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Senior Editors

YunXiang Chu, PhD

Harvard Medical School
Class of 2016

Yun is from St. Louis, Mo., and graduated from Stanford University in 2008, where she majored in chemistry and neurobiology. She is wrapping up her MD/PhD studeis at Harvard Medical School in May 2017, where she has been studying mechanisms of synaptic transmission in the Harvard Program in Neuroscience. In her spare time, Yun enjoys reading history books, gardening, shopping, and exploring new cafes and restaurants in the Boston area.

Laura E. Felley

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
MD/PhD Candidate

Laura is from Maryland, but tells all non-Marylanders that she's from DC. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2009 with Bachelors of Arts degrees in biology and psychology. She spent a year at the NIH studying osteogenesis imperfecta before joining the University of Wisconsin's MD/PhD program. Currently a fourth-year graduate student in an immunology lab, Laura studies the interactions between monocytes and natural killer T cells. When not in the classroom or at the bench, Laura loves running (slowly), gardening, horror stories in the style of HP Lovecraft, and folk dancing (badly, but with great gusto).

Editors

Sean Childs, MD

Resident, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
University of Rochester Medical Center

Sean graduated from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and is currently an orthopedic surgery resident at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Outside of orthopedic surgery, he has a particular interest in medical education. Outside of medicine, Sean enjoys downhill skiing, playing the piano, working out, and spending time with friends and family.

Ana Maria Dumitru

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
MD/PhD Candidate

Ana Maria was born amidst the winds of change in Romania just before the fall of the Iron Curtain. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a major in biology and a minor in chemistry, and an unofficial minor in rooting for the nation's best college basketball team. Ana Maria is now going into her fifth year as an MDPhD Candidate at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, where she studies mechanisms of faithful chromosome segregation in the Molecular and Cellular Biology Program. No one would have ever believed Ana Maria to be the outdoorsy type, but now that she resides in the wilderness, Ana Maria enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing, and trying to avoid the acquisition of Lyme disease.

Nathan Krah

University of Utah School of Medicine
MD/PhD Candidate

Nathan graduated from Bowdoin College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and a minor in history. He is currently a fourth-year student in the University of Utah's MD/PhD program, where he is studying the role of cell identity in pancreatic cancer initiation. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys running, skiing, mountaineering, and traveling.

Alex Liu

University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Class of 2017

Alex was born and raised in College Station, Texas. He graduated in 2008 from Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelors of Science degree, double majoring in biomedical engineering and computer science. He then spent one year in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, as a Fulbright research scholar, developing brain tumor imaging software. He is currently a third-year medical student with plans to specialize in radiology. Outside the classroom and hospital, Alex enjoys exploring Dallas, catching up on exercise, and coding.

Stephen LoBue, MD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Ophthalmology
Emory University School of Medicine

Originally from Southern California, Stephen earned his undergraduate degree at the University of San Diego in 2010 and his medical degree at St. George’s University in 2016. Currently he is a retina research fellow at Emory working with Dr. Timothy Olsen, focusing on new techniques for choroidal transplantation and drug delivery using both pig and primate models with macular disease. Stephen’s passions include weight lifting, tennis, nutrition, and cooking.

Nicholas O’Neill, MD

Resident, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
McLaren Macomb Regional Medical Center

Nick is from Peoria, Ill, and graduated from The University of Vermont in 2012, where he majored in biology. He is currently in orthopedic surgery residency training at McLaren Macomb Regional Medical Center in Mount Clemens, Mich. In his spare time, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and visiting the local Coney Island restaurants of Detroit.

Sarah Schimansky, MBBCh, BAO

Foundation Doctor
North Bristol NHS Trust, UK

Sarah grew up in Bremen, Germany, and graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 2015. She is ECFMG certified and currently works as an Academic Foundation Doctor in Bristol, UK. Outside of medicine, Sarah enjoys baking, travelling and learning new languages.

Neal Shah, PharmD

West Virginia University School of Medicine
MD/PhD Candidate

Neal is from Long Island, NY. He earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree at St. John's University in 2013 and directly entered West Virginia University's MD/PhD program. He is currently a second-year graduate student studying the effects of chemotherapy on brain metastases from breast cancer, lung cancer, and melanoma. In his free time, Neal loves to play the guitar, listen to music, and exercise.

Benjamin Silverberg, MD, MSc

Fellow, Department of Family Medicine
Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center

An eternal student, Ben has studied at numerous institutions up and down the East Coast. This year, he's traded in his khakis for a pair of shorts and the chance to live in Southern California. When not in clinic, Ben enjoys travel, photography, alternative music, and Bollywood films.

