Health Professions Summit


Time Activity Location
9:30 - 10 AM Check-in SERC Lobby
10 AM Welcome SERC 116
10:15 AM Breakout Sessions SERC 116


11 AM Guest Speaker SERC 116
Noon Lunch SERC 108A/B
1 - 3:30 PM Workshops SERC 116 (1-2:30)
Disparity in Dermatology for African Americans
Gap Year Options
Financial Literacy - How To Pay For Professional School

SERC 108A/B (2:30-3:30)
Hands-On Suturing
Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Demonstration and Discussion
3 - 5 PM Health Professions Fair/Networking SERC Lobby

Alum Board Hosts

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Maya Hoke
Alumni Relations Chair

Maya is originally from Baltimore (but was born in Calgary, Canada). She graduated from the University of Toronto in 2019 with a degree in history/public policy before joining the Temple BCHS program in 2021.

She is currently in her gap year, working as a clinical research coordinator at Johns Hopkins in the Neurology Department. In her free time, she is a hospice volunteer and the chair of the alumni relations committee.

Outside of medicine, she loves to travel, hike, and bake.

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Bryson Hoover-Hankerson

Bryson is originally from Harrisburg, PA and at an early age expressed an interest in science and history. An alumnus of Georgetown Preparatory School of North Bethesda, MD, he received his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Biology at Tufts University. In 2018 he completed the Temple ACHS Postbacc Program. He is now receiving his Medical Doctorate (M.D.) from the Lewis Katz School of Medicine (LKSOM) in May, 2023 and upon graduation will begin his Internal Medicin residency training at UT Houston.

Bryson has continuously demonstrated his passion for the promotion of health and equity in black communities, a passion he credits to his parents. He co-founded the Vyllage mentoring program at Gratz High School as well as Mini Medical School at LKSOM to promote health and mentorship for black youth in North Philadelphia. During his first year of medical school he co-founded the Diversity Council at LKSOM to challenge discriminatory policies at LKSOM as well as to protect and support URiM students. He is also a founding member of Tri-State Black Men in Medicine, a group dedicated to increasing the number of black males in medicine via mentorship and service. Additionally, he has been recognized for his scholastic achievements in medical school, having been inducted into the AOA Honor Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

In his free time Bryson loves mentoring students, playing basketball, reading, bowling, playing chess, playing table tennis, and gardening.

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Danielle Thor
Director of Alumni Stewardship

Danielle is from Livingston, New Jersey and came to Temple University to pursue her undergraduate degree in kinesiology with a premed focus. Following her graduation from Temple University, Danielle joined the ACHS postbacc cohort in 2016. She was then accepted at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, where she is finishing up her fourth year. She will then move on to a residency in internal medicine at Jefferson.

Throughout her medical education, Danielle has had a deep interest in hematology/oncology, bioethics, clinical research, and LGBTQ+ healthcare.

Outside of medicine, Danielle enjoys staying active by hitting the gym or heading to the beach.

For aspiring medical professionals, Danielle recommends resources such as OnlineMedEd (especially for DO students for their OMM content), UWorld for pre-clinicals/Step 1, and AMBOSS for clinicals/Step 2.

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Elizabeth Veley
Vice President

Elizabeth is from Stroudsburg, PA, a small town in the Pocono Mountains. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018 with a degree in neuroscience and chemistry. Elizabeth gained healthcare experience while working at a multidisciplinary children’s clinic and started a mental health non-profit organization with her sister. She was a member of the 2020-2021 ACHS cohort before matriculating into the PA program at North Greenville University, where she is now a PA-S2.

Outside the realm of healthcare, she enjoys baking up a storm and balancing out the treats with hiking and yoga.

For resources throughout PA school, she recommends Rosh Review, Pance Prep Pearls, UWorld, and Physician Assistant Exam Review podcasts.

Guest Speaker

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Sara Feldman, PT, DPT, APT

Sara Feldman is the physical therapist and assistive technology professional at the MDA/ALS Center of Hope at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She has been the physical therapist at the ALS center since 1994 and in addition to clinical care she is involved in clinical trials and the use of assistive technology. She received her bachelor’s in physical therapy in 1987 from Temple University, her master’s in environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1997, and her doctorate in physical therapy from Drexel University in 2012. .

