Senior Editors

 Editor-in-ChiefTao Le, MD, MHS
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Chief, Section of Allergy and Immunology
Department of Medicine
University of Louisville
   
Step 1 Qmax

YunXiang Chu
Harvard Medical School
MD/PhD Candidate

Richard A. Giovane, MD
Resident, Department of Family Medicine
University of Alabama School of Medicine

  

Step 2 CK Qmax

Step 3 Qmax

Maniver Deol, MD
New York, N.Y.

Lauren Rothkopf, MD
Philadelphia, Pa.

  
Step 1 Express

Sean Alemi, MD
Resident, Department of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery
University of California, San Francisco

Jeffrey W. Hofmann, MD, PhD
Resident, Department of Pathology
University of California, San Francisco

 

Step 1 Flash Facts

Matthew Sochat, MD
Resident, Department of Internal Medicine
Temple University Hospital

 
 
Biographies

Tao Le, MD, MHS

Tao developed a passion for medical education as a medical student. He currently edits more than 15 titles in the First Aid series. In addition, he is the founder and editor-in-chief of the USMLE-Rx online video, test banks, and flash cards series and a cofounder of the Underground Clinical Vignettes series. As a medical student, he was editor-in-chief of the University of California, San Francisco Synapse, a university newspaper with a weekly circulation of 9000. Tao earned his medical degree from UCSF in 1996 and completed his residency training in internal medicine at Yale University and his allergy and immunology fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University. At Yale, he was a regular guest lecturer on USMLE review and an advisor to the Yale School of Medicine curriculum committee. Tao subsequently went on to cofound Medsn, a medical e-learning company, and served as its chief medical officer. He is currently section chief of adult allergy and immunology at the University of Louisville. He enjoys travel, movies, good food, and spending time with his family.USMLE-Rx online video, test banks, and flash cards series and a cofounder of the Underground Clinical Vignettes series. As a medical student, he was editor-in-chief of the University of California, San Francisco Synapse, a university newspaper with a weekly circulation of 9000. Tao earned his medical degree from UCSF in 1996 and completed his residency training in internal medicine at Yale University and his allergy and immunology fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University. At Yale, he was a regular guest lecturer on USMLE review and an advisor to the Yale School of Medicine curriculum committee. Tao subsequently went on to cofound Medsn, a medical e-learning company, and served as its chief medical officer. He is currently section chief of adult allergy and immunology at the University of Louisville. He enjoys travel, movies, good food, and spending time with his family.

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YunXiang Chu

Yun is from St. Louis, Mo., and graduated from Stanford University in 2008, where she majored in chemistry and neurobiology. She is entering her fifth year as an MD/PhD candidate at Harvard Medical School, and studies mechanisms of synaptic transmission in the Harvard Program in Neuroscience. In her spare time, Yun enjoys reading history books, gardening, shopping, and exploring new cafes and restaurants in the Boston area.

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Richard Giovane, MD

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 very excited to begin his residency in family medicine at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!). 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

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Maniver Deol, MD

Maniver is from New York and earned her medical degree in India. Her focus is medical education, and she has helped manage the USMLE-Rx Step 2 CK QMax and Step 2 Flash Facts projects. She is a vegetarian who loves authentic NY pizza and trying new restaurants. In her spare time, USMLE-Rx Step 2 CK 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.

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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.

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Sean Alemi, MD

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.

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 Jeffrey W. Hofmann, MD, PhD
Jeff completed his PhD research on the molecular biology of aging in 2014, and earning his MD in 2016 from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is enjoying a residencey in pathology at UCSF. Jeff has worked on and led a variety of First Aid projects beginning in 2009, including the First Aid book, First Aid Flash Facts, First Aid for the USMLE Step 1, and the First Aid Step 1 Express video course. In addition to biology and medicine, Jeff loves biking, playing the guitar, and spending time with friends and family.
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Matthew Sochat, MD

Matthew is a second-year internal medicine resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He completed medical school in 2013 at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is a 2008 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he studied biochemistry and the classics. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys skiing, cooking/baking, traveling, the company of friends and loved ones, the Spanish language, and computer/video gaming.

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