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Christopher Cimino, MD, FACMI

Specialty: Neurology

Chief Medical Officer at Kaplan Medical

Words of wisdom:

"My advice is you need to always be aware of where you are and how well you're doing. Do assessments, do diagnostic tests. Interspersed that with studying and see if you're improving."

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Ryan Harden, MD, MS

Specialty: Family Medicine

Kaplan Medical Faculty

Words of wisdom:

"There's a great deal of basic medical science that students need to commit to memory in order to score well on the USMLE Step 1 and that's where Kaplan comes into play."

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Hafeez Khan, MD

Specialty: Clinical Informatics

Kaplan Medical Faculty

Words of wisdom:

"There are no shortcuts in life, and definitely, there is no shortcut for the boards. Especially when you want to get a great score."

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Alexis Peedin, MD

Specialty: Pathology

Kaplan Medical Faculty

Words of wisdom:

"You should plan to review all of the material at least two or three time over the course of your study period."

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Ilonka Rincon, MD

Specialty: Internal Medicine

Kaplan Medical Content Developer

Words of widsom:

"If you're honest as to where you are at then it's going to be easy to program your study time in a way that really fits what you need."

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Stanley Zaslau, MD, MBA, FACS

Specialty: Urology

Kaplan Medical Faculty

Words of wisdom:

"Simply stated there are no shortcuts in board preparation really. You get one chance to pass and not only pass but do the very best you can."

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Dr. John Barone
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Dr. John Barone Dr. John Barone

For over 18 years, Dr. John Barone, MD has helped thousands of students from around the world achieve higher scores on their medical licensing exams. After graduating from Albany Medical College, Dr. Barone completed his Residency in Anatomic & Clinical Pathology at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where twice he was elected Chief Resident, and later Surgical Pathology Fellow. He is currently in private practice.

Student Quote: “He is the best teacher any student could ever ask for. Somehow, he makes you want to study harder and do better. I feel blessed that I got that chance to be his student. He puts a lot of effort into teaching and he really cares about his students.”

Dr. Raj Dasgupta Dr. Raj Dasgupta

Dr. Raj Dasgupta (MD, FACP, FCCP, FAASM) completed his Internal Medicine residency at Michigan State University, Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship at Columbia University, Saint Lukes & Roosevelt Hospital and Sleep Medicine fellowship at Henry Ford Hospital. During his training, he received numerous awards including: resident of the year, fellow of the year and the Director’s Award for research. After his training, he worked at Abington Hospital which is affiliated with Jefferson University where he received the faculty teacher of the year. Currently he is a Professor at the University of Southern California (USC) and received the faculty teaching award for the last 3 consecutive years. He is quadruple board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine.  He recently wrote the book 'Medicine Morning Report: Beyond the Pearls'.

Student Quote:Being at Kaplan Medical helped me to enhance my medical knowledge and learn useful strategies. … Through Dr. Dasgupta's class, I was able to transform my enthusiasm for the studies into an effective knowledge for the practice. Thank you for this valuable and unforgettable experience.

Dr. Nandan Bhatt Dr. Nandan Bhatt

Dr. Nandan Bhatt, MBBS, MD, FRCS has been teaching USMLE for Steps 1, 2 and 3 and for those preparing for the SPEX examination for the past nineteen years. He teaches Neuroanatomy and Neurology and has taught other subjects as well due to his extensive experience in various fields. Dr. Bhatt received his MD from the prestigious St. John's Medical College in Bangalore, India. He then completed General Surgery, and thereafter, Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Student Quote:I could not believe how perfectly you explained neuroanatomy concepts… When I was reviewing the content everything made a lot of sense.

Dr. Salvatore Turco Dr. Salvatore Turco

Dr. Salvatore (Sam) Turco has taught USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX-USA Level 1 review programs for many years. Dr. Turco received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and was postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Turco is an endowed Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He is also an instructor in Kaplan's popular live, online review programs.

Student Quote: “THE BEST!!!! For me his sessions were the most engaging, his way of explaining everything was the best, cleared all our questions, reviewed all the high yield points and gave it the time it deserved, it was just excellent, I would say he is one the BEST!!! THANK YOU DR. TURCO!!!!”

