Meet The Motivate MD Team

  • Leadership
  • Editors
  • MyMentors
  • Advisors
  • Interview Prep
  • Authors
Founder + CEO

Drew Porter, M.D.

Drew is the visionary leader for Motivate MD’s services and innovative products. He’s currently an Emergency Medicine resident at the University of Tennessee.
Director of Operations

Becca Porter

Becca leads the daily operations at Motivate MD, including product development, brand identity, and managing our incredible team of med students and physicians.
Michaela is a mentor a part of our mentorship program for pre med students​

Michaela B., M.D./MBA

Specialty: Emergency Medicine 

Heather J., M.D.

Specialty: Pathology

Ehab A., M.D.

Specialty: Internal Medicine at NYU

Anuj P., D.O.

Specialty: Anesthesiology at Dartmouth

Emma I., D.O.

Specialty: Emergency Medicine 

Caroline K., D.O.

Specialty: Family Medicine

Ravin is a mentor a part of our mentorship program for pre med students​

Ravin P., D.O.

Specialty: Family Medicine 

Quinn

MS2 at NYU School of Medicine

Background: 99th percentile score on the MCAT

Christine is a mentor a part of our mentorship program for pre med students​

Christine

MS2 at Harvard Medical School

Background: Former freelance content writer

Julie

MS1 at Duke University School of Medicine

Background: Medical School Admissions Mentor at Duke

Khyati

MS2 at Temple’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Background: Editor for 2 years

Ankitha

MS1 at Wake Forest School of Medicine

Background: Has a love for narrative medicine

Sam

MS2 at the University of Minnesota Medical School – Twin Cities

Background: Minored in Global Health

Chris

MS1 at Penn State College of Medicine

Background: Tutor and Mentor

Megan A.

MS1 at Medical College of Georgia 

Background: Past tutor

Mitchell

MS3 at the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine

Charmi

MS1 at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Background: Advisor and Mentor

Haley

MS1 at Rush Medical College

Background: Past tutor

Jamie

MS2 at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Background: Tutor for incoming med students

Tatiana

First Year MD/PhD Student at SUNY Upstate Medical University

Background: Has 2 publications

Juan

MS1 at the Miller School of Medicine – University of Miami

Background: Earned a Masters of Science in Medical Sciences

Sunny

MS3 at The Robert Larner, M.D. College of Medicine at The University of Vermont

Background: Medical Student Ambassador

Haarika

MS1 at NYU Long Island School of Medicine

Background: Has a love for the intersection of medicine and journalism

Jabre is a mentor in the medical field with MyMentor.

Jabre

MS2 at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Medicine

Background: Former D1 Athlete

Nada

MS2 at Nova Southeastern University’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine

Background: A part of the Dual-Admissions program: B.S./D.O.

Olivia

MS2 at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Background: Advisor and Mentor

Emma

MS3 at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine

Background: Published Writer

Theo

MS2 at Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Background: Mentor and Advisor

Jackie

MS2 at the Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine

Background: President of the Surgery Interest Group

Reese

MS2 at McGovern Medical School

Background: Earned a double major in Business Honors and Management

Alexa

MS2 at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Background: Secretary of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association

Megan F.

MS1 at Midwestern University

Background: Mayo Clinic Clinical Researches and Nontraditional 

Kyle

MS1 at Midwestern University – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Background: Nontraditional and a mentor

Shilpa

MS1 at the Western University of Health Sciences

Background: First-generation college graduate and medical student

Eleni

MS1 at CUNY School of Medicine

Background: A part of a Dual-Admissions program: 7-year B.S./M.D.

Eric

MS2 at the NYU Long Island School of Medicine

Background: Past tutor

Adina

MS1 at (still deciding)

Background: Lead mentor

Neha

MS1 at Drexel University College of Medicine

Background: In the accelerated seven year BS/MD medical program

Brittany

MS2 at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

Background: Former writing tutor

Cristina

MS1 at the Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University

Background: Former NDMUN Crisis Committee Co-Chair

Quinn S.

Hey! My name is Quinn and I am a second year medical student at the NYU Grossmen School of Medicine. I am currently a MiniMentor at NYU where I mentor a group of four first year students! At the University of Florida prior to medical school I was a volunteer director for Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-health honor society, and helped lead a group of 15-20 pre-health students in volunteer activities, as well as being available through our website to give advice for premed students in our program. I am currently in-press for a write-up about a new vascular procedure here at NYU, and am published in a paper exploring a potential treatment for myotonic dystrophy! I have also volunteered at UF’s pediatric oncology and hematology unit and currently work as part of the referrals team for the Free Clinic here at NYU.

Julie T.

Hi everyone! My name is Julie, and I’m a first-year medical student at Duke University. I did my undergrad at Rice University where I majored in Cognitive Sciences. In college, I was passionate about volunteering and community engagement and was involved in activities such as Splash, an educational outreach program, Patient Discharge Initiative, where we connected ED patients to social resources, and Alternative Spring Break. In medical school, I am excited to be a part of a group that helps transition individuals facing homeless into stable housing. 

I also loved being a part of my college community and was an advisor for new students for three years. I helped welcome and introduce students to Rice by providing academic advice, being a friend and confidant to them, and checking in throughout the rest of their college career. It was incredible seeing each and every student’s growth and I enjoyed playing a supporting role in their journey. I was able to have a similar contribution while mentoring several underclassmen this past year for medical school applications and interviews. I also pursued research, and although I mainly worked in a cancer biology lab, I am published on a paper exploring aggression in healthcare workplaces. Aside from my academic interests, I love dancing and was a part of my school’s Bhangra team and South Indian Classical Dance team! Currently, I’m excited to be choreographing for my medical school’s annual parody musical!

Sunny H.

Hey all! My name is Sunny and I’m a third-year medical student at the University of Vermont. Throughout my pre-medical years, I did research in neuroscience, physiology, and immunology/vaccinology. After graduating in 2017, I took a gap year to continue research and work as an EMT in Rochester, NY. As a medical student, I have continued pursuing both basic and clinical research, and have been awarded grants to support my projects. I have published papers in public health and medicine, and have pending publications in rheumatology, dermatology, and urology.

As an undergraduate student, I served as co-President of the Neuroscience Undergraduate Council where I organized an annual mentorship program to assist underclassmen in selecting courses that would best fit their schedule. I also served as a mentor for students who were interested in getting involved in undergraduate research on campus. As a medical student, I have continued my mentoring role by tutoring local students in math and science, as well as serving as an advisor for minority undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. I am excited to bring my mentoring and advising experience to the Motivate MD team.

Sam C.

