Step 1 Qmax Authors | USMLE-Rx

Senior Editors

Yun Weisholtz

ScholarRx 

Yun is from St. Louis and graduated from Stanford University in 2008, where she majored in chemistry and neurobiology and then attended Harvard Medical School. In her spare time, she enjoys reading history books, gardening, shopping, and exploring new cafes and restaurants. 

Laura E. Felley

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine 
MD/PhD Candidate 

Laura is from Maryland, but tells all non-Marylanders that she's from DC. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2009 with Bachelors of Arts degrees in biology and psychology. She spent a year at the NIH studying osteogenesis imperfecta before joining the University of Wisconsin's MD/PhD program. Currently a graduate student in an immunology lab, Laura studies the interactions between monocytes and natural killer T cells. When not in the classroom or at the bench, Laura loves running (slowly), gardening, horror stories in the style of HP Lovecraft, and folk dancing (badly, but with great gusto). 

Meloney Oliveira, MD

Saint James School of Medicine 
Class of 2017 

Meloney grew up in Mississauga, Canada (but finds it easier to say Toronto, near the CN tower), and attended McMaster University, where she studied biochemistry and medical radiation sciences, specializing in radiation therapy. During that time, she worked to develop a bioactive contrast probe for a PET-MRI imager, using iron IV oxide nanoparticles radiolabeled with copper-64 isotopes synthesized at McMaster’s nuclear reactor facility. She recently graduated from Saint James School of Medicine and plans to become a faculty hospitalist in an internal medicine residency program, and to make scholarly contributions advocating the health benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet. When off the clock, Meloney enjoys weightlifting, brewing homemade Kambucha, and watching reality TV with her sisters. 

Editors

Alireza Abadi

University of Washington School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Ali graduated from Seattle University with a bachelor of science degree in biology and is currently a fourth-year medical student at the University of Washington. He aspires to become a clinical teacher in whatever field he pursues. When he is not busy with school, Ali is a sports fanatic and likes to play basketball. 

Nakeya Dewaswala, MD

Lokmanya Tilak Mucipal Medical College 
Mumbai area, India 

Anna Frazier

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Anna is originally from Cincinnati and graduated from Marquette University in 2014 with a degree in biomedical sciences and minors in psychology and classical languages.  She is getting ready to graduate from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in May 2018, and is currently pursuing pediatrics residency programs for after graduation.  Anna is specifically interested in the fields of critical care and cardiology.  In her spare time, she enjoys long-distance running, especially trail running. 

Zachary Hing

Ohio State University College of Medicine 
MD/PhD Candidate 

Zachary was born in St. Louis but grew up in Seattle. He earned undergraduate degrees in chemistry and English at Duke University. As a volunteer EMT, he gained an appreciation for medicine and after graduation, Zachary became a research fellow at the Food and Drug Administration in Bethesda. He is currently enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Ohio State University College of Medicine, where he is research cancer biology. 

Daniel Hutchinson

Ross University School of Medicine 
Class of 2019 

Amanda Krause

Rush Medical College 
Class of 2018 

Amanda is a fourth-year student at Rush Medical College in Chicago. 

Stephen LoBue, MD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Ophthalmology 
Emory University School of Medicine 

Originally from southern California, Stephen earned his undergraduate degree at the University of San Diego in 2010 and his medical degree at St. George’s University School o f Medicine in 2016. Currently he is a retina research fellow at Emory working with Dr. Timothy Olsen, focusing on new techniques for choroidal transplantation and drug delivery using both pig and primate models with macular disease. Stephen’s passions include weight lifting, tennis, nutrition, and cooking. 

Neal Shah, PharmD

West Virginia University School of Medicine 
MD/PhD Candidate 

Neal is from Long Island, NY. He earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree at St. John's University and directly entered West Virginia University's MD/PhD program. He is currently a graduate student studying the effects of chemotherapy on brain metastases from breast cancer, lung cancer, and melanoma. In his free time, Neal loves to play the guitar, listen to music, and exercise. 