John Steib, DO

Resident, Anesthesiology Institute
Cleveland Clinic Foundation

John grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Allegheny College in 2012, where he majored in biochemistry. He recently graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences and will be returning home to complete his anesthesiology residency at the Cleveland Clinic. Outside of medicine, John enjoys traveling, spending time with family and friends, and managing his fantasy sports teams.

Holly Villamagna, MD

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

Holly graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Arts degree in print journalism, then earned her medical degree at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. Now an internal medicine resident, she plans to pursue a fellowship in infectious disease and to continue medical writing and editing. In her spare time, Holly enjoys running (very slowly), yoga, and planning her upcoming wedding.

Senior Authors

Ali Alawieh

Medical University of South Carolina
MD/PhD Candidate

Ali grew up in Beirut, Lebanon, and earned his Bachelors in Science degree with high distinction from the American University of Beirut. He is currently an MD/PhD student at the Medical University of South Carolina. His dissertation research focuses on the development of novel and translational site-targeted immunomodulators for stroke therapy. During his spare time, Ali enjoys traveling, hiking, and reading in metaphilosophy and philosophy of the mind.

Randy Aung, MD

Dalhousie Medical School
Masters in Science candidate

Randy was born in Yangon, Burma, and graduated from Dalhousie Medical School in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 2014. He is completing a Masters in Science program in community health and epidemiology at Dalhousie. His research interest is in the field of infectious diseases. Randy is moving for New York City for his pediatric residency training next year. In his spare time, he likes to play tennis and watch television.

Andrew Clithero, MD

Resident
North Colorado Family Medicine

Andrew is from Riverwest, Wis, and attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He earned a Master of Science degree in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison before attending medical school at Kansas City University School of Medicine. Andrew is currently a resident at North Colorado Family Medicine in Greeley.

Atman Dave

Saba University School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Atman is from the deep southern state of Louisiana, but is often told he has no southern drawl. He graduated from Tulane University in 2012 with a major in biomedical engineering and a minor in digital studio art. He is entering his fourth year of medical school. When not in the hospital or inclinic, Atman loves listening to audiobooks and podcasts, hitting the gym, and expanding his palate with his fiancée.

Brian L. Harry, MD, PhD

Resident, Department of Clinical Pathology
UMassachusetts General Hospital

Brian completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is now a resident in clinical pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Joseph Leanza

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Class of 2017

Joseph is a fourth-year medical student currently taking a scholarly year at Johns Hopkins as a Doris Duke Fellow. He is intent on pursuing general surgery and a transplant fellowship. In his spare time, Joseph enjoys playing ice hockey, snowboarding, mountain biking, and reading.

Paul Leccese, MD

Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine
Denver Health Medical Center

A Colorado native, Paul graduated from Georgetown University with a bachelor of science degree in neurobiology in 2010 and earned his medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in 2016. Now an emergency medicine resident at Denver Health Medical Center, his interests are critical care and international health. In his spare time, Paul enjoys traveling, hiking, skiing, and rock climbing.

Juyhe Lee

University of Washington School of Medicine
MD/PhD Candidate

Juhye is from Mountain View, Calif., and graduated from Rice University in 2013 with degrees in biochemistry & cell biology and in chemistry. She is in her third year in the MD/PhD program at the University of Washington. As part of the Department of Genome Sciences, Juhye studies the evolution of the influenza virus. Outside of lab or school, Juhye enjoys hiking in the forests of Washington state, running, baking macaroons, and film photography.

Will Lewis

Harvard Medical School
Class of 2017

Will is a third-year student at Harvard Medical School. He grew up in Philadelphia before moving to Boston to study anthropology and music. Before and during medical school, Will spent several years performing research related to lasers and biomedical imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital. He likes to play jazz piano and travel with his wife, Maura.

Xilu (Lucy) Ma

St. George's University School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Xilu (Lucy) was born in Recife, Brazil, completed high school in Ames, Iowa, and earned her undergraduate degree in human biology in 2013 at the University of Toronto, Canada. She is currently a fourth-year medical student at St. George's University and hopes to pursue a residency in pathology. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys working out, watching movies, and taking care of her two adorable cats, Ocean and Oliver.

Jun Shane Ng, MBBS

Intern
Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services

Jun earned his medical degree from the University of Queensland in 2015. His areas of interest are internal medicine, cardiology, and endocrinology.