Hi! My name is Sam, and I am currently a second year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School, located in the Twin Cities. Prior to medical school, I studied biology and global health at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Outside of my studies, I participated in research, volunteered at a non-profit organization focused on women’s health, served as a hospice volunteer, and spent a summer interning at a rural family medicine clinic. I also stayed connected to my childhood passion of figure skating by coaching private skating lessons for both children and adults. Helping skaters overcome their fears and build confidence overtime, by maintaining a fun, encouraging learning environment, was the most rewarding part of being a coach. My experiences as a skating coach, as well as my gratitude for my own mentors, motivated me to volunteer as a mentor for pre-medical students through the American Medical Student Association during my first year of medical school. As a first year medical student, I also received mentorship from a second year medical student through my school’s peer mentorship program. My role as a mentee heightened my appreciation for the support and guidance that mentorship provides, and I now serve as a mentor for two first year medical students through this program. I absolutely love being a part of the Motivate MD team and look forward to working with you!
 

Emma F.

My name is Emma and I am currently a third year medical student at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in New Mexico. While I was born in AZ, I grew up in Albuquerque, NM and graduated summa cum laude from The University of New Mexico (UNM) with a BS in Medical Laboratory Sciences. After graduating college, I relocated to Baltimore, MD where I worked as Clinical Laboratory Scientist for two years prior to beginning medical school. I enjoy writing and am humbled to have had two articles published in 2020 as well as currently contribute to the Motivate MD blog. At BCOM, I have created the Burrell-Aggie Mentorship Program which is a program created specifically for NMSU Pipeline and pre-medical students. I hold mentorship to the highest regard as none of my own family members were doctors or even in the medical field, so I learned as I advanced along my journey. I had always wished I had a mentor guide me through the pre-med years, medical school application process, and early years in medical school, so my goal is to be that mentor for students. I know what it feels like to be uncertain whether you are making the right moves and decisions in the pre-med realm. If this feels like you right now – I am more than happy to assist in any facet of your medical school journey!

Kyle S.

My name is Kyle and I am a first year medical student at Midwestern University – Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. I did my undergrad at Arizona State University and after difficulty getting into medical school, I did a post-bacc Master’s program at Eastern Virginia Medical School. Throughout school, I worked as a home caregiver, a scribe, and a research assistant for a neurodegeneration lab where I was published in a paper for my help in finding novel proteins mutated in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. I volunteered at the emergency department, as well as a pediatric hematology/oncology clinic. When I moved back from Virginia, I got a job for 2 years as a nursing assistant on a cardiac monitoring unit in a large hospital. My other passion is writing and making music and during this time I volunteered as a music mentor/teacher at my local Boys and Girls Club. It took me a few years and tries to get accepted into medical school, but every year I got a chance to truly evaluate myself and my application and learn how to improve both. Without any real mentors to speak of, I learned from my own successes and failures and am excited to be given the opportunity to help others through this sometimes-daunting journey that is the path to medical school. 

Erin O.

Hey everyone! My name is Erin and I am a current 3rd year medical student at the University of Miami. I went to undergraduate at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale where I served on the Premedical Eboard and as a Peer Advisor for the Office of Career Development. It was through these two opportunities that I learned the value of mentorship. I have experience through my job in Career Development Office editing CVs, doing interview prep, and job searching. During medical school, I am a part of an organization through which we mentor undergraduate students applying to medical school. During the time between my 1st and 2nd years of medical school, I took an extended summer to complete research through the NIH at the University of Michigan. Here I was able to study the effects of VO2 on weight loss and continue to stay involved in the project today. I am looking forward to getting to know you all and be a part of your journey.

Khyati S.

Hey! I’m Khyati and I’m currently a second year med student at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. I’ve been working with Motivate MD for the past 2.5 years and am excited to be on the MyMentor team this year. I truly value the unique relationship of a mentor and mentee and began working as a mentor in undergrad where I facilitated small groups of students in science courses. I served as a mentor for underclassmen interested in medicine as a senior in undergrad and loved the experience! I look forward to developing those unique relationships once again. I worked in a neurobiology lab during undergrad where I was involved in projects, presented at the national ENDO conference, and published my long term project. Currently, I’m an active research student at Fox Chase Cancer Center working on a study focused on metastatic breast cancer patients. I’m also a dual degree student, concurrently enrolled as a masters in Urban Bioethics student. Happy to be a resource for all of you!  

Jabre M.

My name is Jabre Millon, I am currently a second year at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine. I was a track and field athlete all four years of undergrad before graduating from USC in 2015. I completed a post-bacc at Keck Graduate Institute in 2018. I am a three time re-applicant! Aside from the post-bacc, I worked non-health care jobs and volunteered plenty during my four gap years. I’ve been a part of the Motivate MD team for a little over a year now. I also mentor premed students through programs developed by my school, other on campus organizations and anyone who receives my contact information from a mutual connection. The students I meet come from diverse backgrounds, and I am always happy helping them leverage their strengths in their application and on their path to medical school. I had plenty of struggles in my premed career ranging from my GPA to extracurricular activities to personal conflicts. Im passionate about ensuring future premeds don’t have to endure the same struggles I did! I look forward to meeting and working with you all.

Emma I.

My name is Emma and I am a 4th year medical student at Kansas City University, currently in the process of applying to residency. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for my bachelor’s degree and loved every minute! As a student, I was able to participate in several medicine-related volunteer trips abroad, worked in academic research at the medical school, and was able to help create several publications, including earning a first authorship. After college, I took some time off before medical school and worked as an emergency medicine scribe in the Twin Cities and then transitioned into clinical and academic research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. As an undergrad, I always knew that I wanted to pursue medicine but wasn’t entirely sure how to get there. It would have been helpful to have a mentor for guidance throughout the complicated process of being a pre-med student!

Throughout medical school, I have been fortunate to serve as a mentor to younger medical students and have also spent time tutoring, participating in research, pursuing a masters in bioethics, and volunteering. I was also selected to serve as a nutritional coach for school-aged children at risk of obesity and worked to create motivational and educational plans for developing healthy habits. I am thrilled to be a part of Motivate MD and look forward to helping you on your journey to medical school!

Eleni W.

My name is Eleni, and I’m a first-year medical student at the CUNY School of Medicine in NYC. My school is a combined 7-year B.S./M.D. program where we complete a bachelor’s degree in Biomedicine before beginning medical school. I mentor an undergraduate student within my program, and I’ve also spent time working with junior and senior girls at a highschool in Harlem, where we focused on college and career prep. I’ve been fortunate to work clinically in academic and community emergency departments for the past 4 years, and currently serve as President of the Emergency Medicine Specialty Interest Group at my school. My first year of college, I started working as an EMT and an ED medical scribe, which I was able to continue when I transferred into my current program. I’ve been published in the American Journal of Infection Control with research regarding iatrogenic spread of infection within the hospital setting, though most of my interests focus on community health and increasing healthcare access for patient populations throughout New York. Currently, I spend time volunteering as a patient advocate in the ED for cases of sexual assault and domestic violence, and I’m working on a research project looking at COVID-19 outcomes in the Bronx. I strongly believe that medical school should be more accessible, and I’m glad that Motivate MD has given me an opportunity to help other students succeed. 

Olivia S.

