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Dr. Sahil Mehta

Sahil graduated Summa Cum Laude from Columbia University in New York City with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering. He was accepted to three of the top ten medical schools in the country and chose to attend the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He trained in medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and has since moved onto his current appointment as a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School and resident at BIDMC/HMS. He has served as an interviewer for both undergraduate and medical school admissions committees. He also was a top rated MCAT instructor at Examkrackers for three years in the Northeast Region. Sahil also served as the Senior Editor on USMLERx QMax, an online question bank for medical licensing exams. He has been involved in admissions consulting for years, founding MedSchoolCoach in 2007 and having since had a hand in over a thousand medical school applications. His experience helping applicants of all types is unparalleled.

Interests: General Advising, BS/MD Admissions, Interview Preparation, California Applicants
sahil@medschoolcoach.com

Sam Fuller
Dr. Sam Fuller

Sam graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame majoring in Spanish Languages and Literature and Pre-Professional Studies, and while an undergraduate was a Spanish and Calculus tutor as well as teacher for the Kaplan MCAT program. Sam continued his education at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where he graduated in 2009. While in medical school, he served as an interviewer for the medical school’s applicants. He is currently a junior editor for USMLERx Qmax for Steps 1 and 2, an online question bank for medical licensing exams. He is now completing his residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

Interests: Interview Preparation, Essay Editing, Residency Consulting
sam@medschoolcoach.com

Amy Yin
Dr. Amy Yin

Amy graduated from Brown University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology. She went on attend Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She has extensive experience in advising as well as teaching and tutoring across various subjects including dance, financial accounting, and chemistry. She has served as a contributing author to both the USMLERx online question bank and the First Aid USMLE Step 2 CS book. She is now completing her residency at Harvard.

Interests: Interview Preparation, MMI Interview Preparation, Essay Editing
amy@medschoolcoach.com

Dr. Kachiu Lee

Kachiu aspired to become a physician from a young age and was accepted into three combined undergraduate-medical school programs out of high school. She chose to attend Northwestern University’s Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME), eventually graduating Summa Cum Laude in Molecular Biology. She went on to attend Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine, serving on the interview committee for future HPME candidates. She also serves as a junior editor for USMLERx and the print version of First Aid USMLE Step 2 CS. She is currently a dermatology resident at Brown University.

Interests: BS/MD admissions consulting, Essay Editing
klee@medschoolcoach.com

Raj Sarkar MD
Dr. Raj Sarkar

Raj graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelors of Science in Chemical Engineering. After college, he pursued a post-baccalaureate program and obtained a Masters in Biosciences at the University of Pennsylvania. He then went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry at New Jersey, where he was an interviewer for the admissions committee. At Columbia, Raj was intricately involved in the admissions committee, serving as a voting member for four years. He has extensive alumni interview experience as well for Columbia. He is now a resident in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Interests: Post-bacc program advising, Interview Preparation
rajs@medschoolcoach.com

Dr. Patrick Beeman

Patrick spent the first two years of his higher education at a community college. From there he went to the Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he studied philosophy and theology, completing a B.A. Summa Cum Laude. He then pursued a post-baccalaureate premedical program while simultaneously completing an M.A. in philosophy at Cleveland State University. He obtained his M.D. at the University of Toledo College of Medicine where he was elected to AOA. He has a strong interest in helping non-traditional students, especially those who come to medicine from a humanities background. An avid writer, he has been a lecturer in philosophy and was previously an Edmund D. Pellegrino Fellow at the Georgetown University Center for Clinical Bioethics. He has two children and is currently a resident in obstetrics and gynecology at Wright State University/Wright Patterson Air Force Base. While in medical school, Patrick served in the United States Air Force’s Health Professions Service Program.

Interests: Non-traditional applicant advising, Essay Editing, Interview Preparation
patrick@medschoolcoach.com

Dr. Elie Balesh

Elie graduated cum laude with departmental high honors in field from Harvard University in 2007 with an A.B. degree in Biochemical Sciences with a concentration in Biological Engineering. He then went on to receive his M.D. degree from Yale University in 2011, where he was awarded the Perkins Prize for receiving the highest score on the USMLE Step 1. Elie is currently completing his internship in internal medicine and residency in diagnostic and interventional radiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Elie has formerly served as an alumni interviewer for the Harvard College Admissions Committee, and he has several years’ experience with college, medical school, and residency admissions consulting. He also has several years’ experience with private tutoring for the MCAT and USMLE Steps 1, 2, and 3. Elie is featured in a chapter of the book Honors Medical Students: Becoming America’s Best and Brightest.

