Senior Editors

Maniver Deol, MD

New York City

Maniver is from New York and earned her medical degree in India. Her focus is medical education, and she has also helped manage the USMLE-Rx Step 3 QMax and Step 2 Flash Facts projects. She is a vegetarian who loves authentic NY pizza and trying new restaurants. In her spare time, Maniver enjoys reading, going to museums, gardening, and spending time with family, friends, and her rambunctious pitbull.

Lauren Rothkopf, MD


Lauren earned her medical degree and a Masters in Public Health from Temple University School of Medicine. She has enjoyed working on USMLE-Rx projects for many years and is enthusiastic about improving medical education.USMLE-Rx projects for many years and is enthusiastic about improving medical education.


Mona Ascha

Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Mona was born and raised in Cleveland, home of the 2016 NBA champions (go Cavs!). She graduated from Duke University in 2012 with degrees in economics and French and is a fourth-year student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Mona has a passionate love for donuts and can spend hours talking about her favorite donut shops. In her spare time, she enjoys running marathons and triathlons, practicing her French and Arabic, yoga, calligraphy, and R programming.

Jun Shane Ng, MBBS

Central Queensland Hospital and Health Services

Jun earned his medical degree from the University of Queensland in 2015. His areas of interest are internal medicine, cardiology, and endocrinology.

Jorge Roman

University of Texas Medical Branch
Class of 2017

Jorge graduated from the University of North Texas and is currently a third-year medical student at the University of Texas Medical Branch. He plans to pursue a career in dermatology. In his free time Jorge likes working out, teaching, spending time with his cats, and writing. He particularly enjoys writing about the humanities and historical topics in medicine.

Paul T. Rutkowski

Wright State University Boonschoft School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Paul is a fourth-year student at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and plans to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery. Outside of medicine, his interests include golfing, working out, and spending time with his friends and fiancée.

Sarah Tittman

Medical College of Wisconsin
Class of 2017

Sarah is from a small town in Wisconsin and feels fortunate to return to her home state for medical school. She earned her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from Yale University. Her medical interest is otolaryngology. Sarah's hobbies include ice hockey, cycling, and cooking.

Dmitriy Timerman

Harvard Medical School
Class of 2016

Dmitriy is a fourth-year medical student at Harvard Medical School interested in dermatology and melanoma. He has worked on several projects with the First Aid/USMLE-Rx Team over the past 2 years. When not editing questions, Dmitriy enjoys cooking and playing chess.

Senior Authors

Nan Du, MD

Intern, Department of Pediatrics
Yale–New Haven Hospital

Nan is a pediatric intern at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a graduate of m the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Prior to medical school, she attended Harvard University where she graduated with a degree in biomedical engineering and a minor in global health and health policy. In her spare time, Nan enjoys baking chocolate chip cookies, traveling, and watching soccer.

Colin Hill

University of Virginia
Class of 2017

Colin is set to earn his medical degree from the University of Virginia next spring, and plans to pursue a career in radiation oncology. In his free time, he loves hanging out with his dogs, reading fantasy novels, and pumping some iron.

Gina Kim, MD

Graduate Student, Department of Medicine
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Gina earned her medical degree at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and is still there after graduating, enjoying the company of amazing classmates while still being able to be in Charlottesville for a few extra years. She is interested in genetics and pediatrics, but is keeping an open mind about specialties.

Deepika Manohoran

British Heart Foundation
Medical Research Council

Divya Manohoran

University of Toronto/Peter Munk Cardiology Centre
Research Fellow in Cardiology

Annette Mueller, MD

SUNY Downstate Medical University College of Medicine
Class of 2016

Matt Mui, MD

Resident, Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Florida, Jacksonville

Matt was born in Alaska and grew up in Hong Kong before moving to Sacramento, Calif. He earned a combined bachelors and masters degree in bioengineering from the University of California, San Diego. Currently he is an emergency medicine resident. Outside of medicine, Matt enjoys basketball, snowboarding, aviation, and traveling.