My name is Olivia and I am a second year MD student at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. As the first in my family to enter the field of healthcare, I understand just how overwhelming it can be to navigate the journey to becoming a physician. My background in advising includes serving as a mentor for Medicus, an organization that helps build bridges and increase transparency between our medical school and premedical students. We aspire to provide opportunities for application building, networking, experiences in clinical or research settings, and encouragement to help students navigate the long (and often intimidating) path to becoming a doctor. My academic interests include surgery, pediatrics, and oncology/immunology, which I fell in love with while doing cancer immunotherapy research. My path to medicine has also been shaped by my Catholic faith identity. I strive to show others that you can balance religion and spirituality with science. In addition to starting school, I was married during my M1 year and enjoy spending free time with my husband and family. I believe that if you want it badly enough and for the right reasons, you WILL become a doctor, and I would love to help you get there!

Ravin P., D.O.

Hi guys! My name is Dr. Ravin Patel, I am a Family Medicine Resident based out of NJ! I am a recent graduate of a 7-year accelerated B.S./D.O. program at Nova Southeastern University. Outside of medicine, I also work as a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I’ve participated in mentorship since high school both as a mentee and a mentor as I progressed from undergrad, medical school to residency. I was involved in my college’s mentorship program which gave me an early insight into medical school applications and how to succeed as a medical student. As I transitioned to medical school, I continued to mentor undergraduate students on how to have a successful transition to the professional school setting. I am so excited to get to know you all and help motivate and work with you guys to help you reach and exceed your goals! 

Jamie M.

My name is Jamie, and I am a second year medical student at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (CCOM). I completed my undergraduate education at Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Exercise Science. I took 1 gap year before starting medical school. During my gap year, I continued working at a hospital in Northern Chicago as an Emergency Room technician, while completing research in T-cell mediated cancer therapy. Currently, I am working on my manuscript for publication of a systematic literature review on various prediction models for severe illnesses caused by COVID-19. I have always valued the impact that my mentors have had on my own journey to medical school, so I want to help other students in the same way. During my undergraduate years, I worked with the writing center on our campus to help students brainstorm ideas, cohesively write a paper, and edit grammar and punctuation to polish off their papers. I also helped out in the pre-med office where I gained extensive insight into the application process and what goes into making a competitive applicant for medical school. Since starting medical school, I have become a pre-med mentor for undergraduate students at the University of Iowa who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, and I help direct them in their path and the application process. I am also a CCOM peer mentor, where I am paired with a first year medical student to assist them with their transition to medical school through building connections and fostering a sense of community. Finally, I currently do one-on-one tutoring for first year medical students at CCOM to help aid their success in their classes as they transition to life in medical school! 

John P.

Hi, my name is John and I am currently a 3rd year medical student at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Since I’ve come to medical school, I have had the opportunity to mentor and advise students in a variety of ways. During college I worked with the campus career center and continue to act as a liaison for them by advising pre-med students currently at the college. I advise students on all aspects of their application including general overview, school selection, personal statement, test scores and planning, experiences, secondaries, gap year activities, interview prep, and more. I have also been part of Downstate’s MCAT tutoring program and their peer to peer program, in which I speak on the phone to applicants interested in Downstate. I have also participated in teaching sessions for the more junior medical students at my school. My emphasis during advising is to provide applicants with both the strategic and tactical tools needed to make their applications as strong as possible. I also like to focus on ensuring students have the proper support and mindset while dealing with the stress of applying. Aside from medical school, I hold an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Clarkson university and enjoy reading, particularly in the areas of business and finance, aviation, and history. 

Karan K.

Hi All! My name is Karan and I am a third-year medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine Middletown. Fun fact about me- I got into medical school without ever submitting an AACOMAS or AMCAS application! I completed my BS in Biology and Psychology at SUNY Old Westbury. It was here that I was able to continue my passion for research in two different labs in the college. I was fortunate enough to be able to present my research at multiple local and regional conferences including the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists, and CSTEP. While in college I embarked on creating a nonprofit organization geared specifically toward providing high school students with experiences and mentors within different career fields so they are better prepared for college. This allowed me to expand on my mentoring skills in a variety of aspects, most notably with career and education preparation. While in college I was fortunate enough to work with ScribeAmerica as a leader within their hiring team tasked with interviewing and training new scribes. This not only gave me experience with interviews but also some invaluable medical experience. After graduating from college, I decided to complete an SMP at Touro College and was able to matriculate into medical school through its bridge program. 

Currently, I am continuing my research passion, and have multiple manuscripts submitted within the topics of social media impact on vaccination, using a hemoglobin alternative to treat sickle cell disease, the role of platelet aggravating factor within all of the body systems, and the success of breast cancer screening. Additionally while in medical school I was a mentor for MedAchieve which paired med students with high schoolers interested in medicine to teach them the process and what life as a medical student is like. My leadership roles include National Liaison for the Academy of Osteopathic Surgeons, Vice- President of the Stimulation Club, and Anatomy Teaching Assistant.

Nada B.

Bio coming soon…

Haley P.

Hi all! My name is Haley and I’m a 1st year medical student at Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL. My path to medical school has been challenging to say the least and I feel incredibly honored to be able to use my experience to advise others on their own journey to medicine. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin with my bachelor’s in Sociology and certificates in Gender & Women’s Studies and Global Health. In college, I most enjoyed being involved in my community which led me to experiences such as working with students at an adult English Second Language school, volunteering as a medical assistant in a free clinic and serving as a support advocate on a crisis helpline. After graduating, my passions for service and mentorship led me to dedicate a year of service with AmeriCorps in Louisiana where I was a 3rd grade math instructor and near-peer mentor. I know from my own experience just how crucial it is to have reliable mentorship and advising while navigating the complex process of medical school applications, and I look forward to having that opportunity to support you on your journey to medicine!

Ankitha I.

Bio coming soon…

Alexa W.

My love for mentoring students arose during undergrad where I mentored students from the underserved communities that surrounded my school. I found that this experience equally benefitted both my mentee and I—while she learned about time management, study habits, and life skills, I was able to learn how to creatively tailor my assistance to her specific needs. As I moved through college on my journey to medical school, I realized it was hard to find a mentor to answer my questions about the application process and medical school in general. Without guidance to broaden my application, I sought out the few opportunities that my small college had to offer by completing the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, partaking in class research, becoming President of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society, and shadowing the very few physicians that my school had a connection with. This experience drove me to continue mentoring during my Master’s program and in medical school. As a first year, I worked closely with the admissions department to share the knowledge I had learned from my journey with the prospective students. I found great pleasure in knowing I could help these students effectively navigate the application process and understand how to find research, volunteer, clinical, and leadership experiences that would bolster their knowledge and application. As a current second year medical student, I am still using these strategies to better myself throughout medical school. This year I’ve had the opportunity to work with a renowned biochemical researcher to investigate the effects of Cannabidiols on mitochondria, become Secretary of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, and partake in plenty of volunteer experiences to assist a regional hospital during the COVID pandemic. I am very eager to assist the new generation of incoming medical students! 

Nicholas V.

