Your Bridge to Medical School

PremedHQ helps college and post-graduate students build compelling medical school applications to maximize their chances of getting into American medical schools. According to the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC), only 41% of applicants matriculate to at least one US medical school due to the increasingly competitive nature of medical school applications.

We will pair you with a coach from a top medical to help you draft your primary and secondary applications to represent all the hard work completed over the past several years at a reasonable price. We welcome both traditional and non-traditional applicants to contact us for a free consultation.

Our coaches

PremedHQ coaches were sitting where you are, not too long ago. Our coaches currently attend top medical schools across the country and love providing advice about the application process, brainstorming personal statement ideas with you, thoroughly editing your applications, and preparing you for interviews. Our coaches choose to do this job because they truly love mentoring promising students who remind them of their younger selves. Click our coach photos to learn more about them.

  • Abhishek Kumar
    Abhishek Kumar
    UC San Diego School of Medicine                      Duke University
  • Sara Johansen
    Sara Johansen
    Stanford School of Medicine                      University of Puget Sound
  • Sarek Shen
    Sarek Shen
    UC San Diego School of Medicine                 Duke University
  • Shad Chowdhury
    Shad Chowdhury
    Founder of PremedHQ
  • Yusef Jordan
    Yusef Jordan
    Washington U School of Medicine in St. Louis Harvard University
  • Taylor Docter
    Taylor Docter
    UC San Diego School of Medicine                      Harvard University
  • Michael Boyajian
    Michael Boyajian
    Brown Alpert Medical School                            Georgetown University
  • Megan-Fischer Colbrie
    Megan-Fischer Colbrie
    UC San Diego School of Medicine                      Stanford University
  • Ericka von Kaeppler
    Ericka von Kaeppler
    Stanford School of Medicine                            Yale University
  • Sameen Meshkin
    Sameen Meshkin
    Harvard Medical School                            Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Alexandra Goodwin
    Alexandra Goodwin
    Wake Forest School of Medicine                      Harvard University
  • Mitesh Mehta
    Mitesh Mehta
    Northwestern School of Medicine                  Northwestern University
  • Tyler Werbel
    Tyler Werbel
    UC San Diego School of Medicine                  University of Florida
  • Shaan Mehta
    Shaan Mehta
    U of South Florida College of Medicine            Northeast Ohio College of Medicine
  • Robert Chen
    Robert Chen
    Washington U School of Medicine in St. Louis University of California Berkeley
  • Christopher Yang
    Christopher Yang
    Northwestern School of Medicine                  Northwestern University
  • Reena Bastin
    Reena Bastin
    Boston University School of Medicine              Boston University
  • Monica Mehta
    Monica Mehta
    Northwestern School of Medicine                  Northwestern University
  • Reith Sarkar
    Reith Sarkar
    UC San Diego School of Medicine                      Washington University, St. Louis
  • Rory Lubner
    Rory Lubner
    Brown Alpert Medical School                            Duke University
  • Shriya Reddy
    Shriya Reddy
    Boston University School of Medicine              Boston University
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Our services

Whether you are a freshman just starting your premedical career or a post-graduate student preparing your medical school application, we help you succeed at each and every stage of your journey:

Premedical Success Coaching

Each student’s journey into medical school is different. We understand the unique needs of our students: whether you are a high school super star looking to secure every advantage from freshman year of college, or a post-graduate student recovering and rebuilding his academic track record.

We maximize your academic performance, find you meaningful research and clinical activities, help you apply to summer internships and programs, and improve your writing skills, which will pay dividends down the road. In addition, we have our own special curriculum that will deepen your understanding of this noble profession. Our team will successfully guide you through your unique journey towards medical school, so that you are a strong candidate when it comes time to apply.

Intensive Application Coaching

All of your hard work comes down to this moment. Everything you have done up to now is completed— past tense.

Now it’s time to put a “face” to the name. We will help you stand out from the crowd by creating a cohesive, compelling narrative for your application. Not only will humanizing yourself in this process make you more memorable to the admissions committee, but the committee is also aware that strong social skills and a likable character are important qualities in a doctor.