Dr. Manuel Castro Dr. Manuel Castro

Manuel A. Castro, M.D., AAHIVS is board certified in Internal Medicine and is a certified member of the American Academy of HIV Medicine. He currently resides in Wilton Manors, Florida where has a private practice. Dr. Castro was born and raised in the Dominican Republic where he went to medical school at Universidad Nacional Pedro Henriquez Urena graduating in 1983. His residency was in internal medicine at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago. Dr Castro started teaching for Kaplan in 2000. He is also currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Nova Southeastern University and at LECOM Bradenton College of Osteopathy.

Student Quote: “Wonderful lecturer! Dr. Castro really made pulmonary an understandable subject! I very much appreciated his little “tricks” and tips to remember certain concepts and his words of encouragement. I approach cases differently now because of Dr. Castro.”

Dr. James White Dr. James White

James S. White, Ph.D., is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he participates in the teaching of a number of courses, including Human Gross Anatomy, Cell and Tissue Biology and Brain and Behavior. He is the co-author of the Kaplan Medical USMLE Step 1 Anatomy Lecture Notes, and is the author of two review books, USMLE Road Map Neuroscience (2008 McGraw-Hill) and USMLE Road Map Gross Anatomy (2006 McGraw-Hill).

Student Quote: “Dr. James White is a wonderful teacher. He explained Neuroanatomy really well, took time to explain each and every aspect of the different complex pathways methodically, integrating other subjects and clinical scenarios very well.”

Dr. Frank Noto Dr. Frank Noto

Dr. Frank Noto has taught USMLE Step 1, Step 2CK, Step 3 and COMLEX-USA Level 1 review for Kaplan for over 4 years. Dr. Noto completed MD at SUNY Stony Brook and he completed his Internal Medicine residency at Mount Sinai Hospital, NY in 2006. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine. Dr. Noto is an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and the Internal Medicine Clerkship and Sub-internship Site Director for Mount Sinai School of Medicine at Elmhurst Hospital Center.

Student Quote: “Very engaging lectures. He is able to cover the basic elements of each topic without digging too deep into material that is not high yield for the exam. Probably the best lectures of the entire course.”

Dr. Terriann Crisp Dr. Terriann Crisp

Dr. Terriann Crisp has served as an academic neuropharmacologist for over 30 years. She received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science (Pharmacology) from Marshall University School of Medicine and Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. As a full time faculty member, Dr. Crisp worked through the academic ranks at Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine where she was the recipient of Outstanding Faculty Award for 13 consecutive years.

Student Quote: Dr. Terrian is awesome! Not just like a teacher, she spoke to everyone of us and cared about our preparation!

Dr. Mahboob Qureshi Dr. Mahboob Qureshi

For over 8 years, Dr. Mahboob Qureshi has taught USMLE Step 1 and COMLEX-USA Level 1 review programs. He received his MPH and MD from the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He received his PhD in Immunology and MHSc in Epidemiology from the University of the Ryukyus, Japan. Dr. Qureshi is currently an Associate Professor and the Director of Microbiology and Immunology courses at the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Henderson, Nevada.

Student Quote:Brilliant, made micro very interesting and the multiple choice questions he gave us really helped solidify information.

Dr. Stanley Zaslau Dr. Stanley Zaslau

Dr. Stanley Zaslau is Professor, Division Chief and Urology Residency Program Director at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. He is Board Certified in Urology and Sub Board Certified in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Zaslau received his undergraduate degree from Boston University and his medical degree from Hahnemann University. He completed his urology residency training at Mount Sinai Medical Center and received additional training in neurourology and voiding dysfunction at Long Island College Hospital.

Dr. Ryan Mark Harden Dr. Ryan Mark Harden

Dr. Harden is a board certified, practicing physician at Gateway Clinic in Sandstone, Minnesota. With a particular interest in hospice and palliative care medicine, he serves as vice chief of staff and Medical Director at Essentia Health, Sandstone. After receiving his masters degree and medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine Duluth, where he also received Gold Humanism in Medicine honors and Senior Alpha Omega Alpha honors, he completed his residency at the Duluth Family Practice Center. He has given Biochemistry lectures to medical students at Montana State University and the University of Minnesota Duluth School of Medicine and teaches Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Medical Genetics and Pediatrics for Kaplan Medical.