My name is Nicholas Verdini and I am currently a second year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA! I grew up in Lynn, MA and went to high school and college in the area. During my undergraduate time, I had multiple involvements in mentoring. I served as a mentor for incoming first-year undergraduate students to help with their adjustment to college. Additionally, I served as a fellow for the Science Living-Learning Community at my college, which involved mentorship for first-year science majors at the college. After college, I worked at the National Cancer Institute for two years through a scholarship program for low-income students. There, I conducted research on CAR T-Cell therapy for pediatric leukemia, as well as performed research on bladder cancer imaging modalities. This past summer, I researched the role of sociodemographic and social determinants of health have on rates of COVID-19 diagnosis. Since starting medical school, I have mentored students from my undergraduate college in applying to medical school. Additionally, I mentor first-year medical students in the Community Service Learning program at the school. I do not have medical professionals in my family, and went to a small college that did not have a robust pre-medical advising program. I hope to be able to provide advising and mentorship to those seeking to attend medical school, regardless of their family’s professional status, where they attend college, or their financial status. I look forward to working with you! 

Ehab A., (soon to be) M.D.

Hello all! My name is Ehab Abaza. I am fourth year medical student at Georgetown University School of Medicine who will be an internal medicine resident at NYU starting this July. As a first generation college graduate and medical student, it was always difficult to find solid career advice, essay help, and interview prep. As a result, I often had to seek out mentors on my own, which can sometimes be overwhelming! Throughout my educational career, I have come to learn the value of great mentorship and hope to share the wisdom I’ve gained with those pursuing the wonderful field of medicine. As a first year medical student, I served as the Academic Director of High School Medical Programs at Georgetown University with the goal of inspiring high school students to enter the field of medicine. Throughout my medical school career, I served as a mentor to underclassman and held workshops in study methods, clinical clerkship skills, essay writing, and interview skills. I am a mentor and advisor to several pre-medical students through programs such as One Step Ahead Mentoring and Prescribe it Forward. I have served as a mock interviewer for Pre-medical students at Georgetown University and Fordham University. Lastly, I served as an interviewer for the Georgetown University School of Medicine Office of Admissions, interviewing applicants for medical school. My goal is to always better understand the applicant so that together, we can create a neatly packaged application that will get you into medical school!

Anuj P., (soon to be) D.O.

Hey Everyone! My name is Anuj, and I am currently a fourth-year medical students at the University of New England Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to beginning medical school, I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Connecticut in Physiology and Neurobiology, and followed that with a Master in Physiology at Georgetown University. I am excited to have matched at my #1 choice for residency this year, and will begin my journey at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Anesthesiology!

Throughout my collegiate education I have followed one rule – pursue your passion and find yourself in every activity; I truly believe these are the activities that hold the most meaning. Growing up right outside of Boston, Massachusetts, arguably the city of champions, I have always gravitated towards sports – I enjoy not only watching, but also playing sports including football and baseball. I devote a lot of my free time biking, hiking, and spending time in the general outdoors. Having this being my hobby, I naturally combined it with my undergraduate and graduate degrees, but also my passion in medicine, and further participating in many extracurricular, research, and leadership activities. I devoted much time into Special Olympics of Connecticut and Maine enjoying spreading the joy of sports, but also working with this unique population advocating for awareness in medical discrepancies through clinical research. As for research, I lived out my dream and participated in several research projects at the National Football League (NFL) – even getting to go the NFL Headquarters in NYC for the Award Gala! Further, I continued to explore my interests and have published several research articles and projects pertaining to medical innovation, public health issues, and recently, the Novel COVID-19 Virus. I have conducted research at Boston Children’s Hospital, but also through recognized fellowships grants as a medical student, and with national, and international research teams.

I found mentoring as a great passion of mine – as a first-generation medical professional, I found early on that mentorship is key. This includes a person to serve as a mentor, but also help with editing and general advice! I have been fortunate to have great mentors, and I look forward to passing that on to the students I have the pleasure working with. I throughout medical school served as a tutor and teaching assistant in several courses. I am thrilled to be part of the amazing team at Motivate MD, and am excited to be a resource for you as we work towards journey and goal.

Quinn S.

Hey! My name is Quinn and I am a second year medical student at the NYU Grossmen School of Medicine. I am currently a MiniMentor at NYU where I mentor a group of four first year students! At the University of Florida prior to medical school I was a volunteer director for Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-health honor society, and helped lead a group of 15-20 pre-health students in volunteer activities, as well as being available through our website to give advice for premed students in our program. I am currently in-press for a write-up about a new vascular procedure here at NYU, and am published in a paper exploring a potential treatment for myotonic dystrophy! I have also volunteered at UF’s pediatric oncology and hematology unit and currently work as part of the referrals team for the Free Clinic here at NYU.

Julie T.

Hi everyone! My name is Julie, and I’m a first-year medical student at Duke University. I did my undergrad at Rice University where I majored in Cognitive Sciences. In college, I was passionate about volunteering and community engagement and was involved in activities such as Splash, an educational outreach program, Patient Discharge Initiative, where we connected ED patients to social resources, and Alternative Spring Break. In medical school, I am excited to be a part of a group that helps transition individuals facing homeless into stable housing. 

I also loved being a part of my college community and was an advisor for new students for three years. I helped welcome and introduce students to Rice by providing academic advice, being a friend and confidant to them, and checking in throughout the rest of their college career. It was incredible seeing each and every student’s growth and I enjoyed playing a supporting role in their journey. I was able to have a similar contribution while mentoring several underclassmen this past year for medical school applications and interviews. I also pursued research, and although I mainly worked in a cancer biology lab, I am published on a paper exploring aggression in healthcare workplaces. Aside from my academic interests, I love dancing and was a part of my school’s Bhangra team and South Indian Classical Dance team! Currently, I’m excited to be choreographing for my medical school’s annual parody musical!

Sunny H.

Hey all! My name is Sunny and I’m a third-year medical student at the University of Vermont. Throughout my pre-medical years, I did research in neuroscience, physiology, and immunology/vaccinology. After graduating in 2017, I took a gap year to continue research and work as an EMT in Rochester, NY. As a medical student, I have continued pursuing both basic and clinical research, and have been awarded grants to support my projects. I have published papers in public health and medicine, and have pending publications in rheumatology, dermatology, and urology.

As an undergraduate student, I served as co-President of the Neuroscience Undergraduate Council where I organized an annual mentorship program to assist underclassmen in selecting courses that would best fit their schedule. I also served as a mentor for students who were interested in getting involved in undergraduate research on campus. As a medical student, I have continued my mentoring role by tutoring local students in math and science, as well as serving as an advisor for minority undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. I am excited to bring my mentoring and advising experience to the Motivate MD team.

Chris

Hi! My name is Chris, and I am a first-year medical student at the Penn State College of Medicine. I went to undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh, where I studied Microbiology and Business. Outside of school, I enjoyed volunteering at a free clinic in Pittsburgh, helping connect underserved patients with housing, food, and educational resources in the community. As a medical student, I am excited to continue working with underserved teens and adults both inside and out of the clinic.