Early on, we will create your application game-plan, manage deadlines, polish your essays in an iterative process involving multiple PremedHQ coaches, and transform you into an interviewing champion.

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Our excellent results

Over the past 8 years, we have been leading the premedical coaching and medical school admissions industry. We are proud to have provided both exceptional admissions results and high-quality custom experiences for our clients. Which programs do PremedHQ students now call home?

  • Harvard University
  • Yale University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Duke University
  • Darmouth College
  • Northwestern University
  • Cornell University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Washington U in St. Louis
  • Emory University
  • Carnegie Mellon Univ

  • University of Virginia
  • Wake Forest University
  • Tufts University
  • U of North Carolina

  • Columbia University
  • Stanford University
  • University of Chicago
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Rice University
  • U of California – San Francisco

  • U of California – Los Angeles

  • U of California – Davis

  • U of California – Irvine

  • U of Southern California
  • New York University
  • Boston College
  • University of Michigan

  • U of Rochester

  • University of Florida

  • Brown University

  • Case Western University

  • University of Pittsburgh

  • University of Miami

  • Hofstra University

  • Temple University

  • St Louis University

  • Drexel University

  • Union College

  • University of Missouri

  • SUNY Downstate

  • Stonybrook University

  • Penn State University

  • George Washington University

  • Virginia Commonwealth University

Why us?

We love our job and have been doing it for over 8 years. With our guidance, our clients have been wildly successful, and more importantly, they have become even more excited about being doctors. We charge less than other services and take pride in conducting our business honestly and ethically. With us, you will have regular one-on-one attention with some of the most brilliant and compassionate medical professionals in America.

If any of information piques your interest, please don’t hesitate to call us for a free consultation. We would be more than happy to jump on the phone and speak with you.

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Abhishek Kumar
UC San Diego School of Medicine                      Duke University

  • PremedHQ Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Head Coach
  • UC San Diego School of Medicine
  • Duke University

Abhishek graduated from Duke University with a triple major in biomedical engineering, chemistry, and biology. In addition to being a published scientific author, Abhishek has a few years of experience working in data analytics specifically in the health care business sector.

At UC San Diego School of Medicine, Abhishek has been elected class president and through his role he often collaborates with the administration to address the academic, professional, and social interests of his classmates. Abhishek has privately tutored MCAT material to over 40 students and has hundreds of hours of essay editing experience. Abhishek will provide you honest and actionable advice to improve your essays, resume, and interview skills.

Sara Johansen
Stanford School of Medicine                      University of Puget Sound

Sara Johansen is a fourth year medical student at Stanford School of Medicine. As a recipient of the Stanford Medical Scholars fellowship at Stanford, Sara pursued a year of independent research studying predictors of postpartum depression, and she plans to pursue a career with a focus in women’s health. Prior to medical school, Sara graduated with a Masters in Biological Sciences from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and a Bachelors in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Puget Sound. Additionally, Sara attended music conservatory at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she studied violin performance, and she continues to perform in the Stanford Philharmonia.

As a future physician and active musician, Sara believes that cultivating a well-rounded, balanced life is the key to success, a ideology she hopes to share with her students as a PremedHQ coach. Currently, Sara tutors pre-college students and particularly enjoys helping students craft personal statements. She is very excited to be part of the PremedHQ team!

 

Sarek Shen
UC San Diego School of Medicine                 Duke University

Sarek Shen is a current medical student at University of California San Diego School of Medicine. He graduated from Duke University with a double major in Biomedical Engineering and Economics. He was honored as a Pratt Fellow for his undergraduate research in protein engineering and directed evolution. After graduation, Sarek also worked at the NIH under a IRTA grant in the field of structural immunology and x-ray crystallography.

At UCSD School of Medicine, Sarek has continued his research experience in a diverse range of clinical settings. He has presented his work in Plastic Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, and Nephrology at multiple medical conferences over the past 3 years. Sarek has had significant experience in creating practice questions for MCAT prep courses as well as experience in editing application essays.

Shad Chowdhury
Founder of PremedHQ

With eight years of BS/MD coaching experience, Shadman (Shad) Chowdhury has turned the art of BS/MD admissions into a science.

