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Matthew Sochat, MD

Hematology/Oncology Fellow 

St. Louis University School of Medicine 

Matthew is a hematology/oncology fellow at the St. Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. His internal medicine training was completed at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He earned his medical degree from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in 2013. Undergraduate-wise, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2008, where he studied biochemistry and the classics. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys skiing, cooking/baking, traveling, the company of friends and loved ones, and coming up with helpful puns and mnemonics. 

Yumi Kovic

University of Connecticut School of Medicine 

Class of 2019 

Yumi graduated as a biochemistry major from Connecticut College in 2014 and is currently a dual degree MD/MPH student at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. For her master's thesis, she studied the impact of international junk food marketing policies on food sales. She aspires to interlace her public health interests with her medical career. In her spare time, Yumi's interests include traveling, puzzles, and spending time with family. 

 

Authors

Blake Briggs, MD

Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine 

Wake Forest School of Medicine 

Blake is an emergency medicine resident at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He received his medical doctorate from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis and an undergraduate degree in history from Wake Forest University. In his free time, Blake enjoys podcasting, urban running, hiking, and backpacking the globe. 

Daniel Caicedo

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Class of 2020

Daniel is a second-year medical student at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and is interested in pursuing a career in pathology. He graduated from the University of Houston with an undergraduate degree in biology. In his spare time, Daniel enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.

Anup Chalise, MBBS

Medical Officer, Department of General Surgery and Digestive Diseases

Nepal Mediciti Hospital

Anup graduated from Nepal Medical College in 2017 with academic awards in pediatrics and public health. Currently, he is working as a medical officer in the Department of General Surgery and Digestive Diseases at Nepal Mediciti Hospital. He enjoys reading novels, travelling, playing basketball, and photography.

Tarunpreet Dhaliwal

St. George's University School of Medicine

Class of 2018

Tarunpreet is a fourth-year medical student at St. George's University School of Medicine and is interested in pursuing a career in primary care. He finished undergraduate studies in biology and biochemistry at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 2010 and a Master of Science degree in the field of regenerative medicine at University of Ottawa, Canada in 2012. He is an avid soccer fan. In his spare time, he enjoys chess, hiking, strengthening his knowledge of geography, and spending time with his loved ones.

Gavin Jones

University of Virginia School of Medicine
Class of 2018

Gavin is from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He graduated summa cum laude from Lafayette College in 2014 where he majored in neuroscience. He is wrapping up his MD studies at the University of Virginia and has applied to match into a residency position in radiation oncology. In his spare time, Gavin enjoys long-distance running, fly fishing, playing the piano, drawing, and reading Thomas Pynchon novels.

Tong (Toni) Liu, MD

Resident, Department of Family Medicine

University of Michigan Medical Center

Toni is a current third-year family medicine resident at the University of Michigan Medical Center after completing two years of OB/GYN residency at Baystate Medical Center. She graduated from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and also obtained her human biology undergraduate degree at Brown. In her spare time, she enjoys racquet sports, cooking, dancing, traveling, and learning new languages.

Lukas Matern

Pritzker School of Medicine, The University of Chicago

Class of 2018

Lukas is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine. Before beginning his medical training, he completed majors in music and biochemistry at Columbia University. When not on the wards, Lukas enjoys playing chamber music, running along the lake, and reading over a cup of coffee. He will be pursuing residency in anesthesiology and critical care after graduation.

Archana Murali, MD

Resident, Department of Anesthesiology

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

Archana received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2017. She is currently a first-year anesthesiology resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and plans to pursue a fellowship in pain management. 

Basil Peechakara

Mahatma Gandhi Mission's Medical College, Aurangabad, India

Class of 2016

Basil is a medical school graduate from Mahatma Gandhi Mission's Medical College, Aurangabad, India. He dreams of a career in internal medicine. He loves sports and was part of the soccer team in medical school. In his free time, he likes to read, play guitar, and spend time with friends and family.

Daniel Gomez Ramos

Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Class of 2020

Nikhil is a rising fourth-year medical student at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and is interested in pursuing a career in radiation oncology. He graduated from Princeton University with a degree in chemistry. In his spare time, he enjoys tennis and hiking, and is an avid Philadelphia sports fan.

Nikhil Yegya-Raman

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Class of 2019

Daniel is a medical student at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cleveland campus. He is also completing an MPH degree in epidemiology from the University of South Florida. He enjoys writing articles and serving as a peer reviewer for different companies. In his spare time, he likes to travel to foreign countries, such as Greece or Japan.

Zackery Sira, MD

Zackery Sira, MD

Resident, Department of Internal Medicine

Queens Hospital Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Zachery is currently an internal medicine resident at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He received his medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean in St. Maarten. In his spare time, he enjoys keeping up-to-date with the latest movies and spending time with family.