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Our tutors are passionate educators and scholastically accomplished med students, residents and attendings averaging USMLE scores of 250+ and COMLEX scores of 650+. Whether you’re aiming for the 99th percentile on your exam, or getting the extra edge on your application, you’ve come to the right place. Want to become a tutor?

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Dr. Megan Abbott Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Megan Abbott

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 257
Step 2 CK - 266
Step 2 CS - Pass

School

Baylor College of Medicine

Specialty

Child Neurology
There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. ~ A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
Megan is an encouraging, energetic, supportive tutor who loves helping her students become the best test takers they can be. She remembers herself how daunting and overwhelming it can be to learn everything you can in 8 weeks, which is why she has a passion for creating detailed study schedules to keep students on track! Megan has been tutoring for over 7 years, first tutoring undergraduate chemistry before moving on to the MCAT and now tutoring with MST! Her favorite part about tutoring is taking the time to figure out what is holding a student back from reaching their potential and then helping them overcome that. You can count on Megan to be your advocate and cheerleader from the beginning of your studying to your test day. She will help hone your test taking strategies, avoid resource overload by creating a dynamic and personalized study schedule, as well as develop your overall fund of knowledge. Expect to grow in confidence, feel supported, and gain a friend as well as a tutor along the way!
Dr. Corinne Ainsworth Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Corinne Ainsworth

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 253
Step 2 - 252

School

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Specialty

Family Medicine
I think the thing to do is enjoy the ride while you’re on it. ~ Johnny Depp
Corinne is positive, dedicated and detail-oriented – in life and as a tutor! Though always an “average” standardized test taker prior to medical school, Corinne was determined to change that when it came to Step 1. By sticking to a rigorous and well-crafted schedule as well as placing a high priority on self-care (sleep, exercise, and meditation), Corinne was able to achieve her test-taking goals. Corinne has years of experience mentoring others. This experience, combined with her pre-clinical and clinical knowledge, has prepared her well to be both your tutor and your cheerleader. You can rely on Corinne to help you create a detailed schedule customized to your needs and goals, make the most of your resources, and streamline your approach to answering test questions. Corinne will encourage you to work harder than you’ve ever worked before, and she will also instill in you a sense of calm and positivity throughout your studying journey!
Timothy Arleo Medical Tutor BIO

Timothy Arleo

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 257

School

Emory University School of Medicine

Specialty

Ophthalmology or Radiology
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Benjamin Franklin
Tim is a dedicated, organized, and passionate learner and teacher. From his own Step 1 studying experience, he learned that big-picture concepts are the key to difficult and tedious vignettes, and he will help you navigate similar questions. Early on, the sheer number of resources and study plans seemed overwhelming, but by establishing a structured schedule with tried and true resources, he had great success during his dedicated study period.

Tim’s passion as a teacher stretches back to college, when he organized study groups for his peers taking their MCAT examination. Tim has since developed a passion for medical education, as he created case reports to train radiology residents on commonly encountered diseases, and also generated multiple visual illustrations of recently published COVID literature to disseminate important information to the general public.

Tim’s strengths lie in breaking down complicated question vignettes to simple concepts, developing an organized and strategic test prep plan of attack, and bolstering student’s weak areas to elevate their test scores. Tim believes confidence is the key to success and encourages his students regularly to show his students that they too can be Step 1 all-stars.
Dr. Sam Azeze Medical Tutor, MD, MPH BIO

Dr. Sam Azeze

Medical Tutor, MD, MPH

Scores

Steps 1 - 253
Step 2 CK - 258

School

St. George’s University School of Medicine

Specialty

Diagnostic/Interventional Radiology
"Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future.” ― Hippocrates
Sam is a driven, systematic, and comprehensive tutor who enjoys seeing students meet and exceed their target scores on the USMLE Step 2 CK and the shelf exams. After scoring well on the Step 1, Sam knew that the key to gaining a competitive residency was an even higher Step 2 CK score. He continued to work on his craft, test taking, and now enjoys teaching the same techniques and algorithmic approach to other students. Currently, Sam is finishing his residency in radiology, a specialty that emphasizes a systematic approach to clinical anatomical imaging. Similarly, Sam’s step-by-step tailored approach to test taking teaches students to be fine-tuned test-taking machines by the end of their dedicated study. Sam’s focus on test-taking strategy is illustrated by his intensive question/answer sessions. Additionally, his fail-proof guide to reviewing material ensures you will have a mastery every pathology that can be tested. Through a rigorous practice schedule and mimicking exam conditions, Sam’s students become very comfortable taking exams and have done incredibly well.
Dr. Tedi Begaj Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Tedi Begaj

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 251
Step 2 CK - 250
Step 3 - 240

School

University of Massachusetts

Specialty

Ophthalmology
"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 warm, encouraging tutor whose passion for teaching and genuine personal investment in his students’ success is second to none. Tedi combines his wealth of experience - including his research positions at Harvard Medical School and the National Science Foundation - with our proven MST methods to prepare his students for success. As your tutor, Tedi will not only precisely identify your strengths and weaknesses, but also tailor a highly personalized study schedule to your unique circumstances, timeline, and goals. Within your sessions together, you can rely on Tedi to guide you through comprehensive content review, significant question practice, and test-taking skills to ensure that you possess not only the content base, but the tips and tricks necessary to succeed on your exam. Tedi comes from a long line of educators and greatly appreciates the opportunity to help students accomplish their academic goals!
Dr. Johanna Ben-Ami Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Johanna Ben-Ami

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 266
Step 2 CK - 281

School

Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Specialty

Internal Medicine
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” – William Arthur Ward
Johanna is a diligent, fun-loving, and enthusiastic tutor who excelled on her exams, in equal parts due to her passion for medicine and good old hard work. During her Step and Shelf examination studying, she learned the importance of conceptualizing rather than memorizing. She also realized the power of test strategy, which allowed her to succeed even in the face of difficult test questions. Johanna is excited to share her strategies with you, and help you form a solid content foundation.
At Johanna’s medical school, the first two years are structured so that the students act as teachers for one another. She grew incredibly from this experience and fell in love with teaching, resulting in an ambition for a career in medical education. There is no better feeling than the moment when a student’s expression changes, their face lights up, and you can just tell that they understand! She hopes to be a mentor to her students, inspiring them just as her mentors in medical school have inspired her.
You can count on Johanna to be invested in your success. She believes that collaboration is key, and partnership is necessary to ensure that this is a dynamic process with expedient correction of anything that might not be working for a particular student. She will work tirelessly on providing a strategically organized study schedule and will hold you accountable with honest feedback throughout your time together.

Shoutouts + Accolades

Alpha Omega Alpha, Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Dr. Fred Bertino Medical Tutor BIO

Dr. Fred Bertino

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 254
Step 2 - 268
Step 3 - 234

School

St. George's University School of Medicine

Specialty

Radiology
"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.”
Tim Brown Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Tim Brown

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 256

School

Texas Tech School of Medicine

Specialty

TBA
“You’re a master of karate and friendship for everyone.” – Charlie and Dennis
Tim grew up in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina and is proud of his Appalachian roots. He prides himself on creating a relaxing environment during tutoring sessions, where his students feel comfortable asking questions and speaking their minds. Tim is currently in the fifth year of his MD-PhD program where his research focuses on understanding the role of lactic acid in the progression of breast cancer. Tim is dedicated to life-long learning and has encouraged others to do so at every level. Tim joined MST with many years of tutoring experience in chemistry. He has taken the same energetic and engaging approach that he did for chemistry and applied it to Step 1 tutoring. He is passionate about helping his students achieve their goals, whether that be to grasp basic concepts or master the material. In working with Tim, he will always give it his best and hopes that you will do the same. Outside of medicine, Tim enjoys playing the banjo, fantasy football, skiing, and getting absolutely shredded at the gym.
Charlie Burke Medical Tutor BIO

Charlie Burke

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 256

School

University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine

Specialty

TBA
“Never risking anything meant never having or doing or being anything either. Life is risk, it turned out.” – Lev Grossman, The Magicians
Charlie is a dedicated, diligent tutor who wasn’t always the strongest student and often struggled with testing anxiety during self-assessments and NBMEs. But through hard work, dedication, and discovering routes around his anxiety, was able to tackle Step 1 and achieve a great score! Throughout medical school, Charlie has spent time tutoring others in group-settings and one-to-one. From his experience studying, Charlie found that an understanding of your own capabilities paired with a study schedule designed around this understanding made for optimum outcomes. Charlie will be able to help you analyze Step 1 questions to find what details matter most. He will provide tools to help you cut down answer options, helping you have as much confidence as possible in answering Step 1 questions. Additionally, he’ll mold study schedules around your wants, needs, and capabilities to optimize your study time. Charlie is fun-loving, friendly tutor who will encourage and push you to success on Step 1.
Dr. Eric Burnett Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Eric Burnett

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 242
Step 2CK - 258
Step 3 - 240

School

New Jersey Medical School

Specialty

Internal Medicine
“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future. ” – J.R.R Tolkien
Eric is a seasoned tutor and has been with MST going on 5 years. He has extensive experience working with medical students and residents of all backgrounds. Eric learned that a solid study schedule is key to staying on track and overcoming the stress associated with board studying, and will help you devise a personalized schedule to keep you on task. As an attending physician, faculty member, and associate program director for an internal medicine residency program, he has been teaching medical students/residents for over 5 years. He knows what it takes to not only make a successful test taker but a successful medical student and resident as well. He has experience tutoring for all three USMLE Step exams, clerkship shelf exams as well as the ABIM internal medicine board exam. Eric truly loves that lightbulb moment with students when a seemingly insurmountable topic becomes clear and they can teach it to others. Eric knows how important these exams are, and is personally dedicated to your success. To that end, he will work tirelessly to keep you on track and hold you accountable. He uses a question/case-based approach to help build your knowledge base while testing and fine-tuning what you already know. He will work on honing and developing the skills you will need for testing and career success.
Dr. Sarah Coates Medical Tutor BIO

