As a native Southern Californian, I attended the University of California-San Diego where I graduated magna cum laude with a BS in General Biology (Department Honors) and a BA in History. After college, I moved back home to Irvine to attend the UC Irvine School of Medicine, where I am currently a 4th year medical student. Interested in cardiothoracic surgery, I am endeavoring a career in cardiac surgery and am currently undertaking the match process for cardiac surgery residency. During my medical school career, I undertook a 2-year predoctoral research fellowship sponsored by the American Heart Association at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School campus to pursue the regeneration of patient-specific whole organs. This experience stemmed from inspiring experiences I had as a 2nd year medical student: seeing patients who needed an organ transplant but was not a transplant candidate. My academic dream is to be able to build and transplant a bioartificial organ for a patient and have that patient take me out to dinner. Of course, they'd cover the dinner bill.
Throughout my medical school career, I have tutored the MCAT and biological sciences while helping numerous students with their college and medical school admissions essays. After interviewing students for medical school admissions at UCI, I have found that these essays provide the admissions committees a unique glimpse into your experiences, personality, and motivating factors, and are thus one of the most important factors of your application. These essays are thus too important to simply be edited by family and friends. Because I enjoy learning more about my students, I endeavor to do whatever it takes to make sure my students' essays outshine the rest. In addition, I am extremely interested in tutoring biological sciences found on the AP, SAT, and MCAT. Not only can I provide my students with real-life and clinical applications to help them remember the minute details in Biology, I find great pleasure in explaining these concepts in a fashion that students will understand, but more importantly, remember for their whole career.
Of course, a successful student will not only know the material well, but also will have developed strong test-taking skills to help him or her outshine the rest. With my years of taking and ace-ing standardizing tests and medical board examinations, I will share with my students the tricks and skills I have honed over the past decade as a pre-medical and medical student.
Tutoring is much more than helping the student learn and do well on tests. I believe that the tutor-student relationship is of the utmost importance and should be developed and nurtured. Students at all ages and levels of experience will have concerns and questions regarding their career - I find great pleasure in continuing my mentorship of my students, being available to help support them throughout their academic and clinical careers. This means helping them achieve their potential on standardized tests, yes, but more importantly, the intellectual and emotional maturation required for a successful and fruitful career. Sometimes, a little self confidence and sympathetic/supportive "pep-talk" before a large exam over the phone can make the difference between scoring one's expected score versus doing just average. Having gone through this many times myself, I have developed techniques to help me and my students overcome this pre-exam anxiety.
In my spare time, I enjoy fixing and riding motorcycles, hiking, photography, and geocaching. I enjoy practicing Shaolin Kung Fu and run/work out to maintain a healthy and stress-free life.
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: University of California-San Diego - Bachelor of Science, Biology, General
Graduate Degree: University of California-Irvine School of Medicine - Doctor of Medicine, Medicine
MCAT Biological Sciences: 12
MCAT Physical Sciences: 11
Fixing and riding motorcycles, hiking, photography, geocaching, Shaolin Kung Fu, running, working out
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