Interests: General Advising, Essay Editing, Interview Preparation, USMLE Tutoring
elie@medschoolcoach.com

Mike Frazier - MedSchoolCoach
Dr. Michael Frazier

Mike graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience and a minor in Business Management. He was accepted to both California and Texas medical schools as a non-resident and chose to attend UCLA. He is currently a resident in psychiatry. Mike served as a full member of the UCLA admissions committee and handled many applications marked as “disadvantaged.” He enjoys editing applications and personal statements and worked as a writing tutor in college. His recent article, “How I Scored a 257 on USMLE Step 1,” was featured on KevinMD.com as well as various other blogs. Mike also runs his own website, www.medical-school-insider.com, which is dedicated to helping premed students get into medical school and succeed once there.

Interests: Essay Editing, Application Editing, Advising for California and Texas Applicants
frazier@medschoolcoach.com

Benjamin Rafii
Dr Benjamin Rafii

Ben graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Science with departmental honors in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. As an undergraduate he completed three years of bench research and volunteered at a free clinic for uninsured and economically disadvantaged patients. After taking a year off to complete his research (and fit in some travel), he was accepted to four top-ten medical schools and chose to attend Stanford University, where he was awarded a medical scholars research grant and served on curriculum advisory committees. He is now completing his residency in otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat surgery) at the NYU School of Medicine, where he continues to be involved with curriculum planning and residency admissions.

Interests: General Advising, Personal Statement Editing, Interview Preparation, Gap Year Planning
brafii@medschoolcoach.com

Davietta Butty
Davietta Butty, MD/MPH Candidate

Davietta graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and English. She worked as a peer writing tutor at the Sweetland Writing Center during her time there. After college, she chose to attend Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and pursue a dual MD/MPH (Masters in Public Health) degree. She worked for two years with the Office of Diversity to increase minority recruitment at Northwestern. She recently spent a year pursuing public health research in NYC and is now back to Northwestern to finish her MD/MPH

Interests: Minority Admissions Advising, Essay Editing, General Advising
davietta@medschoolcoach.com

Jalal Ahmed, MD/PhD Candidate

Jalal graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering. After college, he participated in research at Cornell Weill Medical Center as well as Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He then went onto attend the Mount Sinai School of Medicine as part of their prestigious MD/PhD program. He has been heavily involved in teaching and private tutoring for the MCAT for the last 8 years, including working for ExamKrackers for three years in New York City. He has also formerly interviewed for the admissions committee for the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Medical Science Training Program.

Interests: MD/PhD Advising, Interview Preparation, Essay Editing
jahmed@medschoolcoach.com

Monica Enamandram, MD

Monica graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors of Science from Yale College. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and completed a double major in Biology and Spanish Language and Literature, receiving departmental honors in both fields. She has served as a pre-professional advisor and academic tutor for both undergraduates and high school students over the years, in subject areas including biochemistry, genetics, chemistry and essay writing. She is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and continues her training at the prestigious Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City and at Stanford University Hospitals (Dermatology) in Palo Alto, California. Her experience at the top universities give her a unique perspective on what it takes to get into the most competitive programs in the country.

Interests: General Advising Focused on Top Tier Schools, Essay Editing
monica@medschoolcoach.com

Brian Wu - MedSchoolCoach Advisor
Brian Wu, MD/PhD Candidate

Brian graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physiology and Neurobiology. He is currently a fifth year student at the University of Southern California pursuing his PhD in integrative biology and disease while performing exercise physiology research in relation to rehabilitation. He plans on pursuing a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency and specializing in sports medicine. He has interviewed both MD and MD/PhD applicants and worked with the admissions committee providing feedback on the students and their interviews. An avid sports fan with multiple interests, he is interested in ensuring prospective students display the “well-rounded” characteristic important to medical schools.