Senior Authors

Humood Boqambar

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 
Class of 2018 

Richard Giovane, MD

Resident, Department of Family Medicine 
University of Alabama School of Medicine 

Richard is from a small town just north of Toronto, Ontario. He graduated from the University of Guelph in 2010 with a major in biological sciences and from St. George’s University School of Medicine in 2016. Richard is enjoying his residency in family medicine at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!), and still finds time to contribute to multiple First Aid/USMLE-Rx projects, including the upcoming revision of <i>First Aid Cases for the USMLE Step 1</i>. His hobbies and interests include reading science fiction novels, video game programming, playing Magic: The Gathering with his older brothers, and spending time with his friends and girlfriend 

Authors

Frank Abella

University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus,
Class of 2018

Frank was  born and raised in Puerto Rico and discovered a love for education after working as a science tutor during college for 3 years. He is excited to start his ophthalmology residency soon and aims to continue pursuing ways to contribute to medical education.

Dayyan Adoor

Weill Cornell Medicine in Qatar 
Class of 2019 

Huzaifa Ahmad

Aga Khan University Medical College,
Class of 2018

Huzaifa grew up in France and Saudi Arabia before graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in integrative biology. He is now in his final year of medical school at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. In his spare time, Huzaifa enjoys playing basketball, watching TV, eating, traveling, and learning new languages.

Sachin Allahabadi, MD

Resident, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine 

Abdulla Alobaidi

Ross University School of Medicine,
Class of 2019 

Abdulla is a third-year medical student at Ross University School of Medicine and is currently enjoying clinical rotations at St. Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, NY. Abdulla is highly interested in the field of psychiatry in all of its aspects including practice, research, and teaching. 

Vivian V. Altiery

De Jesus University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine,
Class of 2019

Vivian is a third-year medical student at De Jesus University of Puerto Rico. Her interests include investigation and medical education. Another passion is writing, from novels and poems to chronicles and short stories.

Sarah Armenia, MS

Rutgers New Jersey Medical School,
Class of 2019

Sarah is a third-year medical student at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and plans to pursue a residency in general surgery. Before medical school, Sarah trained as a violinist at the Juilliard School, was a Division I rower for Boston University, and completed a master’s degree to practice as a physician assistant. She also worked as a biotechnology and healthcare investment analyst. Outside of medicine, Sarah enjoys practicing Krav Maga, running, and playing the violin.

Dara Baker

George Washington University School of Medicine 
Class of 2019 

David Bayless

University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston,
Class of 2020 

.David is a second-year medical student at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He hopes to pursue a career in primary care. 

Kulsajan Singh Bhatia, MBBS

Government Medical College and Hospital,
Chandigarh, India 

Kulsajan has enjoyed working with USMLE-Rx and hopes that his contribution proves helpful
for other fellow aspiring doctors. He aspires to enter a residency in the United States.  

Harsh Bhavsar

Resident, Department of Medicine,
Mercy Catholic Medical Center, Philadelphia 

Harsh is a first-year internal medicine resident at Mercy Catholic Medical Center in Philadelphia. Interests include preventative medicine, endocrinology, and wellness.

Terry Bujnak

Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine  
Class of 2019 

.Originally from St. Louis, Terry graduated from the University of Missouri–Columbia with a degree in biological sciences. He is currently working to become an orthopedic surgeon. In his free time Terry enjoys working out, playing golf and tennis, and watching football and hockey. 

Katherine Chung

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine,
Class of 2019

Katherine is from Allentown, Pa, and graduated from Penn State in 2015, where she majored in biochemistry and molecular biology. She is currently a third-year medical student at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and plans to go into diagnostic radiology after graduation. In her spare time, Katherine likes to play basketball, listen to music, and spend time with her guinea pig.

Vanessa Denny

St. George's University School of Medicine,
Class of 2019

Vanessa is a third-year medical student currently completing her clinical training in New Jersey. Prior to medical school she earned a master's degree in global health, and she hopes to practice international pediatric medicine. 

