Editors

Sean Alemi, MD

Resident, Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Sean is a resident in otolaryngology—head & neck surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. Originally from Davis, Calif., he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in molecular and cell biology, and then went on to medical school at the University of California, Irvine, graduating in 2013. During medical school, he was granted a one-year research fellowship at UCSF by the American Otological Society, where he investigated virally mediated gene therapy for genetic forms of deafness. Sean is also the former Editor-in-Chief of the Firecracker USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 study tools, specializing in preparing medical students for their board exams. When he is not running around the hospital, Sean enjoys cooking, working out, and practicing yoga.

Nick O'Neill

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Class of 2016

Nick grew up in Peoria, Ill., and graduated from the University of Vermont, where he majored in biology and minored in being incredibly groovy. His work as a supplemental instructor in the university's biology department sparked his current interest in teaching and academics. Outside of studying medicine, he devotes his time to his wife and newborn son, both of whom continue to give his studies a genuine purpose. Nick enjoys stand-up comedy, doing fitness stuff, a good baby book, and a better local brewery.

Authors

Stephen Allsop

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Harvard Medical School
MD/PhD Candidate

Stephen graduated from North Carolina Central University in 2010 with a degree in biology. While at NCCU he filled his time doing science, playing varsity tennis, and studying jazz music. After graduating, he moved to Boston to go to school for an inordinately long time. Stephen completed two years of medical school at Harvard and is currently in the neuroscience PhD program at MIT. When not solving the mysteries of the brain, Stephen enjoys reading, playing sports, and being a musician.

Harris Carmichael, MD

Intern, Department of Internal Medicine
University of Utah School of Medicine

Harris grew up in Jackson, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University in 2008 with a degree in biomedical science. He next spent two years working as a researcher in a hemoglobinopathy laboratory, after which he enrolled in the Medical College of Georgia. Harris is now an intern in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. He enjoys spending time with his awesome wife, playing guitar, backpacking, cycling, and being outside.

Marc Olivier Duverseau

Resident, Department of Surgery
Mayo Clinic

Marco was born and raised in Haiti until he turned 18. After this, he went to the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla, where he earned a degree in biochemistry. He immediately entered Ross University School of Medicine on the island of Dominica. He is now in the general surgery residency program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. When not studying for endless hours, Marco enjoys hanging out with friends, cooking, and listening to classical music.

Daniel Ebner

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Class of 2018

Dan hails from South Carolina and spent four years prior to medical school in Asia. He's currently spending a research year in heavy ion radiotherapy in Japan and plans to graduate medical school in 2018. In his free time, Dan enjoys entrepreneurship and learning languages.

Tyler Foster, DO

Intern, Department of Anesthesiology
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Tyler grew up in Des Moines and graduated from Luther College in 2007 with a double major in biology and anthropology. He attended medical school at Des Moines University and is continuing his training in anesthesiology at the University of Iowa. In his spare time, Tyler enjoys cycling, being outdoors, cheering on the Hawkeyes, and making YouTube videos.

Gianfranco A. Frojo, MD

Resident, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
St. Louis University School of Medicine

Gianfranco spent the first years of his life in Mexico before relocating to Auburn, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2011 with degrees in biology and Spanish. He also earned his medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and is now a plastic surgery resident at St. Louis University. Gianfranco looks forward to golfing, playing soccer, any type of travel, working out, drawing, and meeting interesting people in new places.

Alejandro Gener

Baylor College of Medicine
Class of 2020

Daniel Hekman, MD

Practitioner
Advanced Correctional Healthcare

Daniel has a true passion for teaching. He first discovered this calling at the University of Michigan when he served as an organic chemistry lab instructor. After graduating in three years, he transitioned to medical school at Wayne State in 2009. During his third year, Daniel felt compelled to share his Step 1 knowledge with first- and second-year students by offering them review lectures. These lectures were very well received and ultimately lead to connections with First Aid and Pathoma. Daniel hopes to continue pursuing his love for teaching while training to become a dermatologist. Apart from medicine, Daniel enjoys active relaxation activities such as exercising, designing apps, and striving to create.

Arjun Iyer, MD

Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Nevada School of Medicine

Arjun grew up in Southern California and attended the University of California, San Diego before heading to Long Island to trade his sun tan for a fake tan. He earned his medical degree at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, then went back west for residency at the Unversity of Nevada in Las Vegas. Arjun enjoys singing and playing the ancient instrument of his people: the bass guitar. He can also be spotted regularly at the gym trying to stay in shape.

Jeffrey Hofmann, MD, PhD

Resident, Department of Pathology
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Jeff is a graduate of the MD/PhD program at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, earning his PhD by studying the molecular biology of aging. He has worked on and led a variety of First Aid projects beginning in 2009, including First Aid Flash Facts, First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, and the First Aid Step 1 Express video course. He is enjoying his first year as a resident in pathology at the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to biology and medicine, Jeff enjoys biking, rock climbing, and playing the guitar.

Kevin Labadie, MD

Resident, Department of Surgery
University of Washington School of Medicine

Kevin grew up in Sunnyvale, Calif., and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2011 with a degree in molecular biology. He spent one year working as a molecular biologist for a biotechnology company and then enrolled in the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. After graduation, he began a residency in general surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Outside of medicine, Kevin spends his time staying active with skiing and hiking and enjoys rooting on his Bay Area sports teams.

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