Meet Our Medical Scholars!

Osmosis is currently working on an Open Educational Resources Initiative that is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We are excited to announce our Medical Scholars who are coordinating the creation and curation of high-quality resources for each of 12 different specialities. Our scholars come from all over the globe and contribute a wide range of interests and skills to the team. We are incredibly proud of their hard work and wish to introduce them to you!

Alice Ferng, Surgery Scholar

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Alice is a 5th year MD/PhD student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson, AZ. She received her undergraduate degrees in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, and Molecular & Cellular Biology. She is currently working on her PhD in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Department of Physiological Sciences, where her dissertation project involves, but is not limited to, heart and lung organogenesis and regeneration, 3-D printing of stem cells and scaffolds, novel methods of CT/MRI imaging, and cellular bioenergetics and metabolism. She has taught physiology and anatomy courses in graduate school, and has had many previous research experiences in other fields, including orthopaedic surgery, urology, genetic engineering, and biomedical engineering. In her spare time, she enjoys playing music, visiting new places, and making balloon animals for friends. Alice is very passionate about science, research, and medical education, and is often involved in efforts to make science and medical education more accessible and understandable. She is very stoked to be a part of the Osmosis team.

Andrew Zhao, Psychiatry Scholar

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Andrew is a second year MD candidate at the University at Buffalo. He graduated from University at Buffalo with a Bachelor’s Degree majoring in Biomedical Sciences and minoring in Sociology. His previous research dealt with the histological categorization of chronic rhinosinusitis and he was the president of the Otolaryngology Student Association. He decided to work with Osmosis as their Psychiatry Scholar in order to further develop his personal skills and grow as both a physician and an administrator.

Andy Bunch, Emergency Medicine Scholar

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Andy is a fourth year MD/MPH candidate at the University of Virginia. His undergraduate work in cognitive science focused on the application of evidence-based methods for improving long-term learning retention. His current research involves analyzing emergency health care delivery in various settings, with an emphasis on chronic emergency department usage patterns.

Ashraf Ahmad, Ophthalmology Scholar

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Ashraf is a second year medical student at Northeast Ohio Medical University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Kent State University. Ashraf is currently working on a research project dealing with macular edema at Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute. He is the co-president of the ophthalmology interest group at his university. In his free time, Ashraf enjoys playing basketball and weight training. He is extremely excited to be part of the Osmosis team and contribute to the field of medicine.

Caitlyn McCall, OB/GYN Scholar

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Caitlyn is a second year medical student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.  She obtained her bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. She is currently conducting research in the University of Kansas’ outpatient Ob/Gyn clinic looking at ways to improve medical student involvement in patient care. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her puggle Mack and obsessing over Game of Thrones. She looks forward to contributing to everything that Osmosis has to offer and helping others to succeed in medical school!

Cayla Spaw, Dermatology Scholar

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Cayla is a member of the Class of 2017 at the University of Missouri: Kansas City School of Medicine. She is the recipient of a four-year HPSP scholarship and is an active leader in both military and dermatologic interest groups on campus. Her current endeavors include tutoring first year medical students in the basic sciences, a quality improvement project for a Dermatology clinic and an upcoming case report involving a delayed skin reaction to massage. In her spare time, she is a regular at her local gym (with her textbooks in hand) and the personal chef of her husband, who is also a medical student. She enjoys writing, editing and learning new things, all of which she is able to do as a Scholar and Contributor in the field of Dermatology for Osmosis.

Dan Viox, Anesthesiology Scholar

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Dan is a fourth-year medical student at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Before starting medical school, he graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, mathematics, and Spanish. Over the course of his medical education, he has enjoyed teaching general chemistry, tutoring pre-medical students preparing to take the MCAT, and helping junior medical students develop their clinical skills and reasoning while working side-by-side in their education-centered medical home. He looks forward to helping Osmosis contribute to medical education in new and exciting ways.

Danielle Maholtz, Pediatrics Scholar

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Danielle is currently a fourth year osteopathic medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Prior to medical school, she graduated from John Carroll University with degrees in Biology, Biochemistry and Cell and Molecular Biology.  At PCOM Danielle served as the Vice Chair to the Student Government Association, and she spent the past year as the National 2nd Vice Chair to the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP).  She is currently serving as the National Medical Education Representative to COSGP and the student representative to the American Osteopathic Association Council of Interns and Residents. She is very excited to be a part of this project and hopes to provide an amazing resource!

