. At SGU, Ben excelled in and outside the classroom. While at SGU, he participated in many extracurricular activities and served as President of the Student Government Association. Despite his busy schedule, Ben maintained over a 95% WMPG and scored a 246 on Step 1 and a 256 on Step 2CK. This year, Ben has received Academic Honors on every shelf exam and clinical rotation. Ben loves to teach difficult topics. His true passion is to help his students achieve their full potential through focusing on high yield concepts and questions.
"You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." ~ Wayne Gretzky
Zach is a fourth year medical student at Florida State University College of Medicine pursuing a residency in otolaryngology. He has been committed in his medical studies, has honored every rotation, and was inducted into AOA for his volunteerism, professionalism, academics and leadership. Zach has a passion for medical education and has been a teaching assistant, a USMLE q-bank question author/editor, and a mentor throughout medical school.
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