Sara began working as the clinical evaluator performing outcome measures for clinical trials in 2004. She was the clinical evaluator representative on the Northeast ALS Consortium (NEALS) Executive Committee from 2014 to 2018 and is co-founder of the NEALS Physical Therapy Committee, co-chairing the committee from 2012 to 2018. In 2013 she was elected to the Board of Directors of the International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations as the representative from the ALS Hope Foundation and served until 2019. She became co-chair of the Allied Professionals Forum in 2015 and chair of the PALS and CALS Advisory Council in 2019. In December 2018, she received the inaugural International Alliance of ALS/MND Associations Allied Health Professionals Award and in 2022 she received the Temple University Program in Physical Therapy Alumnus Award.

She looks forward to the day there is a cure for ALS, but until that time, will continue to be an advocate for better care.

Break-out Room/Workshop Leaders

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Zobaku Acholonu

Zobaku is from Macungie, PA, which is just outside of Allentown, PA. After attending Lock Haven University, where she received a BS in health science with a psychology minor, she was a member of the 2019-2020 ACHS cohort. She is in her last year at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University Physician Assistant Program, currently on her trauma surgery elective rotation, with a graduation date of July 28, 2023. She is currently interested in pursuing plastic surgery and emergency medicine.

In her free time, Zobaku enjoys working out, sleeping, and going out to eat!

Resources she recommends are Pance Prep Pearls and Cram the PANCE (YouTube/podcast).

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Vetzrel Adidala

From Lancaster, PA, Vetzrel graduated from Messiah University in 2016 with a degree in biopsychology. She was a member of the ACHS 2020-2021 (fully online!) cohort and entered the PA program at Lock Haven University (now merged with Commonwealth University) in 2022. She begins her clinical year in May (2023). A member of PSPA and AAPA, Vetzrel also recently traveled to Costa Rica for a global populations and underserved in medicine course, which focused on women’s health and pediatrics. Although she enjoyed these specialties, she is keeping her mind open for clinical rotations—she is interested in working with immigrant populations and refugees but is not sure in what capacity yet.

Outside of medicine, Vetzrel is interested in… Food! She is a big foodie and in her free time, she is a foodie content creator/influencer and has worked with multiple local restaurants and businesses. This semester, she had the chance to collaborate with Stella and attend a music festival. She also enjoys going to the gym as a brain break and hanging out with friends and family exploring new places. She reminds us that being in school can feel like being in a bubble away from the rest of the world where the cycle is study, class, sleep, eat, and repeat. Even though she has limited free time, she finds balance so that she can be happy in the classroom too.

Vetzrel recommends the follow resources Pance Prep Pearls, PA Platform, Savanna Perry's Interview Guide, Cram the PANCE (YouTube/podcast), Rhesus Medicine (YouTube), Armando Hasudungan (YouTube), Picmonic (which are brief/ big pictures comic videos with quizzes. Discount codes available online) or SketchyPA (which has longer comic videos), @PAPASSifer (for questions for recall), and Anki flashcards for active recall. Two books she recommends are Medcomic: The Most Entertaining Way to Study Medicine, Third Edition 3rd Edition by Jorge Muniz and Sparkson's Illustrated Guide to ECG Interpretation, 2nd Edition also by Jorge Muniz. For second-year students, she also recommends Rosh Review. She also recommends finding some right-fit Instagram influencers who offer regular study aids/recommendations/advice.

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Jesus Alvarado Salinas

Jesus is from Allentown, PA. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in cellular and molecular neuroscience before joining the 2019-2020 ACHS cohort. Now a second-year medical student at PCOM (class of 2025), Jesus is continues with his interest in addressing health disparities in marginalized communities with organizations like Medicos Unidos and LMSA. He is interested in physical medicine and rehabilitation

Outside of medicine, Jesus enjoys playing basketball, hiking with his dog, spending time with loved ones, and traveling.

For applicants he recommends Kaplan, Examkrackers, the psychology 100-page document, and doing practice exams. And for first- and second-year students, he recommends Anki, Boards and Beyond, Pathoma, First Aid, Microbiology. Sketchy Pharmacology and the podcasts: Goljan Board Review, Sawbones, and Divine Intervention.