While in undergrad, I was a peer tutor and mentor for three years, mentoring students in their pre-medical studies and how to succeed in their biology and chemistry classes. I also worked as a teaching assistant in both science and business classes, where I mentored students from a variety of unique backgrounds. As a medical student, I continue to mentor local college students through a student group and tutor high school and college students online in biology, chemistry, and genetics. I love mentoring students and helping them navigate the stressful and often uncertain path to medical school. When I was applying, I did not have any mentors to help me, so now I enjoy offering my advice to students, hopeful to offer the knowledge I gained from my own successes and failures. I am excited to be a part of the Motivate MD team and help you all succeed!

 

Charmi

Hi, my name is Charmi Rana and I am a first year medical student at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. I graduated from Rutgers University – Newark with a bachelor’s in Biology, minor in Psychology and an Honors Distinction. Throughout undergrad, I did research in a biology lab, held multiple leadership positions, shadowed physicians, and volunteered extensively in the community, in both clinical and non-clinical settings. I mentored freshmen and sophomores who were pursuing the pre-med track through Honors College and a pre-health organization. I edited and reviewed their scholarship essays and applications, helped them create class schedules, and assisted in finding volunteering opportunities. I also held an on-campus job where I assisted students in registering for classes and created academic workshops for freshmen on topics such as time management, how to get involved on campus, etc.

I have definitely experienced my fair share of struggles while applying for medical school. Upon failing to receive an admission during the first cycle, I decided to take a gap year where I further improved my MCAT score and clinical experiences by working as a scribe and a medical office assistant and volunteering in hospice care. After evaluating how I can improve my portfolio, I applied as a re-applicant during the next cycle and fortunately, received multiple interviews and acceptances. My experiences have taught me that with determination, perseverance, and continuous self-reflection, one can truly achieve the goals they aspire towards. I received a lot of support from my advisors and mentors who served as an incredible resource throughout my journey in undergrad and beyond. I hope I can utilize my experiences to help you in your journey to medical school as well!

 

Megan A.

Hi my name is Megan A. and I will be attending the Medical College of Georgia in July! During college I have spent most of my time outside school working as an EMT for the past 3 years. I gained a lot of clinical experience through my time on the ambulance and it really confirmed my desire to pursue a career in the medical field! During undergrad I also led peer groups for freshman chemistry classes during which I provided support and encouragement to students in their first year of chemistry. I also tutored elementary students in a trailer park community and led a service organization for freshman students during college. These opportunities have allowed me to gain confidence and experience in mentoring other students and I hope to use the lessons that I learned in helping premed students achieve their goals! I had many doubts during my journey towards medical school and there were many times I wanted to quit. I am so glad that I didn’t and I hope I can provide the encouragement and support to help premeds believe in themselves and their dreams! I am truly looking forward to working with all of you!

 

Sam C.

Hi! My name is Sam, and I am currently a second year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School, located in the Twin Cities. Prior to medical school, I studied biology and global health at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Outside of my studies, I participated in research, volunteered at a non-profit organization focused on women’s health, served as a hospice volunteer, and spent a summer interning at a rural family medicine clinic. I also stayed connected to my childhood passion of figure skating by coaching private skating lessons for both children and adults. Helping skaters overcome their fears and build confidence overtime, by maintaining a fun, encouraging learning environment, was the most rewarding part of being a coach. My experiences as a skating coach, as well as my gratitude for my own mentors, motivated me to volunteer as a mentor for pre-medical students through the American Medical Student Association during my first year of medical school. As a first year medical student, I also received mentorship from a second year medical student through my school’s peer mentorship program. My role as a mentee heightened my appreciation for the support and guidance that mentorship provides, and I now serve as a mentor for two first year medical students through this program. I absolutely love being a part of the Motivate MD team and look forward to working with you!
 

Sereena

Hi! My name is Sereena J. and I’m currently a first-year medical student at the TCU & UNTHSC* School of Medicine in Fort Worth Texas. I earned my B.S. in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology from Emory University in 2019. To stay motivated on my path to medicine, I TA’d for Biology and Human Physiology and I joined my school’s on-campus Emergency Medical Services program, which allowed me to become certified as an Advanced-EMT and volunteer within the Atlanta area for three years. I studied abroad twice in college (France and Denmark) and took a gap year afterwards to give myself a mental break, build some savings and life experiences, and spend time with my family before I sold myself to medicine for good!

Since high school, I’ve been active as a mentor in multiple settings. Related to medicine, however, I began mentoring pre-meds during my junior year of college and formally took on mentorship roles around the summer of 2020. I’ve provided guidance related to scheduling and balancing different science courses, obtaining research and shadowing opportunities, study strategies for the MCAT, and have even helped students solidify their AMCAS school list and applications. I currently serve as an ambassador for my school’s admissions committee, so I also have a bit of experience calming nerves before a medical school interview. I didn’t have too many mentors I could look to when I went through the process–I know how cold the water is and would love to help students wade their way through.

I spent a year in undergrad researching Huntington’s Disease and a semester researching neurologic disorders and presenting a case on Multiple Sclerosis. In medical school, I’m actively pursuing a project centered around infertility and I maintain a research-advocacy hybrid relationship with a virtual lab in Boston focused on improving maternal and child well-being.

If you take anything away from an interaction with me, I hope it will be that if you’d like to pursue a career in medicine, nothing will stand in your way, no matter any flaws you may be hyperaware of in your application. I look forward to aiding you on your journey through medicine!

*Texas Christian University and University of Texas Health Science Center School of Medicine

Megan F.

Hi everyone! My name is Megan and I am currently a 1st year osteopathic medical student at Midwestern University. Prior to medical school, I completed a Master of Biomedical Sciences degree, and prior to this I completed a double major Bachelor of Sciences degree in Biology and Psychology along with a minor in the Honors program. Throughout my journey to medicine, I obtained several hours of volunteer work from the emergency medicine department, behavioral health, local food banks, and student-run clinics. My passion of service led me to the field, and ultimately presented itself during my physician shadowing experiences in emergency medicine, radiology, obstetrics/gynecology, psychiatry, and trauma/critical care surgery. Amidst, the busy life of a pre-medical student, I found myself immersed in research ranging from basic sciences during my graduate work, clinical and operational research during graduate studies and my work opportunities. With all this being said, I was far from a traditional student. I took a few gap years between applying and reapplying, continuing to improve my medical school application and obtain valuable, quality experiences along with utilizing my mentors tremendously for guidance. Ultimately, my mentors have been the absolute best kept secret that I am sharing with you on your path to medical school! It truly makes all the difference to have a mentor and use your mentor during this journey because I want you to know that you are not alone and there are so many pieces of advice and words of encouragement available to you! Mentorship has been and will always be an important factor to success, including (but not limited to) networking, guidance, motivational support, or just someone to vent to about the rigors of doing it all! I am SO excited to be able to mentor/advise you along the way, so you as well can arrive at your goals!

 

Emma F.