Dr. Sarah Coates

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 254
Step 2 CK - 274
Step 3 - 255

School

Weill Cornell Medical College

Specialty

Dermatology
"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's friends would describe her as genuine, outspoken and empathetic. Sarah feels strongly that self-awareness and a willingness to be vulnerable are the key ingredients to personal and relational growth, as well as success in academics. She is constantly trying to sharpen her understanding of precisely what it is that makes people tick and enjoys exploring the "deep story" that people are often afraid to share. After decades of being a student and more than five years and 1500 hours of USMLE tutoring experience, she has learned to focus on authenticity with herself as well as her students; she believes that the only way to figure out what areas truly require further work is to be honest about what we do and don't know from the start. Having been diagnosed with ADHD at an early age, Sarah had to work especially hard at making studying "fun" and "engaging" so that she wouldn't lose focus. For that reason, she has a special interest in placing the material into the context of larger, visuospatial frameworks in order to help students fully make sense of things. Sharing this approach with others is what gets her most excited, and she lives for the moments when everything "clicks" and the story of medicine can fully come to life. Her students can rely on her to be thoughtful, supportive, organized, honest about their progress, and, perhaps most importantly, understanding of the complex emotions that surround USMLE exams.

Shoutouts + Accolades

Check out Sarah's Tutor Spotlight
Dr. Marisa Deliso Medical Tutor, MD, MPH, CPH BIO

Dr. Marisa Deliso

Medical Tutor, MD, MPH, CPH

Scores

Step 1 - 266

School

St. George's University School of Medicine

Specialty

Orthopaedic Surgery
“We don't rise to the occasion, we fall to the level of our training.” – Archilochus
Marisa is a dedicated, charismatic, and supportive individual who understands that STEP prep is personal. Through her experience of finding it nearly impossible to master concepts through traditional methods of simply reading and writing the material, she learned that there is adapting, one-size-fits all way to best prepare for exams. This realization allowed her to increase her percentile ranking between MCAT and STEP 1 from 61 to 99, respectively, and allowed her to have an intricate understanding of the concepts necessary to be successful on exams and in clinical practice. Marisa first realized her passion for teaching during undergrad where she volunteered at a Harlem middle school as a Citizen Schools biology teacher; it is there that she first developed the skill of breaking down complex information in a way that was fun and easy to understand. Marisa began tutoring at her medical school because she has a passion to see other students excel and quickly becomes personally invested in her students’ success. She intends to help her students develop the skills they will need for long term testing as well as career success by helping them achieve their goals in medicine and beyond. Students can count on Marisa to create for them a detailed and customized study schedule tailored to their progress, timeline, and goals. In doing so, she will help them select the optimal resources for their needs. Marisa is great at adapting: she will identify what is working and not working, and will collaborate with her students to adjust the plan accordingly. She truly believes studying medicine should be fun and hopes to re-spark her student’s passion if it has begun to smolder along the trial-filled journey of med school.

Shoutouts + Accolades

  • Academic honors: Iota Epsilon Alpha, Delta Omega, and Gold Humanism Honor Society
  • Research & publications: 5 Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals, 7 works accepted at Conferences, 5 Poster Presentations, 1 Oral Presentation
  • Awards: Basic Science Comprehensive Exam II Highest Grade Award; Best Oral Presentation by Student in the School of Medicine at Phi Zeta Research Day, Department of Educational Services Excellent Facilitator Award
Dr. David Delnegro Medical Tutor, MCAT Content Creator, MD BIO

Dr. David Delnegro

Medical Tutor, MCAT Content Creator, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 252
Step 2 CK - 245
Step 3 - 243

School

University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

Interest

Emergency Medicine
¨Weather forecast for tonight: dark. Continued dark overnight, with widely scattered light by morning.¨ – George Carlin
David is a very energetic, resourceful and resilient individual who pulls from a large toolbox of skills to help his students succeed in classes, exams, and challenging life problems. Many of his own experiences have been shaped by an almost seven-year career in Emergency Medical Services and disaster training. He has taught and tutored both the MCAT and the USMLE step exams employed as a freelance individual, a university employee, and for private companies. David also has additional mentorship experience during his time as EMS Sargent and Crew Chief. During his preclinical years, he founded a student organization that collected, edited and wrote new PowerPoint presentations so that second-year students for each class could have access to a bank of materials to use to tutor and teach the incoming first years. By providing his students with clear direction, goals, and expectations, David takes the guesswork out of study plans. A former MCAT practice material writer for Examkrackers, David has an advanced insight into the way tests and questions are designed and edited. He lives for seeing the look on his student's eyes when the light bulb pops above their head and is excited to bring a unique blend of humor, organization, and creativity to help you tackle any problem that comes your way. While David only tutors for the USMLEs, he heads our MCAT content creation team.

Shoutouts + Accolades

My current research interest is in ER and healthcare decision making.

Dr. Timothy Dyster Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Timothy Dyster

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 254
Step 2 CK - 249

School

Columbia University

Specialty

Internal Medicine
"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, and Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons, where he graduated with AOA distinction. He is currently a resident physician in Internal Medicine at UCSF. 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.

Shoutouts + Accolades

Awards:
 
William T Keeton Award Recipient
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
 
Publications:

Dyster, Timothy Gordon. “Identity Capital and Identifying Learners at Risk for Marginalization.” Academic Medicine, vol. 92, no. 8, 2017, p. 1070., doi:10.1097/acm.0000000000001802.

Dr. Matthew Earle Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Matthew Earle

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1: 253
Step 2 CK: 258
Step 3: 243

School

University of Florida

Specialty

Emergency Medicine
“Never reduce your goals to suit your effort; adjust your effort to suit your goals.” – Unknown
Matt is an EM Resident who plans to pursue a fellowship in ultrasonography. He has been tutoring in a myriad of subjects since undergrad and is now tutoring for Step 1, 2 and 3 as well as acting as a residency application advisor. He will help you stay accountable to a rigorous study schedule that will leave no black boxes and emphasize the best preparation possible to help you achieve your goals. In his own studies, disciplined question bank review was key to success, and he will help you maximize the utility of your resources. He will always be in your corner as you push towards success!

Shoutouts

Intern of the Year, 2018

Dr. Matthew Eisenstat Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Matthew Eisenstat

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1: 259
Step 2: 260
Step 3: 235

School

USC School of Medicine Greenville

Specialty

Emergency Medicine
“I have never let schooling interfere with my education” – Mark Twain
From average college student to chief resident, Matt’s journey has shown that working hard and some basic test-taking skills can help you find success in medicine. Both in the emergency department and in his tutoring, Matt finds that being a calming presence helps him and those around him perform at their best. As a Step 1 tutor in medical school, Matt developed a passion for education and helping students become the best possible doctor they can be. In residency, he continued to hone that passion as a bed-side teacher. As a tutor, he prides himself on taking obscure, esoteric medical knowledge and translating it into its real-world applications. His test-taking tips and strategies will help you get into the head of the test writer and optimize your board scores.
Dr. Ali Elsaadi Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Ali Elsaadi

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 250+
Step 2 CK - 270+

School

St. George's University

Interest

Surgery
"It's not about where you want to end up but about the process along the way" – Me to my organic chemistry professor when I got low yields from a reaction in lab
Ali is a positive, patient, and reliable tutor who has 6 years of experience as a private tutor. Ali started off tutoring his friends in organic chemistry and moved on to physics, chemistry, biology, and a variety of other topics. He’s tutored students from ages 8 to 30 and can connect with many different educational backgrounds because of these experiences. Ali's goal is to help students develop the long term skills necessary to excel not only on exams but in their future careers in medicine, and he hopes his own students go on to teach others these same lessons along the way. He is very invested in the success of his students and will help them break down complicated vignettes and develop a strong question strategy to tackle the boards. He is determined to continually improve not only his students’ scores but also his teaching ability and is very open to dialogue about how best to move forward if certain teaching methods aren’t working. Ali may sound tough as a tutor, but his sunny disposition will make this as enjoyable a process as studying for Step can be!
Dr. Saad Farooq Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Saad Farooq

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 249
Step 2 CK - 261

School

NYU School of Medicine

Specialty

Surgery
“The journey of a thousand miles starts with step one” – Anonymous
Saad is an energetic, encouraging, and friendly disciple of the sciences, humanities, and everything in between. Carrying this passion for learning, Saad understands the importance of effective, dedicated, and personalized teaching. During his time at Cornell University, Saad made sure to pass on his enthusiasm for the biological sciences by tutoring numerous students throughout the years. Tutoring a variety of students from all education levels and backgrounds, Saad is well versed in catering his teaching style to individually fit each and every student. A method that works for one student, may not work for another, and Saad is devoted to finding the perfect way for you to achieve your goals. The journey towards becoming a doctor is rife with challenges, and though it may seem difficult now, with the proper guidance and mentorship everyone can achieve their goals. Saad is willing to go above and beyond to help you achieve yours!