In high school, Shad successfully went through the BS/MD admissions process with a high school GPA that barely met the minimum requirements for most BS/MD programs. Shad developed unorthodox strategies to stand out in the highly competitive BS/MD candidate pool. His unique experience has taught him the vital importance of crafting an exceptional application and narrative, above all else. Shad develops the unique admissions strategies that contributes to the tremendous success and competitive advantage granted to PremedHQ’s students and families.

Shad has been recognized by Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 list, which recognizes 600 innovators from across the United States (and Canada) who are leaders in their respective industries. Shad, along with PremedHQ Inc., has been honored by Forbes magazine for being leaders in the education sector for 2019.

Shad’s clinical research interests includes cardiopulmonary critical care and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He has been invited to present his work at multiple international conferences, with his most recent presentation at the prominent American Thoracic Society Conference. His most recent 2018 publication in the Journal of Pulmonary and Respiratory medicine is titled Assessment of Hemodynamic Changes during Mechanical and Spontaneous Ventilation by Variations in Pulse Oximetry Waveform in Critically Ill Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis: A Pilot Study to Evaluate Reliability of a Noninvasive Technique. His second most recent publication is in the Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and titled Noninvasive Assessment of Inspiratory Muscle Endurance during Rest and Exercise in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Cardiovascular Disorders. Shad has worked directly under some of the highest esteemed physician mentors in cardiopulmonary medicine, including Dr. Ahmet Baydur who has almost 50 years of experience as a medical doctor, and Dr. John B West, considered one of the “fathers” of pulmonary medicine. While working with some of the poorest and most medically under-served patients in Los Angeles under the mentorship of his seasoned clinician mentors, Shad gained deep insights into the medical field.

In addition, Shad has observed the admissions committee deliberations for both medical school and residency programs. He has interviewed admissions committee members and deans of admission from some of the most prestigious BS/MD programs, medical schools, and residency programs in the nation.

As a result of his experiences and insight, he demands that his team and his students produce exceptional quality work. He personally reviews the most critical essays of the BS/MD and college admissions process, for every student working with Premed HQ. He expects perfection by the time each student’s essays reach him, and Premed HQ’s advisory board, for the final approval.

 

Yusef Jordan
Washington U School of Medicine in St. Louis Harvard University

Yusef Jordan is a current medical student at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, where he is interested in pursuing a career in Orthopedic Surgery.  Prior to medical school, he graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Neurobiology and minor in Economics. He has conducted research throughout high school, undergraduate, and medical school in areas such as health policy and quality improvement as it pertains to neuroimaging, neurodegenerative disease, and metastatic spinal disease.  He took some time in between undergraduate and medical school to work as a clinical intern at UCLA, where he had opportunities to conduct research, shadow physicians, and participate in conferences. He also worked for a private tutoring company, tutoring students in a variety of high school and college, the ACT, SAT, and Subject Exams.

Yusef is very passionate about education and plans to pursue a career in academic medicine.  He has participated in mentorship programs throughout undergraduate and medical school, and enjoys the bonds he forms with his mentees.  He understands the difficulties and challenges facing people who want to have a career in medicine, and wants to support these people in their endeavors in any way he can.

Taylor Docter
UC San Diego School of Medicine                      Harvard University

Taylor Docter is a current medical school student at University of California San Diego. She graduated from Harvard with a degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative biology. At Harvard, she was a 4 year letter-winner and captain of the Volleyball team and worked as a student researcher in the Melton laboratory studying the role of stem cells in type I diabetes. After her undergraduate education and before medical school, Taylor worked as a project manager for Human Care Systems in San Francisco, a small startup focussed on improving patient outcomes through online patient support programs.

At UCSD, Taylor has continued to pursue research interests with work in breast cancer clinical trials at UCSF as well as emergency medicine and health informatics at UCSD. She has also contributed significant time to the UCSD student-run free clinic, providing basic healthcare needs to the local underserved and uninsured population.  Tutoring and counseling has always been an important part of Taylor’s life starting with her first high school job as an after school tutor to continuing those pursuits here with PremedHQ.