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Nargiza Babaeva

Nargiza was born in Samarkand, Uzbekistan and immigrated to NY when she was 12. After graduating from Hunter College in 2017 with degrees in biochemistry and Russian translation studies, she joined the 2019-2020 ACHS cohort. She is now an OSM-1 at Rowan-Virtua School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Throughout her journey, Nargiza has remained committed to addressing language/cultural-related healthcare disparities. She continues to work as a medical interpreter (Russian, Tajik, English) having personally seen/experienced how language and cultural barriers can impede effective healthcare delivery. And she enjoys helping create spaces where medical professionals can learn about working with interpreters to enhance patient care.

Outside of medicine, Nargiza enjoys spending time with her 5-year-old son and experiencing the world through his eyes. She finds that spending time with her family allows her to focus on the moment, allowing her to de-stress and find joy in the simplest things around her.

Nargiza recommends that applicants consider what is most important to them when considering schools and programs. She valued the sense of community and family she felt in the postbacc program, finding that it enabled her to succeed to the best of her abilities. She prioritized community when choosing a medical school and has found RowenSOM to be exactly the supportive environment she was looking for.

Her advice to current/future applicants is to choose a program that fits their personal learning style, needs, and values. Going through school will get challenging at times, and if students surround themselves with people, whether it’s their peers, professors, or staff members, they can reach out to and ask for guidance, the challenges will be easier to overcome.

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Amy Baumgart

Amy is originally from Valley Center, CA (a small town that is part of San Diego county). She graduated from UCSD in 2011 and took a non-traditional route to medical school, which included working in different healthcare professions for 6 years before moving across the country to attend Temple’s BCHS program in 2017-2018. She matriculated at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University in 2019 and is now in her final year.

Amy is a recipient of the Health Professions Scholarship Program and a proud member of the United States Navy. Amy has matched successfully into the Internal Medicine program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for the intern class of 2023-2024. She has been involved in the medical humanities while at Jefferson, where she has served as editor-in-chief for Inside Out, the university's literary and arts journal, and has volunteered with The Story Initiative, a group that creates individualized stories for children in group homes around the world.

Outside of medicine, Amy is an amateur writer, and her story, I Made the Opening Incision in a Thyroidectomy, won 3rd place at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia Annual Story Slam in 2022.

Her favorite study aids for medical school include Anki, First Aid, Boards and Beyond, and Sketchy.

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Danielle Carey

Danielle is from Long Island, NY. She graduated from Albright College, where she was on the women’s lacrosse team all four years, in 2017 with a BS in biology. After attending the Temple postbacc program from 2017-2018 as a member of the ACHS cohort, Danielle matriculated at PCOM.

During her medical education, she was selected to be an OMM Scholar and spent an extra year teaching OMT to the 1st and 2nd year medical students and seeing her own patients in the OMM clinic. She is currently in her last year of medical school and has successfully matched into a physical medicine and rehabilitation residency at New York Presbyterian – Columbia and Cornell. She is most excited to be a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician who helps patients get reintegrated into their lives after traumatic injuries/events as well as complicated hospital stays.

Her advice for those trying to get into medical school is to find their ‘why,’ as that will be the ultimate deciding factor for schools to accept them once they have given them an interview.

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Brigit Coleman

Brigit is from Lansdale, Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia with a degree in biomedical science and then joined the 2020 entering cohort of the ACHS program. Brigit linked with PCOM and is currently in her second year of medical school (graduating class of ‘25). Throughout her journey, Brigit has remained committed to her interests in cardiology and interventional cardiology.

Outside of medicine, Brigit enjoys working out, playing basketball, and spending time with her friends.

For aspiring healthcare professionals, Brigit recommends studying aids such as First Aid and Boards and Beyond.

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Michaelyn Cornish

Michaelyn is from Saylorsburg, PA. She graduated from Gettysburg College with a degree in biology before joining the ACHS 2020 cohort. She is currently in medical school at PCOM, where she is a member of the class of 2025. She is a member of the Addiction Medicine Club and is considering specializing in either psychiatry or palliative care.

Outside of medicine, Michaelyn enjoys binge-watching YouTube, hiking, and skiing.

Michaelyn recommends Notion for study tracking/course and life organizing for all students. For premed students, she recommends the MCAT Milesdown Anki deck and for medical students, she recommends Sketchy.