David Walker

University of Oklahoma School of Medicine


Samantha Allen, MD

Intern, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Samantha grew up deep in the heart of Texas and didn't stray far for college at Baylor University (sic 'em Bears!) or medical school at Texas A&M Health Science Center. She is excited to begin her OB/GYN residency at the University of Colorado. When she's not studying or practicing medicine, Samantha enjoys training for and running marathons, reading, and doing crossword puzzles.

Cameron Adler, MD

Intern, Department of Surgery
St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center

Cameron is from Phoenix and graduated from Creighton University School of Medicine in 2016. He is completing a preliminary internship in general surgery at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. In 2017, he will begin his residency training in diagnostic radiology at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. Cameron's hobbies include cooking, eating, and traveling with his wife.

Ali AlMoamen

Salmaniya Medical Complex, Bahrain

Ali was born and raised in the tiny country of Bahrain. He earned his medical degree at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland–Bahrain in 2015. He is pursuing a career in adult neurology and is looking forward to the 2017 match. Ali's hobbies and interests include watching films, reading, walking and jogging, traveling, and being a foodie.

Nitina Babu, MD

St. George's University School of Medicine
MBA Candidate

Nitina was born and raised in Long Island, NY She graduated from St. George's University School of Medicine in 2015 and is currently earning her Master's Degree in Business Administration. Once that's completed, she plans to pursue a career in child and adolescent psychiatry. Nitina enjoys playing volleyball, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Marvin Bundo, MD

Research Assistant
The Health &Life Sciences University, Austria

Marvin graduated from the University of Medicine, Tirana in 2013. He is currently pursuing a masters degree in health sciences at The Health & Life Sciences University, Austria, where he is also working as a research assistant. His research interests include personalized medicine and breast cancer. Among Marvin's hobbies are reading and traveling.

Vivian Choi, PhD

University of Chicago School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Vivian is an MD/PhD candidate and is looking forward to graduating this spring. She earned her PhD in microbiology and researched an enterotoxin produced by certain strains of Bacteroides fragilis. In her free time, Vivian enjoys meals with friends, cooking, and reading.

Atman Dave

Saba University School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Atman is from the deep southern state of Louisiana, but is often told he has no southern drawl. He graduated from Tulane University in 2012 with a major in Biomedical Engineering and a minor in digital Studio Art. Currently, he is entering his fourth year of medical school. When not in the hospital or in clinic, he loves listening to audiobooks and podcasts, hitting the gym, and expanding his palate with his fiancée.

Melanie Kho Day, MD

Tucson, Arizona

Melanie is from California and earned a combined bachelors and masters degree in biochemistry and cell biology. She earned her medical degree at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

Stephanie Gleicher, MD, MPH

Resident, Department of Urology
State University of New York Upstate Medical Center

Stephanie did her undergraduate students at Colgate University and earned a Masters of Public Health degree from Rutgers-UMDNJ. She completed medical school at SUNY Upstate and is currently a urology resident there. Stephanie enjoys long runs, hiking, coffee, Scrabble, traveling, and everything chocolate.

Nicole Green, MD

Resident, Department of Pediatrics
Weill Cornell Medical College

Ujjala Kumar, MD

Department of Internal Medicine
Sinai Grace Hospital

Originally from Detroit, Ujjala earned her medical degree in 2006 from Dow University of Health Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan. She completed an internal medicine residency in 2011 at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich. Ujjala is currently teaching in the internal medicine residency program at Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit while she completes a masters of public health degree at George Washington University. In addition to her busy work life, she enjoys her full-time job as a mother of three kids and loves running, swimming, and engaging in adventurous sports with her family.

Christopher Massey

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Class of 2017

Christopher grew up in Mansfield, Texas, where he was the captain of his high school swim team. He continued his swimming career in college at Henderson State University. After retiring from swimming, he decided to focus his efforts toward becoming a physician. Christopher met his wonderful wife at Henderson, and is grateful for her never-ending support. Together they are raising two Golden Retrievers, each of whom weighs 80 pounds and each of whom thinks he is a lap dog. Most of Christopher's free time is dedicated to making sure the dogs don't break everything in the house.