Student Quote: “Dr. Harden was by far the best professor I have witnessed in my medical school life. He is truly gifted in his teaching skills and integrated biochemistry and the clinical sciences in such a unique way.”

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Our Medical Enrollment Consultants will help you map your pathway to residency and help you determine how to best prepare for your test. Here is a sample of some of the valuable insights you can come to expect from our medical enrollment consulting team.

Yachil Baldera
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Dr. Yamil Flores
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Dr. Hafeez Khan
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Lamonica Bouie
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Yachil Baldera Yachil Baldera

Yachil Baldera is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and is fluent in Spanish. During her career with Kaplan, she has guided countless students in identifying the preparation that best suits their needs and targets their goal scores. She is committed to supporting students on their Pathway to Medical Residency, from identifying strengths and deficiencies to building confidence.

What med students ask her most often:

How long should I study for?

What score should I aim for?

Yachil's advice:

My formula for student success is passion combined with steady effort. I believe in creating a plan and sticking to it.

Dr. Yamil Flores Dr. Yamil Flores

Dr. Yamil Flores was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He was admitted into the Program in Liberal Medical Education at Brown University, where he received his medical degree. Dr. Flores has an interest in psychiatry and has worked with children and adolescents at Bradley Hospital in Rhode Island. He has a long history of advising students, going back to his undergraduate and medical school years where he was a mentor for students of diverse ethnic backgrounds. He currently interviews prospective students applying to Brown University. Yamil knows first-hand what it is like to study and prepare for the USMLE Step exams and understands the sacrifices many students have to make in order to achieve their target scores. He is eager to work with his students and guide them on their own road to success!

In his spare time, Yamil enjoys sports, music and spending time with his wife and daughter. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Dr. Flores' advice:

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.” - Mark Twain

“Take a day off each week and have fun! Don’t forget to eat, sleep and exercise... it will help your scores!”

Dr. Hafeez Khan Dr. Hafeez Khan

Dr. Hafeez Khan graduated from Unibe School of Medicine in the Dominican Republic. He works with students to create customized study plans depending on their unique needs and helps them to reduce their anxiety and stress whenever they have USMLE Syndrome. He assists them with ECFMG and ERAS application processes.

What med students ask him most often:

How difficult is it to get into Surgery/Dermatology/Plastic Surgery?

What are my chances to get into residency, being an older IMG?

Hafeez's advice:

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.- Nelson Mandela

Lamonica Bouie Lamonica Bouie

Lamonica is a graduate of Columbia College. Over the years she has advised many students in preparing for exams based on their background, study style and timeline to obtain the highest score possible on their exams. Lamonica really enjoys helping students reach their goals, hearing about their success and guiding them through their pathway to residency.

What med students ask her most often:

What score should I aim for?

Lamonica's advice:

“The highest score possible, which will take time, dedication and effort. It is attainable if you put in the work, follow your plan and believe in yourself. We are here to help.”

Rita Ramlagan Rita Ramlagan

Rita is a graduate of Queens College, City University of New York. She has a background in Psychology and has worked in higher education for twelve plus years.  Rita is very passionate about education and truly enjoy supporting and guiding students with their academic and career goals. She believes that small improvements over time will lead to amazing results and it's important to maintain a positive attitude in life no matter what is going on around you.

What med students ask her most often:

“Will I get a high score after taking a Kaplan course?”

Rita's advice:

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it."

 Favorite Quote:

“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.”  - Zig Ziglar 

Tom Politis Tom Politis

During Tom’s career as a Medical Enrollment Consultant with Kaplan Medical,  he has closely worked with thousands of students to prepare for their USMLE Exams. Tom is committed to identifying students' needs and consulting with them on which course would best fit their timeline and scholastic background, with always working towards the mutual goal of them obtaining a Residency in the USA.

What med students ask him most often:

“Being an IMG, do I have a good chance to Match?”