My name is Emma and I am currently a third year medical student at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in New Mexico. While I was born in AZ, I grew up in Albuquerque, NM and graduated summa cum laude from The University of New Mexico (UNM) with a BS in Medical Laboratory Sciences. After graduating college, I relocated to Baltimore, MD where I worked as Clinical Laboratory Scientist for two years prior to beginning medical school. I enjoy writing and am humbled to have had two articles published in 2020 as well as currently contribute to the Motivate MD blog. At BCOM, I have created the Burrell-Aggie Mentorship Program which is a program created specifically for NMSU Pipeline and pre-medical students. I hold mentorship to the highest regard as none of my own family members were doctors or even in the medical field, so I learned as I advanced along my journey. I had always wished I had a mentor guide me through the pre-med years, medical school application process, and early years in medical school, so my goal is to be that mentor for students. I know what it feels like to be uncertain whether you are making the right moves and decisions in the pre-med realm. If this feels like you right now – I am more than happy to assist in any facet of your medical school journey!

Erin O.

Hey everyone! My name is Erin and I am a current 3rd year medical student at the University of Miami. I went to undergraduate at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale where I served on the Premedical Eboard and as a Peer Advisor for the Office of Career Development. It was through these two opportunities that I learned the value of mentorship. I have experience through my job in Career Development Office editing CVs, doing interview prep, and job searching. During medical school, I am a part of an organization through which we mentor undergraduate students applying to medical school. During the time between my 1st and 2nd years of medical school, I took an extended summer to complete research through the NIH at the University of Michigan. Here I was able to study the effects of VO2 on weight loss and continue to stay involved in the project today. I am looking forward to getting to know you all and be a part of your journey.

Khyati S.

Hey! I’m Khyati and I’m currently a second year med student at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. I’ve been working with Motivate MD for the past 2.5 years and am excited to be on the MyMentor team this year. I truly value the unique relationship of a mentor and mentee and began working as a mentor in undergrad where I facilitated small groups of students in science courses. I served as a mentor for underclassmen interested in medicine as a senior in undergrad and loved the experience! I look forward to developing those unique relationships once again. I worked in a neurobiology lab during undergrad where I was involved in projects, presented at the national ENDO conference, and published my long term project. Currently, I’m an active research student at Fox Chase Cancer Center working on a study focused on metastatic breast cancer patients. I’m also a dual degree student, concurrently enrolled as a masters in Urban Bioethics student. Happy to be a resource for all of you!  

Adina

Hi everyone! My name is Adina and I am an incoming first-year medical student for Fall 2021! Having just gone through the medical school cycle during COVID-19, I am very well versed in all things application-related. I graduated with honors as the only recipient of the Franklin Henry Award from UC Berkeley in May 2020 with a degree in Integrative Biology. During my one gap year, I worked as head medical and surgical assistant at a dermatology office in the Bay Area, leading the mentorship program for all undergraduate interns including mentoring and advising for pre-med and pre-PA students. 
 
Coming from a family with no members in medicine, I understand the struggles of navigating the complex pre-medical pathways successfully. At UC Berkeley, I loved serving in multiple leadership and mentor positions including President of the Integrative Biology Students, Director for the Campus-Wide Pre Health Student Council, Vice President of the American Medical Women’s Association, and really valued helping students with class scheduling, gaining research, and clinical experiences. As a previous campus representative for an MCAT test prep company, I have over 3 years of experience and extensive training with MCAT scheduling and study plans. Outside of pre-med classes at UC Berkeley, I was very passionate about my clinical research at UCSF (including one acknowledgment in Nature) and my sorority involvement! In my free time, I enjoy fitness, healthy cooking, and playing mahjong!
 
I am here to advise you, support you, and be your #1 cheerleader. I will bring my unparalleled positive energy, extensive experience with extracurriculars/clinical hours, meticulous goal-setting, and friendship to our sessions! I want to help you tell your story and make sure you are as prepared as possible for a successful application cycle, including helping cultivate resilience with any challenges that are presented. I look forward to working with you! 

Jabre M.

My name is Jabre Millon, I am currently a second year at the University of Nevada Las Vegas School of Medicine. I was a track and field athlete all four years of undergrad before graduating from USC in 2015. I completed a post-bacc at Keck Graduate Institute in 2018. I am a three time re-applicant! Aside from the post-bacc, I worked non-health care jobs and volunteered plenty during my four gap years. I’ve been a part of the Motivate MD team for a little over a year now. I also mentor premed students through programs developed by my school, other on campus organizations and anyone who receives my contact information from a mutual connection. The students I meet come from diverse backgrounds, and I am always happy helping them leverage their strengths in their application and on their path to medical school. I had plenty of struggles in my premed career ranging from my GPA to extracurricular activities to personal conflicts. Im passionate about ensuring future premeds don’t have to endure the same struggles I did! I look forward to meeting and working with you all.

Eleni W.

My name is Eleni, and I’m a first-year medical student at the CUNY School of Medicine in NYC. My school is a combined 7-year B.S./M.D. program where we complete a bachelor’s degree in Biomedicine before beginning medical school. I mentor an undergraduate student within my program, and I’ve also spent time working with junior and senior girls at a highschool in Harlem, where we focused on college and career prep. I’ve been fortunate to work clinically in academic and community emergency departments for the past 4 years, and currently serve as President of the Emergency Medicine Specialty Interest Group at my school. My first year of college, I started working as an EMT and an ED medical scribe, which I was able to continue when I transferred into my current program. I’ve been published in the American Journal of Infection Control with research regarding iatrogenic spread of infection within the hospital setting, though most of my interests focus on community health and increasing healthcare access for patient populations throughout New York. Currently, I spend time volunteering as a patient advocate in the ED for cases of sexual assault and domestic violence, and I’m working on a research project looking at COVID-19 outcomes in the Bronx. I strongly believe that medical school should be more accessible, and I’m glad that Motivate MD has given me an opportunity to help other students succeed. 

Shilpa

Hi there! My name is Shilpa Nath, and I am a first-year medical student at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA! I started tutoring as a child, and since then, I have mentored, advised, and taught all different age groups and demographics in a wide variety of subjects. I am so excited to bring all my skills to Motivate MD to help make your medical school dreams a reality!

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology, with a minor in Global Health, from UC San Diego. I was heavily involved as an undergraduate, in which I spent the majority of my time doing service work in my community with people with mental illnesses, the socioeconomically disadvantaged, autistic youth, sexual assault survivors, and the elderly. I also contributed to two gastroenterology research publications, served as a board member for several health-related undergraduate organizations, and worked as a tutor for my university.

My path to medical school is unique in that I am a first-generation college graduate and medical student, completed my undergraduate degree in three years, self-studied for the MCAT, and applied to medical school during a pandemic. I would love to help anyone that has any questions about these topics, or anyone that is looking for a mentor or advisor that can accurately and empathetically guide them through the medical school admission process. I will be your biggest supporter and cheerleader through your pre-medical journey!

Olivia S.

