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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 is currently a resident physician in internal medicine at Stanford University. She ultimately plans to pursue a career in hospital medicine and 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.

Chanan Reitblat

Originally from Vilnius, Lithuania, Chanan is USMLE Pro's Chief Medical Tutor and a fourth year in the Harvard Joint MD-MBA program interested in pursuing a career in academic plastic surgery and medical education. His motivation as a tutor stems from his own experience struggling with severe test anxiety and burn-out while studying for Step 1 which motivated him to develop a strategy that takes the stress out of test-prep and enabled him to score in the 95th percentile. At it's core, Chanan's approach emphasizes understanding complex concepts by reasoning from first principles, spaced repetition through efficient use of Anki and other visual tools, and a systematic approach to USMLE-style questions that rapidly identifies and eliminates common cognitive errors and biases. Chanan has gone on to share his approach with countless medical students around the world over the course of 1000+ hours of tutoring which has enabled his students to increase their Step 1 scores by an average of 67 points. In his free time, Chanan enjoys scuba diving, serving as a resident tutor at MIT, and spending time with friends and family.

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 2CK 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.

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 applying 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.

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, 268 on Step 2, and 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.

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 2CK 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Amanda Liu, MD

Amanda is from Tucson, Arizona and left the warmth to attend the combined undergraduate/MD Program in Liberal Medical Education at Brown University. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in neuroscience and was awarded the Whalen Award for Excellence in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology for her honors thesis. During medical school, she received the John Evrard Prize for achieving the top preclinical course scores in her class and went on to score a 274 on Step 1 and 278 on Step 2 CK (and 269 on Step 3 as an intern). She worked as a tutor and TA throughout college and medical school and was the chief TA for the two week Clinical Skills Clerkship for rising third year students at her medical school. To further improve her teaching skills, she completed a scholarly concentration in Medical Education while in medical school. She returned home to Tucson for her transitional year internship and will complete her residency in Diagnostic Radiology at UCSF. She enjoys video games, board games, and eating with friends. 

Bristol Whiles, MD

Born and raised in Kansas, Bristol attended Baker University in Baldwin City for 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. 

Brett Doliner, MD

Originally from Tampa, Florida, Brett attended Vanderbilt University where he graduated summa cum laude and received the Donald E. Pearson award for the outstanding graduate in chemistry. He went on to attend University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, receiving an M.D. and an M.S. in genomic medicine. Brett scored a 264 on USMLE Step 1 and then scored a 262 on USMLE Step 2 CK. He excelled on his third-year shelf exams and has extensive teaching experience, including MCAT preparation. Brett is now starting internal medicine residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and hopes to pursue a career in hematology/oncology. In his spare time, Brett enjoys fitness, weightlifting, cooking, and making music playlists on YouTube and Spotify.

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.

Kavelin Rumalla

Kavelin is from Ocala, Florida and attends the 6-year BA/MD program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He recently completed his 5th year (MS3) and is currently working towards a Master’s in Clinical Research Bioinformatics. 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, eating out, traveling, and spending time with his fiancé, Megan.

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, president of the UMKC fishing club, volunteering at a local Food pantry, playing soccer, and traveling. 

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.

Kalyn Reddy

Originally from Irvine, California, Kalyn graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Neuroscience and 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 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.

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.

Joe Tung

Joe was born in Taiwan before moving to Los Angeles when he was 10 years old. He graduated from Yale University magna cum laude with a degree in Biophysics & Biochemistry and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. There, he identified a pivotal process in the regulation of blood and lymphatic vessel growth, which was published in Nature. He also explored deficiencies in mental health care through a seminar with investigative journalist Bob Woodward, which helped inspire his interest in a systems approach to healthcare transformation. At Harvard Medical School, Joe has excelled in all of his clinical rotations at the Massachusetts General Hospital and scored above the 90th percentile in the USMLE Step 1 and shelf exams. Joe is currently in the 4th year of an MD/MBA program and will be applying into dermatology next fall. He has had extensive experience tutoring various subjects since high school, serving on admissions committees and pre-medical advisory teams, and developing online educational curriculum. In his spare time, Joe enjoys hiking, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

Matthew Simhon

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 is now a fourth year student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai after conducting a year of research in the Department of Orthopedics at Columbia University Medical Center between his third and fourth years. 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. He is currently applying for residency in orthopedic surgery.

Phoebe Hammer

Phoebe graduated from Oberlin College with a major in biology, and was excited to return to her hometown of Portland to attend medical school at Oregon Health & Science University. She is in her final year in a combined MD program that includes a year working in the Department of Pathology as a medical student extern. Teaching is her passion: she has 300+ hours of experience tutoring medical students. She scored a 254 on her Step 1 exam and a 262 on Step 2 exam. She excelled in her clinical rotations and was induced into both Alpha Omega Alpha and Gold Humanism Honor Societies in her 3rd year. She also serves as the student representative on OHSU's Curriculum Committee, which writes and reviews didactic and clerkship content. As a future Pathologist, she also helps teach the "Introduction to Pathology" course. Phoebe has earned both the "Outstanding Medical Student Scholarship in Teaching" and the "OHSU Volunteer of the Year" award for her efforts in advancing medical education. In her free time, she enjoys camping, exploring National Parks, going to concerts, and pub trivia.

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 conducted research in health systems and disparities between his third and fourth years and will be applying to dermatology residency.  In his free time, Walker enjoys playing soccer and golf and walking his tiny rescue dog, Hershey. 

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 257 and 259 on Steps 1 and 2 and also 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. 

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 and these techniques helped him score above the 95th percentile on USMLE Step 1. 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.

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 an 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 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 276 on his Step 2 CK exam. In his free time, he enjoys trying new restaurants, attending hip hop classes, and drinking tea.

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 University of Michigan Medical School. While she initially struggled with the transition back to didactic lecture, Ayana hit her stride in the clinical years and went on to achieve a 250 on Step 1 and 254 on Step 2CK. 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. 

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.

Dylan Haynes

Dylan attended the University of Oregon, where he graduated as valedictorian with a major in Biology and 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, 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.

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.

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 third-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 99th percentile for Step 1 and is currently studying for 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. 

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.

Daniel Mannion

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Daniel graduated summa cum laude from Saint Louis University where he studied Biology with a concentration in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. He earned a 4.0 GPA while competing in Division 1 athletics as a member of SLU’s baseball team. Daniel is currently in his third year at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and scored in the 100th percentile with a 272 on the USMLE Step 1. Actively involved in research in immunology, sepsis, and critical care medicine, he is looking forward to a career in medical education and academic medicine. Daniel has extensive tutoring and teaching experience in the sciences and strives to apply the latest evidence-based principles of learning toward his own studies and those of his students. He enjoys board games, sports, and eating in his free time.

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!

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, his field of interest, 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 USMLE Step 2. 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 reality.

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!

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 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. 

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.

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