Orientation Committee

The Einstein Orientation Committee welcomes you to the Einstein campus! They have been working hard planning fun activities that you will take part of during Orientation. During this week they will help foster a brand new community of friends and colleagues as well as build your Einstein spirit!

Ariella Applebaum

Ariella Applebaum

Stern College

Co-captain

Hey first years! Welcome to med school! My name is Ariella Applebaum/Gartenberg and I’m one of the class presidents for the class of 2021. I was born at Einstein, then moved to Jersey, went to Stern College, and then ended up back at Einstein. I absolutely love it here :). If you have any questions or just want to chat (I love talking) then feel free to reach out anytime. You can usually find me at Starbucks with an Iced Soy Chai Tea Latte - I highly recommend it. Can’t wait to meet y’all! 

Farid Tadros

Farid Tadros

Santa Clara University

Co-captain

I'm from San Jose, CA by way of Alexandria, Egypt. Two cities that are known for their great falafel. My hobbies include running, football, tech, reading, and trivia. I went to school in the Bay Area (Go Broncos) and worked in bioinformatics research after undergrad. I chose to come to Einstein because I saw that the student body was full of fun, humble, and incredibly talented students. As one of the class presidents for the class of 2021, I want to welcome you here!

Shelby Adler

Shelby Adler

University of Wisconsin

Hi I am Shelby. I am from Cleveland, Ohio. GO CAVS! I graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2015, then did a career changer post-bac in Vermont. If it isn’t obvious already, I hate the cold. If you are interested in ob/gyn, family planning, or basically anything to do with women's health, I am your girl! See you in the fall!

Stephanie Allen

Stephanie Allen

Lehigh University

Hi, my name is Stephanie. I was born in Hawaii and lived most of my life in LA. I enjoy trying food places in the city, going to concerts, running, and hiking; but mostly I love trying new things. Looking forward to meeting all of you.

Tyler Andriano

Tyler Andriano

Cornell University

Hey everyone – Welcome to Einstein! I’m Tyler and I grew up on Long Island, where I developed my life passion: pizza.  For undergrad, I went to Cornell, where I majored in Nutrition and began to balance pizza with my second life passion: coffee. For two years after graduation, I worked in an anorectal health office and learned that it might be time to offset my passions with some fiber.  Now that I’m in medical school I’m starting to question all of my dietary habits…but I’m having the best time doing it and can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with all of you!

Ian Armstrong

Ian Armstrong

Harvard College

Hi! My name is Ian Armstrong. I was born and raised in Manhattan, moved to Brooklyn after college, and now live in and love The Bronx. My eyes light up when I talk about trivia, the subway, the municipal ID card that gets you free Bronx Zoo and Botanical Gardens admission, the almond cake at Patricia's, and how much I love the Einstein community - to which I can't wait to welcome you.

Daniel Baghdasarian

Daniel Baghdasarian

UCLA

Hello Class of 2022! My name is Daniel and I'm from sunny Los Angeles, CA. Moving to the east coast was a big change but my first year at Einstein was an absolute blast and I'm excited help you all get adjusted to life as a medical student. When I'm not studying, you can find me binge watching The Office, at the gym, or stuffing my face with donuts. At Einstein, I'm on the board for both ECHO and Pride. Looking forward to meeting you all!

Jay Canarick

Jay Canarick

Duke University

Hi everyone and welcome to Einstein! My name is Jay and I'm from Long Island. I went to Duke where I studied Neuroscience. After graduating, I spent two years working as a healthcare strategy consultant before coming to Einstein. I like to play basketball, travel, and read about healthcare innovation. I've been known to disappear into the city on weekends, but I'm involved in a number of things on campus, including student council, PACt, and SIGNAP (and yes I know these acronyms don't mean anything to you for now). Look forward to meeting you all!

