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Hometown: Beavercreek, Ohio
Undergraduate: B.S., Miami University
Hobbies: basketball, soccer, outdoor activities, country music, concerts

Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia
Undergraduate: George Mason University B.S.
Hobbies: Personal Fitness

Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Undergraduate degre: B.S., Neuroscience, University of Michigan
Hobbies: Reading, doing 500-1000 piece puzzles, collecting keychains from around the world, taking walks, ice skating, learning new languages  

Hometown: Riverside, California
Undergraduate: B.S., Biomedical Sciences, La Sierra University
Hobbies: I enjoy spending time outdoors and hiking.
Interesting Fact: I lived in a small forest town in Mexico without running water or electricity. I got to spend my childhood eating from my grandpa’s mango trees and “al aire libre.” The forest was my playground.

Hometown: Columbus Grove, Ohio
Undergraduate: B.S. in Biology, Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Hobbies: Reading, writing, cycling, running, hiking, disc golf, soccer, exploring local food and coffee, traveling, and spending time with my wife, family and friends.
Interesting fact: My wife and I met in 7th grade through Nazarene Bible Quizzing, a “sport” we both did in our respective youth groups. Our team went on to be three-time National Champions!

Brent also blogs on In Training, an online magazine by and for medical students.

Hometown: Covington, Ohio
Undergraduate: B.A. in Spanish and music minor from Ohio State University; M.B.A. from Wright State University
Hobbies: Music, community organizing, running, trying new things
Interesting fact: I play bass and have traveled with a country band since starting medical school.

Hometown: Hillsboro, Ohio
Undergraduate: Biology, John Carroll University
Hobbies: Playing pick up sports (Tennis, volleyball, and basketball especially!), discovering new music, journaling, being a general Foodie, meeting new people, and traveling
Interesting fact: I learned all 105 of my classmates' names in less than a week. (Not creepy! Just some past Resident Assistant skills coming in handy, haha)

Hometown: South Euclid, Ohio
Undergraduate: Biology, John Carroll University
Hobbies: Distance running and playing guitar/singing in an all-medical-student rock ’n roll band
Interesting fact: In high school I had really long hair and wanted to be the next Eddie Van Halen

Hometown: Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Undergraduate: Biology, Spanish and Chemistry minor
Hobbies: Sleeping and watching TV. But mostly sleep.
Interesting fact: I once curled 600 pounds at the gym...... a 15 pound weight 20 times...... per arm!

If you have any questions about anything (medical school, life, why we drive on parkways and park on driveways) feel free to email me at

Undergraduate: Double major in Biology, and Biological Anthropology & Anatomy, Duke University
Hobbies: Traveling, cooking, reading (things besides textbooks and notes), and painting
Interesting fact: The whole world celebrates my birthday — New Year's Eve!

I’m from Loveland, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. I completed my undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University, where I majored in biomedical science, minored in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and graduated in 2012 with a B.S. In my spare time (or during time I spend procrastinating), I like to dance, read, explore ethnic food restaurants and watch movies. As an interesting fact, I have been known to talk in my sleep and one time woke up shouting the diatomic elements. I wish I could also say that is my nerdiest moment, but I can’t.

Hometown: Toledo, Ohio
Undergraduate: B.S., Columbia University
Hobbies: Running, Sports, Exploring, Art
Interesting fact: I have an older brother and sister and a younger brother and sister. I’m the odd one in the middle.

Hometown: Dennison, Ohio
Undergraduate: B.A., English Literature
Hobbies: Running, traveling, thrifting, classic literature and collecting old maps
Interesting fact: I ran my first marathon last May!!

Hometown: Glencoe, Trinidad and Tobago
Undergraduate: Chemical Engineering, Princeton University
Hobbies: Netflix, Ice-cream and pondering a healthy lifestyle.
Interesting Fact: I own a mannequin with an interesting sense of style named Monica; she lives in my old bedroom in my parent's home.

Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Undergraduate: B.S., Environmental Science, Spelman College
Hobbies: Cheering for my favorite team the Brooklyn Nets, traveling, dancing, reading novels by Octavia E. Butler, playing sports, and watching the movie Bridesmaids
Interesting Fact: I was born in Guyana, the only English-speaking country on the continent of South America.

Hometown: Fairborn/Yellow Springs, Ohio
Degrees:  B.S., Biomedical Engineering; M.S.S.A, Social Work; M.A., Bioethics; Case Western Reserve University
Hobbies and interests: Medical ethics, traveling, photography, polymer engineering, research, writing
Interesting Facts: I have kept a journal since I was seven, and I’ve been diving in the Red Sea and off the coasts of Zanzibar and Costa Rica.

Avash Kalra, M.D., is an internal medicine resident physician at the University of Colorado in Denver. A 2012 graduate of Boonshoft School of Medicine, he earned his B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University, where he served as a columnist for the Cornell Daily Sun. He was a founder and co-host of Radio Rounds, a weekly medical talk show produced by students at Boonshoft School of Medicine. He wrote the "Notes from a Medical Student" columns for Health Care Today Online during his third and fourth years of medical school.

Jacqueline Collins, M.D., is an ob/gyn in Chicago. During her second and third year as a student at Boonshoft School of Medicine, she wrote the “Notes from a Medical Student” columns for Health Care Today Online. Before medical school, she studied Middle Eastern and South Asian History at the University of Chicago, where she earned a B.A. with honors in 2005.

Jason Faber, M.D., who practices internal medicine as part of the Kettering Physician Network, wrote columns for Health Care Today Online, a Cox newspapers publication, while he was a medical student and resident. His experiences in the third and fourth year of medical school were covered in the “Notes from a Medical Student” column, and his experiences during his residency in internal medicine at Kettering Medical Center were recounted in the “Road through Residency” column. He graduated from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine in 2008.