- President, Founder, and Head Advisor
Rob's a huge nerd. It's okay to call him one. He readily accepts his fate.
As captain of the nerds in high school, Rob was a nationally ranked debater and president of the chorus. At the University of Michigan, Rob made the transition to a more socially acceptable form of nerdiness, as he served as music director, business manager, and president of The Michigan GMen, an all-male a cappella group.
For almost a decade, Rob nerded out about standardized testing, teaching students and training instructors at The Princeton Review. He met his wife on a Princeton Review company trip in the Dominican Republic. They still take the SAT, for fun, just to see who will get the higher score (most recently, Alice won - her 2380 beat Rob's 2340). What Rob loved most about working at The Princeton Review, though, was that he got to help students work through their stress and anxiety about standardized testing and achieve scores they never thought they could.
When he got to Southern California, Rob was overwhelmed with requests from Princeton Review students to help them with their applications, so he founded Passport Admissions in 2007 to give students the advice they desperately wanted. Many of the requests were from students applying to medical school, and though Rob had not taken a science class since high school, he decided to dive in and learn everything he could. As he had done with debate, a cappella, and test prep, he completely ensconced himself in the subject. He attended conferences on medical school admissions, read every book he could get his hands on, and started working with more and more students through the daunting process.
Rob now calls himself a medical school admissions nerd. He regularly presents on medical school admissions in San Diego and across the country. Rob is the lead author of The Savvy Pre-Med, a blog devoted to medical school admissions. As of 2014, Passport has worked with 150 pre-meds and counting. Along the way, Rob has seen the anxiety of the application process turn otherwise normal people into complete stress balls. He's also seen the joys of students who finally get in who never thought they could. Rob has built Passport in this image - a group of cool nerds who love nothing more than helping students achieve their best.
In his free time, Rob enjoys hiking, scuba diving, playing guitar, and spending time with his family. He also enjoys - what else? - playing nerdy board games.
Rob's Selected CV
President, Passport Admissions, 2007-present, San Diego, CA
- Worked one-on-one with over 150 students applying to medical school and 200 applying to college
- 91% acceptance rate for medical school entering class of 2013-14
- Presented over 200 times to student groups at UCSD, USD, San Diego State and UC Irvine
- Workshop leader at UCSD MEDS conference (2013, 2014)
- Keynote speaker at PUSO Pre-Health Conference at UC Irvine (2010 and 2011)
- Workshop leader at Catch the Wave Pre-Med Conference (2008-2012)
- Created sold-out, monthly seminar series on medical school admissions (2013-present)
Instructor and Trainer, The Princeton Review, 2000-2007, Ann Arbor, MI and San Diego, CA
- Taught hundreds of students in both the classroom and one-on-one settings for a variety of exams, including MCAT, GMAT, LSAT, and SAT
- Flown around the country to train dozens of instructors
- One of 10 trainers company-wide certified to train instructors in 3 different exams (GMAT, SAT, and LSAT)
- Developed College Admissions 101 and 301, an online college admissions course (sadly, no longer available)
- One of 3 instructors to win national competition to be featured on DVD of Cracking the SAT