Sheel Patel, DO, MHA

Resident, Department of Surgery
Wayne State University

Sheel graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Florida campus with the dual degree of Doctor of Osteopathy and Masters of Health Service Administration in June 2016. She recently started a general surgery residency at Wayne State University in Detroit. Sheel hopes to subspecialize after completing her general surgery residency. Her research interests are pediatrics and trauma. Sheel's hobbies include art and painting, bike riding, and traveling.

Gabriel Reyes, MD

Intern, Department of Anesthesiology
Stanford University School of Medicine

Gabriel grew up in Southern California and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2006, studying biology with an emphasis in biochemistry. He started the MD/PhD program at UCSF in 2008 and completed his PhD in 2014, studying mechanisms of resistance to TKIs in chronic myeloid leukemia. He has since graduated with his MD in 2016 and has begun his intern year prior to starting anesthesiology residency training at Stanford University in 2017. He enjoys reading, hiking and cooking.

Zak Ritchey, MBS, MHA

Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Class of 2018

Zak is a third-year student at Rosaline Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS). Originally from Honolulu, he graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a bachelors degree in biology and earned his masters degrees in biomedical sciences and health administration at RFUMS. Zak's professional interests include teaching and clinical research. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, traveling, and painting.

Jonathan Rodger

Drexel University College of Medicine
Class of 2017

Originally from New Jersey, Jonathan moved to Philadelphia in 2011 to earn a masters degree at Drexel University. He stayed on to enter medical school and is now a fourth-year student. Jonathan is applying to residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology and hopes to be able to stay in the Philadelphia area.

Parsa Salehi

Drexel University College of Medicine
Class of 207

Parsa earned his undergraduate degree in human biology from Cornell University. As a fourth-year student at Drexel University College of Medicine, his interests include nutrition, health care policy, Near Eastern studies, and human development. In his spare time, Parsa enjoys basketball (go Mavs!), skiing, debate/public speaking, fitness, travel, nature, cooking, poetry, and spending time with friends and family.

Vidhi Shah, MD

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Samantha Spilman

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Aaron M. Williams, MD

House Officer, Department of Surgery
University of Michigan Health System

Aaaron is from Louisville and completed his medical school training at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He is currently in general surgery residency at the University of Michigan Health System.

Casey Williamson

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Class of 2017

Casey is originally from Denver but moved to California to earn his undergraduate degrees in biology and English literature at the University of Southern California. After graduation, he spent two years studying tumor angiogenesis at the University of California, San Francisco before enrolling in medical school at the University of California, San Diego. He is currently working on a Master of Advanced Studies in Clinical Research before returning to finish medical school. Casey loves to ski, hike, camp, and run.

Christopher Michael Wolfe, DO

Resident, Division of Dermatology
Florida State University College of Medicine

Christopher is a graduate of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine's three-year accelerated pathway. He completed his internal medicine internship at Temple University, Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center. He is currently completing a residency in dermatology at Florida State University College of Medicine. Christopher plans to complete a fellowship in micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology.

Matthew Woodward

Touro College of Osteopathic Medicin
Class of 2017

Matthew grew up in Farmington, Conn, and graduated from Tufts University with a degree in biology in 2008. He then completed research in neurodegenerative diseases at McLean Hospital, a Harvard affiliate, before starting medical school at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine. He currently lives with his wife in Baltimore and is applying to neurology residency programs. Matthew enjoys cooking, eating, brewing beer, hiking, and both playing and watching sports, particularly baseball and football. His proudest moment is winning a ghost chili challenge, which earned him a commemorative t-shirt and much needed antacid.

Andrew Wu

Clinical Research Associate

Jennifer Xiao

Boston University

Jennifer is originally from Poughkeepsie, NY. After high school, she moved to Boston to join the seven-year medical program at Boston University. She is staying at Bostom Medical Center to complete her intern year before moving to the University of Washington for radiology residency. Outside of school, Jennifer loves baking, running, and hiking.

Robert Zeichman

State University of New York Upstate Medical University
Class of 2018

Robert is a third-year student at the SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine. He is pursuing a career in neurosurgery and is interested in working in an academic setting. In his spare time Robert enjoys road and trail running, fencing, and cooking.

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