OUR PROS

 

Our pros have thousands of hours of teaching experience and among the highest average USMLE scores. Our tutors go through a rigorous selection process designed to assess teaching ability and commitment to student success, and we provide our tutors with continuous guidance and oversight.

Step 1 Score Average

260+

 Step 2 CK Score Average

270+

Alyssa Ehrlich, MD

Originally from Long Island, New York, Alyssa graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University, where she double majored in Neuroscience & Behavior and Philosophy. She obtained her MD degree from Harvard Medical School and completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Stanford University. She ultimately plans to pursue a career in medical education. She excelled on the USMLE, scoring in the 97th percentile on Step 1 and the 99th percentile on Step 2 CK. The founder of USMLE Pro, she has over 500 hours of teaching experience and is passionate about test preparation tutoring and working with students who struggle with test-taking anxiety. When she isn't tutoring students or advising other educators at USMLE Pro, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, practicing vinyasa yoga, and learning improv and sketch comedy.

Ayana DeGaia

Originally from Seattle, WA, Ayana finds solace in the mountain forests of home. At 16 years old, she started at Everett Community College before continuing to Western Washington University, where she graduated cum laude, Presidential Scholar and Outstanding Graduate of the Year in Biology and Anthropology with a Minor in Chemistry. From there, she went on to complete her M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health at Boston University and work as Program Manager for a small non-profit in rural Oregon before attending the University of Michigan Medical School. While she initially struggled with the transition back to didactic lectures, Ayana hit her stride in the clinical years and went on to achieve scores of 250 on Step 1 and 254 on Step 2 CK. Her tutoring approach is centered around the unique goals, strengths, and challenges of her students, tailoring efficient and evidence-based strategies for content mastery and test-taking strategy to the individual’s needs. In her free time, she enjoys backpacking, dancing, painting, baking, and traveling. 

Benjamin Bernard

Born and raised in the Kansas City area, Ben stayed close by to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s 6-year BA/MD program, where he recently completed his fifth (MS3) year. He is currently pursuing a one-year research fellowship in Otolaryngology at the National Institutes of Health’s Medical Research Scholars Program. Ben placed in the 96th percentile on USMLE Step 1 and the 97th percentile on the USMLE Step 2 CK. He firmly believes that his study strategy predicated on repetition, test-taking strategies, and choosing resources based on personal learning style can be employed to ensure that each medical student fully attains their goals. He understands that there isn’t a cookie-cutter approach that works for every student, but strives to understand each student’s strengths, weaknesses, and learning styles to create a personalized plan that will be effective. Outside of medicine, Ben enjoys watching and playing sports such as tennis and basketball, going on culinary adventures, and traveling when his schedule permits. He is excited to help make every student’s USMLE goals become a reality.

Bristol Whiles, MD

Born and raised in Kansas, Bristol attended Baker University in Baldwin City for her undergrad where she played golf and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Molecular Bioscience. She then attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine and was inducted into both Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism National Honor Societies as a 3rd-year medical student. Bristol excelled on her shelf and USMLE exams, scoring a 262 on Step 2 CK. Graduating in the top 3% of her medical school class, she was able to effectively balance academics, mentoring, and research activities. Bristol matched into her top choice for Urologic Surgery residency at the University of Kansas and is currently a PGY3 resident, with plans to pursue a career in Academic Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys baking the world’s best peanut butter chocolate chip cookies and spending time outdoors hiking with friends and family. 

Carolina Chiou, MD

Originally from Miami, Florida, Carolina attended Florida International University graduating magna cum laude with dual degrees in Biological Sciences and Chemistry. She ultimately received her MD from Harvard Medical School. When applying for Ophthalmology residency, she interviewed at a majority of the top ten hospitals and matched at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear. She plans to apply for fellowship and pursue an academic career. She attributes a large part of her success during both application cycles to her personal statement and ability to interview well. She developed these skills while working as a pre-health advisor at her undergraduate institution starting in 2013. Later, she independently assisted students to successfully apply to medical school and residency. In her spare time, she enjoys frequenting barre classes, maintaining her indoor garden, listening to audio books on long bike rides, and enjoying time with family and friends.