Michael Boyajian
Brown Alpert Medical School                            Georgetown University

Michael graduated from Georgetown University as a History and Government major, and then completed the Columbia University post-baccalaureate premedical program. After that he worked as a research fellow at the NIH in the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. He has also maintained a longstanding interest in global health and has participated in international medical missions to India and Haiti.

He is currently a third year medical student at Brown University, where he was the student leader of the Surgical Subspecialties Elective. Over the years he has worked as a tutor and student mentor, and he looks forward to sharing his passions and insights with the students at PremedHQ.

Megan-Fischer Colbrie
UC San Diego School of Medicine                      Stanford University

Megan is a current medical student at University of California San Diego. She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology and a focus in Physiology & Human Performance. While at Stanford, Megan competed on the Division I Women’s Varsity Swimming Team and was a 4 year letter winner, helping her team achieve 3 PAC-12 Championship Titles. She conducted research on pancreatic beta cells in a Type I Diabetes lab, and is published in a peer-reviewed journal for her work with a pediatric cardiologist at Stanford.

Following undergrad, Megan worked at the Ashley Lab in the Stanford Cardiovascular Medicine Department, procuring heart tissue following transplants for a research study. Concurrently, she acted as chief editor for BridgeAthletic, a sports performance start-up in San Francisco that creates, delivers, and tracks customized training programs to professional athletes.

At UCSD School of Medicine, Megan continues to devote time to research and mentorship. She co-founded a Business in Medicine elective in her first year and presented at a conference for research in breast cancer. She is currently conducting research in Orthopedic Surgery and volunteers weekly at the UCSD Free Clinic, providing comprehensive medical care to underserved patients in the San Diego community while mentoring junior medical students. Megan is passionate about medicine and education, and is excited to help her fellow future doctors on their path to success with PremedHQ.

 

Ericka von Kaeppler
Stanford School of Medicine                            Yale University

Ericka von Kaeppler is a fourth year MD/PhD student at Stanford School of Medicine where she studies bone biology and is interested in pursuing a career as an orthopedic surgeon-scientist. She graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. At Yale, she was a member of the Varsity Basketball team and worked in the Horowitz Lab studying the interface of bone biology and immunology. Through her transformative experiences in athletics and in the lab, Ericka developed a passion for sports medicine and ultimately hopes to improve orthopedic medicine through basic science research.

Ericka has long held a passion for mentorship and teaching, serving as an athletics coach, tutor, and mentor for various organizations since high school. Currently, she is a mentor for the Stanford Women in Medicine program, mentoring female undergraduates through the premed process. She finds both joy and inspiration in sharing the lessons she has learned from her own life, so she is very excited for the opportunity to continue this work as a PremedHQ coach.

Sameen Meshkin
Harvard Medical School                            Virginia Commonwealth University

Sameen is a soon-to-be doctor, receiving his medical education at Harvard Medical School. Sameen went through the BS/MD process with a guaranteed spot in medical school through Virginia Commonwealth University’s BS/MD Guaranteed Admission Program for Medicine, and was a recipient of VCU’s Presidential Scholarship, which covers tuition, fees and room and board. As a student of the VCU Honors College, he majored in biology through the College of Humanities and Sciences, and music through the School of the Arts. During this time, he was awarded Virginia Commonwealth University’s award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship 2016, for his interdisciplinary study Preserving a Sense of Honor, Conscience, and Dignity during Medical School for the Physician-Patient Relationship.

Sameen has spent his tenure at VCU preparing for medical school and his chosen career, which of course, includes shadowing doctors, working as an international medical scribe, hospital and nursing home volunteer; and through these activities, he has witnessed how some practitioners seem to lose sight of their calling to respect and heal others. Sameen seeks to understand how and why this may happen; for he knows first-hand that almost all who enter the field, do so to help others through not only intellect and expertise but also through respect and compassion. At Harvard Medical School, he intends to pursue translational research on neurodegenerative diseases to investigate the pathology associated with demyelinating conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS). Following this, Sameen would like to teach at the university level and would seek to instill in his students a passion for research.

Sameen enjoys sharing his passion and insight with the students and families of Premed HQ.

