“There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind” – C.S. Lewis
Through his own personal experience with the USMLE STEP 1 exam, Austin learned the importance of early and effective preparation. He is confident that all students can score well on STEP 1 with the right tools, guidance, and mindset. He views tutoring as an opportunity to serve as a mentor and he has enjoyed helping students navigate their academic journey and triumph both inside and outside the classroom. As a tutor, he utilizes open-minded questioning, real-life connections, and teach-back opportunities. He is described by his peers as “approachable and dependable.” His past students describe his “hands-on style that ensures the student is engaged” and his ability to “meet students where they need it most and cater to their unique academic perspective" as key components of what makes Austin an excellent tutor. His goal with every lesson is to help create a learning space that encourages the student to think critically, study efficiently, and ultimately conquer their future endeavors.
Shoutouts + Accolades
- UIC Class of 2019 (summa cum laude)
- UIC Impact Scholar (Aug 2018 – May 2019)
- UIC Chancellors Scholarships and Funds Award (Fall 2018 – Spring 2019)
- 2x Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Recipient (Fall 2017 – Spring 2019)
- 2x Chancellor’s Student Service Award (Aug 2016 – May 2019)
- UIC Honors College Academic Excellence Award (Aug 2016 – May 2019)
- Honors College Research Grant Recipient (Nov 2018)
- Selected for Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society (May 2019)
- Selected for Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society (May 2019)
Austin Q. Nguyen, Garrett K. Harada, Kayla L. Leverich, Krishn Khanna, Philip K. Louie, Bryce A. Basques, Youping Tao, Fabio Galbusera, Frank Niemeyer, Hans-Joachim Wilke, Howard S. An, Dino Samartzis. “The Epidemiology and Clinical Significance of High-Intensity Zones on MRI in the Cervical Spine" Global Spine Journal Nov 2020. PMID: 33203250
Austin Q. Nguyen, Michael P. Foy, Anshum Sood, Mark H. Gonzalez. “Preoperative Risk Factors for Postoperative Urinary Tract Infection Following Primary Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty” The Journal of Arthroplasty. Aug 2020. PMID: 32847708.
Garrett K. Harada, Austin Q. Nguyen, Joseph Michalski, Philip K. Louie, Howard S. An. “Postoperative imaging in the setting of complications: algorithms/imaging modalities for evaluating fluid collections, instrumentation, compression and pseudarthrosis.” Seminars in Spine Surgery. June 2020. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.semss.2020.100786
Garrett K. Harada, Kevin Alter, Austin Q. Nguyen, Youping Tao, Philip K. Louie, Bryce A. Basques, Fabio Galbusera, Frank Niemeyer, Hans-Joachim Wilke, Howard S. An, Dino Samartzis. "Cervical Spine Endplate Abnormalities & Association with Pain, Disability and Adjacent Segment Degeneration after Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion" Spine. Feb 2020. PMID: 32097271