Tom's advice:

“Have a structured plan and stick to it. Don't get discouraged, always have a positive attitude, and believe in yourself. Good preparation will always have a good outcome.”

Dr. Jonathan Vaynberg Dr. Jonathan Vaynberg

Jonathan Vaynberg MD is a Medical Enrollment Consultant for Kaplan, and is always available to help you set up your course! He graduated Magna Cum Laude in Biochemistry from CUNY College of Staten Island and received his medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Jonathan’s hobbies include guitar, bass, drums, piano, electronic music production, weightlifting, cooking, and gardening.

What med students ask him most often:

“What will increase my chances of getting into residency the most?”

Dr. Jonathan's advice:

“Hard work, dedication, and most importantly, a stellar Step 1 score will increase your chances of getting into residency. Kaplan will help you with the Step 1 score, but the hard work and dedication are up to you!”

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Kaplan's Academic Medical Advisors use their expertise to guide your studies during your USMLE program and to assist you with your Residency Match preparation. Together, you’ll create a customized study plan, plan your applications, and assess your readiness for the USMLE exams.

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Kaplan's expert Academic Medical Advisors develop a personalized study plan and meet with you frequently to help keep you focused and on track for your USMLE exam, Residency Match and career goals. Here is a sample of some of the valuable insights you can come to expect from our advising team

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Agnes Carrara Agnes Carrara

Agnes Carrara has over 20 years experience advising students and is fluent in both English and French. She has worked with student doctors who are pursuing medical careers in the United States, as well as Canada, and has extensive knowledge in the Match and Residency processes for both countries. Agnes is passionate about her students and truly enjoys helping them achieve their goals. She believes in hard work and dedication in order to be successful, and she is ready to help you to get there.

What med students ask her most often:

What kind of courses do you offer for the Medical Licensing Exam?

When should I start studying for the USMLE exams?

Agnes' advice:

The 4 P's: Planning, Preparation, Practice and Patience will lead you to your best score.

Dr. Abir Habib Dr. Abir Habib

Dr. Abir Habib graduated and obtained her medical degree from Minia University School of Medicine in Egypt. She has years of experience working with international medical graduates and US medical students. She joined Kaplan Medical as a Clinical Skills Program Physician and is currently working as an Academic Medical Advisor at the New York City center. Dr. Habib is fluent in English and Arabic. She is very passionate about helping Kaplan students reach their goals.

What medical students ask her most often:

"Do I have a chance to get a residency position in the USA?"

Dr. Habib's advice:

"If you work hard towards getting a high score in your exams, you will be able to achieve your dream. The best way to get a high score for USMLE is to follow a well-structured study plan that is uniquely yours."

Dr. Muhammad Shah Dr. Muhammad Shah

Dr. Shah is a graduate of the Chandka Medical University, and is fluent in Urdu, Hindi and English. He earned a Masters in Health Services Administration (MPA/HSA) from the University of San Francisco. In addition, he is perusing his PhD in Leadership. Dr. Shah loves to help USMLE students to reach their goals. He is very passionate about providing services to IMGs /US Med students for the USMLE test, path to residency and licensing process. Dr. Shah prepares doctors for the USMLE Examinations by creating customized study plans.

What med students ask him most often:

Which NBME is most predictive of USMLE Step score?

What is the best time to start Qbank?

Dr. Shah's advice:

Have a study plan by December of your second year.

Distractions are the worst enemy of efficient studying. Avoid them at all costs!!

Set realistic goals. Do not set reading plans that you cannot possibly fulfill.

This test is a marathon. You have to study to do well. There is a lot of material, but you have to focus.

Dr. John Arshadi Dr. John Arshadi

Over the years, John has mentored and coached hundreds of International and US medical students in preparation for the USMLEs and residency match. Many of whom have already matched into their dream specialty. He is well versed in all aspects of exam prep, such as study planning, study techniques, test-taking strategies, and residency timelines. By providing students with the proper tools and encouraging them to adapt an invincible mindset, Dr. Arshadi assists them in staying motivated, positive, and cognizant of their true, untapped potential and academic capabilities.

What do students ask you most often?
When is the best time to take my exam?