Shoutouts + Accolades

  • Daley D, Mani VR, Mohan N, Akkad N, Pandian GSDB, Savadkar S, Lee KB, Torres-Hernandez A, Aykut B, Diskin B, Wang W, Farooq MS, Mahmud AI, Werba G, Morales EJ, Lall S, Wadowski BJ, Rubin AG, Berman ME, Narayanan R, Hundeyin M, Miller G. NLRP3 signaling drives macrophage-induced adaptive immune suppression in pancreatic carcinoma. J Exp Med. 2017; 214(6): 1711-1724.  
  • Mani VR, Farooq MS, Soni U, Kalabin A, Rajabalan A, Leaque A. Case report of ectopic liver on gallbladder serosa with a brief review of literature. Case Reports in Surgery. 2016:7273801. doi:10.1155/2016/7273801.
Dr. Eli Freiman Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Eli Freiman

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 259
Step 2CK - 258

School

University of Massachusetts

Specialty

Pediatrics/Pediatric Emergency
"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 is omnipotent" ~ Calvin Coolidge
Eli is an accomplished teacher and mentor and has been with MST since early 2014. He has worked with dozens of students for hundreds of hours on USMLE test prep, general coursework, and residency consulting. Eli is committed to helping his students reach their goals. As your tutor, he will help you identify your exact weaknesses and establish a comprehensive study plan, which integrates content mastery, high-yield review, and question-based test-taking practice. You will find throughout your work with Eli that he is a compassionate, dedicated individual who provides honest feedback, constructive support, and positive motivation to help you work at your peak!

Shoutouts

Eli is the recipient of two Harvard Medical School teaching awards. He has scored in the top percentiles on his USMLE licensing exams as well as his General Certifying Exam in Pediatrics for which he is board certified. 

Dr. Spencer Fuller Medical Tutor, MD, MPH BIO

Dr. Spencer Fuller

Medical Tutor, MD, MPH

Scores

Step 1 - 252
Step 2 - 262

School

UC San Diego School of Medicine

Specialty

Ophthalmology
‘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 warm, dedicated, and encouraging tutor who is committed to helping his students succeed. Before he joined Med School Tutors, Spencer was a physiology tutor, a freshman-level Italian 101 instructor, and a USMLE study mentor. In his first two years of med school at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Spencer’s dedication to the underserved came to light during his work with local homeless young adults: Spencer taught and mentored students with Stand Up For Kids, and also partnered with Monarch School to administer free flu shots to homeless students and their families. He also helped several students successfully apply to medical school. Combining his passion for medicine and public service, Spencer received his Masters of Public Health at Johns Hopkins. Currently, he is an ophthalmology resident at Washington University in St. Louis with a primary interest in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. In your sessions together, his patient attitude will encourage you to work at your absolute best as Spencer helps you make key connections between the material, refine your test-taking skills, and achieve your dreams--whether they be a strong USMLE/COMLEX score or successfully navigating the overwhelming medical school application and acceptance process.
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David Gallacher

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 249

School

Oregon Health & Science University

Interest

TBA
“You don’t try to build a wall. You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say ‘I’m gonna lay this brick as perfectly as a brick can be laid,’ and you do that every single day, and soon you have a wall.” – Will Smith
David is a compassionate, motivated, encouraging tutor who believes success is a result of hard work and consistent actions. David’s test-taking performance reflects his ability to utilize proven test-taking strategies and apply medical pathophysiology to standardized examinations. While initially subject to “resource overload,” David narrowed his focus to the most proven resources for Step 1 success. David began tutoring almost 5 years ago when he was an academic tutor for his university’s sports teams. Since then he has accumulated many hours tutoring medical students during pre-clinical course work, and those preparing for Step 1.

David’s tutoring success can be attributed to his ability to break down complex medical topics into digestible pieces. When approaching questions, he believes in a systematic approach to answering each question. These systems lead to a decreased likelihood of making “silly mistakes” on test day. David enjoys helping his students create connections and mental frameworks between the large volume of medical knowledge necessary for Step 1.
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Jake Garcia

Medical Tutor

Scores

MCAT - 516
Step 1- 252

School

Thomas Jefferson University

Specialty

Emergency Medicine
“Team Rocket’s blasting off again!” – Jessie, James, and Meowth in unison
Jake is an energetic, confident, and adaptable tutor who comes from a family of teachers. Teaching runs in his blood and he loves bringing his passion for medicine to his teaching practice. He has taught STEM in the public school system, TA’d for undergraduate embryology courses, and is an educational leader at his medical school where he conducts educational research and confounded JeffSketch, an online learning platform. Jake has even taught over 1000 people how to swim! Practice questions and Anki driven test-prep are Jake’s bread and butter.

In medical school Jake struggled with the overwhelming degree of detail he encountered in his med school lectures, he found that emphasizing succinct 3rd party resources and avoiding getting lost in the weeds was his ticket to success. “High yield” is Jake’s mantra and he specializes in creating plans that focus on areas of the exam that will produce large score improvements for his clients. Jake is firm in his expectations, but is also quick to provide praise when students work hard and stick to the plan...total Professor McGonnagal vibes. Throughout this process, you’ll be sure to appreciate his energy, focus, and his enthusiasm for beating test writers at their own game. Jake is a fantastic test-prep ally and can’t wait to help you succeed!
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Leah Gober

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 250

School

Mercer University School of Medicine

Specialty

TBA
"When there are nine." – RBG
Leah Gober is a 3rd year medical student at Mercer University in the charming town of Savannah, GA. Leah’s teaching experience began when she worked as a TA for undergraduate engineering classes and continues through her tutoring of fellow medical students today. Leah regularly geeks out by stretching blood vessels to study vascular disease in Williams Syndrome at NIH as a fellow in the Medical Research Scholars Program. She focuses on question-based learning styles and hashing out the “whys” and “hows” of not only the right, but the wrong answers too. She enjoys using game theory and storytelling to understand what went into creating USMLE questions. And she is meticulous to a tee—you can expect flexible but detailed study schedules. Leah believes in honest feedback, used to build confidence in test taking, and she’s personally invested in your success!
Dr. Sarah Godfrey Medical Tutor, MD, MPH BIO

Dr. Sarah Godfrey

Medical Tutor, MD, MPH

Scores

Step 1 - 246
Step 2 CK - 266

School

Columbia University

Specialty

Internal Medicine
"We don’t need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside our selves already: We have the power to imagine better." – J.K. Rowling
Sarah is a dedicated and encouraging tutor who has extensive experience in medical education, including her Shelf exam and Step 2 CK tutoring at MST, serving as the teaching assistant for a preclinical physical diagnosis course, and developing her own online public health curriculum now utilized by all clinical students at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is flexible, accommodating, and creative in her approach to meet each student's individual needs, as she learned during her own Step studying how challenging it can be for students from a non-science background. Sarah loves developing relationships with her students and guiding them to achieve their personal goals. Her favorite part of teaching is seeing students gain self-confidence, as well as clinical knowledge, during their test preparation. She particularly loves working with students who have struggled in medical school and helping them to overcome those challenges. Working with Sarah, you will receive a detailed and customized study schedule that is tailored to your strengths, weaknesses, and goals. She will help you to find the best resources for your specific needs and help you to study them most efficiently and effectively. In her tutoring sessions, Sarah incorporates both intense content review and detailed test-taking strategies to help you improve your fund of knowledge and clinical reasoning skills. Throughout the process, you'll be sure to appreciate Sarah's warmth and understanding as she cheers you on to achieve your personal best!

Shoutouts + Accolades

Created Public Health Curriculum for Columbia's Harlem Public Health Commune

Columbia Mailman School of Public Health — MPH, 2017

Dr. Daniel Good Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Daniel Good

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 272
Step 2 CK - 284
Step 3 - 265

School

Northeast Ohio Medical University

Specialty

Emergency Medicine
"Strong work!"
Dan is a proud Texan! He graduated from Texas Christian University before going on to get a Master in Public Health from the University of North Texas. He began his medical education at St. George's University in Grenada where he excelled in the basic science coursework and was inducted into the Iota Epsilon Alpha international honor society. After achieving great success on Step 1, he transferred to Northeast Ohio Medical University where he successfully honored every core rotation and was inducted in the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He is currently active in emergency medicine airway management and quality improvement research, and has presented his research at national conferences. He has successfully matched at UT Southwestern Medical Center to train in emergency medicine. Dan enjoys bringing the same level of excellence to his tutoring and helping students achieve their goals. He loves to set the bar high for his students and provide them the guidance they need to reach it. His personal success, along with his ability to teach, allow him to meet students at their level and show them how to take it up a notch. Whether you are struggling to understand basic concepts, or looking to master the content, Dan can get you there.
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Alec Gramann

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 266

School

University of Massachusetts

Specialty

TBA
"If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough." ~ Mario Andretti
Alec is an enthusiastic and encouraging tutor who understands that there isn’t any one study plan or strategy that works for all students. Early in his Step 1 preparation, Alec realized that certain “top” review resources all his friends were using were completely useless for his learning style. Rather than continue to struggle, he began to explore other types of resources, eventually finding a core set of review materials that made his Step 1 studying a much more rewarding and enlightening experience. Since his exam, Alec has devoted his time to exploring as many resources as possible so he can help his students build the most effective and efficient study plan for their individual Step 1 goals and time frame. In combination with resource utilization, Alec focuses heavily on question approach with his students, helping them adopt efficient and consistent strategies that mirror the features and habits of great standardized test takers. With these methods, Alec’s students successfully build their foundational knowledge, and learn how to apply that knowledge not only to Step 1 questions, but to all clinical scenarios on future exams and on the wards. With Alec on your team, you’ll have the support and encouragement of an exceptional tutor on your journey to maximize your potential on Step 1 and beyond!
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Cole Greenberg

MCAT Tutor

Score

MCAT - 521

School

University of Washington School of Medicine

Specialty

TBA
“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” – Jack London
Cole is a kind, energetic, and motivating tutor who understands the marathon that studying for the MCAT can be. From his process of self-studying, he has felt the burnout and stress that can come with studying for the MCAT. As an experienced ski coach, rock climbing instructor, TA, and tutor, Cole has spent thousands of hours helping people realize their goals. As a tutor, he excels at teaching the analytical skills required to efficiently and accurately pick apart MCAT passages. He will also help you by filling in any MCAT content gaps you may struggle with. Cole will work with you to build and stick to a schedule that helps you achieve your goals without sacrificing your wellbeing.
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Dr. Claire Hannah