James Edward Eubanks Jr., Spine & MSK Medicine Scholar

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Jim is a first year medical student at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. He graduated from Furman University in Greenville, SC, with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Asian Studies, and then pursued graduate school in St. Louis, MO, where he obtained a doctorate in chiropractic (DC) and master of science (MS) degree in Sports Science and Rehabilitation. He worked full-time as a clinician from 2010-2013, and completed a two-year Spine fellowship under the direction of Craig D. Brigham MD, a founding partner of OrthoCarolina and spine section chief for the Carolinas Medical Center’s orthopedic residency in Charlotte, NC. Jim is actively involved in multiple research and educational efforts within spine and musculoskeletal medicine, and serves on the Organizational Structure Committee for the United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI). Since 2012, he has worked as a Clinical Policy Consultant for CareCore National’s Musculoskeletal Medicine Division. He is excited to now contribute to the Osmosis team.

Juliana Xie, Radiology Scholar

Matthew Sakumoto, Osmosing with the Stars Scholar (Celebrity Question Pack)

Mohammed Rezai, Dermatology Scholar

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Mohammed is a fourth year medical student at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo, California. He received his bachelor’s in Anthropology and Human Complex Systems from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). He is currently researching high yield methods and formulas for early detection, diagnosis and prevention of peripheral arterial disease in diabetic patients during early onset disease. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of the Osmosis family and contribute his expertise and knowledge.

Myles McKittrick, Neurology Scholar

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Myles is a medical student at the National University of Ireland Galway.He has a keen interest in neurology, orthopaedics and surgery.

Prior to medical school Myles studied music and then qualified to teach. Myles is currently a resident tutor at the Mayo Academy of Musical Excellence. Throughout medical school he has been actively involved with several charities including the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and has founded the Kiltimagh Music Group.

On Osmosis; ‘I am absolutely delighted to be working with the team and to be helping contribute to this amazing resource. The guys at Osmosis really understand what works for students. It’s a great app, a great team and a fantastic opportunity to work with the best’.

Paul Scherer, Neurology & Ophthalmology Scholar

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Paul is a 6th year MD/PhD student at Johns Hopkins. He went to the University of Pennsylvania for his undergraduate degree in biology. He currently studies the molecular biology of opioid receptors and their downstream signaling partners. During graduate school, he has taught a number of courses and is interested in assisting student learning. He is excited to be a part of the Osmosis team.

Scott Piazza, Osteopathic Principles and Practice Scholar

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Scott is a third year medical student at the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM).  Scott is actively involved in AZCOM’s Student American Academy of Osteopathy (SAAO) chapter, and served as a table trainer for the OMS-I Osteopathic Medicine class throughout his OMS-II year.  In addition, he served as the SGA Technology Officer, and was instrumental in bringing about several new initiatives on the campus.  Prior to medical school, Scott worked for a decade in information technology focusing primarily on open source technologies.  In addition, he also worked as an Emergency Medical Technician in Southern California.  He obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Riverside and took additional post-baccalaureate courses at the University of Maryland College Park.  Scott is excited for the opportunity to bring his interest in Osteopathic Medicine to the Osmosis team.

Silla DeFillipis, Psychiatry Scholar

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My name is Silia DeFilippis and I’m currently a fourth-year medical student at Weill Cornell Medical College. I’m pursuing a career in internal medicine. I’m very interested in medical education as well as the field of gastroenterology and look forward to working with the Osmosis team.

Zander Prewitt, Emergency Medicine & Creative Contributions Scholar

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Zander is a member of PCOM’s DO Class of 2017. He is the PCOM Emergency Medicine Club President and a volunteer EMT with Narberth Ambulance. During his undergraduate years at Loyola University Maryland he spent time as a volunteer EMT with the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department and as a volunteer in the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma unit. He has also completed two medical service trips to Central America. Zander has a passion for all things emergency medicine and med ed. He is a firm supporter of the #FOAM movement in addition to holding a belief that art and creative thinking are crucial and under-appreciated aspects of modern education. In light of these interests, he became the founder and creator of Mnemagine and serves as the Osmosis Creative Contributions Scholar. In the past few years, he has also developed an interest in flying airplanes.

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