Somaira Nowsheen

Mayo Medical Scientist Training Program
MD/PhD Candidate

Somaira is a fifth-year MD/PhD student in the Mayo Medical Scientist Training Program, where she is researching the regulation of DNA damage response pathways. Her interests include shopping, traveling, and painting.

Christopher Paiji

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Christopher grew up in Southern California and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in public policy. He is currently a fourth-year student at UC-Irvine School of Medicine. In his spare time, Chris enjoys hiking, watching baseball, and reading nonfiction.

Mithil B. Pandhi

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Class of 2016

Mithil is from Chicago and graduated from Kalamazoo College with a major in biology and minor in political science. He taught middle school in Oakland, Calif., as a Teach for America corps member and is currently in his fourth year at Midwestern University’s CCOM. Mithil enjoys painting, pour-over coffee, weekend trips, and basketball.

Jorge Roman

University of Texas Medical Branch
Class of 2017

Jorge is from Fort Worth and graduated from the University of North Texas in 2009. He is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Texas Medical Branch and plans to pursue a career in dermatology. In his free time, Jorge likes listening to podcasts, working out, spending time with his cats, and writing. He particularly enjoys writing about the humanities and historical topics in medicine.

Viral Shah

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
MD/PhD Candidate

Viral grew up in Tinley Park, Ill, and graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2010 majoring in biology, chemistry, and psychology. He is currently in his sixth year in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, where he is investigating the mechanisms of cystic fibrosis lung disease. Outside of medicine, Viral enjoys cooking, Tae Kwon Do, swimming, and putting on educational presentations for students.

Authors

Alireza Abadi

University of Washington School of Medicine
Class of 2018

Ali graduated from Seattle University with a bachelor of science degree in biology and is currently a third-year medical student at the University of Washington. He aspires to become a clinical teacher in whatever field he pursues. When he is not busy with school, Ali is a sports fanatic and likes to play basketball.

Samantha Allen

Texas A&M Health Science Center
Class of 2016

Samantha grew up deep in the heart of Texas and didn’t stray far for college at Baylor University (sic ‘em Bears!) or medical school at Texas A&M Health Science Center. She is set to begin her OB/GYN residency in July 2016. When she’s not studying or practicing medicine, Samantha enjoys training for and running marathons, reading, and doing crossword puzzles.

Mona Ascha

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Class of 2016

Mona graduated from Duke University with degrees in economics and French, and is currently a fourth-year medical student at Case Western. She is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and dreams of seeing the Cavs win a national championship with Lebron. In her spare time, Mona enjoys running marathons, triathlons, practicing her French and Arabic, yoga, and calligraphy.

Gordon Bae

Harvard Medical School
Class of 2016

Gordon was born in South Korea and grew up in Toronto, Ontario. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in human developmental and regenerative biology. He is currently a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School. Outside of medicine, Gordon enjoys practicing martial arts and photography.

Marina Boushra, MD

Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine
East Carolina University Vidant Medical Center

Marina was born in Cairo, Egypt and has lived all over the world. She (somehow) graduated from the Penn State College of Medicine in 2016 and is currently testing her Program Director's patience as a first-year emergency medicine resident at the Vidant Medical Center. In her (nonexistent) free time, Marina enjoys baking and eating, running (very slowly and only so she can eat more food), being overly competitive at board and card games, and hoping that if she procrastinates long enough on wedding planning, her fiancé will just do it himself.

Lisa Mask-Bull, MD

Resident, Department of Dermatology
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Lisa is originally from Tulsa, where she completed her undergraduate education studying studio art and biochemistry at the University of Tulsa. She proceeded to the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine and earned her medical degree in 2013. She is currently a dermatology resident at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. After graduation from residency, Lisa is excited to continue her training as a dermatopathology fellow at Tulane University.

Vivian Choi, PhD

University of Chicago School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Vivian is an MD/PhD student and is looking forward to graduating medical school in the spring. She earned her PhD in microbiology and researched an enterotoxin produced by certain strains of Bacteroides fragilis. In her free time, Vivian enjoys meals with friends, cooking, and reading.

Brian Chun

Wayne State University School of Medicine
Class of 2018

Brian is from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He earned bachelor of science degree from McGill University in 2011 with honors in biochemistry, and is currently a medical student at Wayne State University School of Medicine. Brian has a passion for teaching, coaching and education, and in his spare time enjoys weightlifting, skiing, and ice hockey.