Charles Zhang, MD

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Charles Zhang graduated from the University of British Columbia at the top of his class with an honors degree in Physiology and a minor in Commerce.  He is currently doing his intern year at University at Buffalo where matched into his home Ophthalmology program. While maintaining an excellent academic standing throughout medical school, he led a set of lecture series on how to properly utilize Anki and combine a variety of resources to yield the best results on board exams. Charles scored a 272 on Step 1, a 279 on Step 2 CK and a 269 on Step 3. His teaching philosophy revolves around space repetition, problem solving and clinical applications to cement mastery. He also believes that the key to success lies in living a balanced life and in his free time, he enjoys cooking increasingly complex recipes and working out at the gym. He is extremely excited to help medical students gain confidence in their studies and master the boards! 

Damian Apollo, MD, MBA

Damian has a MD and MBA from Yale and is a second-year resident in Emergency Medicine at Harvard BIDMC. Damian scored a 252 on Step 1 and a 261 on Step 2, while working a full-time job in medical school. Damian has designed a 3,000+ question bank for Step 2 CK and Step 1, and has authored 1000's of USMLE questions.  He also has tutored students for Step 1 & 2 for the past 5 years and has a profound interest in medical education and helping students excel.  He scored in the 97th percentile for the Emergency Medicine in-training exam and is an author for Emergency Medicine in-training preparatory questions.

Deepanshu Singh

Originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Deepanshu attended the University of North Carolina for his undergrad with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He then attended the Lewis Katz School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA, where he is currently a fourth-year medical student planning on applying for Radiology residency. Deepanshu performed wonderfully on his shelf and USMLE exams, scoring a 264 on Step 2 CK. He has an extensive tutoring background and helps run the tutoring program at his medical school. He wants to pursue his passion for medical education in his future as a physician. In his free time, he enjoys running, hiking, and cooking with friends and family.

Dylan Haynes

Dylan attended the University of Oregon, where he graduated as valedictorian with a a major in Biology and a minor in Biochemistry. As an undergraduate, he worked as a private tutor for the introductory Biology series, where he discovered his interest in teaching. Prior to medical school, he also tutored in the adult basic skills program at his home town’s community college, where he helped prepare students for their GED examinations. Now a fourth-year medical student at Oregon Health & Science University, Dylan is pursuing a dual-degree in Medicine with a Master’s in Clinical and Translational Research. He hopes to use his experience in rare disease clinical trials and translational research to improve the lives of his future patients. He has excelled on USMLE examinations, scoring a 273 on Step 1, a 271 on Step 2, and above the 90th percentile on each of his shelf exams. Outside of medicine, Dylan enjoys coaching and competing in the sport of Olympic lifting.

Emmanuel Carrodeguas, MD

Emmanuel graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he studied Biological Engineering and was part of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and has demonstrated continued academic success, achieving honors with distinction in all of his 3rd-year clerkships and excelling in his USMLE board exams, scoring a 257 on Step 1 and a 260 on Step 2 CK. He will complete his residency in Diagnostic Radiology at UCSF and is excited to apply his engineering mindset to clinical problems. He has had experience tutoring diverse subjects since undergrad, and he is passionate about teaching others how to systematically approach clinical problems and succeed. When not thinking about medicine, he enjoys grilling and video games.

Evan Fisch, MD

Evan began teaching while studying Civil Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, serving as a coordinating peer tutor in Chemistry and Physics. He then spent his gap year teaching 9th Grade math in Denver, CO. As a medical student at Baylor, Evan has tutored anatomy, developed the physical exam rounds curriculum, and was a lead instructor for the ACLS and BLS course. His passion for learning lead to scores of above 260 on both Step 1 and Step 2 CK, and a desire for a career in medical education. Evan is skilled in coaching test-taking strategy and study efficiency; breaking down every question into its relevant parts and helping students make the best use of their time studying. Evan is an Emergency Medicine resident at Denver Health and he spends his free time being active with lots of yoga, mountain biking, and snowboarding.