Steven Chen

Steven Chen

Pomona College

Hi everyone! My name is Steven Chen and I'm from Seattle, WA. I graduated from Pomona College in 2017 with a major in Molecular Biology & minor in Sociology and came to Einstein straight from college. I have absolutely loved my first year in New York and would be happy to answer questions from any fellow West-Coasters who would like to know more about transitioning to life on the other side of the country. I am the president of the Surgery Interest Group (don't hesitate to reach out if you might be interested in pursuing surgery!), and when I'm not studying I enjoy exploring the city, going to concerts, and Yelping. Lots and lots of Yelping.

Sarah Chung

Sarah Chung

Northwestern

Hi! I’m Sarah, and I’m from a tiny town in New Jersey called Haworth. I majored in Psychology, and took 2 years off after graduating to work in Manhattan. Before coming to Einstein, I traveled around Europe and Korea (motherland). My astrological sign is Virgo (ascendant sign: Leo), my favorite dog breeds are Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Corgi, Samoyed, Golden Retriever, Alaskan Malamute and more, and I love winter. 

Alexis Corcoran

Alexis Corcoran

University of Northern Colorado

Hey y’all! My name is Alexis, and I’m really excited to welcome you to Einstein! Explaining where I’m from usually sounds like, “I was born in South Dakota, but I’ve lived in [insert 5 states here] and attended [insert 13 schools here]”; it’s easier to say I’m from an Air Force family and that I most recently studied at the University of Northern Colorado. When I’m not studying, I enjoy volunteering, rock-climbing, exploring the outdoors, traveling, and going out with friends. I’m also in the process of getting my pilot’s license and learning how to cook more than just pasta.

Pablo Cuartas

Pablo Cuartas

Washington University in St. Louis

Hello. I'm Pablo.
I'm from southern Illinois.
But born in N.C.
I went to college
In St. Louis, Missouri
At Washington U.
I play guitar and
Several other instruments.
I also like cars.
And am a Formula 1
Fan. Go Raikkonen!
I am Colombian.
And speak Spanish fluently.
Yay diversity!
Philosophy is
Also my thing. So let's talk
If you like i.t, too!
I'm so excited
To meet all you new students.
I am certain that
You'll love A.E.C.O.M.
Let's learn biochem!
Up until now, this bio has been in Haiku; props if you figured it out!
Looking forward to meeting you if you're reading this!

Matt Demasi

Matt Demasi

Columbia University

Hi, I’m Matt DeMasi! I’m from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. (Shout out to Vid!) I went to Columbia for undergrad, where I majored in civil engineering. Yes, I did say civil engineering! Some would say I’m the local fisherman of Einstein. I’m still looking for a tackle box, but let me know if you want to go fishing! I also have a legendary snowboarding story involving an Elk, Intro to Clinical Medicine, and stitches that I will hopefully tell you sometime. Hope you have a great time at Einstein!

Katie DeWilde

Katie DeWilde

Wesleyan University

Hi everyone, I'm Katie, hailing from Fort Worth, Texas. Moved to the east coast for college and haven't left since. I lived in New York and Philly before med school and love both! Interests include swimming, salsa dancing, and cinnamon toast crunch. 

Sean Dowling

Sean Dowling

University of Puget Sound

Once I was an athlete. Then I became an artist. Many years passed on the west coast. Now I will become a physician on the east.

Elana Gelman

Elana Gelman

Stern College for Women – Yeshiva University

Hi! My name is Elana and I am originally from Hollywood, Florida. I have a few talents, but none that will help me. Here are some of my talents though, categorized by skill level. Excellent: nickname creator, Average: omelette maker, Subpar: parallel parker. I am appropriately excited to be an orientation leader and hopefully we can be best friends.

Samantha George

Samantha George

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Hello there! My name is Samantha, but most call me Sam (idc I have no preference). Born in Rockford, IL (amid the corn), went to undergrad at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (still surrounded by corn), worked in a fifth grade math class in Jacksonville, FL for a year (no more corn; the ocean is so nice!) and now I'm here at Einstein (and very happy but sometimes I miss the corn). I like a bunch of things, but I especially like climbing, baking, dancing (nothing fancy, just flailing), wandering and wondering. But one of my absolute favorite things is learning about other peoples' favorite anythings. So if you see me, open up with one of those and I'll be very excited. Looking forward to meeting you guys!

