About Us

We started Med School Mentors because it’s what we needed.
Going into fourth year, our mentorship networks were pretty lacking. We had acquaintances who’d done it before, but their situations were vastly different from ours, and we couldn’t bombard them with every single question. We couldn’t be 100% transparent with our faculty mentors, because they were also on the interview committees that were ranking us. And we didn’t trust Internet forums and the anonymous 10-word answers to our complex questions.
We didn’t know how to navigate 4th year. We missed out on interviews for avoidable reasons. We spent energy on things that didn’t matter. We wasted thousands of dollars.
And we don’t want you to do the same.

 

 

Our Mentors

Cici Zhou

Specialty: Dermatology
Medical School: University of Oklahoma
Residency: Loma Linda University (Preliminary Internal Medicine: Kaiser Permanente San Francisco)

I started Med School Mentors because of my own experiences in the application and interview process. The dermatology match is unique – we apply to every single program, stress over the small things, stress over the big things, stress over everything else, and then hope for the best. I had faculty advisors and knew acquaintances who’d applied before, but what I needed was a real mentor who could tell it to me like it was. A few blunt truths would have saved me thousands of dollars and opened up better opportunities. I was frustrated by the process and I wasn’t alone. Thousands of people apply every year, so why not learn from those before us? And that’s how Med School Mentors started.

 

Sneha Narasimhan

Specialty: Neurology
Medical School: University of Pennsylvania (Perelman), MD/PhD Program
Residency: Washington University in St. Louis

I would love to mentor current students at any point in the process: deciding on neurology as a specialty, obtaining LORs, personal statement help/editing, choosing which programs to apply for (and how many), interview process, and how to make rank lists. In particular, I can provide specific mentoring to those interested in research careers and to those thinking of programs far away from family/home program. I applied broadly region-wise, but with a focus in the Northeast (where my family is), and to both categorical and advanced programs, as well as preliminary medicine programs.

 

Mallory Lowe

Specialty: Neurology
Medical School: LSU School of Medicine, New Orleans
Residency: University of Colorado, Denver

I chose to be a mentor because I didn’t know any people personally in the classes above me who went into Neurology and I had wished very much that I had a student mentor I could ask specific questions. I have enjoyed being a mentor to those in the classes below me, and I am able to offer my experiences/perspective. I ended up matching at my first choice program and I can talk more about why I chose it versus the other equally awesome places I interviewed. I applied very broadly and interviewed in multiple different regions (mainly Southeast, some Northeast/Midwest, and a few West Coast places).

 

 

Alexander Sherry

Specialty: Radiation Oncology
Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Transitional Year: WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center)

I was fortunate to have great mentors during the residency application process and is passionate about paying it forward to the next cohort of students, especially since the process can be challenging, ambiguous, overwhelming and even isolating at times. Through this program, my goal is to develop with each applicant a personalized and optimal approach to residency applications, interviewing and the rank list in order to facilitate a highly successful Match.

 

Tinu Bello

Specialty: Obstetrics-Gynecology
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Residency: Loma Linda University

I had a great amount of support during my residency application process but there were times when I had questions that I couldn’t pose to those in my immediate circle. In those moments, I yearned for a mentor with deeper insight into my situation and with the ability to answer questions freely. Consequently, I am delighted to be for others what I would have wanted. It is my pleasure to offer my knowledge, experience, and time to help others through this very hectic process and I look forward to serving you.

 

Rachael Counts

Specialty: Obstetrics-Gynecology
Medical School: Texas A&M College of Medicine
Residency: UT Health San Antonio

Rachael Counts grew up in a small country town in East Texas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biology in 2016 from Baylor University, and she was a part of the Honors Program and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. She went on to complete her M.D. at Texas A&M College of Medicine in 2020, where she was part of the A&M Integrated Medicine Program. Rachael is currently an OB/GYN resident at UT Health San Antonio. As a first-generation college student and the first doctor in her family, Rachael has depended a lot on mentors throughout her journey. She is passionate about mentorship and hopes to help others achieve their dreams.

 

Conor Fowler

Specialty: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Medical School: Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Residency: Harvard Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital

I have been a mentor all my life and between being a tutor/teacher prior to medical school, I hope to continue to advise those who are seeking help. I interviewed at over 20 programs between preliminary medicine, transitional year and PM&R programs. I did one away rotation. 

 

Elsa George

Specialty: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Residency: Rush University Medical Center

I am excited to be a mentor because I had a lot of questions when I went through this process. As I was the only person from my school doing PM&R, I didn’t have many people to turn to. I did 2 away rotations and have experience with VSAS and its application process. I also have extensive experience with interviews, having gone on 20 interviews total for PM&R and prelim year. I want to give you all the advice and knowledge that I gained during the residency process so that you can match where you want to go!

 

Brandon Forman

Specialty: Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Larkin Community Hospital (Preliminary Year: Mercy Catholic Medical Center)

From my experiences, I realized the importance of correctly choosing where to do away rotations and choosing which programs to apply to. I was also able to increase the number of prelim interview invites late in the season. My interview experience was one that I did not expect, and I was asked some very difficult and very personal questions. I would love to be a mentor and help guide others to the program of their dreams by offering how I was able to match into a competitive specialty with low board scores and sharing some of the mistakes I made.

 

Angel H

Specialty: General Surgery
Medical School: University of Virginia
Residency: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

From my experiences, I realized the importance of correctly choosing where to do away rotations and choosing which programs to apply to. I was also able to increase the number of prelim interview invites late in the season. My interview experience was one that I did not expect, and I was asked some very difficult and very personal questions. I would love to be a mentor and help guide others to the program of their dreams by offering how I was able to match into a competitive specialty with low board scores and sharing some of the mistakes I made.