 

 

Alexandra Goodwin
Wake Forest School of Medicine                      Harvard University

Alexandra graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Human Evolutionary Biology with a secondary degree in Global Health and Health Policy. During college, she became an author on her first medical publication, served for 2 years as the President of the Harvard Chapter of Global Medical Brigades, worked as an intern at The Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and served as a student counselor in University Health Services. She also began volunteering with the Yantalo Foundation in the rural amazon jungle of Peru where she has spent two summers and plans to return before graduating medical school.

Alexandra took two years between college and medical school to explore her interest in public health and wellness. In her first year she interned at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the division of the Health Rights of Women and Children, and got certified as a yoga instructor in Boston. In her second year she taught yoga at several studios in New York City and worked at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center researching teen health.

She then moved to the south and now attends Wake Forest University School of Medicine where she is a 4th year student. There, she has been published as a first author on a paper on recovery following tibial shaft fractures, has been an author on 12 separate poster and abstract presentations, and has won 2 awards for her research. She started a program called the “Fireside Chats” that connects female medical students with female physicians through informal coffee meetings, runs a fitness email listserv that connects students with free local opportunities while continuing to teach yoga, and is on her way to become a distinguished volunteer at the student-run free clinic.

Alexandra has always been passionate about mentoring and connecting students and colleagues with the resources to help them succeed. She is looking forward to continuing this interest as a member of the PremedHQ family.

 

Mitesh Mehta
Northwestern School of Medicine                  Northwestern University

As an undergrad, Mitesh interned at Goldman Sachs as a Trade Management Summer Analyst. Following graduation, Mitesh worked for one year at Strategy& (formerly known as Booz & Company) as a healthcare strategy analyst consultant tackling issues for national payors, providers, and pharmaceutical companies.

Mitesh was born and raised in the Cleveland area. He attended Western Reserve Academy, a private boarding school in Ohio to complete his high school education. He entered Northwestern University as part of the Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME), a combined BA/MD program allowing him to graduate in three years with a guaranteed acceptance to Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Mitesh graduated from Northwestern University in 2016 with a BA in Economics and minor in Spanish, and he is now a second year medical student at Feinberg.

Mitesh has tutored since high school, helping students in topics ranging from physiology to Spanish to college applications. He has also assisted with test prep, including the SAT (2390), the ACT (36), and subject tests.

Outside of school, Mitesh enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing tennis and ultimate frisbee, doing Bhangra and skiing out West, and exploring Chicago’s food scene.

Mitesh was accepted to several BS/MD (Northwestern, Case Western Reserve University, Boston University, NEOMED) and four year programs (UPenn’s Life Sciences & Management Program, Johns Hopkins, Amherst). He has a significant amount of experience successfully mentoring students for programs like these, and Mitesh believes that individuals with passion, fortitude, and proper guidance can gain acceptance to these types of programs.

Tyler Werbel
UC San Diego School of Medicine                  University of Florida

Tyler is a current medical student at the University of California San Diego. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida with a double major in Biochemistry & Immunology and Economics. He focused his senior thesis research on developing a novel patented cancer immunotherapy, resulting in publication. He simultaneously completed a Master’s in Finance, focusing his studies on health economics and decision theory. During his undergraduate career, he spent a significant amount of time working as an emergency room scribe and volunteering at a local hospice, solidifying his decision to go into medicine.

At UCSD School of Medicine, Tyler has continued to explore his research interests in a wide variety of fields, including pulmonology, oncology, and dermatology. He has published his work in multiple journals and has presented at several conferences over the past few years. In addition, he has published numerous online book chapters as a contributing writer for the clinical decision support software company, VisualDx.

Over the years, Tyler has become passionate about education and mentorship, serving as a tutor and advisor throughout high school and college. He is excited to continue helping students pursue their ambitions with Premed HQ.

Shaan Mehta
U of South Florida College of Medicine            Northeast Ohio College of Medicine

When Dr. Mehta found out about the wonderful opportunities at PremedHQ, he couldn’t wait to begin the process of grooming future physicians. He had the unique opportunity of attending one of the nation’s few 6-year combined BS/MD programs at Northeast Ohio Medical University. He began his journey at Youngstown State University where he completed his Bachelor of Science in only 2 years’ time and graduated Magna Cum Laude. While in undergraduate, he even formulated a public health policy to help decrease smoking rates in his city and presented it to his local government legislature. Dr. Mehta then began medical school at the age of 20 at Northeast Ohio College of Medicine where he was actively involved in his local community, taking part in numerous service events with a focus on primary care to our underserved. One of his most rewarding experiences involved the opportunity to work in a government hospital in Lucknow, India where he truly realized his dream to provide quality medical care to those underserved and impoverished.