What is your advice?
The short answer is, “When you're ready for it.”
Many students attempt to take the exam before they are fully prepared for it. With the increasing competition in securing a residency spot year after year, your main goal should be to do extremely well on the exam the first time around. Do not buy into people telling you to take your exam as soon as possible or take it at a certain time of the year.
Remember, “How you do anything is how you do everything.” Programs aren't just looking for a high test score, they are looking for people willing to put in the effort and hard work that it takes to achieve a high test score. Because this directly correlates to how they will perform in their residency program as well.

Dr. Tarek Shackour Dr. Tarek Shackour

Dr. Shackour earned his medical degree from M.U.S.T University and his master’s degree in Health Communication from Northwestern University. While Dr. Shackour was pursuing his master’s, he joined the Feinberg Medical School research team. He has participated in many cardiovascular stem cell research projects and published several papers in cancer research while also working for Kaplan as a Small Group Facilitator. Dr. Shackour possess a high level of energy. He is highly motivated. He is also highly engaged during his interactions with Kaplan students.

What do students ask you most often? How long does it take to be ready for the step 1 exam?

What is your advice? It takes between 6-18 months. There are more than 1,200 must-know concepts in the Step 1 exam, that need to be mastered before taking the exam.

Dr. Navjot Minhas Dr. Navjot Minhas

Dr. Navjot Kaur Minhas is a native from Vancouver, Canada. She completed a medical doctorate and also has a background in Biochemistry. She has traveled the world teaching English,  restoring schools destroyed by natural disasters and opened hospitals in India lead strictly by charitable donations. She has pursued Harvard affiliated research in various medical fields in psychiatry, oncology, and otolaryngology. It has been her lifelong dream to build a kind of foundation that creates a pathway for future generations of scholars through empowerment and knowledge. She hopes that her non-profit organization “Medicine In Heels,”  culminates and sparks a greater network of leaders that promotes health equality through advocacy and philanthropy.

What med students ask her most often:

“My mark is plateauing, how do I overcome this and achieve a higher mark?”

Dr. Navjot's advice:

“You must overcome what you are not mastering. To see change you must conquer the subject areas that you are having trouble in. Once you have filled in the gaps with active based learning, you will most definitely see an improvement in your mark as you have added a layer of knowledge, you did not once have, to your core base.”

Dr. Anibal Munguia Dr. Anibal Munguia

Dr. Anibal Munguia was born in Nicaragua and raised in Miami, FL. His passion for medicine and desire to help others inspired him to pursue a medical degree in his native town of Nicaragua. For 6 years, he immersed himself in the culture and devoted himself to acquiring as much medical knowledge and experience as he could. He learned about a multitude of diseases, how to treat a wide variety of patients, medically and with compassion. It wasn't until Dr. Anibal’s 4th year of medical school that he discovered his true passion. He had the opportunity to act as the first assistant during a c-section and fell in love with it. During his 4th year, he took on a leadership role as President of the Medical Student Council at his university. Dr. Anibal truly enjoys having the ability to work with others towards achieving their goals and becoming the president allowed him to be the voice for his classmates and work towards making progress for them all. 

In his free time, Dr Anibal likes to kick back and watch movies; especially scary movies. He likes spending time with friends, going to the beach, and exploring new spots around town. He has a daughter, Bella Marie who loves to cuddle and go for walks. He also enjoys spending time with his nephews who are a handful! 

What med students ask him most often:

“How do I best manage my time?" 

"How can I access proper test prep resources?"

"How do I decide on a test date?”

Dr. Anibal's advice:

“Though my advice is tailored to the individual student's personal circumstances and goals, there is one common factor that remains the same despite how different one student is from the next:

You will reach your goals if you put in the hard work, effort, and time. At first, managing time will be tricky, but you'll learn to pace yourself and take it one step at a time. Then one day it'll be test day and all the dedication and sacrifice you have put in during this journey will pay off. I'll be here to help with it all: time management tips, test-taking strategies, developing study guides and timeline goals, and anything else you may need. The sky is the limit! Go get it.”

