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Sean Alemi, MD

Resident, Department of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Sean is a resident in otolaryngology—head & neck surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. Originally from Davis, Calif., he graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in molecular and cell biology, and then went on to medical school at the University of California, Irvine, graduating in 2013. During medical school, he was granted a one-year research fellowship at UCSF by the American Otological Society, where he investigated virally mediated gene therapy for genetic forms of deafness. Sean is also the former Editor-in-Chief of the Firecracker USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 study tools, specializing in preparing medical students for their board exams. When he is not running around the hospital, Sean enjoys cooking, working out, and practicing yoga.

Nick O'Neill, MD

Resident, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
McLaren Macomb Regional Medical Center

Nick is from Peoria, Ill, and graduated from The University of Vermont in 2012, where he majored in biology. He attended medical school at Kansas City University, graduating in 2016. He is currently in orthopedic surgery residency training at McLaren Macomb Regional Medical Center, a teaching hospital of Michigan State University's statewide campus system in Mount Clemens, Mich. In his spare time, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and visiting the Coney Island restaurants of Detroit.

Authors

Stephen Allsop, PhD

Harvard Medical School
Class of 2019

Stephen graduated from North Carolina Central University in 2010 with a degree in biology. While at NCCU he filled his time doing science, playing varsity tennis, and studying jazz music. After graduating, he moved to Boston to go to school for an inordinately long time. Stephen completed two years of medical school at Harvard recently earned a PhD in neuroscience from MIT. When not solving the mysteries of the brain, Stephen enjoys reading, playing sports, and being a musician.

Gauri Barlingay, MBBS

Resident, Department of Internal Medicine
Maricopa Integrated Heath System, Phoenix

Gauri was born in India but grew up in Arizona. She earned her medical degree from NKP Salve Institute of Medical Sciences in India and is now a resident in internal medicine at Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix. Gauri plans to pursue a career in infectious diseases after her residency. In her spare time, Gauri enjoys traveling to a new place every year, making YouTube videos for IMGs, writing poetry, participating in Marathi cultural events, and spending time with family.

Gianfranco A. Frojo, MD

Resident, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
St. Louis University School of Medicine

Gianfranco spent the first years of his life in Mexico before relocating to Auburn, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2011 with degrees in biology and Spanish. He also earned his medical degree at the University of Alabama School of Medicine and is now a plastic surgery resident at St. Louis University. Gianfranco looks forward to golfing, playing soccer, any type of travel, working out, drawing, and meeting interesting people in new places.

Alejandro Gener

Baylor College of Medicine
Class of 2020

Dan Griffin, DO

Resident, Department of Internal Medicine
Magnolia Regional Health Center

Dan was born and raised in Mississippi. He attended Mississippi College, where he played baseball and obtained a degree in biology. After graduation he attended William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he met his wife and graduated in 2015. He is currently an internal medicine resident at Magnolia Regional Health Center. In his spare time Dann enjoys spending time with his wife and recreational sports.

Pete Haftkowycz

Saint James School of Medicine
Class of 2018

Pete was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and is currently a third-year medical student at Saint James School of Medicine on the St. Vincent campus. He earned his undergraduate degrees from Baldwin-Wallace University in 2010, majoring in philosophy with minors in biology and neuroscience. Pete has previously worked as a laboratory assistant at the Veteran Affairs hospital in the neuroscience department as well as multiple years at a residential treatment facility for children in the local area. While on the island, Pete acted as anatomy TA for 3 semesters and discovered his love for teaching then. He has a lust for travel and seeing the world and thoroughly enjoys hiking, camping, and cycling. Pete also operates a YouTube channel dedicated to short, simple lectures revolving around Step 1 material.

Daniel Hekman, MD

Pathology Applicant
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Daniel has a true passion for teaching. He first discovered this calling at the University of Michigan, when he served as an organic chemistry lab instructor. After graduating in three years, he transitioned to medical school at Wayne State in 2009. During his third year, Daniel felt compelled to share his Step 1 knowledge with first- and second-year students by offering them review lectures. These lectures were very well received and ultimately lead to connections with First Aid and Pathoma. Daniel hopes to continue pursuing his love for teaching while training to become a pathologist. Apart from medicine, Daniel enjoys active relaxation activities such as exercising, designing apps, and striving to create.

Jeffrey Hofmann, MD, PhD

Resident, Department of Pathology
University of California, San Francisco

Jeff is a graduate of the MD/PhD program at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, earning his PhD by studying the molecular biology of aging. He has worked on and led a variety of First Aid projects beginning in 2009, including First Aid Flash Facts, First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, and the First Aid Step 1 Express video course. He is enjoying his first year as a resident in pathology at the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to biology and medicine, Jeff enjoys biking, rock climbing, and playing the guitar.

Arjun Iyer, MD

Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Nevada School of Medicine

Arjun grew up in Southern California and attended the University of California, San Diego before heading to Long Island to trade his sun tan for a fake tan. He earned his medical degree at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, then went back west for residency at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. Arjun enjoys singing and playing the ancient instrument of his people: the bass guitar. He can also be spotted regularly at the gym trying to stay in shape.

Benjamin Johnson

University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Class of 2018

Ben is from Albuquerque and graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from Stanford University, where he also ran cross-country and track. He is currently in his fourth year at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and plans to pursue a career in otolaryngology. Ben has a passion for teaching and before joining First Aid Step 1 Express, he was an author on the ScholarRx curriculum project. In his free time, he enjoys running, biking, rock climbing, and exploring the outdoors with his wife

Matt Kofoed

Medical University of South Carolina
Class of 2018

Matt is from Greenville, SC. He graduated from Clemson University in 2013, where he majored in biomedical engineering. He attends medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina and will be graduating in May 2018. Matt was selected to participate in a year-long research fellowship focused on developing new techniques for medical education at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine from 2015-2016. Matt plans to pursue a career in
anesthesiology with a possible focus in anesthesia critical care. In his spare time, he enjoys making furniture, cooking, reading fiction, discussing and helping people understand personal finance, and snow skiing.

Kevin Labadie, MD

Resident, Department of Surgery
University of Washington School of Medicine

Kevin grew up in Sunnyvale, Calif., and graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2011 with a degree in molecular biology. He spent one year working as a molecular biologist for a biotechnology company and then enrolled in the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine. After graduation, he began a residency in general surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Outside of medicine, Kevin spends his time staying active with skiing and hiking and enjoys rooting on his Bay Area sports teams.

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