Nakeya Dewaswala

Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College,
Sion, Mumbai 

In addition to her medical studies, Nakeya is a science fiction fantasy and anime fan. She loves traveling and teaching, and has contributed to the illustrations program of First Aid for the USMLE Step 1. In her spare time Nakeya blogs about medicine at www.Medicowesome.com.

Martin Dittmer

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine          
Class of 2018   

From Bettendorf, Iowa, Martin graduated from the University of Iowa in 2012, where he majored in Japanese language and literature and minored in chemistry. He is finishing his medical degree at the University of Iowa and will be continuing his training in dermatology following graduation. In his spare time, Martin enjoys listening to jazz, printmaking, and binge-watching Netflix with his wife.

Nicholas Druar

St. George’s University Medical School,
MD/MPH Candidate 

Stefan Elde

University of Minnesota School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Dakotah Forell

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine,
Class of 2019

Dakotah was born and raised in Syracuse, NY and moved south to attend college and medical school. She is currently a third-year medical student and plans to specialize in emergency medicine. In addition to school of medicine, Dakota loves going for hikes, camping, and wood working.

Jason Gilbert

West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine    
Class of 2020

Jason is a second-year student at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He earn a degree in music performance from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2009, then enrolled in nursing school in Syracuse soon thereafter. Prior to medical school Jason worked as a nurse in clinical cardiology, cardiac surgery, and cardiac anesthesia.

Isaac Fonken

University of Colorado School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Isaac is from Estes Park, Coloradp, and graduated from Whitworth University in 2013, where he majored in health science. He is wrapping up his medical studies at University of Colorado School of Medicine, and is interviewing for family medicine residencies. In his spare time, Isaac enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, cooking, pottery, and spending time with his dog. 

Jason Gilbert, DO

Resident, Department of Internal Medicine 
Kaiser Permanente 

Iva Golemi, MD

Resident, Department of Internal Medicine 
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine 

Iva was born in Gjirokastra, Albania, and moved to the US when she was 18 years old. She graduated from Loyola University with a double major in biophysics and molecular biology and quadruple minors in mathematics, chemistry, neuroscience, and philosophy. She earned her medical degree at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Iva returned to Chicago for her internal medicine residency. Iva enjoys running, swimming, and spending time with her fiancée, family, and friends. 

Viren Govindaraju

Central Michigan University College of Medicine

Originally from Seattle, Viren earned an undergraduate degree in biochemistry and chemistry at the University of Washington. In his spare time, he enjoy competitive swimming and playing racquetball. 

Katherine He

University of Michigan Medical School 
Class of 2018 

Zachary Hing  

Ohio State University College of Medicine    
MD/PhD Candidate

Zachary was born in St. Louis but grew up in Seattle. He earned undergraduate degrees in chemistry and English at Duke University. As a volunteer EMT, he gained an appreciation for medicine and after graduation Zachary became a research fellow at the FDA in Bethesda. He is currently enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Ohio State University College of Medicine, where his research focus is cancer biology. 

Justin Holmes

University of Colorado School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

In a few weeks Justin will be starting an internal medicine residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. His academic interests include health policy, quality improvement, and medical education.

Aamir Hussain

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine 
MD/MA Candidate 

Aamir is from Farmington, Conn, and graduated from Georgetown University in 2014, where he majored in government and minored in theology. He is pursuing a joint MD/MA in public policy at the University of Chicago, where he conducts research on healthcare policy and the intersections between religion and medicine. Aamir is known as the Pun-isher due to his penchant for telling bad puns, and in his free time he also enjoys binging Netflix shows and playing board games. He plans to pursue residency in dermatology. 

Daniel Hutchinson

Ross University School of Medicine 
Class of 2019

Charles Hurth

Kansas City University of Medicine,
Class of 2020 

Charles is interested in ophthalmology and neurology, but isn’t yet sure what he will be when he grows up.  