Iyas Daghlas

Originally from mid-Missouri, Iyas Daghlas is a rising fourth year at Harvard Medical School interested in Neurology and Psychiatry. He is currently taking a gap year to conduct research in genetics and epidemiology of sleep disorders and migraine. He has had a passion for teaching since being an undergraduate, and has continued to teach clinical skills in medical school. He scored in the 96th percentile on Step 1 and in the 99th percentile on multiple shelf examinations, and is keen on sharing efficient test-taking strategies with medical students. In his free time he enjoys cooking and tasting new cuisines, drinking mint tea, and listening to experimental music.

Jacob Perlson

Jacob is a proud Chicago native and alumnus of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where he graduated with distinction in Biology and a certificate in Global Health. He is currently a rising fourth year medical student at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, now on leave to pursue his Master in Public Health from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Jacob scored a 250 on Step 1 and a 262 on Step 2, improving 15 and 40 points on each exam respectively from his first NBME practice tests to test day. Jacob is applying into Psychiatry and thus emphasizes self-care, self-compassion, and evidence-based strategies from learning psychology such as spaced-repetition and nurturing metacognition with his students. His academic interests are in HIV care and mental health among LGBTQ patients and populations. For his own self-care, Jacob enjoys learning languages and distance running; he’s currently training for his seventh marathon.

Jared Blau

From New York, Jared graduated from Duke University with Distinction in Biology, with certificates in Ethics and Genome Sciences & Policy. Prior to medical school, he was a schoolteacher in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he also earned a Masters Degree in Education. A lifelong educator, Jared applied his proficiency for teaching in medical school, where he tutored students in preclinical coursework. He also published the first randomized controlled trial on using human tissue for teaching medical students suture skills. He scored in the 96th percentile on Step 1, and also earned a 260 on both Step 2CK and Step 3. Now in residency in Plastic Surgery, Jared enjoys teaching rotating students both technical skills as well as the physiologic principles that govern advanced reconstructive techniques. He is enthusiastic about helping every student reach his/her goals and he leverages students’ strengths to tailor their learning plans. He believes we are all lifelong learners and that USMLE exams can be mastered like any other skill. In his spare time, Jared is a food writer and photographer.

Josh Caldwell, MD

Josh grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and graduated from West Point with a degree in Nuclear Engineering. After nearly seven years of service in the US Army as an Apache helicopter pilot with multiple combat deployments to Afghanistan, Josh matriculated at Harvard Medical School. He scored in the 95th percentile on the USMLE Step 2 CK and achieved honors with distinction on all shelf exams. Joshua has an extensive background tutoring students on the MCAT, Chemistry, Physics, and providing pre-medical admissions advising. As a medical student, he conducted research in the Division of Urology at the Massachusetts General Hospital as an AUA medical student research fellow, and research with the Division of Urology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is currently a Urology resident at the University of Washington in Seattle and hopes to pursue a career as a urologic oncologist. In his free time, he enjoys private aviation, distance running, and drinking craft beer.

June Yoo

Originally from San Jose, CA, June graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Public Health. She is currently a fourth-year medical student at Loma Linda University. In her pre-clinical years, she struggled with low confidence and anxiety, but with hard work and by making self-care a priority, she was ultimately successful on Step 1 with a 256 and Step 2 CK with a 265. Because of her personal journey, she wants to help other students with similar anxieties to succeed. She has had 10+ years of paid teaching experience with a diverse array of students, ranging from those in elementary school to her peers in medical school. For 3+ years, she tutored pre-clinical subjects and coached students who are struggling with the seemingly impossible balance of pre-clinical studies with boards preparation. She aspires for a career in academic plastic surgery, with specific interests in pediatric plastic surgery and microsurgery. In her free time, you will find her dropping into hip hop dance classes, running around with her two mini golden doodles, and finding the next best place to take advantage of her scuba diving license. 

Kalyn Reddy

Originally from Irvine, California, Kalyn graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Cognitive Science. He recently completed a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Health Management at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Currently, he is a fourth-year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. Kalyn scored a 254 on Step 1 and a 262 on Step 2 CK, and excelled on his third-year shelf exams. He plans to apply for residency in psychiatry, and is actively involved in psychiatry and global health research. He has experience tutoring mathematics throughout high school, and has particular interest in helping students with test-taking strategies and work-life balance. In his free time, Kalyn enjoys travel, bouldering, and exploring local restaurants.