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Emily Day

Emily grew up in Newtown, Pennsylvania but is originally from Pewaukee, Wisconsin. She went on to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering at Cornell University. Emily was a member of the 2019 ACHS cohort and then was accepted into Drexel University College of Medicine, where she is currently a rising M3 student.

Emily is involved in Students Against Racism (StAR), as well as National and local Sling Health, an organization that connects engineers, entrepreneurs, medical students, and clinicians to innovate healthcare solutions. She is currently interested in pursuing emergency medicine.

Outside of medicine, Emily enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her dog.

For aspiring healthcare professionals, Emily recommends resources such as USMLERx for practice questions, Sketchy for microbiology, and UWorld for STEP prep. She also suggests reading books such as The Beauty in Breaking by Michele Harper, The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat and Other Clinical Tales by Oliver Sacks, and Reaching Down the Rabbit Hole by Allan H. Ropper and Brian David Burrell, which provide valuable insight into the experiences of clinicians in medicine.

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Julie Erhart

Julie is from Philadelphia and received a degree in theater arts management from Ithaca College. She was a student in the BCHS program from 2020-2021. After completing the program, she was accepted into the University of Maryland School of Dentistry class of 2026. In addition to her studies, she is also actively involved in the Implant Interest Group and UMSOD's community service/outreach group (CORE).

Outside of her studies and healthcare-related activities, Julie enjoys staying active and participating in outdoor activities such as swimming, cycling, triathlons, and hiking.

As a resource for aspiring healthcare professionals, Julie recommends the Dental Nachos Facebook group. She also suggests reading Behind Her Scalpel by Cathy Hung, DDS, a book that shares the stories of female surgeons and offers valuable advice for those interested in the field of oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS).

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Matt Flounders

Matt is from Center Valley, PA and graduated from University of Pittsburgh in 2015 with a BSc in neuroscience. He is an alum of the 2017-2018 ACHS cohort and is graduating from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2023. He is pursuing a residency in adult neurology with a goal of practicing academic neurology focusing on neurovascular risk factors and dementia spectrum disorders.

Beyond pursuits in medicine, Matt is passionate about educational outreach, long-distance running, and cooking.

Resources he recommends to students interested in medicine include Magoosh, Khan Academy, and dedicated question banks for MCAT simulation and test prep. For students in medical school, he recommends resources such as Sketchy, Anki, Boards & Beyond, and AMBOSS. There is no "right" path, and committing to a routine combination is more important than integrating all of the available resources. Some topics just require more time than others. Lastly, The Clinical Problem Solvers podcast is a great example of case-based clinical reasoning practice accessible to anyone.

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Daniel Forrest, DO

Dan is from Montgomeryville, PA and received a dual degree in Spanish and biology from Temple University. He completed the ACHS program in 2016-2017. He was accepted to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) in 2017 and graduated with a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) degree in 2021.

During medical school, Dan developed a strong interest in international medicine. He also became fascinated with the use of ultrasound in his medical practice. After completing his medical degree, Dan began a residency in emergency medicine at Capital Health in Trenton, NJ, where he is currently in his second year.

In his free time, Dan enjoys traveling to new places, hiking, going to the beach, volleyball, cooking, and gardening.

He recommends resources such as First Aid, Pathoma, Sketchy, and Anki. Although he is not a podcast person, he knows many other people find them helpful! Above all, Dan believes the most helpful thing while studying at any level is forming a study group to stay accountable and teach/learn material in different ways.

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Samuel Handy

Originally from Perkasie, PA, Sam earned a dual degree in economics (BS) and business administration with a minor in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh. Sam joined the ACHS postbacc cohort in 2019 and is now a rising M3 at Lewis Katz School of Medicine. He is currently studying for Step 1 and starting his clinical rotations soon.

Sam participates in numerous health-related organizations such as Leadership in Orthopedic Interest Group and Leadership in Urology Interest Group and is a peer academic facilitator providing mentoring and tutoring.

Outside of medicine, Sam enjoys cycling, building and restoring bikes, playing soccer and basketball, and exploring new cultures through food. He is also passionate about photography and music and music production.

