Vishal was born in India and raised in the suburbs of San Francisco, but fell in love with the sunny days and warm beaches of Southern California as he studied Neuroscience at UC San Diego. He entered college with the idea of pursuing pre-med, but wasn’t sure what medicine really entailed. However, he discovered his love of the medical environment and interacting with patients after working at Palomar Health in the San Diego suburbs and cemented his goal of becoming a physician.
Jennifer (or Jen) was born and raised in the suburbs of sunny San Diego. To experience seasons, she moved to Boston to study Behavioral Neuroscience at Northeastern University. In college she took part in the Filipino culture club, a neuroscience honor society, and multiple hip-hop dance troupes. As Jen worked her way through the “pre-med checklist” of research, leadership, shadowing, and volunteer work, she found an interest in public health disparities and social determinants of health.
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.
Lyn has lived in San Diego since 1996, but grew up back east, mostly in Illinois and Pennsylvania. A Yale graduate, Lyn studied Psychology and Biology in college, but realized during a summer of research before her senior year that her original plan of research science was not for her. Instead, Lyn used her writing and editing experience from several college publications to get jobs at The Atlantic Monthly and then Adweek after college in New York City, but then decided to move to the Left Coast in search of nicer weather and not so many cockroaches. She tutored full-time for a family in Rancho Santa Fe for a few years, and then started with The Princeton Review as an Assistant Director in 1999. After 12 and a half years with Princeton Review, the last three spent as Regional Vice President of the West Coast, Lyn decided to take a break from full-time work to spend more time with her family.
Lisa was born and raised in Cleveland, OH and received a Bachelor’s in Biology from Kenyon College and a Master’s in Microbiology/Immunology from Emory University. She was then lured to San Diego by the great weather and top scientific research community, where she worked over a twelve-year period as an immunological research associate for institutions including Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, Johnson & Johnson and Viagene, Inc.
A native Southern Californian, Milli spent her childhood summers in Mauritius, the island off the coast of Madagascar where her mom was born and raised. By visiting family overseas and speaking multiple languages at home, Milli developed an interest in connecting with diverse communities. Milli is a science geek and realized that biology is a universal language of life.
Born in India but raised in the Bay Area, Param's academic career took him to the warm beaches of San Diego for college. Though he wishes he probably spent less time studying and more time surfing, graduating with a BS in Bioengineering led him to spend most of his time at the library. Legend has it you can still see his shadow haunting the second floor at 2:00am.
Over the past ten years of working in Graduate Medical Education, Ali has reviewed thousands of applications from future physicians and interviewed several hundred more. She has personally counseled dozens through application, interview and selection processes and works closely with physicians who interview as part of UCSD's School of Medicine Admissions Committee. She has developed an expertise in mutually-beneficial GME recruitment and has presented nationally on the topic.
Nathan claims so many cultural influences that it will make your head spin. Don’t believe us? He was born in Thailand to a Thai mother and Swedish-American father. He spent high school in Japan before playing baseball for the Thai national team, which took him to tournaments in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Korea.
Kristin earned her B.A. in World Literature from UCSD and an M.A. in Teaching from Duke. She has worked as a community college professor at both Miramar College and Grossmont College, where she has taught writing, literature, and English as a Second Language. Kristin has also worked with international students through UCSD Extension’s English Language Institute. At last count, she had taught students from 49 different countries.
Ryan was born and raised in Cleveland (GO CAVS!), where he earned humanities degrees from John Carroll University and Ohio University. He has a strong affinity for words and feels genuine delight when the right ones are found. For the last ten years, he has worked in dozens of editing, tutoring, and instructing roles at five different colleges. He has also worked extensively as an editor for various literary journals, such as Narrative Magazine, New Ohio Review, and Fiction International.
Born and raised in Fresno, CA, Tyler is one of the few people who admittedly loves Fresno. His family is a foundation in the local motorcycle scene ever since his great-grandfather opened the first Harley-Davidson dealership in Fresno in 1919. Naturally, Tyler loved the trade and started working for his family’s small motorcycle dealership as soon as he was able.
Throughout his years in the motorcycle industry, Tyler loved the personal interaction between companies, vendors, employees, and customers. He wanted to channel his passion for connection on an even larger scale. Tyler decided to pursue medicine hoping to bridge the gap between the underserved community and their physician, while combating the severe physician shortage in the Central Valley.
Kelly spent her childhood in Cape Town, South Africa, before making her way with her family to California. With her father being a physician, she was initially determined not to follow in his footsteps (nobody wants to be a cliché), so she pursued a career in professional dance instead.
However, after her first college biology course and first shadowing experience in the hospital, Kelly resigned to the “Hallelujah Chorus” in the sky and immediately became a pre-med.
Debra is a professed Luddite (she wrote her dissertation by hand), book lover, and sports fan. She earned her B.A. in English at Emory University where she stayed to work on a Ph.D. in comparative literature. Living in Atlanta also afforded Debra the opportunity to gain valuable experience at CNN and Turner Sports while indulging in her love of sports.
Storytelling nestled in Jackie’s heart at a young age, when she found entertainment in her local Massachusetts library after her mother refused to have television in the house. Although this pop-culture education gap makes Jackie a horrible trivia participant, this formative time revealed to her the imagination of writing and reading. After falling under the influence of a 20th-century-Egyptology-and-murder-mystery book series, Jackie almost went to college for archaeology, but luckily changed her mind to writing after taking a journalism class her high school senior year. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2010 with bachelor’s degrees in English/journalism and European culture studies, with a minor in Italian.
Matthew was born and raised in San Diego, California before venturing off to cow town...AKA UC Davis. He entered school undeclared not really knowing what he wanted, but volunteering freshman year led him down the pre-med path and ultimately a major in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior. In college, Matt worked as a chemistry and organic chemistry tutor, mainly for the pay; however, he discovered a passion in working one-on-one with students on challenging problems. This led him to work as a MCAT teacher, tutor, and mentor for Kaplan for a year while waiting to find his destination for medical school.
Matthew used passport for his own medical school admissions and was thrilled with the process and the results. Upon his acceptance to medical school, he accepted the job as interview coach with Passport, wanting to help build student's confidence as they enter the final stage of their medical admissions process.
When not in medical school, you can find Matthew experimenting with a new recipe, tinkering with his golf swing, or exploring his new city of Cincinnati (Go Bengals?) with his wife Jamie.
A Southern California native, Laura chose to stay close to the surf and sand of San Diego and attend UCSD, where she majored in Economics and minored in Biology, Chemistry and Philosophy (what else do you do with all those science classes after three years on the pre-med track?). Wanting the “whole” college experience and believing that meant going Greek (it doesn’t), Laura joined the sisterhood of Pi Beta Phi sorority.
Margaret journeyed to San Diego from her hometown of Walnut, California in 2004, and between the sparkling beaches and perfect weather, never found a good reason to leave. She’s a proud UCSD graduate, former Triton cheerleader (yes, they actually exist), and alumnus of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity. While earning her Economics degree, she worked for Apple, one of her favorite companies, as the Apple On-Campus Representative.
A Kashmiri American born and raised in Orange County, Arvin has loved medicine and philosophy throughout his life. As a BA/MD student at UCSD, Arvin majored in economics and minored in philosophy, studying Advaita Vedanta, Buddhism, and Hellenistic Philosophy. In medical school Arvin has cultivated a love for neurological surgery and the management of patients in the acute care/critical care setting.