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1: 268
Step 2 CK: 280

School

Carver College of Medicine

Specialty

Dermatology
“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.” – Oscar Wilde
Claire is an energetic, passionate, and effective tutor who recently completed both USMLE exams and is eager to share her test-taking strategies with students. She believes that a simplified study schedule, proper selection of resources, and plenty of coffee, exercise, and sleep are key to succeeding on standardized exams. Claire has extensive tutoring and mentoring experience from medical school that has allowed her to contribute to the test-taking success of many students in their pre-clinical and clinical courses. Her favorite part of tutoring is the satisfaction of helping students finally grasp a complex subject. Claire promises to provide an open, non-judgmental environment where students can share their concerns and areas of weakness. Her greatest tutoring skill is breaking down highly complex subjects and explaining them in a manner that is easier to understand. Claire helps to build a strong foundation of knowledge so that students can understand topics on a deeper level instead of rotely memorizing facts. She considers her tutoring style to be positive and motivational, but she still strongly supports the Socratic method of teaching. Claire will be your tutor, friend, mentor, and coach throughout your studying experience, helping you to achieve your best possible score!
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Greg Hemenway

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 259

School

New York Medical College

Specialty

Hematology/Oncology
"There is a road, no simple highway, between the dawn and the dark of night" – Jerry Garcia
Greg graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a BS in biology and neuroscience and spent a year working as a nursing assistant on a cardiothoracic surgery step down unit. During this time, he tutored his coworkers’ children in college level biology and chemistry classes. Greg then moved to Denver for two years to work as a clinical research associate for hematologic malignancy drug trials at the University of Colorado, where he enjoyed conducting research and skiing! Nowadays, Greg is in NY pursuing his medical degree and helping his fellow students. Greg has worked with his school's tutoring program, working with students for preclinical topics, Step 1, and for pathology, where he was chosen by the pathology department to serve as a peer tutor. What Greg really loves about tutoring for Step 1 is dissecting complicated vignettes and collaborating with medical students to hone the skills and confidence needed to succeed.
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Dr. Alex Hicks

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 262
Step 2 CK - 268
Step 3 - 240

School

East Tennessee State University

Specialty

Dermatology
"Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful." ~ John Wooden
Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Alex is a kind, dedicated, and engaging tutor who is committed to helping his students succeed. Alex joined MST with years of teaching experience that includes mentoring and tutoring second-year medical students for Step 1, and individually tutoring students in chemistry. He has experienced great satisfaction in translating his successes on the USMLEs to other students! In your work together, Alex will always push you to do your best while his grounded, can-do attitude will ensure you approach your studies honestly and enthusiastically. Outside of academics, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children, as well as several other hobbies including guitar, golf, snowboarding, hunting, and largemouth bass fishing.

Shoutouts + Accolades

Alex has a strong record of academic excellence, achieving Honors in all clerkships throughout his medical training, and he was also elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society as a junior medical student. 

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Dr. Hosam "Sam" Hmoud

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 252
Step 2 CK - 261

School

St. George’s University

Specialty

Internal Medicine
"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." – Winston Churchill
Hosam (Sam) is an enthusiastic and motivated tutor that embraces the power of understanding the “why” over the “what” when it comes to all aspects of your medical education! With this thought process, Sam has managed to not only perform exceptionally well on Step 1 and 2, but also be able to balance rotational obligations while traveling the world, including humanitarian trips to Haiti! With years of experience tutoring students on an individual and group level, Sam provides nurturing care while emphasizing interactive teach back skills that will ensure that you can apply the reviewed content in acing any medical school and/or board exam. In fact, Sam was awarded the “exceptional group facilitator” award from his medical school as well as achieving one of the top total hours contributed to individual tutoring for his Iota Epsilon Alpha honor society. Although Sam takes serious pride in his tutoring, the Aquarius in him loves to laugh and joke while being there for you during stressful times. Besides being a medical student, Sam loves to watch comedy shows, play basketball, and go to the amazing array of museums in the NYC area. His unique style and holistic approach in mentoring and tutoring will leave you more confident and capable than ever before!
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Dr. Emma Husain

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 & 2CK - 99th Percentile*

School

University of British Columbia

Specialty

Orthopedic Surgery
"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’s tutoring style could be best described as loving and encouraging. She will love you into a better score! In addition, she is a very silly person in a very useful way; she will tell funny stories or make silly analogies that help with both understanding and retention of complex concepts. The biggest lesson she learned in her medical career was that it is OK to not know the answer to a question; it is always OK to look things up or ask someone more experienced, in fact it is better that way! Emma loves crafting an individual approach and teaching method that best suits each individual so that each of her students has a unique experience that is personally designed. Her investment in each student is passionate and truthful, and she truly creates a strong supportive relationship that helps with the stress of studying for exams. Students say that years later they remember useful things they learned from working with her. Emma will help ensure that you are working at your peak so you can achieve your best score!
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Dr. Jeffrey Hyzer

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 254
Step 2 CK 257

School

Oregon Health & Science University

Specialty

Otolaryngology
"Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do." – Pelé
Jeffrey is an empathetic, positive, and detail-oriented tutor who understands the importance of planning ahead when it comes to Step 1. Jeffrey’s score on Step 1 represents not just his broad understanding of complex pathophysiology that shows up on the exam but also the importance of maximizing learning during a dedicated study period. Jeffrey believes selecting the right resources is key to avoiding resource overload, and is fully ready to guide students in this difficult task. He also works hard to provide a detailed and customized study schedule that’s tailored to students’ progress, timeline, and goals. Test-taking can cause a great amount of anxiety and Jeffrey prides himself on working successfully with many students who have struggled with standardized tests in the past but are looking to make a change in their testing strategies. With over six years of tutoring experience in college and medical school, working with students from a wide variety of backgrounds, he is an experienced tutor with outstanding communication skills. Now a third-year medical student, Jeffrey has helped tutor Step 1 material for the last two years and enjoys celebrating the success of students he’s worked with! Throughout this process, you will appreciate Jeffrey’s humor, dedication to your personal goals, and positive yet “ready to work” attitude!

Shoutouts + Accolades

AOA Member

Research Fellowship at Oregon Primate Research Center (2015)

Award of Best Honors Thesis: Cadmium & Arsenic in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Dr. Bryce Ingram Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Bryce Ingram

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 254
Step 2 - 264

School

Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Specialty

Pediatrics
“People look at you and say ‘you changed’ as if you worked that hard to stay the same.” – Shawn Corey Carter, aka JAY-Z
Bryce is an enthusiastic, approachable, and encouraging tutor who is passionate about medical education and mentorship. From his own test preparation experience, he understands how organization and a daily dose of diligence can lead to standardized exam success for even the most laid-back people. When he isn’t in the books or at the bedside, you can find Bryce either playing basketball, in a bowling alley, or trying new cuisines and coffee. Bryce knows first-hand how easy it is to feel like there’s no way you can cover all the material necessary. However, he strongly believes in personalizing exam prep in a way that capitalizes on the strengths of his learners so they can meet their full potential.
Bryce found his passion for medical education during medical school, where he was an individual tutor for course exams and USMLE Step1. He also facilitated several small and large group sessions for the basic science curriculum while participating in curriculum development as a fourth-year student. Bryce loves nothing more than creating that “ah-ha” moment for learners, whether it is making sense of a seemingly impossible question or clarifying a foundational basic science concept. He aims to find the balance between being nurturing and challenging to get the absolute best out of his learners. You can count on him to be personally invested in your testing and career success.
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Dr. Leila Javidi

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 249
Step 2CK - 258

School

St. George's University

Specialty

Family Medicine
"Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm." ~ Sir Winston Churchill
Dr. Leila Javidi is a 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.
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Kevin Kleffman

Medical Tutor, MD/PhD '21

Scores

MCAT - 36
Step 1 - 254

School

NYU

Specialty

Oncology
"Be good... and if you can't be good, be careful!" – My Nana
Kevin is a warm yet firm instructor whose tutoring background started with the SATs and branched into math, science, medical coursework and the USMLE Step 1. Kevin draws on his diverse tutoring experiences to craft his students’ study plans for their unique strengths, timeline, and goals. He excels not only in bolstering his students’ areas of weakness but also in integrating and applying the vast amount of knowledge required for the USMLEs. As you work with Kevin, he will guide you through your study process and resources in a clear manner, while pushing you continually to strive for and work at your best. In addition, he will help you make the absolute most of your study time and sessions together. We have no doubt that you will benefit from Kevin’s guidance and we look forward to seeing what you’re capable of accomplishing!
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Dr. Cory Kosche

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 259
Step 2 CK - 265

School

Rush Medical College

Specialty

Dermatology
“Put blinders onto those things that conspire to hold you back, especially the ones in your own head.” – Meryl Streep
Cory is an enthusiastic and dedicated tutor who genuinely loves to teach. With over four years of tutoring experience, he is a firm believer that the perfect study strategy is different for each person. Without sounding overly cliche, he’s a big fan of “working smarter, not harder.” To that end, Cory will help you select the most high-yield resources, maximize your studying to reduce wasted time and effort, and create an efficient and comprehensive study schedule. During your tutoring sessions, you can count on him to break down dense, difficult topics into digestible and memorable concepts. Finally, he’s a fun-loving and positive person who is as much your support-system as he is your tutor. So get a good night’s sleep, stock up on snacks, and let’s get started!