Kavelin Rumalla

Kavelin is from Ocala, Florida and attends the 6-year BA/MD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He recently started his 6th year (MS4) after taking a gap-year to pursue a Master's in Health Informatics. He would like to pursue a career in academic neurosurgery and has a passion for surgical outcomes research. He loves teaching and has spent over 400 hours tutoring medical students. He strives to help students maximize their test-taking ability through the application of psychological learning principles, modification of test-taking strategies, and introspection-driven adjustment of cognitive heuristics. After struggling with standardized test-taking previously, he applied these methods to score a 266 on the USMLE Step 1 and above a 90th percentile on all shelf exams. He has diverse teaching experience as a supplemental instructor, peer clinical and research mentor, and private tutor. Aside from work, Kavelin enjoys outdoor activities, watching sports, video games, and spending time with his wife, Megan.

Kirthi Bellamkonda

Kirthi grew up in Naperville, IL, and attended the University of Illinois at Chicago as part of the BS/MD program. She received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude in 2 years, with a major in Biology and a minor in Mathematics. She then attended the University of Oxford, where she completed a Masters of Science by Research in the Surgical Sciences, defending a thesis entitled "Flow Mediated Dilatation over the Natural History of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms." She is currently in her third year at the Yale School of Medicine, where she balances her love of clinical care, research, and entrepreneurship. She utilized the freedom of the Yale System to refine study strategies uniquely effective to her learning style, going on to score above a 95th percentile on Step 1. She hopes to continue leveraging her extensive teaching experience to help students most effectively identify and utilize proven review resources, set up manageable spaced repetition goals, and hone test-taking strategies.

Kishan Patel

Kishan is originally from Boston, MA and attended Brown University as an undergraduate, where he studied Neuroscience. He is currently in a one-year fellowship (between his third and fourth years) at the Yale School of Medicine, pursuing a Master of Health Science (MHS) degree and conducting health economics research through the American Society of Hematology’s Physician-Scientist Career Development Award. He is interested in a career in hematology/oncology. Kishan performed strongly on his USMLE exams, scoring above the 99th percentile on both Step 1 and Step 2 CK. In his free time, you’ll find Kishan eating Mexican food, playing soccer, or watching Friends re-runs!

Lee Seligman

Lee was born and raised in Berkeley, CA, with a few brief stints living in Osaka, Japan. He attended Harvard University, where he studied Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Biology. During his time as an undergraduate, he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, named a John Harvard Scholar, and presented with the Detur Book Prize. After graduating, he founded a SAT and ESL tutoring company in Japan, where he designed the teaching curriculum and served as head instructor. He then returned to the United States to attend medical school at UC San Francisco, where he is currently a fourth-year student. During his second year, Lee helped to tutor first-year medical students through a peer-to-peer teaching program, through which he received universally positive peer reviews. He has consistently excelled in his academics, scoring a 268 on his Step 1 and a 276 on his Step 2 CK exam. In his free time, he enjoys trying new restaurants, attending hip hop classes, and drinking tea.

Lucas Marinacci, MD

Originally from Yonkers, New York, Lucas graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University with a BA in Cognitive Science. He then worked for several years as a professional chef, tutor, hospital unit secretary, and research assistant at the Brigham and Woman's Hospital before completing a post-baccalaureate program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He received an MD from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and recently finished his Internal Medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, where is he now an attending physician, hospitalist, and an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he also attends for student-run clinics and engages in research. Lucas scored a 262 on Step 1 and a 272 on Step 2 CK. Having  engaged in teaching and tutoring at each stage of his career, Lucas strongly believes any student can learn the test-taking skills needed to reach their full potential on these exams and make the most of their hard work and dedication.

Mary Beth Hampe

Mary Beth grew up in Tampa, Florida, and attended University of Florida as a double Gator for both undergraduate and medical school. Her two main passions are teaching and primary care. She majored in Microbiology and Cell Science at UF and spent five semesters as a teaching assistant for Biology, which involved designing lectures and worksheets weekly, as well as private tutoring. In medical school she has been involved in women’s health research, medical school admissions and interviews, and the Endocrinology and Reproduction course as a teaching assistant. She scored a 255 on USMLE Step 1 and 258 on Step 2 CK and is a current MS4. Mary Beth is a big believer in taking care of your mental health in medical school and aligning your career goals with your values. Her teaching philosophy includes targeting your weaknesses, spaced repetition, listening to podcasts, teach-back method, and tailoring study strategies to the individual. In Mary Beth’s spare time, she enjoys meditating, day hikes and car-camping, drinking red wine, and painting along with Bob Ross tutorials.