My name is Olivia and I am a second year MD student at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa. As the first in my family to enter the field of healthcare, I understand just how overwhelming it can be to navigate the journey to becoming a physician. My background in advising includes serving as a mentor for Medicus, an organization that helps build bridges and increase transparency between our medical school and premedical students. We aspire to provide opportunities for application building, networking, experiences in clinical or research settings, and encouragement to help students navigate the long (and often intimidating) path to becoming a doctor. My academic interests include surgery, pediatrics, and oncology/immunology, which I fell in love with while doing cancer immunotherapy research. My path to medicine has also been shaped by my Catholic faith identity. I strive to show others that you can balance religion and spirituality with science. In addition to starting school, I was married during my M1 year and enjoy spending free time with my husband and family. I believe that if you want it badly enough and for the right reasons, you WILL become a doctor, and I would love to help you get there!

Ravin P., D.O.

Hi guys! My name is Dr. Ravin Patel, I am a Family Medicine Resident based out of NJ! I am a recent graduate of a 7-year accelerated B.S./D.O. program at Nova Southeastern University. Outside of medicine, I also work as a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I’ve participated in mentorship since high school both as a mentee and a mentor as I progressed from undergrad, medical school to residency. I was involved in my college’s mentorship program which gave me an early insight into medical school applications and how to succeed as a medical student. As I transitioned to medical school, I continued to mentor undergraduate students on how to have a successful transition to the professional school setting. I am so excited to get to know you all and help motivate and work with you guys to help you reach and exceed your goals! 

Jamie M.

My name is Jamie, and I am a second year medical student at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine (CCOM). I completed my undergraduate education at Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Exercise Science. I took 1 gap year before starting medical school. During my gap year, I continued working at a hospital in Northern Chicago as an Emergency Room technician, while completing research in T-cell mediated cancer therapy. Currently, I am working on my manuscript for publication of a systematic literature review on various prediction models for severe illnesses caused by COVID-19. I have always valued the impact that my mentors have had on my own journey to medical school, so I want to help other students in the same way. During my undergraduate years, I worked with the writing center on our campus to help students brainstorm ideas, cohesively write a paper, and edit grammar and punctuation to polish off their papers. I also helped out in the pre-med office where I gained extensive insight into the application process and what goes into making a competitive applicant for medical school. Since starting medical school, I have become a pre-med mentor for undergraduate students at the University of Iowa who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine, and I help direct them in their path and the application process. I am also a CCOM peer mentor, where I am paired with a first year medical student to assist them with their transition to medical school through building connections and fostering a sense of community. Finally, I currently do one-on-one tutoring for first year medical students at CCOM to help aid their success in their classes as they transition to life in medical school! 

John P.

Hi, my name is John and I am currently a 3rd year medical student at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. Since I’ve come to medical school, I have had the opportunity to mentor and advise students in a variety of ways. During college I worked with the campus career center and continue to act as a liaison for them by advising pre-med students currently at the college. I advise students on all aspects of their application including general overview, school selection, personal statement, test scores and planning, experiences, secondaries, gap year activities, interview prep, and more. I have also been part of Downstate’s MCAT tutoring program and their peer to peer program, in which I speak on the phone to applicants interested in Downstate. I have also participated in teaching sessions for the more junior medical students at my school. My emphasis during advising is to provide applicants with both the strategic and tactical tools needed to make their applications as strong as possible. I also like to focus on ensuring students have the proper support and mindset while dealing with the stress of applying. Aside from medical school, I hold an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Clarkson university and enjoy reading, particularly in the areas of business and finance, aviation, and history. 

Nada B.

Hi! My name is Nada and I am a third year medical student at Nova Southeastern University, Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine (NSU-KPCOM). I also attended NSU for undergrad, as part of their 7-year BS/DO program. Following medical school, I hope to match into general surgery and ultimately specialize in transplant, an interest that stems from two summer internship experiences at the Medical University of Graz, Austria Transplantation Department. I currently serve as a mentor to two second-year medical students at NSU-KPCOM, and have been simultaneously working with Motivate MD to help pre-med students achieve their goals. As the first individual in my family to get into medical school, I know exactly how it feels to try and navigate the system alone, and I want to do my part in ensuring that others don’t have to endure the same. I look forward to meeting you and helping your dream become a reality!

Haley P.

Hi all! My name is Haley and I’m a 1st year medical student at Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL. My path to medical school has been challenging to say the least and I feel incredibly honored to be able to use my experience to advise others on their own journey to medicine. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin with my bachelor’s in Sociology and certificates in Gender & Women’s Studies and Global Health. In college, I most enjoyed being involved in my community which led me to experiences such as working with students at an adult English Second Language school, volunteering as a medical assistant in a free clinic and serving as a support advocate on a crisis helpline. After graduating, my passions for service and mentorship led me to dedicate a year of service with AmeriCorps in Louisiana where I was a 3rd grade math instructor and near-peer mentor. I know from my own experience just how crucial it is to have reliable mentorship and advising while navigating the complex process of medical school applications, and I look forward to having that opportunity to support you on your journey to medicine!

Ankitha I.

Hi! My name is Ankitha Iyer and I am a first-year medical student at Wake Forest School of Medicine. I received a B.S in Emergency Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh in 2019. Before medical school, I took a gap year where I worked as an Advanced Critical Care Patient Care Technician in the Medical ICU at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In my time at the University of Pittsburgh I was a teaching assistant for four courses, and part of the Delta Epsilon Mu Pre-Health Fraternity, where I served as a mentor for several younger premed students. Additionally, I served with Jumpstart, an early education Americorps program for underserved preschool kids, started a non-profit organization that catered to the emotional health of Senior Citizens, and engaged in Cardiology, Public Health and Cognitive Neuroscience research. In my time in college, I have mentored a variety of students specifically on how to engage in active, entrepreneurial service and leadership while exploring their path towards medicine. Mentorship is a very important method for me to disseminate the knowledge I wish I had received from a mentor myself.

At Wake Forest School of Medicine, I am part of the executive board of the General Surgery Interest group and OASIS Anthology of Medical Humanities. I am mentoring an underserved undergraduate premed student at Wake Forest University through our Mentoring the Pipeline organization. I am also currently involved both Head and Neck Radiation Oncology and Neurosurgery research projects. I owe who I am today to the mentors who have provided me their unwavering support and guided me through times of uncertainty. I hope to provide you the same strategic mentorship to be a driven, proactive, and pioneering future student doctor!  

Alexa W.

MS2 at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. My love for mentoring students arose during undergrad where I mentored students from the underserved communities that surrounded my school. I found that this experience equally benefitted both my mentee and I—while she learned about time management, study habits, and life skills, I was able to learn how to creatively tailor my assistance to her specific needs. As I moved through college on my journey to medical school, I realized it was hard to find a mentor to answer my questions about the application process and medical school in general. Without guidance to broaden my application, I sought out the few opportunities that my small college had to offer by completing the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, partaking in class research, becoming President of the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society, and shadowing the very few physicians that my school had a connection with. This experience drove me to continue mentoring during my Master’s program and in medical school. As a first year, I worked closely with the admissions department to share the knowledge I had learned from my journey with the prospective students. I found great pleasure in knowing I could help these students effectively navigate the application process and understand how to find research, volunteer, clinical, and leadership experiences that would bolster their knowledge and application. As a current second year medical student, I am still using these strategies to better myself throughout medical school. This year I’ve had the opportunity to work with a renowned biochemical researcher to investigate the effects of Cannabidiols on mitochondria, become Secretary of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, and partake in plenty of volunteer experiences to assist a regional hospital during the COVID pandemic. I am very eager to assist the new generation of incoming medical students! 