Shoutouts + Accolades

AOA Honor Society
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Dr. Chris Koumas

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 261
Step 2 CK - 259

School

Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Specialty

Neurology
“Παν μέτρον άριστον”, which roughly translates to “Moderation is the key to success”
Chris is a dedicated and highly supportive tutor who has a passion for medical education and helping students reach their full potential. He never tested very well on standardized exams until the USMLE exams, and he feels that he owes his success to well-organized and meticulous preparation. Chris knows that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the amount of content covered by these exams, but he believes that having a tailored study schedule helps students focus on their daily goals and feel reassured that if they stay on track with each day, they will ultimately reach their goal. Although he first started teaching in various undergraduate pre med courses in college, he learned more about medical education in medical school where he facilitated various small and large group sessions, provided one on one tutoring for course exams and USMLE Step 1, developed new OSCE cases, and created a study guide for the neurology clerkship. He loves helping students navigate their way through difficult questions by strategically dissecting vignettes and simplifying seemingly challenging concepts. Chris always strives to achieve a balance between being as supportive and nurturing as possible while challenging his tutees during each session. You can count on him to be as invested in your success as a tutor can possibly be.

Shoutouts + Accolades

Alpha Omega Alpha, Gold Humanism Honor Society, Multiple publications in peer-reviewed journals

Dr. Nichole Lang Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Nichole Lang

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 250

School

UMASS

Specialty

TBA
“Simplify, simplify, simplify.” ~Thoreau
 // “Don’t you think one ‘simplify’ is enough, Henry?” ~Emerson
Nichole graduated summa cum laude from Wheaton College (IL) with degrees in psychology and Spanish literature. She then went on to get her M.A. in psychology at UMASS-Dartmouth and spent a few years before med school helping kids, teens, and adults get the better of depression, anxiety, and behavior dysregulation. During graduate school, she tutored neuroscience, statistics, and research methodology. Now a third year student at UMASS Medical School, her interests include research on Chagas disease, community medicine, and aerospace medicine. She strongly prefers Star Trek to Star Wars but does not discriminate based on people’s preferences for one or the other.
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Dr. Nate Loudon

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 256
Step 2 CK - 271

School

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Interest

Interventional Radiology
“First work smarter, then work harder.” – Unknown
Nate is a hard-working, adaptable, and fun-loving tutor who is passionate about helping medical students increase their understanding of the concepts that underlie the material they study. Prior to medical school, Nate worked as a registered nurse where he was responsible for not only caring for patients but teaching newer nurses as well.

During the first semester of medical school, Nate struggled to find his footing and settle into an efficient study practice that would serve him throughout all 4 years. Thankfully, he was able not only to succeed in medical school but tutor others along the way and matched at an incredible residency program. He is thrilled to offer his perspective and test-taking insight to help students achieve their academic goals through MST!

Shoutouts + Accolades

Member of GHHS and AOA

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Camden MacDowell

Medical Tutor

Score

Step 1 - 250

School

Princeton University (PhD) and Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (MD)

Specialty

TBA - Neuro Interest
“It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy... Let's go exploring!” – Calvin and Hobbes (Bill Watterson)
Camden is a genuine, supportive tutor who wants his students to succeed. Through his 7+ years of teaching experience – including teaching assistant positions for M1 courses and neuroanatomy labs – Camden knows that every student learns differently. He is here to help you hone-in on the study tools that work best for you and will teach you how to master your approach to any exam.

As your tutor, Camden will show you how to break down questions and get to the root of what the exam-makers are asking (you can beat them at their own game!). Whether you have 4 weeks or 4 months to prepare, Camden will craft a comprehensive strategy about how to approach your studies that is tailored to building your strengths and remedying your weaknesses. Most importantly, Camden believes that an oft-overlooked part of any study schedule is work-life balance: elite athletes take ‘rest days’ to maximize their long-term performance, medical students should as well! You can count on any schedule Camden makes to incorporate (at least a little) time to still live life during your studies. Camden will push you to work hard but to also enjoy the journey, and he is here as a mentor, tutor, and friend throughout the process.

Shoutouts + Accolades

Academic Awards: Recipient of 7 independent research grants/awards including: 2-year NIH Computational Neuroscience Fellowship, Sigma Xi Research Award, and American Neurological Association Conference Travel Award.

Research & Publications: 5 Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals. 1 Patent. 9 works accepted at Conferences, 4 Poster presentations.

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Dr. Michael McDonald

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 263
Step 2 CK: 265

School

Perelman School of Medicine - University of Pennsylvania

Specialty

Anesthesiology
Seek simplicity, and distrust it. ~ Alfred North Whitehead
Michael is a confident, energetic, and insightful tutor who brings nearly a decade of formal tutoring and teaching experience to clerkship and board prep. He has learned that building a strong foundation of physiology will go a long way when layering in pathophysiology during exam prep and has integrated this approach into his tutoring. Michael began tutoring for math and the sciences in high school, and grew his expertise over his four years tutoring and teaching for the MCAT at Kaplan before transitioning to Med School Tutors. He loves seeing his students succeed and has a passion for medical education, which is why he plans to find time to continue tutoring during his residency in Anesthesiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Michael prides himself on providing his students with a comprehensive and individualized approach to both studying and test day. While providing the support his students require, he holds them accountable and pushes them with difficult probing and honest feedback along their path to test day to identify both strengths and weaknesses. Michael becomes personally involved in his student’s success, and hopes to have the pleasure of having you as his next student!

Shoutouts + Accolades

Publications:
 
Hamilton JZ, Kadunce NT, McDonald MD, Rios L, Matlin AR: Hydroxylamine catalyzed Nazarov cyclizations of divinyl ketones, Tetrahedron Letters 2015; 56(47):6622-6624.
 
McDonald MD, Paik HH, Fairman R, Foley P, Jackson B, Wang G, Stavropoulos SW: Outcomes of type 2 endoleaks detected on venous phase CT arteriography. Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging 2017; in press.
 
Abstracts:
 
McDonald MD, Sandsmark DK, Palakshappa J, Mikkelsen ME, Anderson BJ, Gutsche J: Long-Term Outcomes Following Extracorporeal Life Support for Acute Respiratory Failure. IARS, SOCCA, AUA Joint Conference, Chicago, Il. Apr 2018. Notes: Poster Presentation.
 
McDonald MD, Vernick W, Gutsche J: Acute Respiratory Failure Managed via Interfacility Transport for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation: A Three-Year Experience. IARS, SOCCA, AUA Joint Conference, Chicago, Il. Apr 2018. Notes: Poster Presentation.  
 
Select Awards/Societies:
 
Graduated with Top of the Class Distinction, Perelman School of Medicine Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Phi Beta Kappa Liberal Arts Honor Society American Chemical Society Organic Chemistry Award
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Neil Mehta

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 262

School

St. George's University

Specialty

TBA
“ ‘ “You miss 100% of the shots questions you don’t take answer” – Wayne Gretzky’
– Michael Scott”
– Neil Mehta
Neil is a methodical, disciplined and compassionate tutor. During his pre-clinical years, he tutored students on the basic sciences, covering everything from the obscurities of neural crest cells and the A-a gradient to the seeming indecipherable details of ovarian tumors and spinal cord lesions. He even independently wrote multiple 50-question exams with USMLE-style questions to prepare fellow students for their upcoming exams! During his Step 1 journey, Neil realized he could “crack” the Step 1 code; there are a limited number of topics and an even more limited number of ways the board writers can ask the same question. Once he found these “keys” to the exam, it made studying that much more focused, simplified and strategic. His passion and skill in exam preparation lead him to write questions with USMLE-Rx; his experience with Rx revealed that board question authors are formulaic and think they can “trick you” but, together with Neil, you can crack their code. Neil will help you demystify Step 1 by breaking down not just the questions themselves but also the confusing choices, and come one step closer to your career as a physician.
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Dr. Moses Murdock

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1: 258

School

Perelman School of Medicine - University of Pennsylvania

Specialty

Internal Medicine
Why scurry about looking for the truth? / It vibrates in every thing and every not-thing, right off the tip of your nose. / Can you be still and see it in the mountain? / the pine tree? / yourself? – Hua Hu Ching, Lao Tzu
Moses is a tutor who is excited about partnering with fellow students on their path to a career in medicine. He has lived the full spectrum of standardized test results: after underperforming on the SAT and being rejected from all of his dream undergraduate schools, Moses went on to hone his study techniques and practice better self-discipline. This led to him achieving a great MCAT score and earning acceptances at 15 of the 16 medical schools to which he applied. Moses will bring his 5 years of experience as a personal tutor, peer-mentor, and supplemental instructor into your sessions together. He will craft a study schedule for you that plays to your strengths while tackling your weaknesses with strategies to understand human biology on a deep, intuitive level. You can count on Moses to be there every step of the way as you embark on this test-taking journey: his warm demeanor and borderline nerdy love of science will be sure to ignite your own excitement for learning and help you achieve your goals.

Shoutouts + Accolades

21st Century/Gamble Scholar – full merit scholarship to the Perelman School of Medicine

Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellow

Helped discover a new disease, published in Cell

Lu, W.; Zhang, Y.; McDonald, D.; Jing, H.; Carroll, B.; Robertson, N.; Zhang, Q.; Griffin, H.; Sanderson, S.; Lakey, J.; Morgan, N.; Reynard, L.; Zheng, L.; Murdock, H.; Turvey, S.; Hackett, S.; Prestidge, T.; Hall, J.; Cant, A.; Matthews, H.; Santibanez Koref, M.; Simon, A.; Korolchuk, V.; Lenardo, M.; Hambleton, S.; Su, H. (2014). "Dual Proteolytic Pathways Govern Glycolysis and Immune Competence" (PDF). Cell. 159(7): 1578-1590. doi:10.1016/j.cell.2014.12.001PMC 4297473 . PMID 25525876.