Austin Clarey

Michigan State University School of Human Medicine
Class of 2018

Austin was born and raised in the mitten state. He earned a bachelor of science degree in nutritional science from Michigan State University in 2012. He is currently in his third year at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

Chad Claus

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
Class of 2016

Chad is from Las Vegas and graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he majored in biology with a minor in chemistry. He also participated in Division I college baseball as part of the Runnin Rebels. Chad is interested in pursuing neurosurgery and has a particular interest in traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury.

Caleb Cooper

Indiana University School of Medicine
Class of 2018

Caleb grew up in Raleigh, NC, and graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington with a degree in biochemistry. He is currently a third-year medical student at Indiana University School of Medicine and plans on going into urology after graduation. Caleb enjoys reading (the fun kind), running, and spending time with his wife and friends.

Abel David

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Class of 2018

Abel is a second-year student at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

Flavia De Souza

Yale School of Medicine
Class of 2016

Flavia grew up in Jamaica, graduated from Wesleyan University, and is in her last year at Yale School of Medicine. She hopes to match into psychiatry and eventually to work as a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

Arjun Dhayalan

Albany Medical College
Class of 2017

Arjun is a fourth-year medical student at Albany Medical College who will be pursuing a residency in orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the
Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education's accelerated BS/MD program, where he also minored in English and psychology. He has a deep
passion for teaching and hopes to be involved in medical education in some facet for the rest of his career. In his free time, Arjun enjoys playing the
saxophone, weight-lifting, and all outdoor pursuits from camping and hiking to white-water rafting.

Nan Du, MD

Intern, Department of Pediatrics
Yale–New Haven Hospital

Nan is a pediatric intern at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a graduate of m the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Prior to medical school, she attended Harvard University where she graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering and a minor in global health and health policy. In her spare time, Nan enjoys baking chocolate chip cookies, traveling, and watching soccer.

Robert D. Fisher

Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Robert is a fourth-year student at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Maya Harary

Harvard Medical School
Class of 2018

Maya is a third-year medical student at Harvard Medical School. She is originally from Israel by way of the Netherlands, and earned her bachelors degree in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University. She plans on applying in neurosurgery. When not being a medical student, Maya enjoys yoga, sailing, and cooking.

Colin Hill

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Colin is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and plans to pursue a career in radiation oncology. In his free time, he loves hanging out with his dogs, playing fantasy football, and pumping some iron.

Zachary Hing

Ohio State University College of Medicine
MD/PhD Candidate

Zachary was born in St. Louis, Mo. but grew up n Seattle. He earned undergraduate degrees in chemistry and English at Duke University. As a volunteer EMT, he gained an appreciation for medicine and after graduation, Zachary became a research fellow at the Food and Drug Administration in Bethesda. He is currently enrolled in the Medical Scientist Traning Program at Ohio State University College of Medicine and is research cancer biology.

Quoc-Anh Ho

University of California, Davis School of Medicine
Class of 2017

When not on the wards, Quoc-Anh (“Q”) likes to cook, watch movies, sleep, and read up on what's going on around the world. He spends as much time as possible in the San Francisco Bay area catching up with family and friends, or traveling across the country just for the heck of it. Q is fascinated by chronic illnesses and palliative care, and thus hopes to enter the rewarding field of oncology.

Blake Hollowoa

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Class of 2018

Blake is a third-year student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

Marie Hu

Ohio State University College of Medicine
Class of 2016

Marie grew up in Sylvania, Ohio and graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2008 with a degree in biology. She is a fourth-year medical student at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and plans to pursue a career in internal medicine. In her spare time, Marie enjoys cooking/baking, traveling, running, biking, dance, and photography.

Matt Iacovetto

University of Colorado School of Medicine
Class of 2016

A Colorado native, Matt is in his fourth year of medical school at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He plans to pursue a career in anesthesiology and critical care medicine. In his spare time, Matt enjoys hiking, reading, snowboarding, playing ice hockey, and spending time with family.

Albert Kazi, MD

Research Fellow, Department of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Loma Linda University Surgical Hospital

Albert is from Orange County, Calif. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2009, and earned his medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine. He is currently a research fellow in minimally invasive surgery, and will begin a residency in general surgery at Loma Linda University later this year. Albert is happily married with his wife, but resented by their cat, Mysty.