Matthew Simhon, MD

Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Matthew later attended Northeastern University on a full merit scholarship. He studied Behavioral Neuroscience and graduated summa cum laude with University Honors Program Distinction. He went on to attend the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for medical school and is now a resident physician in orthopedic surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. Matthew scored a 258 on Step 1 and using the strategies he developed during his Step 1 studying, he excelled on his shelf exams and later scored a 278 on Step 2. He has had extensive experience tutoring students since high school on a diverse range of subjects, including AP classes, the SAT, the MCAT, and Step 1 and 2. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys traveling, weightlifting, running, biking, scuba diving, and Russian literature.

Megan Jang

Megan graduated with honors in Biology at Dartmouth College, where she also was a coxswain for a nationally-ranked rowing team and tutored fellow student-athletes extensively as Resident Expert in Biology. She is now a medical student at Harvard Medical School's Health Sciences Technology program. Currently, she is between her 3rd and 4th year and is spending the year studying the genetic basis of congenital heart disease and inherited cardiomyopathies as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow. She scored a 257 and a 259 on Steps 1 and 2 respectively, and excelled in her 3rd-year rotations and shelf exams. Her favorite board exam topics are Physiology and Genetics, and is excited to help students prepare for step exams and feel confident come test day. In her free time, she enjoys making ice cream, playing board games with friends, and planning her next vacation to warm places. 

Michelle Bartlett

Michelle originally hails from West Chester, Pennsylvania, yet ventured to the frigid weather of the Midwest to attend the University of Notre Dame for her undergraduate education.  She decided she had had enough with the cold and moved to the Sunshine State to attend the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM). Michelle is currently a fourth-year medical student also pursuing a concurrent Masters in Genomic Medicine. While completing her undergraduate degree at Notre Dame, she was able to gain extensive experience as a General Chemistry teaching assistant where she learned how to teach complex topics efficiently, and calm the nerves of budding pre-medical students. At UMMSM, she has served as both a peer tutor, focusing on pre-clinical coursework with underclassmen, and as a trainer, focusing on clinical skills including history-taking and physical exam technique. Michelle scored above the 99th percentile on Step 1 and in the 99th percentile on Step 2 CK. She aspires to be a pediatrician who integrates her passion for genetics and ethics as she pursues this field. Her teaching style incorporates active learning with repetition, as well as the occasional cute mnemonic. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, hiking, and winning limbo contests. 

Mike Driscoll

Originally from Akron, Ohio, Mike graduated magna cum laude from The University of Dayton with a degree in Exercise Physiology. During his attendance, he managed a full-time job in retail, tutoring, and competing in bodybuilding. Currently a third-year medical student at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Mike excelled in both his USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX Level 1 exams, scoring in the 90th and 99th percentile respectively. Early in his clinical rotations, his top two interests are Orthopedic Surgery and Internal Medicine with a track to Pulmonary/Critical Care. He has tutored since his sophomore year at Dayton, acting in various capacities, and truly enjoys helping others succeed with their academic goals. He is particularly proficient in test-taking strategy and dissecting difficult question stems and topics. In his free time, he continues to live an active lifestyle including many hikes and runs with his two dogs Layla and Luna.

Moaaz Soliman, MD

Moaaz was born and raised in southern New Mexico, where he graduated from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Biology with summa cum laude honors. He then attended the University of Michigan Medical School on a full merit scholarship, where he excelled in his clinical rotations and shelf exams, leading him to graduate in the top 10% of his class while earning Alpha Omega Alpha Honors. Moaaz scored above the 99th percentile on both the USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2, and in the 95th percentile on USMLE Step 3. He then completed a Transitional Intern year at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver prior to starting his residency in Radiation Oncology. Since his time as an undergraduate course instructor and teaching assistant, Moaaz has been determined to help students achieve their full academic potential. His extensive experience with private tutoring and long term advising of medical students has helped him develop tailored action plans, methods of introspective learning, and coping techniques to combat periods of high stress or low motivation. Moaaz’s favorite extracurricular activities include eating, sports, chilling, and cutting hair.