Sam recommends several resources for applicants and 1st/2nd-year medical students, including Anki, Sketchy, and books such as The Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Medical Speciality by Dr. Brian Freeman and The White Coat Investor, a website started by Dr. James Dahle. He also recommends the YouTube video series, "So You Want To Be," from Med Scholars Insiders, which explores various medical specialties.

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Grace Lee

From Hamilton, NJ, Grace graduated from Temple University in 2019 with a degree in kinesiology. She was a member of the 2020-2021 ACHS cohort before matriculating into the PA program at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, where she is a PA-S1.

Although she hasn’t officially decided on a specialty she plans to pursue, she is interested in the more hands-on specialties. She chose interventional radiology and thoracic surgery as her electives for clinical rotations, hoping to get a better understanding of her interests during rotations!

In her free time, Grace loves watching movies, especially since starting PA school. She also enjoys pilates, and recently she has started enjoying hiking, though she is not able to go as often as she would like.

Grace used the PA platform during the application cycle for tips on filling out CASPA and for interview prep. As a 1st year PA student, she primarily uses the materials assigned in class, although she will occasionally use "Smarty Pance" for practice questions and a good generalized explanation of topics.

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Karoline Loretan

Karoline is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Hobart & William Smith Colleges with a dual degree in English and French. She completed the BCHS program in 2020-2021. After completing the postbacc program, Karoline was accepted to Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she is currently in her third year of medical school. She is currently studying for her board exams and exploring residencies. Karoline is passionate about pediatrics, neonatology, women's health, and gastroenterology.

In addition to her academic pursuits, Karoline is an avid runner and is currently training for the Broad Street Run. She also enjoys cooking and gardening in her free time.

She recommends resources such as First Aid, Sketchy, Boards & Beyond.

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Patrick Loughran

Patrick is from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. He attended George Washington University and earned a degree in accounting. However, his passion for medicine led him to Temple University and the BCHS cohort in 2017. He then went on to attend Drexel University College of Medicine, where he is currently in his fourth year; he is waiting to start residency in OB/GYN. Patrick is passionate about women's health advocacy and is involved with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

Outside of medicine, Patrick enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, cooking, and working on house projects.

In terms of study resources, he recommends Anki, Sketchy, OnlineMedEd, and Boards & Beyond. He also suggests podcasts such as Curbsiders for clinical years and books like Being Mortal by Atul Gawande and Inferior by Angela Saini.

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James Martinez

James is from Newark, DE and graduated from the University of Delaware with a BA in biological sciences. A member of the 2019-2019 ACHS cohort, James is now in his third year of dental school at the Kornberg School of Dentistry, completing dental-related lab work, designing treatment plans, and treating patients. He is also the VP of the HSDA, VP of the Orthodontic Club, treasurer of the Global Student Surgical Alliance, and a member of the Honors Advanced Restorative Dentistry Society. As he finishes up his classes, he is getting ready to apply for residency, which includes studying for the GRE, a requirement for an orthodontic residency.

Outside of dentistry, James enjoys playing golf with childhood friends as well as with his dental school classmates. He also plays the piano when he can. He makes the attempt to work out and goes out with friends for dinner and drinks. And he likes to hang out with his future wife and son.

For applicants, he recommends the Student Doctor Network, as there are resources and forums to use to help with questions about a specific school’s application or interview process. For dental school applicants specifically, he recommends DAT Bootcamp and/or DAT Destroyer for the DAT. For 1st and 2nd year students, he recommends studying in a group, using Quizlet to make up questions for each class. He found this to help him tremendously in school.

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Jory P. Parson

From Baltimore, MD, Jory completed his undergraduate degree in public health science at the University of Maryland, College Park. He pursued his post-baccalaureate studies through the ACHS program in 2019-2020 and is currently a second-year osteopathic medical student at PCOM, expected to graduate in 2025.

Jory has been involved in various healthcare-related activities and organizations, including as a research assistant at Rothman Orthopedics and as a member of Global Surgery Student Alliance, Jewish Medical Association, and PCOM Hearts. He is also a DO Ambassador. Jory has a keen interest in pursuing General Surgery as a specialty.

Outside of medicine, Jory enjoys exploring various cuisines and considers himself a semi-professional taco taster and acai bowl connoisseur. He is also a passionate sailor and a health/fitness enthusiast.