Gavin Jones

University of Virginia School of Medicine,
Class of 2018

Gavin is from Bethlehem, Pa. He graduated summa cum laude from Lafayette College in 2014, where he majored in neuroscience. He has matched 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.

Raed Khasawneh

Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland 
Class of 2018 

Raed is a fourth-year medical student currently studying at the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. He is passionate about pursuing a residency in plastic surgery. He is also interested in business and economics and has pursued several ventures in these areas. 

Amanda Krause

Rush Medical College  
Class of 2018    

Amanda will be starting her internal medicine residency at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine this summer. She is interested in a career in gastroenterology.

Jared Lambert

St. George's University School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Jared was born and raised in Phoenix. He earned his undergraduate degree in microbiology at Brigham Young University in Provo in 2013. While studying in Utah, he fell in love with medicine, science, skiing, hiking, fishing, long-distance running, and my wife. He is looking forward to a family medicine intern at University of Wyoming (Casper), and embraces learning, making friendships, serving patients, and raising our newborn son, Jack, in cowboy country. 

Shawn Lyo

St. George’s University School of Medicine 
Class of 2018

Shawn was born in Myanmar and grew up in New York City. He earned his undergraduate degree from Reed College, where he studied embodied cognition and motion capture. He earned his medical degree from St. George's University School of medicine, where he coded a USMLE-style question bank for the school's honor society. Shawn is looking forward to becoming an internal medicine intern at Jacobi Medical Center before beginning radiology residency at SUNY Downstate. He plans to continue to be involved in medical education with a focus on clinical imaging and imaging anatomy while also contributing to global radiological outreach efforts. Shawn’s hobbies include computer programming, reading Chinese web novels, playing piano, and juggling.

Kunal Mathur

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis 
Class of 2018 

Kunal is from St. Louis and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014, where he majored in biology and minored in anthropology. He is also completing his medical degree at Wash U and is planning to pursue residency training in internal medicine. As a medical student, Kunal has built upon his passion for medical education and addressing the social determinants of health through work as a teaching assistant, clinical mentor, volunteer, and researcher with the WUSM Institute of Public Health. In his free time, Kunal enjoys rock climbing, singing, cooking, and exploring new restaurants in the St. Louis area. 

John Mayfield

University of Florida School of Medicine 
Class of 2019 

Maria Alejandra Mendoza

Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador,
Class of 2018

Maria is looking forward to starting an internal medicine residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami. She is interested in infectious diseases and academic medicine, and would like to work with undeserved HIV-positive population.

Leza Naydich, MD

Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara 
Class of 2017 

Divine Nwafor

West Virginia School of Medicine 
Class of 2019 

Jin Kyun (Luke) Oh

State University of New York Downstate College of Medicine 
Class of 2019 

Christina Marie Palomo

American University of Antigua College of Medicine 
Class of 2020 

Christina is interested in pursuing surgery. She enjoys training for half marathons and watching NBA games.

Shannon Powell, MSHI

Saint James School of Medicine

Shannon is from New York, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology. While attending Saint James School of Medicine in pursuit of her medical degree, she has earned a Master of Science in Health Informatics and is working toward another master’s degree as well. Shannon enjoys singing and listening to music, cooking, and playing games with family and friends. Her end goal is to be the best caring physician that she can be.

Charles Puza

Duke University School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Basem Rashwan

Northeastern Ohio Medical University 
Class of 2019 

Bret Robinson 

The University of North Carolina School of Medicine  
Class of 2019  

Michael Rushton, Jr.

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences 
Class of 2019 

Michael moved from California to attend Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. As an English major, participating in medical education is an enjoyable adjunct to his education and something he intend to continue pursuing. Michael loves to eat, exercise, read, write, and enjoy nature, and he wants to be able to provide healthcare wherever his travels take him and his wife. This makes emergency medicine a particularly attractive specialty. 