Natalie Williams

Natalie is originally from rural North Carolina, and went to a public boarding school dedicated to science and math before heading to Duke University for college (#GoBlueDevils!). During undergrad, Natalie developed a passion for teaching. She tutored Physics for two years, and graduated magna cum laude with a major in Neuroscience and a minor in Chemistry. She is now a student at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she continued as a volunteer tutor with the school’s peer tutoring program, and directed the program this past academic year. She is now taking a research year in between her 3rd and 4th years with hopes of a career in dermatology. Natalie’s outlook on board studying, as cheesy as it sounds, is: make it fun! She loves silly memory tricks, sketching things out, pop-culture references, and all things that make studying memorable. She scored in the 97th percentile on Step 1 and is currently studying for Step 2. In addition, she was inducted into the national Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society and Gold Humanism Honor Society as a junior student. She is excited to help students develop effective learning and test-taking strategies to master the boards!

Nikhil Dhall

Originally from Naperville, IL, Nikhil moved to Kansas City in 2014 and is currently in his fifth year (MS3) of the University of Missouri-Kansas City accelerated 6 year BA/MD program. He has conducted research at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City in the field of Ophthalmology, and ocular drug delivery at the University of Missouri School of Pharmacy. He has excelled in his coursework and scored a 254 on Step 1. He has a diverse teaching and mentoring background including leading study courses for peers, private online tutoring in undergraduate and medical courses including Biochemistry, Pathology, and Pharmacology. He has developed strong interpersonal skills through mentoring of students during his career with the Boy Scouts of America. He strives to teach other medical students how to apply basic knowledge to complex topics, and to then develop individualized tactics to maximize performance on examinations while improving their long-term clinical knowledge base. It is his belief that any student can learn to study efficiently and effectively, so that they may surpass their own expectations of what they are capable of doing. He is passionate about working with others, and helps to run a free eye care clinic in the community. In his spare time Nikhil can be found riding his bike to the park, where he spends his evenings in his hammock reading travel guides.

Olivia Moumne

Olivia grew up in Tampa, FL and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida. She is completing a combined BS/MD program. She is now in her fourth year of medical school at the University of Florida and is applying to Obstetrics and Gynecology residency programs. Olivia scored a 254 on Step 1, a 268 on Step 2, and above the 95th percentile on all Shelf exams. She is passionate about medical education and plans to pursue a career in academic medicine. Olivia first became involved with medical education through teaching an Emergency Medical Responder course during her undergraduate career. Her tutoring focus is on organizational skills, knowledge, and test-taking strategies. Olivia firmly believes in the importance of balance in being successful in medical school. In her free time, Olivia enjoys spending time outdoors hiking with friends, snow skiing, doing yoga, and reading.

Phoebe Hammer, MD

Phoebe earned her MD from Oregon Health & Science University and is currently a Pathology resident at Stanford University. She began tutoring as an undergraduate at Oberlin College and has continued throughout medical school and residency. She is passionate about teaching and medical education; she has 500+ hours of experience tutoring medical students, designing courses and curriculum, and providing residency advising. She scored a 254 on Step 1, a 262 on Step 2 CK, and a 262 on Step 3. She excelled in her clinical rotations and graduated with highest honors, in addition to being induced into both Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Honor Societies. Phoebe’s tutoring approach emphasizes active learning strategies such as practice questions and spaced repetition, development of test-taking strategy for USMLE-style questions, and identification and elimination of cognitive pitfalls. Phoebe is a Portland, Oregon native who enjoys camping, exploring National Parks, going to concerts and restaurants, and pub trivia in her free time.   