For aspiring medical students, Jory recommends using Anki for study aids and the Medical School HQ Application Renovation series on Youtube for practical advice on the application process.

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Revti Patel

Rev is from Hainesport, NJ. After graduating from Seton Hall with a degree in biology, Rev joined the 2022 ACHS cohort. She was recently accepted to the PA program at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine and is eager to start there this fall. She is involved with Project Healthy Bone and EMS.

Currently, she is taking the advice of current PA students and is doing nothing, although she is sewing a gown and helping her mom with her business. In addition to sewing, Rev also enjoys weight lifting.

The postbacc advisors were Rev’s go-to resource during the application process. She also recommends the Pre-PA Club podcast and the books How To Ace the PA Interview and PA Interview Guide.

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Sara Sar

Sara is from West Grove, PA. She attended Temple University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Certificate in genomic medicine. She then attended the ACHS postbacc cohort in 2019-2020 before enrolling in Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she is an OMS-III student in the class of 2024. Currently, Sara is completing her clinical rotations at Crozer-Chester Medical Center.

She is interested in pursuing a career in OB/GYN and is involved in various healthcare-related organizations at PCOM, including PCOM HEARTS (student-run clinic), the PASS Mentor Program, PCOM Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities (AID), the PCOM Anatomy Club, and the PCOM M2/M3 Mentorship Program.

Outside of medicine, Sara loves to cook and go hiking. She is an avid snowboarder, traveler, and shopper, often using shopping as a form of retail therapy!

Sara recommends resources such as UWorld, AMBOSS, and Anki for studying. She enjoys listening to the Divine Intervention podcasts as they cover a wide range of specialties, and also likes watching Dr. HighYield and Dr. Emma Holliday YouTube videos.

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Timothy Scheinert

Tim is originally from Wyckoff, New Jersey. After studying psychology at Northeastern University, he joined the 2020 BCHS cohort. At Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, he serves on the admissions team, interviewing applicants and providing tours. He is currently completing his clinical rotation in pediatrics. Tim recently began independent work editing personal statements and advising medical school applicants. In the past he has mentored Temple postbaccalaureate students, hosted a "CARS" MCAT study session, and sat in on Q&A sessions.

His free time is devoted to guitar, tennis, soccer, family, and friends.

For medical school applicants, Tim recommends that students be open to honest feedback on their writing eg, (personal statement, experiences section, secondary essays) to the point of allowing for complete revisions. “These are your opportunities to draw the admissions committee's eyes to your applications. Do not underestimate the importance of having a strong essay explaining your reasoning for applying to a particular school.”

For 1st year medical schools, he recommends Boards & Beyond videos, supplemented with the relevant Anki cards, as a great way to develop a framework for challenging material. He also recommends studying with peers and doing practice questions, practice questions, practice questions!

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Dakota Taylor

Dakota is from Dover, Pennsylvania. He participated in a dual degree program hosted by Millersville University and West Chester University, where he received a degree in biology from MU and a degree in athletic training from WCU concurrently. He completed the ACHS postbacc program in 2020 and was accepted in the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) class of 2025. He is finishing up his second year and preparing for the board exams.

Dakota has a strong interest in orthopedic surgery, and he is an active member of the school's orthopedic surgery club. He also did a research fellowship with the Rothman Orthopedics Opioid Foundation over the summer, where he worked on an analysis that he is currently expanding upon to produce a publishable review paper. Dakota also recently submitted an abstract for the annual meeting of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) with a physician with whom he used to work at Orthopedic Associates of Lancaster.

Outside of school, Dakota enjoys going to the gym and staying fit. In the summer, he likes to kayak and hike. He loves TV, particularly HBO shows, but he also enjoys trashy TV, as he’s “gotta keep up with the Kardashians.” He also enjoys a nice glass of bourbon.

When it comes to studying, Dakota has found some resources that work well for him. He recommends the First Aid book, which he calls the "Good Book," as well as Sketchy for bugs and drugs and Pathoma for 2nd-year pathology stuff. He also finds Boards & Beyond to be extremely comprehensive and useful for explaining tough concepts.

Dakota also cautions people entering medical school to wait until they get there to decide what resources to purchase, as upper-classmen may have second-hand materials or be willing to share, and there are often bulk-buying deals available through class organizations. “There wasn't anything I absolutely needed on day one.