Mitchell Gronowitz

Mitchell Gronowitz

Cornell University

Hi everyone! I'm originally from Teaneck, NJ and attended Cornell for undergrad, majoring in computational biology. A few facts about me - I love being active and am always down for adventures; I eat an average of seven chocolate chip cookies a day; and most importantly, I love orientations! So excited to meet everyone!

Adam Haines

Adam Haines

Ohio State University

Welcome Class of 2022! My name is Adam, and I spent the entirety of my life in Ohio before moving to Bronx. Since moving, I have learned what real pizza tastes like, how to use public transportation, and that 90% of my classmates couldn’t pick Ohio out on a map if asked. To rattle off some things I like: cold brew, my Discover Weekly playlist, literally anywhere that is not humid, drag queens, FALL, corgis, and I have an equally fervent love for the outdoors and streaming services. Einstein and New York have offered me so much in the past year and I’m really excited to help you all adjust to this exciting, new chapter in your lives!

Adele Heib

Adele Heib

Fordham University

I’m trying out med school after my first career as a multi-Grammy award winner & singer-songwriter fell through. I’m a nap enthusiast, painter, and proud dog-mom. I love to ski and binge watch HBO shows.

Ahmed Khokhar

Ahmed Khokhar

Stony Brook University

What's up first years! I'm a New York local, from Westchester. #914; Big sports and fitness guy, and a proud Drake fan. I'm pumped to meet and get to know all of you. Einstein truly is an amazing home.

Lisa Kremen

Lisa Kremen

Wesleyan University

Welcome to Einstein!! My name is Lisa and I’m from Rockville Centre, New York, and although I try to hide it I’m sure some of you will be able to spot the Long Island accent. At Wesleyan I double-majored in Neuroscience & Psychology, and am interested in going into Child Psychiatry. At Einstein I am involved with groups like SPHERE and Jacobi Kids, and am the Community Education Coordinator for the ECHO free clinic. In my free time I love to hike, so ask me if you need recommendations for nearby trails. Looking forward to meeting all of you in August, and feel free to reach out at any time!

Dana Laikhram

Dana Laikhram

Stony Brook University

Hi my name is Dana Laikhram I'm from Queens, New York. I went to Stony Brook University where I studied Biochemistry and graduated in 2016. I like photography, reading, painting, and watching films. Welcome to Einstein! You'll soon learn how welcoming everyone is here and I'm excited to get to know you all. Congrats! 

Lizzie Lund

Lizzie Lund

Middlebury College

Welcome first years! My name is Lizzie Lund and I am originally from Nashville, TN. I attended Middlebury College then came to New York to teach. Now I am back in school and loving it. I love to run, play sports, and eat food. Can’t wait to meet y’all!

Ellen Marcus

Ellen Marcus

Johns Hopkins University

Welcome to Einstein class of 2022! My name is Ellen. I grew up in Vermont and moved to New York when I was in high school. I went to Johns Hopkins and was on the women's varsity swim team.  

Yonatan Mehlman

Yonatan Mehlman

Yeshiva University

Hi! My name is Yonatan (Yoni) Mehlman and I'm an MS2 from Long Island. In addition to studying and re-watching The Office (US version, pre-Steve Carell departure), I spend time volunteering for Project Kindness and participating in some fun CBSL initiatives. I am a huge fan of AECOM and excited to welcome all the new MS1's! 

Evan Mostafa

Evan Mostafa

Binghamton University

My name is Evan, and I will be an MS2 this upcoming fall. Coming into medical school I was prepared to study 24/7 and commit to years of intense learning, but I soon realized that you can do well and still have an immense amount of fun. The administration and community at Einstein have made this school an amazing place and I can't imagine being elsewhere. 

Adam Nessim

Adam Nessim

Cornell University

I majored in Human Biology, Health, and Society at Cornell University and graduated in 2017. I am a competitive intramural sports athlete, with basketball and soccer being my favorite sports. Some of my favorite shows include suits, billions, arrow, and flash. I have absolutely loved my first year of medical school and look forward to meeting all the new first years who I hope will have a similar experience! Feel free to reach out with any questions. 