Alexander P. Kossar

Sackler School of Medicine
Class of 2016

Alex graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience. After conducting cardiothoracic surgery research at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City,, Alex moved to Israel to attend the Sackler School of Medicine New York State/American Program in Tel Aviv. Alex is currently in his final year of study and is pursuing a career in surgery. In his spare time, he enjoys sports, good food, and spending quality time with his dog, Skippy.

Amanda Krause

Rush Medical College
Class of 2018

Amanda is a third-year student at Rush Medical College.

Anne Lally, DO

Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine
Summa Health

Anne grew up in Cleveland and graduated from Saint Mary's College in 2012, where she majored in biology and psychology. A recently graduate of Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, she returned home to complete an emergency medicine residency at Summa Health in Akron, Ohio. Outside of medicine, Anne enjoy travelling, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and participating in sports activities.

Marshall Lukacs

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
MD/PhD Candidate

Marshall is a second-year graduate student at the University of Cincinnati and is completing his doctoral degree in molecular and developmental biology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He plans to pursue pathology residency and develop a research program focused on the genetic basis of neural tube defects. In his spare time, Marshall enjoys designing clothes, hiking, and dancing.

Christopher Massey

Texas Tech University School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Christopher grew up in Mansfield, Texas, where he was the captain of his high school swim team. He continued his swimming career in college at Henderson State University. After retiring from swimming, he decided to focus his efforts toward becoming a physician. Christopher met his wonderful wife at Henderson, and is grateful for her never-ending support. Together they are raising two Golden Retrievers, each of whom weighs 80 pounds and each of whom thinks he is a lap dog. Most of Christopher’s time is dedicated to making sure the dogs don't break everything in the house.

Michael Anthony McClurkin

Harvard Medical School
Class of 2017

Michael is a fourth-year student at Harvard Medical School.

Marie McKinnon, MD, MPH

Intern, Department of Internal Medicine
Northwestern University School of Medicine

Marie is from Indiana, though she has lived in Houston, New Orleans, Big Sur, Denver, and Chicago since then. She earned her medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and a Masters of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Marie is currently in her intern year at Northwestern University in the internal medicine program and hopes to pursue a career as a hospitalist with a focus on medical education. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, and crafting.

Matt Mui

University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Class of 2016

Matt was born in Alaska and grew up in Hong Kong before moving to Sacramento, Calif. He earned a combined bachelors and masters degree in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego. He is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Central Florida. Outside of medicine, Matt enjoys basketball, snowboarding, aviation, and traveling.

Ajay Nair

Ross University School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Ajay is a fourth-year medical student at Ross University School of Medicine. He is from Columbia, Mo., and graduated in 2012 from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biological sciences. Ajay's interests include neuroscience, nearly any sporting event, nonfiction, and old classic films.

Brenton Nash

University of Vermont College of Medicine
Class of 2016

Brenton graduated from University of South Florida in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He then matriculated to University of Vermont College of Medicine, where he is currently a fourth-year medical student.

Luke Nayak

University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine
BA/MD Candidate

Luke is from central Illinois and is entering his final year in the six-year BA/MD program at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, reading, watching sports, and spending time with his family.

Christopher Payette

George Washington University School of Medicine
Class of 2018

Christopher is looking forward to graduating from George Washington University School of Medicine this spring.

Michael Pfeffer

University of Queensland Oshsner Clinical School
Class of 2016

Originally from Brookline, Mass., Michael graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry. He is a fourth-year student at the University of Queensland Ochsner Clinical School. In his spare time, Michael enjoys playing soccer, running, and listening to music.

Gabriel Reyes, MD, PhD

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

Originally from Orange County, Gabriel graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006 with a major in biology. He completed the MD/PhD program at the University of California, San Francisco, and is currently a resident in the anesthesiology program. Gabriel enjoys hiking with his dog.

Alyssa Self

University of Colorado School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Originally from Denver, Alyssa graduated from Brown University in 2013, where she majored in biology. She is completing her students at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and plans to pursue a career in internal medicine. Outside of the hospital, Alyssa enjoys yoga, skiing, exploring Denver restaurants and breweries, and attending as many concerts as possible.

Tyler Sevco

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Tyler grew up in Lebanon, a small central Pennsylvania town renowned for its delicious sweet bologna. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 with a Bachelors Degree in chemistry. Staying true to his Pitt Panther roots, he then began medical school at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he is currently in his third year. Outside medicine, Tyler enjoys weightlifting, swimming, trying new restaurants, and anything related to Pittsburgh sports.