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Dianna Vassallo

From Horsham, PA, Dianna graduated from Temple University with a BS in neuroscience. She was a member of the 2019-2020 cohort before matriculating into the PA program at Arcadia University as a member of the class of 2023.

Before attending PA school, Dianna was a medical assistant in dermatology and loved the field. However, after her clinical rotations, she has found herself enjoying broader fields such as emergency medicine and in-patient internal medicine (specifically hematology/oncology). One of her goals after graduation and passing the PANCE is to learn and become fluent in medical Spanish.

In her free time, Dianna is a big fan of reality TV and invites anyone who watches The Bachelor or Netflix reality shows to come and chat. She also enjoys traveling and was lucky enough to travel abroad during her clinical year (with enough time to explore Europe!).

For applications, she recommends Kaplan for the GRE. She also recommends talking with mentors (eg, PA students, current PAs) for advice and reading online forums for information from current students when deciding where to apply and where to attend.

For didactic students, DIanna feels that although Osmosis can help for anatomy, it isn’t necessary. She does not recommend a longer subscription based on her experience in her program. Otherwise, she found Complete Anatomy on her iPad to be particularly useful. And she thinks that CramThePance and Pance Prep Pearls are the best supplements later in the didactic and clinical years. For second-year students, she recommends Rosh as the best prep for EOR exams, especially boost exams. She recommends getting together with other students in the cohort to share costs. Finally, she loves Physician Assistant in a Flash podcasts for clinical year rotations.

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Kevin Wang

Kevin is from Cherry Hill, NJ and attended Vanderbilt University, where he graduated in 2019 with a BA in neuroscience. He completed the ACHS postbacc program in 2019-2020 and was then accepted into Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, where he is concluding his third year. He is interested in pursuing residency in anesthesiology.

Apart from medicine, Kevin has a keen interest in music and enjoys singing. In his free time, he enjoys fishing and participating in water sports.

For the first two years of medical school, Kevin recommends Boards & Beyond, Pathoma, and Sketchy for pharmacology and microbiology. He also recommends the AnKing Anki deck.

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Karyn Yates

Karyn is from Cheverly, MD. She completed her undergraduate education at Stevenson University with a major in biochemistry and a minor in marketing and then was a member of the 2021-2022 ACHS cohort. Shewas recently accepted into the University of Maryland Eastern Shore PA program and is eager to start in the fall of 2023 and continue my pursuit to become a physician assistant specializing in dermatology, a specialty in which she has worked and continues to work as a medical assistant.

Karyn enjoys going out to eat with friends and spending time with her loved ones. She was advised by one of the medical providers with whom sheI works to have as much fun as she can before the PA program starts!

She recommends the podcast The White Coat Investor to other students pursuing a career in medicine. Targeting medical students, physicians, residents, dentists, physician assistants, etc. it discusses ways to pay off student loans, develop a financial plan, plan for retirement, save money, invest in real estate, and more. Education in medicine is beneficial but it can be expensive. This podcast has been helpful for Karyn as she prepared herself to be financially ready for a PA program.

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Danielle Zolotnitsky

Danielle is from Doylestown, which is in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. A 2015 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in clinical nutrition and dietetics, Danielle did a dietetic internship at the Cleveland clinic in 2016. She was a member of the 2021-2022 BCHS cohort and will be starting medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson University in the fall (class of 2027).

Currently, Danielle is a full-time adjunct professor at Jefferson East Falls, where she teaches nutrition to undergrad pre-health majors. She also works per diem as a clinical RD at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Lankenau Medical Center, and Temple University Hospital and teaches fitness classes. In addition to nutrition (especially from a biochemistry perspective), she is passionate about early colon cancer screening, weight-neutral medicine/HAES, fatty acid disease, alcohol-related liver failure and subsequent organ transplant, health disparities/access inequity (especially through the lens of preventative health). She is interested in pursuing GI/hepatology.

In her free time, Danielle enjoys hanging out with her rescue pup, cooking, trying new Philly restaurants with her friends, reading, doing pilates or other exercise classes, and traveling.

She recommends having a white board/iPad to use to teach material back and draw the cycles. And she used an app to keep track of her schools during the application cycle.

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