 

Disha Jain

Specialty: Pediatrics
Medical School: Des Moines University
Residency: Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Interviewing for residency was such a unique experience, but it was more enjoyable than I expected it to be. Going into pediatrics basically ensured that most, if not all, people I met were very friendly and welcoming. I interviewed at several places that I did audition rotations at. I ended up doing 4 audition rotations throughout 4th year, and found it to be EXTREMELY useful to get a real look at programs. It was truly difficult to get a good sense of programs from just a few hours on interview day. I’m excited to talk to all of you to help you sort through the confusing process of auditions, interviews, boards, and anything else 4th year might entail!

 

Mirelle Thaler

Specialty: Pediatrics
Medical School: TouroCOM in Harlem NY
Residency: The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore

As an osteopathic medical student, I knew that I would potentially have work a little extra hard if I wanted to match at a stand alone children’s hospital in NYC, which is where I wanted to go! I know that people say that you don’t have to do a lot of away rotations for Pediatrics, but I thought that this would potentially give me a leg up. I did 5 away/audition rotations at large academic stand-alone children’s hospitals and really loved it! It was a lot of work to always feel like “the new kid” and have to figure out new EMR’s, new cities, and how different hospitals operate. But over all, I learned a lot about Pediatrics and more about where I would want to go for residency. I am excited to be a mentor because I personally found the application experience very confusing and overwhelming, and benefitted highly by speaking to people who had gone through the application process before me! I would be happy to talk about applying for and completing aways, choosing where to apply, interview tips, and creating a rank list. Good luck to everyone in the next cycle!

 

Rachel MacLean

Specialty: Psychiatry
Medical School: Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Residency: Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital

I’m originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, and I applied to residency as a non-US citizen. In addition to discussing anything related to psychiatry and residency applications in general, I am more than happy to talk about any issues pertinent to international students, including visas, work authorization, and navigating the interview trail as a non-citizen. I received a lot of help during my application process, and I am really looking forward to paying it forward. I hope I can provide some guidance and clarity amidst the stress of application season.

 

Jerica Gerena

Specialty: Psychiatry
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: St. Luke’s

I decided to become a Med School Mentor because I think it’s important that medical students have the ability to seek help from people who were recently in their shoes. As a DO student with average board scores, I felt lost about where to begin when scheduling away’s, and preparing my ERAS application. I received a lot of bad advice about how many away rotations to schedule and the amount of programs I should apply to. My hope is to help medical students in a similar situation, match into their top residency. During my 4th year I completed 4 audition/away rotations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

 

Jessica Thai

Specialty: Psychiatry
Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Residency: University of New Mexico

I would love to help others navigate doing away rotations and how to strategically obtain a number of interviews or an interview at a specific location with whatever board scores you have, whether it is above or below average. I am interested in being a mentor because I want to share the knowledge I learned after extensively researching programs and contacting many previous psychiatry applicants. I couldn’t have done it without their help, and I want to offer my experience to others!

 

Kevin Osgood

Specialty: Anesthesiology
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency: Brigham and Women’s Hospital

I am very excited to be a part of Med School Mentors! I have been involved in mentorship and individual tutoring for over 5 years. I learned a lot throughout the application and interview process that I wish I had known starting out. I found the best advice that I received was from those who had just went through the match process. I want to help 4th years in all areas of the match. From how to set up your fourth year schedule, who to get letters of recommendation from, to interview advice and rank lists. My goal is to help you match at the best residency program for you, and to make the process clear and stress free.

 

Jason Hung

Specialty: Anesthesiology
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Pharmacy School: Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy
Residency: University of Texas San Antonio

As a DO, I definitely felt the match process to be more difficult. Mentoring has gotten me to where I am today. I would like the chance to pay it forward and help those students who may be overwhelmed by this process. I want to show you that through diligence and strategic planning, I am able to be where I am today. I am just a normal student just like the rest of you.  I will guide you through the ins and outs of this process and tell you how to perform on away rotations. Working through the VSAS applications and contacting programs was definitely a rollercoaster and I would facilitate and smooth out the ride. As a 4th year medical student, I completed 3 away rotations through VSAS. Feel free to contact me. Looking forward to hearing from you!

 

Nick Russo

Specialty: Anesthesiology
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of Buffalo

What sparked my interest in becoming a mentor is the lack of easily accessible and helpful information available for the residency application process. I felt that the entire time I was piecing together information from online sources and word of mouth. I have always been interested in mentoring and tutoring because I like to see others reach their goals. I performed away rotations and went to multiple interviews at different types of programs. I have experience interviewing at academic and community programs, brand new and established programs, and top 10 and Ivy League programs. I also have a background in healthcare administration and enjoy curating the best possible resumes and applications possible.

 

Yoga Dasari

Specialty: Anesthesiology
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Thomas Jefferson University (Preliminary Internal Medicine: St John’s Riverside)

I’m interested in mentoring because I had no one to mentor me! I would love to help someone out with the process as it’s very vague and confusing. I did 2 aways at academic institutions and got LORs from academic centers, and I auditioned at my #1 program which I believe helped me match there. I applied broadly with a focus on the NE region and then was more selective with the interviews that I went on.

 

Daniel Han

Specialty: Family Medicine
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Atlantic Health System – Overlook Medical Center

I simply want to help people and give them the opportunity to match in a specialty and place that they want to be at. I chose Family Medicine because I loved everything about the field, and am very excited for where I am headed to residency. That being said, I definitely kind of navigated this system a little blindly throughout my interview process, and in retrospect, could have used a little more strategic guidance, both in terms of reducing overall stress as well as making the process more efficient and cost effective. That’s why I’m happy to offer anyone guidance if they need it and pay my knowledge and experience forward.