Below is a sampling of some of our exemplary educators and coaches.
BJ is a 4th year medical student at SGU. He took his boards less than 4 months ago and scored in the 99th percentile on both step 1 and step 2. He is applying for residency in Internal Medicine and has interviewed at some of the most reputable programs in the country. He majored in Biology at Loyola University Chicago where he tutored science majors for 2 years. BJ also got his masters in Public Health before starting medical school. At medical school, he has continuously ranked in the top 5% of his class and has tutored pathology and microbiology during his second year at medical school. He has worked as part of research team on a multinational clinical research project that investigated the cardiovascular safety profile of a DPP4 anti-diabetic medication. BJ is fluent in 5 languages and his interests range from being a devoted soccer player and fan to serving on international committees involved in defending human and children’s rights worldwide. BJ knows, first-hand, that standardized exams can be very intimidating, but with simple guidance and a lot of discipline, anyone can reach the score they want.
Bob has been taking, and excelling at standardized tests for a long time. He’s also taught and tutored SAT, SATII, GRE and GMAT for over 20 years. In addition to standardized test prep he has been a visiting professor in mathematics at the Cooper Union School of Engineering. There he taught courses ranging from vector calculus to general relativity. In addition to tutoring Bob has worked as a financial consultant at JPMorgan Chase and Fannie Mae. There he developed bond and options models in addition to providing general training for the staff. He also has developed a course in financial engineering which he teaches to financial professionals. Bob formal training is in mathematics. He studied number theory at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. His current field of interest is arithmetic algebraic geometry. Bob teaches math to our clients in Washington D.C. and New York.
Christian is an emergency medicine resident in the Midwest United States. He obtained his medical degree (MD) from George Washington University and an undergraduate degree in Human Physiology from Vanderbilt University. He enjoys teaching and mentoring and has served in several training roles throughout his medical career thus far. With respect to success on standardized exams, such as the USMLE Step exams, Christian believes strongly in the importance of active learning and identifying knowledge gaps while studying, which is where a good tutor becomes essential. His studying philosophy earned him 242 on his own USMLE Step 1 exam, and 267 on Step 2. His clinical interests include resuscitation, diagnostic heuristics, and EMS. When not working clinically, he serves as Assistant Medical Director for a local EMS agency and provides regular Continuing Medical Education Lectures. He also has extensive experience in mentoring and small group training within various EMS agencies.
Dean graduated cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Biochemical Sciences. Following graduation, he spent a few years researching in a neuropharmacology laboratory at University of California, Irvine before continuing on to medical school. Now, Dean is a 4th year medical student in the New York/New Jersey area. Throughout his educational career from college to medical school, Dean has served as a course facilitator, personal tutor and review session leader. Having scored extremely well on Step 1 (260+/99), Dean now leverages his own experiences into helping other medical students reach and exceed their academic goals through peer tutoring and USMLE prep.
Mike: Upon obtaining a bachelor’s in Biology in just three years, Mike took a few years off to prepare himself for medical school. While working various part time jobs to support himself, he conducted clinical research, got his EMT certification and volunteered on an ambulance, and made rounds at the hospital as a patient advocate. His work experience includes photography, personal training, and tutoring for tests and subjects ranging from middle-school to graduate level. After starting medical school, Mike continued to teach by becoming a teaching assistant for the Gross Anatomy course at his institution and he continues to tutor fellow students in all of the first and second year medical subjects at the school’s Center for Academic Support.
Nicholas graduated from SUNY New Paltz, and went on to complete his Premedical Sciences at Columbia University. He has recently completed medical school at American University of Antigua (AUA COM) in November 2015. While at AUA he worked as a Teacher’s Assistant in the Medical Scholars Program where he tutored large groups (20-30 students) in Medical Biochemistry. He also tutored small groups (2-3 students) each week in all of the Basic Science courses (Pathology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Neurology…). While preparing for USMLE Step I, Nicholas would hold tutoring sessions for 2 students who were preparing for their Comprehensive Exams. Both students passed their Comp exam, took and passed USMLE Step I, and now are preparing for USMLE Step 2 Ck.
Nicholas uses the same teaching method he used while preparing for his own USMLE exams. Being a fresh graduate, he understands how important USMLE exams are for attaining residency; also, he understands how it is to be a medical student and implements ways in his teaching to help his students remember the material. His scores for USMLE Step I (240) & USMLE Step 2 Ck (251), are evidence that his methods work and will get you the competitive score you need to attain the residency you want. Nicholas has attained 20+ residency interviews in Internal Medicine for the 2016 Match. He plans to prepare and take USMLE Step 3 prior to starting residency in July 2016.
Jim is an award-winning short story writer, novelist, and playwright. He earned his MFA in English from the University of Washington, and has been a writing, ELL, and test prep tutor for 17 years. He has worked with students ranging from kindergarteners to working professionals, helping them with the ACT, SAT, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, GRE exams, English grammar and pronunciation, and AP and IB English literature.
