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.
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.
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.