Dr. Mehta chose to pursue a career in primary care and matched at the University of South Florida in the specialty of Family Medicine. During his time in residency, he has been active in the field of Sports Medicine, covering several sporting events in the local communities. This spring, he will be presenting a case report on Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia at the Florida Academy of Family Physicians conference. His plans after residency include the pursuit of a Sports Medicine Fellowship and eventually providing full spectrum primary care with an emphasis on Sports Medicine. Through Dr. Mehta’s experiences in life and medicine, he offers a wealth of knowledge and advice to other future physicians. You will see his passion firsthand as he is thrilled to be a part of the PremedHQ team.

Dr. Mehta is an avid traveler and can never get enough of trying all the local cuisines. In his free time, he enjoys the lovely beaches of Tampa, Florida.

Robert Chen
Washington U School of Medicine in St. Louis University of California Berkeley

Robert graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in Bioengineering and a portfolio in leadership. While at Berkeley, Robert founded Magic for Medicine, took the reigns as president for the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering and Lambda Phi Epsilon, and was awarded more than five scholarships for his research in stem cell biology.

After graduating, Robert spent two years researching Alzheimer’s disease at the University of California San Francisco before receiving a full-ride scholarship to the MD-PhD program at Washington University School of Medicine. Bringing his Bay Area roots with him to St. Louis, Robert joined a startup company as the head of development for neurological and psychiatric disease interventions. In addition, Robert created a mobile app to allow physicians to better diagnose patients with Alzheimer’s disease—which is now being tested in the clinic. With nine scientific publications and two more in the works, Robert understands the value of hard work.

However, when he isn’t in the lab or managing his research study, Robert is often spotted performing magic on the streets, playing basketball, or pursuing the next knockout recipe in the kitchen. Robert’s diverse and extensive experiences with leading teams and mentoring students reflects his own gratitude toward his mentors, and he can’t wait to pass along the life lessons he’s learned to his new mentees.

Christopher Yang
Northwestern School of Medicine                  Northwestern University

Christopher Yang is a first year medical student at the Feinberg School of Medicine. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University through the Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) with a major in Biological Sciences and a concentration in Genetics & Genomics. In college, Christopher dedicated much of his time to health technology entrepreneurship and worked on a medical device startup called Track Trainer. The product was a physical rehabilitation device for stroke patients that aims to transform rehabilitation into an engaging, intuitive, and affordable process. In the summer before his senior year, Christopher worked as a software engineering intern at a Chicago health software startup company called Human Practice, which aims to connect patients to appropriate medical specialists in prestigious healthcare systems. His other commitments in Northwestern included serving a variety of roles on the executive board of the Chinese Students Association and performing urban dance as a member of the Refresh Dance Crew.

In high school, Christopher demonstrated an affinity for education, tutoring, and mentorship in a variety of ways. He founded a physics club in order to tutor students competing in academic physics competitions and worked as a private tutor in SAT Biology and math. He also served as the Vice President of his school’s chapter of the National Honors Society, where his responsibility was to coordinate the tutoring and mentorship of underclassmen students.

In the college application process, Christopher was accepted to a variety of different undergraduate and BA/MD programs – most notably the Honors Program in Medical Education (HPME) at Northwestern University and the Program in Liberal Medical Education at Brown University. Christopher loves developing new relationships and connecting with people in a meaningful way, which allows him to be an effective personal mentor and friend. He has a curious mind, a passion for medicine, and a love of education. Finally, he is eager to help others pursue their dreams of entering the field of medicine, and he believes that all driven students have the potential to do so.

Reena Bastin
Boston University School of Medicine              Boston University

Reena Bastin is a current medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. She is a part of the Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Medical Education Program, with a major in medical sciences and a minor in psychology.