Jonathan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Louisville, where he received his BS in Biology with a concentration in Cellular Biochemistry and Physiology. Following college, he tutored students throughout his first two years of medical school at St. George’s University. His focus was in Histology, Biochemistry and Physiology, and he received recognition as an Outstanding Facilitator in the Department of Educational Studies. He continues in his desire to teach and mentor, and is now a 4th year medical student doing his clinical rotations at Hackensack University Medical Center. After achieving a stellar score on Step1 (254), and Step 2, Jonathan now desires to help others enhance their own potential by using his vast amount of teaching experience, academic excellence and personal enjoyment of the material to interest and engage each student
Kirill has tutored GMAT since 2010. He helps his students master test topics by understanding the principles behind them to gain the knowledge, skills, and flexibility necessary to successfully tackle questions of all types and difficulties. He has taught and can adjust to all skills levels, from test takers looking to gain more than a hundred points from a score in the 500s or below, to those trying to move from an already strong score to an outstanding one. Kirill scored in the 99th percentile on the GMAT and every other standardized test he has taken. He holds an MBA from Georgetown.
Karen was identified as a brainiac when she began playing chess when other girls were playing with Barbie Dolls. She earned her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of San Diego and has taught as a Linguistics professor for 9 years at, among other places, the University of Michigan. She has published 1 book and numerous articles on English grammar (her area of specialization), both taught and wrote test materials for Stanley Kaplan, and has tutored people on GMAT for nearly 10 years, including both American native speakers and non-native speakers from Japan, Korea, Venezuela and many others countries. A dedicated and resourceful teacher, Karen is TPNY’s head verbal expert and the developer of our MCAT CARS section course. This course is excellent preparation for native English speakers and is absolutely indispensable for non-native speakers, who often find that the one-size-fits-all classes at other schools don’t address their needs. She also teaches her revolutionary method of Accent Reduction to our non-native English-speaking clients. She works with clients in person in Boston and New York as well as through our distance-learning program.
Mike P. Upon obtaining a bachelor’s in Biology at Saint Peter’s University (full scholarship and honors program) in just three years, Mike took a few years off to prepare himself for medical school. While working various part time jobs to support himself, he conducted clinical research, got his EMT certification, volunteered on an ambulance, and made rounds at the hospital as a patient advocate. While in medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Mike became a teaching assistant for the Gross Anatomy course at his institution, and he tutored fellow students in all of the first and second year medical subjects at the school’s Center for Academic Support. For many years, Michael has taught a variety of subjects for TPNY. He now teaches the USMLE Step 1, on which he himself scored 241. Mike also made the decision to join the US Army while in medical school and he currently serves as a Second Lieutenant at the Army Medical Department.
Ossa is a full time academic with a B.Sc. in communications and electronics engineering, an MBA in IT and a Doctorate in Business Administration from the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands. He has extensive teaching experience in the US and overseas. Besides teaching GMAT (and all our math courses) he also teaches business math and statistics for undergraduate and graduate students. Ossa also holds the Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate from the Project Management Institute as well as the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certificate from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association. He also works as a project management consultant. He teaches a variety of math courses for us, including the GMAT and SAT, and is our PMP specialist.
Samuel was born in Cairo, Egypt and immigrated to the United States at the age of 7. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree from The College of New Jersey. Upon graduating, Samuel pursued a Masters degree in Public Health, where he traveled to the West Indies and helped in various community health interventions. Subsequently, he was inducted into Delta Omega Public Health Honors Society for academic excellence as well as leadership qualities. Samuel later pursued a degree in medicine at St. George’s University, where he is a member of the Iota Epsilon Alpha International Honors Society. During his time at SGU, Samuel tutored several immunology sessions for the Department of Educational Services. With a meticulously crafted schedule and hours of research into proper and high yield resources, Samuel created a USMLE Study schedule that has helped him attain a score of 253 on the Step 1 and 258 on Step 2CK. Currently, Samuel is a fourth year medical student pursuing a residency position in radiology. During his time off from academics, Samuel enjoys music and participating in community and church basketball leagues as a coach, player, and referee.
Sejal graduated from a US affiliated international medical school. After graduation, she immediately finished and passed her USMLE Step 2 CS. She then began studying for Step 1, where she realized that Step 1, 2CK, and 3 could be easily conquered together if she understood the underlying concepts in medicine rather than rote memorization. Within a few months, she had finished her Step 1 and three weeks later finished her Step 2CK where she had scored in the mid-high 90s. She attributes this to her conceptual medical knowledge gained through her independent study. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and medicinal botany.
The method Sejal uses in teaching draws from understanding a conceptual point of view rather than memorization. This method is effective because a question can be asked in many different ways and the student will still get it correct.
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