Priyank Sharma, MD

Priyank grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and then attended the University of Southern California where he graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and a B.A. in Psychology. He attended the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine graduating with an emphasis on health management, technology and entrepreneurship. Priyank then worked at Boston Consulting Group and held multiple entrepreneurial roles in digital health. He returned to clinical medicine completing an internal medicine internship at Case Western / Cleveland Medical Center and matched into dermatology residency at Northwell Health. Priyank scored 253, 261, and 242 on USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3, respectively. He has extensive experience tutoring in all pre-med courses from over 300 hours of private tutoring in undergrad, and advises for residency applications. He has a very practical tutoring that starts with each student’s unique situation and goals, and instills habits to improve content mastery through validated learning techniques, test-taking strategy, stress management, and schedule optimization. In his free time he enjoys fantasy football, traveling, designing digital tools, and reading about technology.   

Russell D'Anton, MD

Originally from New Jersey, Russell graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management. He pursued his medical education at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia where he was inducted into the national Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He is currently completing the third year of his Emergency Medicine Residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital located in Baltimore, Maryland. Russell scored above the 96th percentile with a 263 on the USMLE Step 1, at the 97th percentile with a 270 on the USMLE Step 2, and above the 95th percentile with a 254 on the USMLE Step 3. He has extensive undergraduate tutoring experience in the life sciences and tutored during his medical education in both pre-clinical and clinical academic interests. He enjoys cooking with his wife, classic American literature, and cinema.

Ryan Louer

Ryan Louer is originally from West Milford, NJ, and is an intern in the combined Pediatrics-Anesthesia Residency Program at Harvard (Boston Children’s, Brigham and Women’s). He attended Purdue University for his undergraduate education where he graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He stayed in Indiana to complete medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine where he received his M.D. degree. Ryan graduated from medical school in the top 5 of his 360 student class, was junior AOA, and scored a 264 on Step 1 and a 281 on Step 2 CK. At IU, Ryan was a go-to tutor for the medical school, interfacing with 30 students and designing lecture reviews for students. Throughout his life, Ryan has visited a total of 20 countries in the Caribbean, Central America, Europe, and several African countries. Notably, he has gone on his first safari trip to Tanzania, did some scuba diving off the island of Pemba, and rafted at the base of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. His career interests include Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Anesthesia. 

Sarah Banks, MD

Sarah grew up in Michigan and graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in Biology and Classical studies. She then spent two gap years working in Cancer and Orthopedic research before attending the University of Michigan for medical school. During her tenure there she excelled on her clinical rotations and was inducted into the national Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She scored a 251 on Step 1 and a 265 on Step 2 CK. Sarah has a particular interest in medical education and ultrasound, and plans to pursue a career teaching medical students. Sarah's experiences in college athletics, medical school, and emergency medicine have helped her acquire many tips and tricks around time management, stress management, and perfectionism. She is now an Emergency Medicine resident at Denver Health and spends her free time rock-climbing, running, hiking, and generally enjoying living near the mountains.

Soham Rege

Originally a native of Princeton, New Jersey, Soham attended Brown University, where he graduated with honors in Biochemistry Molecular Biology. He is currently between his 3rd and 4th year of medical school at Dartmouth College, pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Soham scored a 274 on Step 1 and a 275 on Step 2, as well as above the 97th percentile on each of his shelf exams. In addition to his love for diagnostic and procedural medicine, Soham shares a deep passion for teaching and research in issues related to cost, access, and outcomes. His philosophy for teaching centers on using the right resources, spaced repetition, effective use of practice questions, and self-care. In his free time, you can find him playing soccer at a nearby field, lifting weights in the gym, or cooking up a new recipe he just discovered.

Solomon Levin

Originally from New Jersey, Solomon graduated summa cum laude from Towson University with a B.S. in Chemistry. He began his medical studies at Weill Cornell Medical College, and between his third and fourth years of medical school, Solomon spent a year conducting research as an HHMI medical research fellow. He decided to remain in the lab following his fellowship, and he transferred to the Tri-Institutional MD-PhD program, where he is now entering his second year in the lab studying Cancer Biology. He scored a 262 on Step 1 and has extensive Step 1 tutoring experience. When he’s not in the lab, Solomon enjoys spending time with his wife and their two daughters.