Shabaaz Sandhu

Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida 
Class of 2018 

Matthew Segar, MS

Indiana University School of Medicine  
Class of 2018  

Matt is from Indianapolis and graduated from Bucknell University in 2012, where he majored in computer science. He then graduated from Indiana University in 2014 with a masters degree in bioinformatics focusing on epigenetics and cancer prognosis. He is also completing his medical degree at Indiana U and will be graduating in May 2018. In his spare time, Matt enjoys swimming, rowing, cooking, and playing board games with friends.  

Neal Shah, PharmD

West Virginia University School of Medicine 
MD/PhD Candidate

Neal is from Long Island, NY. He earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy degree at St. John's University and directly entered West Virginia University's MD/PhD program. He defended his dissertation on the effects of chemotherapy on brain metastases from breast cancer and lung cancer, and is now looking forward to re-entering the clinical years. In his free time, Neal loves to play the guitar, listen to music, and exercise.  

Christine Shieh

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA |
Class of 2019 

Julia Solomon

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University 
Class of 2019 

Caroline Song  

Ross University School of Medicine   
Class of 2020

Caroline earned undergraduate degrees in biology and theology at Saint Louis University in 2011. In 2014 she earned a masters degree is bioethics from New York University. Caroline is currently a second-year medical student at Ross University School of Medicine. 

Tina Stanco, MHS

Saint James School of Medicine  
Class of 2019 

Originally from Roselle, NJ, Tina earned her bachelors and masters degrees in clinical health sciences while serving as a Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy.  After her retirement, she entered medical school to chase her life-long dream of becoming a doctor. Tina’s goals after medical school include practicing in underserved areas and traveling with her husband. 

Visakha Suresh

Duke University School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Paul Sutcliffe

American University of Antigua College of Medicine 
Class of 2019 

Tammy Tavdy

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Tammy is from Forest Hills, NY. She graduated from Brandeis University in 2013 with a bachelors degree in biology and minors in chemistry and theater arts. She is currently a fourth-year medical student at the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine. Tammy is pursuing internal medicine and hopes to specialize in hematology/oncology. In her free time, she enjoys creative writing, traveling, cycling, art museums, and exploring new restaurants and cafés in NYC.  

Missak Tchoulhakian

Western University of Health Sciences 
Class of 2019   

Arielle Thomas, MPH 

University of North Carolina School of Medicine  
Class of 2018  

Arielle is from Chapel Hill and graduated from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 2009, where she majored in comparative literature and minored in women’s and gender studies as well as chemistry. She is wrapping up her MD/MPH studies at UNC Chapel Hill and Yale School of Public Health. Her main interests are expanding surgical access internationally through program development and capacity building efforts. In her spare time, Arielle loves to read, cross-stitch, and spend time with friends and family 

Natalia Díaz Torres,

University of Puerto Rico 
Class of 2019 

Natalia is a third-year medical student at the University of Puerto Rico. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Florida. Natalia is pursuing a residency program in ophthalmology. 

Savas Tsikis

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine 
Class of 2018 

Sreedivya Veturi

Saint James School of Medicine 
Class of 2019

Sreedivya is a third-year medical student at Saint James School of Medicine on the St. Vincent campus. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2014. Sreedivya has always had a passion for teaching and for public health since volunteering in the health industry since high school. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and artistic endeavors. 

Hannah Wellman

University of Colorado School of Medicine  
Class of 2018  

Hannah is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Originally from Denver, she attended Colorado College for her undergraduate education. She is applying into the match for pediatric neurology residency this spring. Outside of medical school, Hannah enjoys snowboarding, baking, and running. 

Jenna Wong

Saba University School of Medicine  
Class of 2019 

Jenna was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, and is currently a third-year student at Saba University School of Medicine. Prior to starting medical school, she was an emergency paramedic in Vancouver. Jenna enjoys hiking, running, weight lifting, and spending time with my family and friends. 

Jacob Zipperstein

Central Michigan University Medical School 
Class of 2019 

Jacob is from Marin County, Calif. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in integrative biology. He is currently a student at Central Michigan University Medical School. In his free time, Jacob enjoys playing guitar and tennis and hiking.