 

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Dr. Daniel Nguyen

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 248
Step 2 CK - 256

School

Texas Tech Medical School

Specialty

Otolaryngology
“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is you-er than you.” – Dr. Seuss
Daniel Nguyen is an energetic and enthusiastic individual who enjoys applying energy and enthusiasm to his teaching. Daniel learned from his own Step 1 prep that a positive outlook and simplifying problems were the keys to success. He hopes to not only pass along the tools he learned, but also the perspective he gained from the tough but rewarding months leading up to Step 1. Daniel has been tutoring since high school and has always enjoyed passing along knowledge, from a simple algebra question to a complex question stem on the Step 1 exam. Daniel believes that a tutor should teach students with the goal that they do better on their exam than their tutor. He is proud that the medical students who he has tutored at his school have all gone on to score higher than him on Step 1! Daniel believes that being personally invested in his students and customizing the perfect resources and strategies for them is what leads his students to success. Understanding each person's unique strengths and weaknesses, and customizing a strategy and plan to use their strengths to overcome their weaknesses is what Daniel prides himself in. He will always be in your corner and will continue to adapt your study plan in order to help you reach your personal goals.

Shoutouts + Accolades

  • AOA member

  • Has 6 publications along with many research poster presentations

  • Has contributions to large grant proposals and helped written multiple IRBs!

Dr. Nat Pedley Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Nat Pedley

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

MCAT - 38
Step 1 - 255
Step 2 CK - 265
Step 3 - 253

School

Columbia University

Specialty

Internal Medicine
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars" – Oscar Wilde
Nat is a warm, engaging, and gifted tutor whose supportive nature will be apparent to you from the start. His experience as a teacher and mentor spans over 6 years, ranging from tutoring the basic sciences to coaching (and playing for) the Berlin Sluggers professional baseball team in Germany! In his time at Columbia, Nat has deftly balanced the responsibilities of a dual MD/MBA program while serving as co-leader of the Health Policy Club and the school’s chapter of the Primary Care Progress. This commitment speaks to his mastery of time management as well as his understanding of what it means to study effectively––abilities that he will strive to pass on to you. Nat will develop a comprehensive and highly personalized study schedule to guide your preparations, one that emphasizes content review, significant practice, enlightening analogies, and attention to test-taking skills. Throughout your sessions together, you’ll be able to count on his focus, candor, and personal investment in your success as he motivates you toward your goal.
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Dr. Navin Prasad

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 251
Step 2 CK - 257

School

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Specialty

Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
“"Never say never, because limits, like fears, are often just an illusion."” – Michael Jordan
Navin is earnest, compassionate, and joyful. He feels strongly that encountering adversity and short-comings should be seen as ways to better oneself, rather than purely negative events. Navin recognized that students have started studying earlier and putting in more money for Step exams, and he was able to perform well without that kind of unnecessary stress by developing an efficient and healthy 40-day study period for his step exams using minimal resources. He believes the keys to success are in one’s preparation strategy more than memorizing or even understanding all of the material. This includes building mental endurance for the length of the exam and simulating exams as close to the real thing as possible, to help mitigate testing anxiety. He recognizes that everyone learns in a different way, and finding what works best for each person is foundational to his tutoring style.

Navin struggled with the MCAT during college, scoring just under the median for matriculating students. With the USMLE exams, his percentile was over 30 points higher than his MCAT scores because he developed strategies that worked for him. Students who work with Navin can expect him to focus on strategies for the test, as well as developing the skills they will need for long-term learning and the ultimate goal of becoming a physician. His students can count on him to be supportive and honest about their progress, to be readily available, and to always push them to raise their own expectations for themselves, all while respecting the emotional roller-coaster that is studying for the USMLE exams.

Shoutouts + Accolades

Publications:
Prasad N, Tavaluc R, Harley E. Thermal injury potential to common operating room materials with fiber optic light sources and endoscopes. Published in American Journal of
Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, September 2019. doi:10.1016/j.amjoto.2019.05.007
Prasad N, Harley E. The aural foreign body space: A review of pediatric ear foreign bodies and a management paradigm. Published in International Journal of Pediatric Otolaryngology, May 2020. doi:10.1016/j.ijporl.2020.109871
Bergman M, Prasad N, Brumfiel C, Harley E. Neonatal neuroblastoma in otolaryngology: A case and literature review. Published in International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology, December 2019. doi:10.1016/j.pedeo.2019.100674

Dr. Ann Prybylowski Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Ann Prybylowski

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 273
Step 2 CK - 281
Step 3 - 262

School

University of Pennsylvania

Specialty

Pediatrics
"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 an encouraging, spirited and insightful tutor who will take your success as seriously as her own. In her more than 4 years of tutoring and teaching, she has honed her skill at making sessions engaging and enjoyable, while at the same time unpacking even the most complex details into manageable units. As your tutor, Ann will craft a highly organized study schedule unique to your strengths, weaknesses, timeline and goals. She will help you break down complex clinical vignettes and empower you with the strategies needed to succeed on your exam. Ann will place a regimented emphasis on both clinical reasoning skills as well as test-taking strategy, all while making sure that you continue to expand and retain your knowledge base. Throughout your tutoring, Ann will push you to perform at your best while also providing you with warmth and encouragement. We have no doubt she will be a fantastic ally for you!

Shoutouts + Accolades

Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Ann did extensive volunteer work in Philadelphia at a women’s refugee clinic as well as at a harm reduction clinic. For her compassion and commitment to service, she was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Dr. Kaitlin Qualls Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Kaitlin Qualls

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 254
Step 2 CK - 263

School

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Specialty

Radiation Oncology
"Practice makes perfect"
Kaitlin is a driven, encouraging, and organized tutor who understands the challenge and stress associated with achieving a great score on standardized tests. During her own preparation for USMLE Step 1 and Step 2, she learned that dedication, a strong support system, and choosing your resources wisely were required for success. Kaitlin first got involved in teaching as a TA for the Human Physiology course for junior & senior biology majors during her senior year at Boston College. Her passion for teaching continued as she tutored first and second year medical students in pre-clinical coursework and USMLE Step 1 through the tutoring program at her medical school. She has found it incredibly rewarding to see students she’s worked with succeed academically and is personally invested in her students’ success. Kaitlin will help you break down complicated clinical vignettes and choose the best resources for your individual needs. She will hold you accountable throughout your study period and work with you to develop study strategies that work best for you. Throughout your work together, Kaitlin will encourage you and push you to be the absolute best you can be!
Dr. Brian Radvansky Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Brian Radvansky

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1: 264
Step 2 CK: 258
Step 3: 257

School

Rutgers Medical School

Specialty

Anesthesiology
"Do the best you can with what you've got." ~ Brian
Brian believes that excellence comes from never taking "no" for an answer, and putting as much work into organizing one's studying as into studying itself. After producing an incredibly average MCAT score, he decided he was going to quadruple his efforts in preparing for Step 1. His greatest successes have brought students who were going to drop out of medicine altogether for fear of not matching to matching into their specialties of choice. He reminds students the importance of performing well on a single test, or even learning how to sell themselves can make an extreme difference in their futures. Students can rely on Brian to hold them accountable and make sure that they don't sabotage themselves with excuses. He can help them to totally reevaluate their approach to USMLE questions in a methodical, protocolized way that ultimately leads to more correct answers and a higher score. With his help, you will trim the excesses, and put all of your collective efforts into only the work that will improve your score.
Through his residency admissions consulting, Brian has consistently revamped students applications by helping them to highlight their best (and sometimes hidden) characteristics, and get them to match into the programs they had ranked number one. He can help you to master your personal statement, and craft the story as to why your program of choice needs to have you as a resident. Brian will help you find that all too difficult balance of being proud of and selling your accomplishments, without coming forth as someone who is merely checking boxes to bolster their application.

Shoutouts + Accolades

AOA Honor Society
Dr. Nick Rowan Medical Tutor BIO

Dr. Nick Rowan

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 247
Step 2 - 259

School

Rutgers

Specialty

Otolaryngology
"Illegitimi non carborundum" ("Don't let the bastards get you down.")
Nick is a charismatic, detail-oriented, and thorough tutor who is able to distill complicated topics into simple and understandable concepts. His firm grasp on topics ranging from congenital disorders to complex neuroanatomy allows him to translate even the most complex problem into something his puppy can understand. Though scheduling test preparation can be difficult, Nick has demonstrated expert time management skills previously as a Division I athlete and now as a full-time clinician-scientist and surgeon. Over the years from undergraduate study on the beach in California to competitive surgical subspecialties in some of the most prestigious programs in the country, Nick has been an effective and enthusiastic teacher and mentor who might share a few, or 600, "Dad" jokes along the way. Despite his own busy schedule, Nick is someone who is personally invested in his student's outcomes and one of our most seasoned veterans at MST.
Dr. Patrick Salemme Residency Consultant, MD BIO

Dr. Patrick Salemme

Residency Consultant, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 224
Step 2CK - 259
Step 3 - 227

School

Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo

Specialty

Family Medicine
“I guess it’s because we all want to believe that what we do is very important, that people hang on to our very word, that they care what we think. The truth is, you should consider yourself lucky if you even occasionally get to make someone-anyone-feel a little better.” – J.D. from the television series, Scrubs
Patrick is an optimistic, encouraging, and driven Family Medicine resident who quickly learned how to navigate the residency application process and competitively match into his #1 choice for residency! While Step 1 and preclinical coursework were not necessarily the highlight of his ERAS application, he was able to effectively highlight other components of his application, such as clinicals and extracurricular activities, so that residency programs would focus on those, landing him interview invites at over 90% of the 30+ programs he applied to (albeit, he probably applied to too many, but he can talk to you more about that!). He had a lot of great support and mentoring from peers at his own medical school, and is eager to continue sharing advice and counsel rising doctors so that they can match into the residency program of their dreams.