Nicholas V.

My name is Nicholas Verdini and I am currently a second year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA! I grew up in Lynn, MA and went to high school and college in the area. During my undergraduate time, I had multiple involvements in mentoring. I served as a mentor for incoming first-year undergraduate students to help with their adjustment to college. Additionally, I served as a fellow for the Science Living-Learning Community at my college, which involved mentorship for first-year science majors at the college. After college, I worked at the National Cancer Institute for two years through a scholarship program for low-income students. There, I conducted research on CAR T-Cell therapy for pediatric leukemia, as well as performed research on bladder cancer imaging modalities. This past summer, I researched the role of sociodemographic and social determinants of health have on rates of COVID-19 diagnosis. Since starting medical school, I have mentored students from my undergraduate college in applying to medical school. Additionally, I mentor first-year medical students in the Community Service Learning program at the school. I do not have medical professionals in my family, and went to a small college that did not have a robust pre-medical advising program. I hope to be able to provide advising and mentorship to those seeking to attend medical school, regardless of their family’s professional status, where they attend college, or their financial status. I look forward to working with you! 

Michaela B., M.D., MBA

Currently an Emergency Medicine Physician in New Orleans. 

Bio coming soon…

Emma F.

My name is Emma and I am currently a third year medical student at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) in New Mexico. While I was born in AZ, I grew up in Albuquerque, NM and graduated summa cum laude from The University of New Mexico (UNM) with a BS in Medical Laboratory Sciences. After graduating college, I relocated to Baltimore, MD where I worked as Clinical Laboratory Scientist for two years prior to beginning medical school. I enjoy writing and am humbled to have had two articles published in 2020 as well as currently contribute to the Motivate MD blog. At BCOM, I have created the Burrell-Aggie Mentorship Program which is a program created specifically for NMSU Pipeline and pre-medical students. I hold mentorship to the highest regard as none of my own family members were doctors or even in the medical field, so I learned as I advanced along my journey. I had always wished I had a mentor guide me through the pre-med years, medical school application process, and early years in medical school, so my goal is to be that mentor for students. I know what it feels like to be uncertain whether you are making the right moves and decisions in the pre-med realm. If this feels like you right now – I am more than happy to assist in any facet of your medical school journey!

Quinn S.

Hey! My name is Quinn and I am a second year medical student at the NYU Grossmen School of Medicine. I am currently a MiniMentor at NYU where I mentor a group of four first year students! At the University of Florida prior to medical school I was a volunteer director for Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-health honor society, and helped lead a group of 15-20 pre-health students in volunteer activities, as well as being available through our website to give advice for premed students in our program. I am currently in-press for a write-up about a new vascular procedure here at NYU, and am published in a paper exploring a potential treatment for myotonic dystrophy! I have also volunteered at UF’s pediatric oncology and hematology unit and currently work as part of the referrals team for the Free Clinic here at NYU.

Sam C.

Hi! My name is Sam, and I am currently a second year medical student at the University of Minnesota Medical School, located in the Twin Cities. Prior to medical school, I studied biology and global health at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Outside of my studies, I participated in research, volunteered at a non-profit organization focused on women’s health, served as a hospice volunteer, and spent a summer interning at a rural family medicine clinic. I also stayed connected to my childhood passion of figure skating by coaching private skating lessons for both children and adults. Helping skaters overcome their fears and build confidence overtime, by maintaining a fun, encouraging learning environment, was the most rewarding part of being a coach. My experiences as a skating coach, as well as my gratitude for my own mentors, motivated me to volunteer as a mentor for pre-medical students through the American Medical Student Association during my first year of medical school. As a first year medical student, I also received mentorship from a second year medical student through my school’s peer mentorship program. My role as a mentee heightened my appreciation for the support and guidance that mentorship provides, and I now serve as a mentor for two first year medical students through this program. I absolutely love being a part of the Motivate MD team and look forward to working with you!
 

Ravin P., D.O.

Hi guys! My name is Dr. Ravin Patel, I am a Family Medicine Resident based out of NJ! I am a recent graduate of a 7-year accelerated B.S./D.O. program at Nova Southeastern University. Outside of medicine, I also work as a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I’ve participated in mentorship since high school both as a mentee and a mentor as I progressed from undergrad, medical school to residency. I was involved in my college’s mentorship program which gave me an early insight into medical school applications and how to succeed as a medical student. As I transitioned to medical school, I continued to mentor undergraduate students on how to have a successful transition to the professional school setting. I am so excited to get to know you all and help motivate and work with you guys to help you reach and exceed your goals! 

Haley P.

Hi all! My name is Haley and I’m a 1st year medical student at Rush Medical College in Chicago, IL. My path to medical school has been challenging to say the least and I feel incredibly honored to be able to use my experience to advise others on their own journey to medicine. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin with my bachelor’s in Sociology and certificates in Gender & Women’s Studies and Global Health. In college, I most enjoyed being involved in my community which led me to experiences such as working with students at an adult English Second Language school, volunteering as a medical assistant in a free clinic and serving as a support advocate on a crisis helpline. After graduating, my passions for service and mentorship led me to dedicate a year of service with AmeriCorps in Louisiana where I was a 3rd grade math instructor and near-peer mentor. I know from my own experience just how crucial it is to have reliable mentorship and advising while navigating the complex process of medical school applications, and I look forward to having that opportunity to support you on your journey to medicine!

Emma I.

My name is Emma and I am a 4th year medical student at Kansas City University, currently in the process of applying to residency. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for my bachelor’s degree and loved every minute! As a student, I was able to participate in several medicine-related volunteer trips abroad, worked in academic research at the medical school, and was able to help create several publications, including earning a first authorship. After college, I took some time off before medical school and worked as an emergency medicine scribe in the Twin Cities and then transitioned into clinical and academic research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. As an undergrad, I always knew that I wanted to pursue medicine but wasn’t entirely sure how to get there. It would have been helpful to have a mentor for guidance throughout the complicated process of being a pre-med student!

Throughout medical school, I have been fortunate to serve as a mentor to younger medical students and have also spent time tutoring, participating in research, pursuing a masters in bioethics, and volunteering. I was also selected to serve as a nutritional coach for school-aged children at risk of obesity and worked to create motivational and educational plans for developing healthy habits. I am thrilled to be a part of Motivate MD and look forward to helping you on your journey to medical school!

Ankitha I.

Bio coming soon…

Matthew W., M.D.

Christine

MS2 at Harvard Medical School

Brittany

MS2 at NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine

John

MS3 at SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Joe

MS3 at Quillen College of Medicine

Emma

MS3 at the Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nada

MS2 at Nova Southeastern University’s Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine

Alexa

MS2 at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine

Jamie

MS2 at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Ankitha

MS1 at Wake Forest School of Medicine