In her undergraduate years, she primarily focused on conducting basic science and translation research in the field of cardiology to assess cardiovascular disease in smokers. Her avid interest in how certain cardiovascular risk factors affect endothelium function led Reena to continue researching in medical school, allowing her to partake in co-authorships. Apart from academics, she is also heavily involved in various organizations. She joined the Wellness initiative team at BUSM, because she values and promotes a balanced lifestyle. She is also a chapter leader of the BU Institute of Healthcare Improvement, which works toward improving healthcare quality to communities. Reena knows how crucial mentors are to a successful high school experience and is the Director of Outreach of BUSM PumpStart—where medical school students travel to local high schools to teach students CPR.

She believes it would be a gratifying opportunity to continue mentoring and working with passionate high school students. Applying to BS/MD programs in high school taught her a lot about the programs, and she would love to pass on this knowledge to future physicians!

Monica Mehta
Northwestern School of Medicine                  Northwestern University

Monica Mehta is a third year medical student at Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. She completed her BA in Environmental Policy with a certificate in Leadership and graduated Cum Laude after 3 years. During her undergraduate years, Monica took part in many teaching and mentoring activities including being a TA, formally tutoring high school students, and receiving a teaching certification from the Princeton Review for teaching ACT prep classes. After graduation, she received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in South Korea.

Monica attended Western Reserve Academy for high school, a boarding college preparatory high school. She applied to numerous combined BS/MD programs as well as ivy league schools and knows about available combined programs and their different attributes. Additionally, she is familiar with the interview process at several combined programs. At Feinberg, she is a tour guide and host for current HPME applicants and is a member on the panel for incoming HPME students.

Reith Sarkar
UC San Diego School of Medicine                      Washington University, St. Louis

Reith graduated magna cum laude from Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) with a major in biomedical engineering. During his time at WashU, Reith was awarded a competitive research grant to study the patterns of drug diffusion within the brain. In addition to being a member of multiple academic honor societies, Reith spent many hours giving back to the local community by volunteering with on-campus charitable organizations.

He is currently a fourth-year medical student at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He has spent the past year obtaining a Masters in Clinical Research and will apply to Radiation Oncology residency programs in the fall. He has worked as a mentor, tutor, and teaching assistant in the past and is eager to help students at PremedHQ reach their goals.  

 

Rory Lubner
Brown Alpert Medical School                            Duke University

Rory grew up just outside Seattle, Washington. He was the editor-in-chief of his high school newspaper and valedictorian of his class. He went on to Duke University, where he majored in Neuroscience and minored in Chemistry and Philosophy. At Duke, Rory was awarded a highly competitive summer research fellowship, and graduated with distinction after completing published research on the biochemical components that affect neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease. He also began an undergraduate neuroscience research journal, and expanded it to multiple colleges across the US. He spent many hours volunteering at Duke’s Emergency Room, and shadowing several physicians at the hospital.

After college, Rory worked for several years as an analyst in a large health care consulting and researching firm in DC, where he gained business experience in the US health care sector. He now attends Brown University Medical School, where he has led a specialty interest group, pre-clinical elective, among other things. Rory finds teaching and mentoring as one of the most satisfying activities he does. He understands the amount of work, dedication, and focus it takes to get into medical and be a successful student, and finds much joy in passing down his wisdom and advice to fellow aspiring physicians.

Shriya Reddy
Boston University School of Medicine              Boston University

Shriya Reddy is a medical student at Boston University School of Medicine through the Seven-Year Liberal Arts/Medical Education track. Her background as a successful applicant to several BS/BA/MD programs, as well as top-tier traditional undergraduate institutions, has given her the necessary experience to counsel bright, ambitious high school students through the direct med application process. 

As a medical student, Shriya has actively pursued her academic interests, conducting research in Boston Medical Center’s Department of Thoracic Surgery to improve post-operative patient outcomes, as well as in the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute to help construct patient-specific computational models of vascular devices. In addition, she has demonstrated her passion for student wellness and healthcare advocacy through her positions as an admissions representative, American Medical Student Association, and Surgical Society leader. She is very excited for the opportunity to share her insights with prospective healthcare professionals.