Elaine Shao

Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University
Class of 2017

Elaine grew up in Chapel Hill, NC, and graduated from Wake Forest University with majors in biology and Spanish. She is a fourth-year medical student at East Carolina University and will be starting internal medicine residency at Washington University in St. Louis in June 2016. Outside of medicine, Elaine enjoys yoga, traveling, hiking, baking, and trying new restaurants.

Samantha Spilman

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Samantha is from Southern California. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science degree in neuroscience. She then went to Georgetown University to earn a Masters of Science degree in physiology. She is in her final year of medical school at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in Michigan and looks forward to graduation.

David Staudt

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
Class of 2017

David was born outside of Philadelphia but has lived in Wisconsin since the age of 9. He graduated in December 2012 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelors of Sciences degree in biology. After spending some time teaching MCAT prep courses, he began medical school at the University of Wisconsin. Currently a third-year medical student planning on an internal medicine residency, he is a huge nerd. In his time not consumed by medical school and related activities, David enjoys biking, reading, fumbling with a guitar, and spending time with his wife and their cat (Mrs. Pantaloons). He makes a mean PB&J.

Aaron Surrey

George Washington University School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Aaron is finishing his medical degree at George Washington University School of Medicine.

Anne Taylor, MD

Resident, Department of Pediatrics
Lucille Packard Children's Hospital

Anne hails from Michigan and now lives in the Bay Area, by way of Boston, DC, and Denver. She attended Harvard for her undergraduate studies, where she majored in molecular and cellular biology. She then worked in health care consulting at the Advisory Board Company in Washington, DC. She completed medical school at the University of Colorado in Denver, where she picked up alpine skiing. She is currently training in pediatrics at the Lucille Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University. In her spare time, Anne continues to enjoy the outdoors via hiking,
camping, sailing, and more!

John Tedesco, MA

St. George's University School of Medicine
Class of 2017

John earned a bachelors degree in science from St. Lawrence University and a Masters of Arts degree in cell biology from City College of New York. He is currently a fourth-year student at St. George’s University School of Medicine

Ashley Weiner

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2017

Ashley is from Long Island and graduated from Cornell University in 2012. She is now a medical student at the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, taking a year between her clinical clerkships to participate in the Academic Medicine Scholars Program. Ashley’s research interests include doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity, and she hopes to pursue a career in internal medicine.

Don Wei

University of California, Irvine School of Medicine
MD/PhD Candidate

Don has always been interested in endocannabinoid signaling and social behavior, and neuropsychiatric diseases, particularly aspects of social impairment. He enjoys teaching and writing, and has enjoyed working on the Step 1 Qmax author team. Don resides in Orange County and, naturally, takes advantage of the beautiful geography.

Benjamin M. Weisenthal, MD

Resident, Department of Orthopedics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Benjamin is a resident in orthopedics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Casey Williamson

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
MD/MAS Candidate

Casey is originally from Denver but moved to California to earn his undergraduate degrees in biology and English literature at the University of Southern California. After graduation, he spent two years studying tumor angiogenesis at the University of California, San Francisco before enrolling in medical school at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently working on a Master of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research before returning to finish medical school. Casey loves to ski, hike, camp, and run.

Christopher Michael Wolfe, DO

Resident, Department of Dermatology
Florida State University College of Medicine

Christopher completed a preliminary year in internal medicine at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center and Temple University before beginning a residency in dermatology at Florida State University. He plans to complete a fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery and practice in the Southeast.

Matthew Woodward

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine
Class of 2017

Matthew grew up in Farmington, Conn, and graduated from Tufts University with a degree in biology in 2008. He then completed research in neurodegenerative diseases at McLean Hospital, a Harvard affiliate, before starting medical school at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. Currently a third-year student with an interest in neurology, Matthew enjoys cooking, eating, hiking, and both playing and watching sports, particularly baseball and football.

Isabella Wu

Tulane University School of Medicine
Class of 2018

A native of Kalamazoo, Mich., Isabel is in her third year of Tulane’s 4-year MD/MPH program. A Californian at heart, she loves rock climbing, electronic music, vegetarian food, and the ocean. She hopes to do a year-long orthopedic research fellowship prior to starting fourth year, and would like to be a tiny bone doc someday.

Jennifer Xiao, MD

Resident, Department of Radiology
University of Washington School of Medicine

Jennifer is originally from Poughkeepsie, NY. After high school, she moved to Boston to join the seven-year Medical Program at Boston University. She stayed at Boston Medical Center to complete her intern year before moving to the University of Washington for radiology residency. Outside of school, Jennifer loves baking, running, and hiking.

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