Patrick has already helped return the favor by leading talks at his school outlining advice for the application process and editing their personal statements. He is excited to help medical students with Med School Tutors to highlight the very BEST aspects of their applications. And one thing Patrick can most certainly guarantee – you will always find him smiling along the journey!
Jacob Schrum Medical Tutor, Ph.D. BIO

Jacob Schrum

Medical Tutor, Ph.D.

Scores

Step 1 - 273
Step 2 CK - 269

School

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Specialty

Immunology
Show me a man who lives alone and has a perpetually clean kitchen, and 8 times out of 9 I'll show you a man with detestable spiritual qualities. ~ Charles Bukowski
Jacob is an engaging, empathetic, and extremely skilled educator who is no stranger to working with students 1:1 to realize their full potential. A testament to his teaching prowess, Jacob himself has always been an exemplary scholar. As an undergraduate at Truman State, Jacob earned departmental honors in biology for his research and went on to graduate valedictorian of his class. All while managing to earn three varsity letters for the Men’s Track and Field Team. During his Ph.D., Jacob served as a tutor for a variety of preclinical courses at UMass and was a small group leader for the school’s in-house USMLE prep course. Jacob completed his thesis research on how the immune system fights malarial infection. He has yet to cure a single case of malaria, but he has also avoided infecting anyone with malaria. (First, do no harm.) When he is not pipetting or tutoring, Jacob enjoys running, reading, and eating at Chipotle.
Daniel Seay Medical Tutor BIO

Daniel Seay

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 257
Step 2 CK - 264

School

University of Texas Medical Branch

Specialty

Emergency Medicine
“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” – Michael Scott
Dan is a dedicated, experienced tutor who has learned several lessons from his own test prep, from the ACT to Step 1. In preparing for all of his exams, he has found that consistency is a key contributor to success, so he is focused on helping you develop the perfect study schedule to fit your needs. He has served as a tutor for standardized exams over the last 9 years, including the ACT, SAT, MCAT, Step 1, and NBME Shelf exams. He has loved helping students reach their academic goals and pushing them to achieve their maximum potential. You can count on Dan to help you develop a solid study plan, and keep you accountable with it as well. He knows that learning styles are unique to each individual, so he will work with you to identify what study resources will best help you learn (and retain!) the information you need. Just as he invests in the lives of his patients, Dan is determined to support you in becoming the best doctor you can be!
Dr. Josh Shapiro Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Josh Shapiro

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 268
Step 2 CK - 264
Step 3 - 246

School

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Specialty

Orthopedic Surgery
"Nothing stills an inquiring mind more than the conviction that it knows." – Seneca
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.

Shoutouts + Accolades

Shoutout to my wife Christine who has been my number 1 supporter every step of the way
Dr. Lauren Sinnenberg Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Lauren Sinnenberg

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 258
Step 2 CK - 272

School

University of Pennsylvania

Specialty

Internal Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital
"Alis volat propriis" (Rough translation: "she flies by her own wings") ~ Jesse Quinn Thornton
Lauren is a caring, articulate and insightful tutor who is a natural fit here at MST. Not only has she excelled in medical school and on her board exams, but her extensive volunteer experience - which includes work as an EMT as well as at clinics and healthcare programs - demonstrates her genuine desire to help others. Lauren brings this unique combination of conceptual mastery, mental acuity, and compassion in all her work with students. With over 600 hours of tutoring with MST, she has the experience needed to craft a highly individualized study schedule unique to your strengths, weaknesses, timeline, and goals. Through a holistic emphasis on clinical reasoning, test-taking skills, and structured studying, Lauren will empower you with the tools needed to succeed on your exam - all with the warmth, astuteness and personal investment for which she is known. We have no doubt she will be a tremendous ally for you!
Jenna Stoehr Medical Tutor BIO

Jenna Stoehr

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 257
Step 2 CK - 267

School

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Interest

Plastic Surgery
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Unknown
Jenna wants to maximize your success on the boards and in the wards. She is dedicated, enthusiastic, and passionate about teaching. While her dedicated study periods for Step 1 and Step 2 CK were undoubtedly the most challenging academic experiences of her life, she triumphed by strategically optimizing her time and resources, and she will help you do the same. Jenna has enjoyed tutoring students throughout her academic career, and she especially loved acting as a mentor while working as a residential advisor for two years in an all-freshman dorm in college. One of the most rewarding experiences for her is when a student grasps a difficult concept, and she looks forward to achieving those “light bulb moments” with you. Jenna recognizes that everyone learns best through different styles, so she customizes each session for her students. While tutoring, you can count on her to break down complicated concepts, teach helpful techniques, provide honest feedback, and encourage you every step of the way. She’ll set up a rigorous, but manageable, study schedule, and communicate both during and between sessions to ensure that it’s working for you. You will work together to establish and hone skills that will not only allow you to crush your boards, but also to succeed throughout medical school and beyond!

Shoutouts + Accolades

Publications:

Stoehr JR, Kosche C, Choi JN. Permanent chemotherapy-induced alopecia: awareness and attitudes among health care providers. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Nov 19. doi: 10.1007/s00520-019-05169-2.

Wernick B, Hekman, KE, Stoehr, JR, Tomita TM. EVAR Under Local/Sedation: Advantages and Tips. In M.K. Eskandari, W.H. Pearce, & J.S.T. Yao (Ed.), Current Vascular Surgery 2019: 44th Northwestern Vascular Symposium. Northfield: Amika Publishing. 2019 Dec 12.

Stoehr JR, Choi JN, Colavincenzo M, Vanderweil S. Off-Label Use of Topical Minoxidil in Alopecia: A Review. Am J Clin Dermatol. 2019 Jan 2. doi: 10.1007/s40257-018-0409-y.

Rao SS, Stoehr J, Dokic D, Wan L, Decker JT, Konopka K, Thomas AL, Wu J, Kaklamani VG, Shea LD, Jeruss JS. Synergistic effect of eribulin and CDK inhibition for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer. Oncotarget. 2017 Aug 10;8(48):83925-83939.

Rao SS, Bushnell GG, Azarin SM, Spicer G, Aguado BA, Stoehr JR, Jiang EJ, Backman V, Shea LD, Jeruss JS. Enhanced Survival with Implantable Scaffolds That Capture Metastatic Breast Cancer Cells In Vivo. Cancer Research, 2016; 76 (18): 5209.

Dr. Evan Stone Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Evan Stone

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 265
Step 2 CK - 274

School

Sackler School of Medicine

Specialty

Radiology
"This too shall pass!"
Evan is a fun, energetic, and driven tutor who despite having long-term success with multiple-choice tests, found during his own studies for the USMLEs that it takes more than just memorization and pattern recognition; it takes an understanding of personal strengths and weaknesses to achieve academic goals! Having taught for over two years with Med School Tutors while balancing his rigorous residency, Evan has helped numerous students conquer Step 2 CK, as well as shelf exams and COMLEX Level 2. Evan is known for his intuition and strengths in utilizing an individualized approach to question dissection and analysis, identifying and correcting cognitive barriers, and most importantly, connecting deeply to the success of his students. He loves receiving e-mails from prior students ecstatic with their successes and career paths! Working with Evan will be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and him!
Dr. William Su Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. William Su

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 261
Step 2 CK - 259

School

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Specialty

Radiation Oncology
"I, I shake it off, I shake it off" – Taylor Swift
Will is a dedicated and encouraging tutor who is passionate about helping students excel on the USMLE. He has been teaching others since high school starting with statistics and chemistry and has continued to teach during his journey through medicine. He is particular about ensuring students understand the principles that can be applied to broad concepts instead of rote memorization. He is efficient when tackling questions and adapts to each student’s individual needs. Having recently gone through the USMLE preparation process recently, Will understands the importance of a disciplined and realistic study regimen. He will partner with you on this road to success and will push you to achieve your goals.
Dr. Tom Sullivan Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Tom Sullivan

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 260
Step 2 CK - 243

School

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Specialty

Emergency Medicine
"A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge" – Tyrion Lannister
Tom is a dedicated, compassionate and encouraging tutor who has experience helping students succeed throughout medical school. He has always been a passionate teacher, starting as early as high school working as a climbing instructor with young kids. He has spent time as a teaching assistant, and has volunteered many hours as a student mentor and tutor for pre-medical students. Tom also continually acts as a tutoring resource for his colleagues throughout medical school, and was selected to lead his peers as a chief student in core clinical rotations. By obtaining a masters in biomedical sciences, Tom has an unshakeable foundation in the preclinical sciences, including biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, pharmacology, and especially neuroscience. Tom learned from Step 1 that the key to success was to have a few strong resources in his corner, and to focus on weaknesses, living by the mantra, “you’re only as strong as your weakest link." Through hard work and dedication, Tom lives to see his students perform at their true potential. Using an adaptive study plan with a focus on test taking strategy, personal strengths, and shoring up weaknesses, Tom will push any student to excel.