Interests: MD/PhD Advising, Interview Preparation, Essay Editing, General Advising, California Applicants
bwu@medschoolcoach.com

Sanjay Aneja, MD

Sanjay graduated Manga Cum Laude from Columbia University in New York City with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics. Sanjay was accepted to six of the top ten medical schools in the country and ultimately decided to attend the Yale University School of Medicine. While at Columbia, Sanjay was the head teaching assistant for General Chemistry for 2 years and a Calculus I and II teaching assistant. Additionally, when Sanjay was a sophomore he was the youngest ever presenter at the American College of Cardiology National Meeting. While at Yale, Sanjay served as the president of his class as well as a tutor in biostatistics and biochemistry. Sanjay has authored a dozen journal publications in the field of oncology, received two research grants, and co-authored two book chapters related to health services research. In 2011, Sanjay was named the Radium Society Young Oncologist of the Year. Sanjay will begin his residency training at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and will subsequently go on to complete his residency in radiation oncology at Yale. Sanjay has served on multiple admissions committees at a variety of different levels and has advised numerous students from different backgrounds on getting into medical school.

Interests: General Advising, Essay Editing, Interview Preparation, MCAT Preparation, Pre-med research opportunities
sanjay@medschoolcoach.com

Nikhil Seth, MD

Nikhil is a member of Northwestern University’s Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) 7 year accelerated BA/MD Program. During his undergraduate studies, he majored in Psychology and served as a board member of the University Hearing and Appeals System. He then attended Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and was also accepted to the Research Thesis Program. Nikhil was a co-founder of Northwestern’s Cardiovascular Health Society and Camp Cardiac, a 1-week summer camp for high school students. In his free time, Nikhil enjoys playing tennis and running. Nikhil will begin his residency at the prestigious University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in Internal Medicine.

Interests: Direct High School to Medical School Program Advising, Essay Editing, Interview Preparation

nikhil@medschoolcoach.com

Riley Mclean
Riley Mclean, MD

Riley graduated from Boston College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and a minor in History. During her time at Boston College, Riley served as a Teacher’s Assistant for Introductory Biology, completed research, and arranged her schedule so that she could go abroad during her junior year. Riley decided to pursue medicine late, so after college, Riley taught high school chemistry for a year while applying. This provided her a perspective outside of the normal pre-med student. She is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School where she gained a keen knowledge of the admissions process, particularly as it applies to students who have taken gap years. She will be continuing her graduate medical education in dermatology at UMass Medical School. Riley is passionate about helping students find their way to medical school while still maintaining balance in their lives.

Interests: General Advising, Nontraditional Students, Gap Year Planning, Interview Preparation, Essay Editing.
riley@medschoolcoach.com

Kaveri Korgavkar
Kaveri Korgavkar, MD

Kaveri graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelors of Science from Michigan State University. As a member of the Honors College, she pursued a double major in Chemistry and in Comparative Culture and Politics. While an undergraduate, she served as a teaching assistant for calculus and as an academic tutor in subject areas of chemistry, biology and physics. She was also extensively involved in epidemiological and anthropological research, through which she developed a strong interest in writing. She went on to attend medical school at the University of Michigan and completed a research fellowship in epidemiology at Brown University. She has published extensively in the medical field, including over a dozen peer reviewed research papers and has presented her work numerous times at a national level.

Interests: General Advising, Essay Editing, Interview Preparation, General Advising for Pre-Meds Early in College
kaveri@medschoolcoach.com

James Harrison MD

James studied Philosophy and Literature at St. John’s College, in Annapolis, Maryland. He applied to medical school as a non-traditional applicant after attending the Johns Hopkins Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program and completing a gap year. He was accepted to two of the top three medical schools in the country, and went on to receive his medical degree from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. During medical school, he served on the admissions committee for two years where he evaluated over 150 complete applications, interviewed applicants, and was involved in the recruiting process. He also has significant experience mentoring students through the application and interview process. Currently, James is using his medical background in healthcare and biotech consulting.

Interests: Essay editing, Interview Preparation, Non-traditional applicants and Post-bac program advising
jharrison@medschoolcoach.com

Amar Mandalia MD
Amar Mandalia, MD

Amar graduated magna cum laude with a triple degree in Biochemistry, Biology, and Political Science from the University of Miami. His extensive experience in teaching includes serving as an undergraduate Chemistry Lab teaching assistant and as a private tutor. He graduated from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where he also served as a member of the admissions committee. He has extensive experience in evaluating applications and interviewing applicants for admission into medical school. He has an extensive research interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Fecal Matter Transplants for Clostridium Colitis infections. Amar is also an accomplished medical writer having successfully published multiple manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. Amar is currently an Internal Medicine resident at the prestigious Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Interests:General Advising, Essay Editing, Interview Preparation
amar@medschoolcoach.com

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