Veronica Ortiz

Veronica Ortiz

Franklin & Marshall College

Hi I’m Veronica, I’m from Norwalk, CT and my family is from Colombia and Puerto Rico. I am co-president of LMSA and the interpreter coordinator at ECHO. Einstein is a great place with a lot to do, but if you’re like me you can spend the year avoiding the gym and trying to find a hobby but watching Netflix instead. Looking forward to meeting you all!

Janki Patel

Janki Patel

Stony Brook University

Hi Everyone! My name’s Janki, and I grew up in Binghamton, NY. I studied Biochemistry at Stony Brook University and graduated in 2017 from there. I’ve loved my time at Einstein so far..even if a good portion of it was spent in the dungeon. Aside from that though, I like being active, playing soccer, hiking, being outdoors in general, and exploring new places! My favorite food is coffee and I practically survive off of Diversity coffee and snacks most days (you’ll quickly learn how essential they are)! Congrats and welcome to Einstein!

Vidushi Purohit

Vidushi Purohit

Johns Hopkins

Hi, I’m Vid! I’m from Brooklyn and I went to Hopkins for undergrad where I studied neuroscience. Then I took a gap year during which I forgot all the neuro I learned. I’m super happy to be back in New York because it is the best; food options stay open till late and the subway can take me basically anywhere. Congrats on getting into Einstein, it is a ton of fun, but more importantly it is pass fail!

Suraj Pursnani

Suraj Pursnani

Lehigh University

Hey guys, I’m Suraj (pronounced Soo-ruj) and I’m from a town right outside of Scranton, PA (Shoutout to The Office!). I like trying different foods, traveling around the world, and going to the beach to soak in some sun (fun fact: my name means sun in Hindi). I am very happy and grateful to be an Einstein student because of the amazing faculty, multiple opportunities for growth, and the strong bond between students. Looking forward to meeting you all! 

Xavier Quezada

Xavier Quezada

Boston University

What’s up guys my name is Xavier and I'm from Framingham MA, better known as the dirty ham. After studying Human Physiology in undergrad I took a year off to pursue a Masters in Public Health. In my free time I love listening to music, dancing, sleeping, and going to Taco Bell. If you have any questions about absolutely anything let me know. Can’t wait to meet you all soon!

Max Rossberg

Max Rossberg

Yeshiva University

Hi my name is Max and I'm from Baltimore, Maryland. Feel free to come by and talk anytime! Especially if you want to talk baseball I'm your guy. Or if you like nerd stuff maybe I can help you or I can refer you to a friend. 

Joshua Sapadin

Joshua Sapadin

University of Pennsylvania

My name is Josh and I am from the Bronx (Skrrt!). I studied Anthropology at Penn and did a post-bacc at Hunter College, but have always felt that travel is where the real learning happens. My favorite things include the ocean, the silly creatures that live in it and most of the ones that don’t. Above is a picture of my inner-child who you’ll meet during orientation. Welcome!

Richard Sekerak

Richard Sekerak

Georgetown University

Hi everyone! My name is Rich Sekerak and I am so excited to meet the newest group of Medical Students at Einstein. I am originally from Connecticut, about an hour away from Einstein, and graduated in 2017 from Georgetown University earning a B.S. degree after majoring in Biology. I am interested in Orthopaedic Surgery and Cardiology, and currently work with an Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon doing clinical research. I love playing sports, binging Netflix shows, and exploring all NYC has to offer. Welcome to Einstein!

Nisha Shah

Nisha Shah

Johns Hopkins University

Hi everyone! My name is Nisha and I’m from Long Island. I went to college in Baltimore where I studied behavioral biology and psychology. I love cooking, dancing, and arts and crafts of all kinds. At Einstein, I’m involved with ECHO, APAMSA, and the pediatrics interest group. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have! Can’t wait to meet you all!