Dr. Dan Arreaza-Kaufman Dr. Dan Arreaza-Kaufman

Dr. Dan Arreaza-Kaufman studied medicine in Bogota, Colombia. He has an interest in Ophthalmology and has been working as a research fellow at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute for the past 2 years, where he has published many papers and a book chapter focused on ocular surface pathology. Dr. Arreaza-Kaufman is a member of the Kaplan Medical Honors Society and knows what it takes to prepare for the USMLEs. He has also received honors in anatomy, radiology, and biostatistics. He has a passion for helping students achieve their goals and target scores. In his spare time, he enjoys music, sports, running and reading.

What med students ask him most often:

“Is it possible for an IMG to match to a surgical specialty?"

"How long does it take to prepare for the USMLEs?”

Dr. Dan's advice:

“Certainly for an IMG it is more challenging to match into a surgical specialty. However; having outstanding test scores is the first step to building an application and improving your chances of matching to any specialty. Nothing is impossible and dedication will get you closer to your goal.

The timeframe for the USMLEs is different for each student. Many students complete their Step 1 within 7-12 months and their Step 2 CK within 4-6 months.”

Dr. Camille Del Pilar Dr. Camille Del Pilar

Dr. Camille Del Pilar Rodriguez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico with a curious, independent and enthusiastic mind. She is an International Medical Graduate from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico, and completed her medical Internship in Hospital HIMA de Caguas, PR. In January 2019, she obtained the ECFMG certification. Dr. Camille aspires to work in Internal Medicine and further pursue a fellowship in Gastroenterology by applying for the 2020 Residency MATCH. In the meantime, she is fully dedicated to helping International Medical Graduates preparing for the USMLE boards, by maintaining the most up-to-date information,  thanks to Kaplan. The most gratifying part of being an Academic Medical Advisor for her are the daily interactions she has with International Medical Graduates while working in Kaplan, New York. She is happy that her role today is to help doctors achieve above average USMLE scores. Dr. Camille’s biggest concern is to build each doctor a unique study plan that accommodates his or her needs to obtain as much question based clinical knowledge in the least amount of time possible to prevent burnout.

What med students ask her most often:

“What is the best way to increase my average test score?”

Dr. Camille's advice:

“Repetition. Kaplan student analysis over the years has proven that the more you read the Kaplan books the more likely you will increase the overall test score by 1-2 standard deviations.”

Dr. Jonathan Dang Dr. Jonathan Dang

Jonathan Dang, MD, earned his medical degree from St. Georges’ University School of Medicine in the Caribbean and went on to complete his postdoctoral fellowship research in Psychiatry at Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Dang has presented ketamine for the treatment of pain and depression at the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology. He has published in multiple well-known journals in the area of depression and quality of life outcomes and is currently a research fellow at the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics. Dr. Dang is committed to end depression and suicide and save lives by applying to the 2020 residency match. He enjoys spending time with his family and meditating.

Dr. Dang is grateful for the opportunity at Kaplan because he’s able to connect with the greatest minds all over the world. He has learned that everything that has ever created in this world, is first created in thoughts, and then words, then actions, and so on..even pain and depression. His passion is in helping Kaplan student doctors achieving their highest POTENTIAL and greatest quality of life.

What med students ask him most often:

“I am forgetting the materials I studied weeks ago, what should I do?”

Dr. Dang's advice:

“The secret to success is repetition, the secret to success is repetition, the secret to success is repetition.”

Dr. Elizabeth Herrera Dr. Elizabeth Herrera

Born and raised in Mexico City, Dr. Elizabeth Herrera Perez is a graduate of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Medicina. Primarily interested in internal medicine, she wishes to pursue a fellowship in geriatric medicine. As an Academic Medical Advisor, she strives to develop an approach tailored to meet the concerns of medical students; having dealt with these issues herself, she empathizes with the challenges of this process.

What med students ask her most often:

“What is the best way to study?”

Dr. Herrera's advice:

"Stay committed to your studies remember it’s an everyday decision. You are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying. You will face challenges that may lead you to doubt the validity of the process, you will be pushed to your limits, but whatever you’re going through, never lose faith in yourself. This is your time - your moment!"