Shoutouts + Accolades

  • 2018 Gala Academic Scholarship
  • 2017 Lester Lages Endowed Academic Scholarship Fund
Dr. Amit Suneja Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Amit Suneja

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

MCAT - 39
Step 1 - 250+
Step 2 CK - 250+

School

Columbia University and Johns Hopkins

Specialty

Emergency Medicine
“If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” ~ Disputed/Unknown
Amit is a polished and passionate tutor who is deeply committed to helping his students reach their full potential. With over seven years of experience under his belt, Amit’s diverse teaching and tutoring background includes starting a mentoring and tutoring program for middle school-aged refugees, working as a public school teacher, and teaching pre-clinical students. In your work together, his thorough and organized approach will keep you on track to expand your knowledge base and refine your test-taking strategies. He will also take a multi-faceted approach, adapting his energy and teaching style to your personal needs, timeline, and goals. With him at your side, Amit will instill you with the skills and confidence necessary to achieve your best score.
Jeff Than Medical Tutor BIO

Jeff Than

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 267

School

Baylor College of Medicine

Specialty

Internal Medicine
“Nothing in this world that’s worth having comes easy. ” – Dr. Kelso, Scrubs
Jeff learned quickly while studying for Step 1 that it wouldn’t be possible to simply memorize the massive amount of information. As a former business consultant, he used an analytical approach to break down complex topics into clearly organized schema that helped him understand and retain the knowledge. His passion for teaching led him to tutoring roles throughout his undergraduate and medical studies. Jeff will use this passion and ability to simplify complex topics to help you rock the exam! You can rely on Jeff to focus your studies on a handful of high-yield resources while efficiently developing a strong knowledge base through questions and interactive discussions. He will also help you dissect questions and translate the cryptic exam language to optimize your test-taking strategies. Most of all, you can trust that Jeff will be a partner and resource for you during your Step 1 journey!
Cameron Thomson Medical Tutor BIO

Cameron Thomson

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 249
Step 2 CK - 261

School

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Interest

Plastic Surgery
“Mini cupcakes? As in the mini version of regular cupcakes? Which is already a mini version of cake? Honestly, where does it end with you people?” – Kevin Malone
Cameron is a friendly, encouraging, thoughtful tutor who understands the challenges of conquering the USMLE exams. He believes that building and applying a thorough, foundational understanding of concepts is the best approach to answering questions, and he is dedicated to helping students master those skills. His teaching experience has ranged from training dogs (and their owners) at dog obedience school to undergraduate biology students, and he has a passion for explaining difficult concepts in a common-sensical manner. He is able to break down complicated principles into simple, easy-to-manage bits so that students can apply them to correctly answer questions. In addition to bolstering test-taking skills, he helps students hone and develop long-term strategies to ensure success on test day and beyond. While working with Cameron to prepare for your USMLE exam, expect to feel motivated, uplifted, and empowered to succeed while having a few laughs along the way.
Dr. Michael Trainer Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Michael Trainer

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 254
Step 2 CK - 259

School

Mercer University School of Medicine

Specialty

Neurology
“We should take care not to make the intellect our god. It has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality. It cannot lead, it can only serve.” – Albert Einstein
Michael is a neurology resident at UCSF. He understands the rigor and mental toll of standardized exams and has the focus and know-how to get you through it in one piece. Michael’s teaching career includes experience as an undergraduate tutor for the UGA Athletic Association, instructor for the Duke Talent Identification Program, and the founder of peer-to-peer tutoring services at his medical school. His favorite things to teach include whole-body physiology, neuroanatomy, and pharmacology. His teaching style centers around breaking down complicated vignettes and helping students navigate the “game” part of the exam, with a focus on making the most efficient use of your time studying and on test day.
Dr. Alex Tymkowicz Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Alex Tymkowicz

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 250
Step 2 CK - 252

School

University of Iowa

Specialty

Emergency Medicine
"The (wo)man on the top of the mountain didn’t just fall there." – Anonymous
Alex is a supportive and practical tutor who is excited to set other students up for success in mastering the USMLE. She thinks the keys to victory are an organized but flexible study schedule, proper resource utilization, and proactive identification of weaknesses. Alex strongly believes that this dedicated study time can be both productive and pleasant. She will work hard to create a positive, welcoming environment that bolsters your morale and she will create for you a detailed schedule that still allows you to continue doing the things that make you happiest each day. Alex has a history of tutoring that extends back to high school and has recently led two cohorts of Step 1 bound students to academic success. She enjoys the warm and fuzzy feeling of helping someone learn and she hopes to continue prioritizing teaching throughout her residency and into her career as a physician. Alex promises to provide you with direct accountability and honest feedback so that you can achieve your goals on the timeline you desire. Her greatest tutoring skill is thinking of unique memory hooks to help you tackle the more esoteric material as well as providing real-life applications to help you remember the more high-yield material you will need for the USMLE and beyond. Alex hopes to be your insightful tutor, encouraging friend, and devoted mentor throughout this process and can’t wait to help you achieve success!
Dr. Clay Walker Medical Tutor, MD BIO

Dr. Clay Walker

Medical Tutor, MD

Scores

Step 1 - 246
Step 2 CK - 264

School

The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Specialty

Physical medicine and rehabilitation
"Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard." – Time Notke
Clay is a dedicated, patient and supportive tutor who just completed both USMLE exams. With those experiences still fresh in mind, Clay understands the stress of studying for board exams and is excited to share his study strategies with students. He believes that with a regimented study schedule, regular exercise and plenty of sleep, everyone can achieve their test taking goals. Clay has served as a paid tutor throughout undergrad and medical school so he brings multiple years of tutoring experience to his work with MST. What he enjoys most about tutoring is finding out how a student learns best, and then tailoring sessions and study schedules to fit that mold. Clay considers his strengths at MST to be breaking down complicated vignettes; developing killer, detailed, and customized study schedule based on students’ study preferences and progress; and being personally invested in students’ success. He knows that the only way to be successful is by giving your best effort, and he’ll be sure to support you in doing so!

Shoutouts + Accolades

Junior AOA
Published in Telemedicine and e-Health
Kevin Wang MCAT Tutor BIO

Kevin Wang

MCAT Tutor

Score

MCAT - 517

School

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Specialty

TBA
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. ” – Dr. Seuss
Kevin is a careful and hardworking tutor who understands the dedication necessary to succeed on the MCAT. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2019 and is currently taking a year off while applying to medical school. His experience taking the MCAT as an undergraduate has given him an extensive knowledge bank on all things MCAT, and he hopes to be able to share how he was able to utilize all the resources available to him in order to make every minute of studying as efficient as it could be. Kevin has been teaching ever since he was a high school senior when he was an SAT instructor and has been teaching MCAT for over a year as a class instructor and private tutor. As your tutor, Kevin will teach you how to create a study schedule that will make the MCAT seem like a walk in the park, how to think exactly like the MCAT test-makers and ensure that you fully understand each concept that will be assessed. Kevin wants you to feel comfortable with each session as if he is a close friend just giving you some extra help with MCAT material!
Shelby Wood Medical Tutor, MPH BIO

Shelby Wood

Medical Tutor, MPH

Scores

Step 1 - 245

School

St. George's University School of Medicine

Specialty

Emergency Medicine
“Never tell me the odds!” – Han Solo
Shelby firmly believes that a successful dedicated test prep period is deeply intertwined with intentional self-care, and she will help you create a well-rounded studying experience by encouraging you to put your own mental, physical and emotional wellness first. You will appreciate her encouraging tutoring style, her sense of humor and relaxed attitude, and her dedication to ensuring that you accomplish your goals.

Shelby started tutoring junior medical students as early as her second semester of medical school, and has continued doing so over the past two years while balancing her own studies, clinical duties, and many extracurricular activities. She loves to see the look in a student's eye when they *finally* begin to understand a difficult concept, and hearing all of her students' success stories as they triumph over their exams. She has a knack for breaking down complicated topics into the simplest of terms, and after working through multiple choice questions with her, you will become an expert at deciphering any clinical vignette you come across on Test Day. You can rely on Shelby to help you create a killer study schedule tailored to your specific goals, a strategic and organized plan of attack for your studies and for test day (quite possibly including a Test Day Pump Up Jams playlist), accountability and honest feedback, and a collaborative teaching style that puts you in charge of your own success.

Shoutouts + Accolades

  • SGU Department of Educational Services (DES) Excellent Facilitator Award x3
  • Dean's List: 2019-present
  • MPH - St. George's University, 2019
Shari Wright Medical Tutor BIO

Shari Wright

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 251
Step 2 CK - 261

School

Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Specialty

Dermatology
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou
Shari is a diligent, approachable, and resourceful tutor with a passion for medical education and mentoring. She knows how overwhelming preparing for Step 1 can be and strives to put her students at ease by meeting each of their unique needs. She works hard to provide her students with an individualized schedule that is best suited for their learning style and exam goals. Shari has years of experience prepping students for the MCAT and Step 1, as well as basic science coursework. She loves being able to help her students “connect the dots” and gain confidence in their abilities. As your tutor, Shari will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses and provide you with the necessary tools to improve your test-taking skills. She will be your biggest cheerleader, holding you accountable and supporting you every step of the way.
Dina Zaret Medical Tutor BIO

Dina Zaret

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 250

School

Sidney Kimmel Medical College

Specialty

TBA
“Do we settle for the world as it is, or do we work for the world as it should be?” – Michelle Obama, Becoming
Dina is an energetic, motivated, and passionate Philadelphian who values a healthy work-life balance. She learned how to be as efficient as possible when studying to make sure there was always time to go for a run or cook a big bowl of chili. She always did fine during preclinical years of medical school but was never top of the pack. When the time came for Step 1 she dialed in her focus, and with support from friends and family, she pushed herself to her max. She is here to be your cheerleader, to push you to succeed and to remind you life is all about balance. She's not here to lecture you; she's here to help you be the best learner and test taker you can be, and always treat you with respect.
Dr. Zachary Zimmerman Medical Tutor BIO

Dr. Zachary Zimmerman

Medical Tutor

Scores

Step 1 - 257
Step 2 CK - 268

School

Florida State University

Specialty

Otolaryngology
"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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