Vedant Acharya

Vedant is originally from Tampa, Florida and majored in Finance with a minor in Chemistry at the University of Miami, where he graduated summa cum laude. He was accepted into the Medical Scholars Program (MSP), a combined B.S./M.D. program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine during his sophomore year. During his last semester in college, he spent 6 months in Cape Town, South Africa before attending medical school. Based on his personal difficulties of learning how to study in medical school, Vedant became passionate about learning and applying the research-based principles of studying (active learning, spaced repetition, and test-enhanced learning) to improve his understanding and medical school performance. Because of the success he saw in the application of these principles, he developed the Medical Students as Teachers (MSAT) program to help teach incoming first-year medical students how to apply the science of learning to create a systematic approach to studying in medical school. After refining the application of these principles during the pre-clinical years, he scored a 261 on Step 1 and a 262 on Step 2. During his third year of medical school he was one of two Executive Directors of the Department of Community Service, which provides free primary, subspecialty, and screening services to over 2500 underprivileged patients in South Florida. He is currently taking a research year and is an aspiring Interventional Radiologist. In his spare time, he enjoys singing, reading, and finding new vegan dining spots.

Victoria Robson, MD

After growing up in the Boston area, Victoria attended Columbia University, where she majored in Neuroscience and Behavior. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a junior and was awarded the Albert Asher Green prize for attaining the highest GPA in her class. She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, and is now completing her Pediatrics residency at Boston Children's Hospital. She ultimately plans to specialize in Pediatric Cardiology. She earned Honors with Distinction in all of her clinical rotations and scored a 274 on Step 1, a 268 on Step 2, and a 257 on Step 3. She is passionate about teaching, and has extensive experience after TA-ing Biology in college, providing concept video content for OPENPediatrics, and working as a near-peer student teacher in Harvard Medical School's Physiology course. In her free time, Victoria enjoys dancing, hiking and cooking with friends.

Vishnu Harikumar

Vishnu grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and is a fifth-year medical student (MS3) enrolled in the University of Missouri-Kansas City six year BA/MD program. He is interested in pursuing a career in academic dermatology and will be spending the next year as a research fellow at Northwestern University. He approached medical school eager to discover techniques to optimize memory retention and his test-taking skills. These techniques helped him score a 259 on USMLE Step 1 and a 264 on Step 2 CK. He has also used these same techniques to receive an honors evaluation on every clinical rotation he has completed. He has a passion for teaching and wants to help his students become efficient learners. In his free time he helps manage the Sojourners Free Health Clinic, the Kansas City Free Eye Clinic, TEDxUMKC, and he enjoys exploring restaurants around the city and running.

Walker Mainwaring

Originally from El Paso, TX, Walker developed his passion for teaching at Vanderbilt University and was active as both an academic tutor and as a personal soccer trainer. As a medical student at Baylor, he has led Anatomy recitations, was a TA in Pharmacology, and worked with students on test-taking strategies for shelf exams. Utilizing a study strategy of timed repetition and alternating use of resources, Walker achieved scores of 268 on Step 1 and 266 on Step 2 CK. As a teacher, he helps students manage their time and resources in an efficient and personalized manner, as well as coaching them on question-answering strategies and content-based knowledge.  He is currently a PGY1 in Internal Medicine and will be completing his Dermatology residency training at UCLA.  In his free time, Walker enjoys playing soccer and golf and walking his tiny rescue dog, Hershey. 

Zachary Aulgur

Zach grew up in Kansas City, and is a currently a fourth-year medical student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is in his sixth year of the accelerated Six Year BA/MD program and currently has a 4.0 GPA. Zach took Step 1 in the spring of 2018, scoring a 260, and Step 2 in 2019, scoring a 269. Zach is excited to share his study strategies and tips to help others reach their Step 1 or Step 2 goals. Zach places an emphasis on test-taking strategies, augmenting memory with critical thinking techniques, and creating strategic study plans. He has a passion for teaching, having mentored others throughout college and while attaining his Eagle Scout rank. His research includes basic science research at UMKC’s School of Pharmacy dealing with ocular drug release studies, and research at Truman Medical Center on the impact of HPV status and esophageal cancer prognosis. Zach’s extracurricular activities include teaching through educational videos on his YouTube fishing channel, presiding the UMKC fishing club, volunteering at a local Food pantry, playing soccer, and traveling. 

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