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Ali Murtha
Ali Murtha
Senior Advisor
UC San Diego Pathology Residency GME Program Manager
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 the application, interview, and selection processes and works closely with physicians who interview as part of UCSD's School of Medicine Admissions Committee.
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10
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Amol Trivedi
Amol Trivedi
Advisor
M.D. Candidate Drexel University College of Medicine
Amol is a 2nd-year medical student at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia. He also conducts student interviews for the College of Medicine and serves as an advisor to first-year medical students. After graduating from UC Riverside, Amol enrolled with Passport Admissions for his own application cycle and loved working with his advising team. He hopes to offer the same excellent support and guidance that he received when he was just a young and hopeful applicant!
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3
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Andrea Gulino
Andrea Gulino
Editor
M.A. Ohio State University
After returning stateside in 2018, Andrea became a college essay coach for all kinds of college, graduate school, and professional school applicants. Now a seasoned essay editor, she can boast that some of her recent students were admitted to Cambridge, Cornell, Boston University, and Carnegie Mellon. For her, the best part of essay coaching is getting to be a teacher who is also part cheerleader and part counselor.
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7
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Carol Quinn
Carol Quinn
Editor
B.A. NYU, M.F.A. University of Iowa
Carol grew up in Queens, New York, earned her BA at NYU, and then moved to Iowa to study at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. During graduate school, she taught creative writing to undergraduates and volunteered as a one-on-one instructor in the Patient Voice Project. Two years later, MFA in hand, she moved to Philadelphia and worked as a writer and editor in nonprofit communications.
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15
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Jacqueline Washington
Jacqueline Washington
Senior Advisor
Ed.D. University of Delaware
Jacqueline has spent nearly two decades in higher education in both administrative and teaching faculty roles at University of Delaware, Delaware Technical & Community College, Cecil College, and Delaware State University. In addition to faculty-administrative leadership, Jacqueline served as Program Coordinator of several health science programs sponsored by the National Institute of Health (NIH), Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and the Department of Defense (DOD).
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20
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Joanna Acevedo
Joanna Acevedo
Editor
M.F.A New York University
Joanna received her MFA from New York University in 2021 and also holds degrees from Bard College and the New School. She works as an editor for the Masters Review, West Trade Review, and Frontier Poetry, and has edited magazines and literary journals since 2019.
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4
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Jodi Cahalan
Jodi Cahalan
Senior Advisor
Ph.D. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jodi was born and raised in a small town in Iowa. She was a first-generation college student who was accepted into physician assistant (PA) school right after completing her associate’s degree, back at a time when PA training was at the bachelor’s level. She went on to complete master’s degrees in healthcare administration and public health and a PhD in higher education.
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30
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Joshua Wang
Joshua Wang
Senior Advisor
M.D.-Ph.D. candidate at New York University
In Joshua's senior year at Brown University, he became a teaching assistant for an introductory computer science (CS) course, where he discovered his passion for working with students one-on-one. Excited by the prospect of CS transforming clinical medicine, Joshua has become passionate about helping other students integrate interdisciplinary interests into their medical training.
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4
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Lisa Laube
Lisa Laube
Advisor
M.A. Emory University, UC San Diego Application Reader
Lisa received a Bachelor’s in Biology from Kenyon College and a Master’s in Microbiology and 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.
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13
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Lyn Jutronich
Lyn Jutronich
Senior Advisor
B.A. Yale, Former Yale Alumni Interviewer
Lyn studied Psychology and Biology when she attended Yale. She started with The Princeton Review as an Assistant Director in 1999 and after 12 and a half years, the last three spent as Regional Vice President of the West Coast, Lyn decided to work with students directly to help them navigate the increasingly competitive and difficult college and medical school admissions processes, as well as providing much-needed emotional support for students and parents.
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30
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Mara Cobb
Mara Cobb
Editor
B.A. Indiana University East
Mara Cobb is an English major pursuing a Master’s degree from Indiana University East (IUE). In 2019, Mara earned her B.A. in English, Professional, and Technical Writing from IUE. She has spent the past three years serving as a genre editor for the IUE literary journal, Tributaries. In that role, she has read and copyedited nearly 200 poems, fiction stories, and narrative essays. Mara is also a current member of the English honor society Sigma Tau Delta.
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Mary Pagones
Mary Pagones
Editor
B.A. with Honors Wesleyan University, M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School
Mary Pagones is the author of more than 12 novels. Storytelling is her passion. At Wesleyan University and Harvard Divinity School, Mary studied fiction with creative writing teachers such as Annie Dillard and Jill McCorkle.
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21
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Nate Haycock
Nate Haycock
Advisor
M.S. Georgetown University
After Nate earned his B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College, he continued to pursue his interests through an M.S. in Physiology and Biophysics from Georgetown University. Supporting patients with Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD) convinced Nate that he wanted to pursue a medical education, and with the help of Passport, he earned a seat at Albany Medical College, where he currently studies.
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3
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Niki Cunningham
Niki Cunningham
Senior Advisor
M.A. University of Wisconsin, M.P.H. Columbia University
Niki Cunningham has been a pre-health advisor for the past 17 years. She has a BA from Brown University (Women's Studies and Modern Culture and Media) and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin (MA, English and Comparative Literature) and Columbia University (MPH, History and Ethics of Public Health and Medicine).
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18
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Paige Mushaw
Paige Mushaw
Editor
M.F.A. Southern New Hampshire University
Paige was born and raised in Saratoga County, New York. She received a Bachelor’s in Economics from Skidmore College before pivoting and earning her MFA in Writing from the Mountainview MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. She became a bookseller once again at East City Bookshop in Washington, D.C. and eventually moved to New York City to pursue a publishing career.
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Ryan Kelly
Ryan Kelly
Head Advisor, Editor
M.F.A. San Diego State University
Ryan earned humanities degrees from John Carroll University, Ohio University, and San Diego State University. Before working full-time for Passport, he 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. He has a strong affinity for words and feels genuine delight when the right ones are found.
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10
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Samantha Wheeler
Samantha Wheeler
Senior Advisor
M.Ed. University of Maine
Sam was born and raised in Derry, New Hampshire and moved to the Greater Bangor area in Maine for school and work. Attending the University of Maine, she played Division I basketball and was the fourth generation to play a sport at UMaine. For over five years between her work as the Career Counselor in STEM/Health Professions at the University of Maine and the Health Professions Advisor at Stetson University, Sam has helped countless students pursue their career goals and prepare competitive applications for various professional programs.
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8
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Stuart Sutphin
Stuart Sutphin
Senior Advisor
B.S. Virgina Tech
Stu first discovered Financial Planning while attending Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. His company, Open Doors FP, helps people with their finances whether it relates to investing, taxes, estate planning, student or general debt management, preparing for college, preparing for retirement, living in retirement, and really anything that requires making a financial decision.
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