Aydar Shaildayev

Aydar Shaildayev

Boston University

Hey, my name is Aydar (pronounced EYE-dar) and I'm originally from Kyrgyzstan. I've lived in quite a few places in the U.S. by now, but New York has quickly become a favorite. I've spent the last handful of years here playing music and working before ultimately applying to medical school, so if you need any pointers on where to go for food, music, sports, etc. around the city feel free to ask. Welcome to Einstein! 

Richa Sheth

Richa Sheth

UC Berkeley

Hi! I'm Richa and I'm super excited to meet all of you! I'm from California and I went to UC Berkeley. My formative years really allowed me to pursue my passion for avocado toast and ice cream (obviously I've tried avocado ice cream, and obviously it's hella good). I like long walks down the aisles of Trader Joe's, Netflix marathons, and food. Welcome to Einstein!

Rachel Simon

Rachel Simon

Barnard College

My name is Rachel Simon, and I majored in Biology and minored in Art History. I am from Connecticut originally but my family is from South Africa! In my gap year I did spine surgery research at Hospital for Special Surgery and loved it. I am a huge Boston sports fan, I love Harry Potter, and am classically trained in ballet. When I am not studying, I am probably watching The Sopranos or Scrubs. 

Justin Song

Justin Song

Princeton University

Hi! My name is Justn and I’m from San Diego. My hobbies include basketball, soccer, squash, reading, and singing in Einstein’s Lymph Notes. Can’t wait to meet you guys!

Wesley Thorn

Wesley Thorn

Boston College

Hey first years! My name’s Wesley and I’m now entering my second year at Einstein. I grew up in Marblehead, Massachusetts and did my undergraduate years at Boston College (’15). I’m the current president of Einstein Pride so if you have any questions about our super welcoming LGBT community feel free to reach out to me. Hobbies include painting, Beyonce, and scented candles. 

Emilee Tu

Emilee Tu

Princeton University

Hi everyone and welcome to Einstein!! I'm from Blacksburg, Virginia and studied Molecular Biology at Princeton. I worked for a year at a nonprofit poop bank for treating C. diff (bonus points to anyone who can come up with a poop pun I haven't heard) before coming to Einstein. Aside from school, I love dancing, playing the piano, songwriting and hiking. I'm excited to meet all of you and feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

Thammatat (Juwee) Vorawandthanachai

Thammatat (Juwee) Vorawandthanachai

Washington University in St. Louis

My name is Thammatat (Juwee) Vorawandthanachai. I was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand, before moving to WashU for college, where I studied Applied Linguistics and Spanish. My favorite things to do are traveling, exploring new places, and eating different foods! Congrats on getting into Einstein and I can't wait to meet all of you!

Yoni Wolnerman

Yoni Wolnerman

CUNY Brooklyn College

Hi my name is Yoni and I love Einstein, so welcome. I also love sci-fi and fantasy novels, superheroes and comic books, and most other nerdy stuff you can think of. I am a huge sports fan and love to talk about any of the aforementioned subjects. I am always available to talk so never hesitate to just walk over. Medical school is amazing and I hope you enjoy it as well.

Elisabeth (Beth) Yan

Elisabeth (Beth) Yan

Wheaton College (IL)

Hey guys, my name is Beth! I am from the SF Bay Area and went to a little liberal arts school outside of Chicago called Wheaton College. I’ve absolutely adored my first year at Einstein and can’t wait to help y’all get acclimated to this great community. I am a lover of dogs, carbohydrates, thrifting, rock climbing, and exploring Manhattan. I am involved with the ECHO free clinic, Einstein Christian Fellowship, and our campus’ acapella group! Can’t wait to meet y’all.

Rachel Zeuner

Rachel Zeuner

Washington University in St. Louis

Hi everyone and welcome to Einstein!! My name is Rachel and I’m from NYC. I went to Wash U and then took some time off to do an AmeriCorps program and a couple other things before starting med school. On campus I’m involved in AMWA, the OB/GYN interest group, and Hoops for Health. When I’m not doing those things or the occasional studying we do here at Einstein, I like to cook exciting things, help my friends decorate their apartments, and brainstorm puns to randomly throw into conversation. Can’t wait to meet you all OVARY orientation (see what I did there?)! 

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