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Pre-Health Peer Mentors

Peer mentors are a select group of current Emory pre-health juniors and seniors who serve as a resource for pre-health students. Peer mentors serve Emory College students in many ways, including co-leading Group Mandatory Check-Ups and answering questions during walk-in advising hours. They also assist with pre-health programming. Any pre-health student is welcome to stop by for advising during peer mentors during walk-in hours - no appointment is necessary. They are here to help you succeed on your pre-health journey!

Click here to see the Spring 2019 Peer Mentor Walk-In Schedule

Meet the Peer Mentors

Rushay Amarath-Madav

Rushay Amarath-MadavRushay is a Biology major who is planning to graduate in December of 2018. He was born and raised in Rustenburg, South Africa and immigrated to Woodstock, GA when he was nine. He is currently applying to medical schools around the U.S. and has aspirations of becoming a surgeon and entering the realm of academic medicine. He is currently working on his honors thesis in biology in the Shepherd Lab; he studies the development of the enteric nervous system using the zebrafish model. Feel free to reach out to him in any way if you have questions about medical schools, the MCAT, and research at Emory, and swing by the office and talk to him during walk-in hours if you get a chance. He loves hearing from the diverse group of pre-health track students on campus.

Caroline Cohen

Caroline CohenCaroline is a junior from Phoenix, Arizona. She is currently enrolled in the Goizueta Business School and is on the pre-dental track. She has an identical twin sister, loves to hike, and play water polo. Students can ask her about her extracurriculars, community service, and or any other questions they may have.

Amanda Delgado

Amanda DelgadoAmanda is a pre-med student from Suwanee, Georgia double majoring in Biology and Music Performance. Her former clinical experiences include volunteering at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and interning for a gynecologic surgeon. On campus, she is the Community Coordinator of Complex Hall, a Weekly Service Trip Leader for Volunteer Emory to Trees Atlanta, and a campus Tour Guide Trainer. Her passion for global service and travel led her to unique summer opportunities including a trip to Honduras as part of Public Health Brigades and a study abroad experience in Siena, Italy as part of the Chemistry Department.

Judy Dinh

Judy DinhJudy is a fourth-year pre-med student from Lawrenceville, Georgia. She's currently studying Biology and Spanish & Portuguese. Ideally, she'd like to use the languages she's learned in order to communicate and create comfortable environments for immigrant groups. Ask her about research, study abroad, and dogs! Fun fact: she's never had ranch dressing and went hang gliding in Brazil this summer.

Asmita Gathoo

Asmita GathooAsmita is a fourth-year student from San Jose, CA, majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB) and minoring in Sociology, on the pre-med track. She was a swimmer for almost her whole life, and when she was nine, she helped twelve-time Olympic medalist, Natalie Coughlin, into her racing suit in the bathroom before her race, and it's arguably one of the things she is most proud of. She also played water polo in high school, and the pool is definitely where she feels most at home. She loves hiking, running, and napping in hammocks, the last of which she attempts to do as much as possible when at school. Ask her about being a tour guide, PHA peer mentor, hospital volunteer, research student, and an Oxford alum! 

Janet Guo

Janet GuoJanet, a rising junior on the pre-medical track from Lexington, KY, is majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB) and minoring in English. She is heavily involved in basic and applied neuroscience research with experiences at the University of Kentucky, Johns Hopkins Medical Center, and Atlanta VA Medical Center. Janet enjoys volunteering at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Riverside Healthcare Community Center, and in Honduras with Global Medical Brigades. She is a strong advocate for self-care and loves dancing and Zumba to relax. Feel free to ask her about “why medicine”, gap year plans, or the NBB study abroad program in Paris!

Dylan Hurley

Dylan HurleyDylan is a third year student from Frederick, Maryland, which is located about an hour outside of Washington D.C. He is pursuing an Anthropology and Human Biology major, on the pre-med track. When not in class, he can be found working the Emergency Department at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta where he works as a Patient Transporter. In addition to his work at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), he is currently working towards getting his National EMT/AEMT registry. On campus, he works as an RA in Alabama Hall, as well as a PHP in Emory's Health 1, 2, 3 program. He is the oldest of six siblings so family is a huge part of his life. During breaks, he loves spending time at his family river house in West Virginia. Feel free to ask him about the life in the Emergency Room (he has some cool stories), Residence Life, or cool places to eat in Atlanta!

Jaewon Jeong

Jaewon JeongJaewon Jeong is a fourth year student from Brentwood, TN. He is pursuing a Biology major and is on the pre-med track. Jaewon lives near Miley Cyrus’s high school and you can ask him about engaging in research, residence life (he is a RA at Raoul Hall), or ask him for help in Chemistry, as he serves as a General Chemistry mentor.

Hadiya Johnson

Hadiya JohnsonHadiya Johnson is a third year student from Decatur, GA, majoring in Psychology. She is currently exploring pathways on the pre-med and pre-PA tracks. Hadiya is a twin. She grew up 15 minutes from Emory and didn’t know where it was until she visited during her senior year of high school. She has never seen or read Harry Potter, but does enjoy music and reading. You can ask her about her academic interests, volunteering at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) or CHOA related summer camps, what she is interested in pursuing, or about some of the internships she has completed.

Nia Kalifa

Nia KalifaNia Kalifa is a junior, originally from Toronto, Canada. She is on the pre-med track majoring in Human Health and minoring in Global Development. Nia is involved on campus by working as a biology TA and being a member of the Muslim Students Association, Volunteer Emory, Emory Pipeline, and Phi Delta Epsilon medical fraternity. With aspirations of becoming an OBGYN, Nia is particularly interested in women's reproductive health as well as maternal and child health. She will be abroad this fall studying those exact topics in India, South Africa, and Brazil!

Peter Kim

Peter KimPeter is a senior from Bucheon, South Korea but he grew up in the Middle East for most of his life. He also had a brief stint in California, where he attended high school, and now he considers himself a true-bred Californian. He is studying Physics in the Life Sciences (BA) and Sociology (BA) in the College and hopes to study medicine (MD) and public health (MPH) with a focus in healthcare policy. Before his decision to pursue an MD/MPH, he was planning on becoming a physical therapist (PT). In his free time, Peter likes to write about health-related news on his blog, is an avid scuba diver and general outdoorsman, and enjoys competing in weightlifting competitions through the Emory Weightlifting Club. You should ask him about his transition from the PT to MD/MPH track, research at the Emory Rehabilitation Hospital, the comparative health study abroad program in London, the TRACE bioethics and humanities program in Italy, and the Emory Weightlifting Club.

Hannah Lally

Hannah LallyHannah Lally is a fourth year student from Atlanta, Georgia and on the MD/MPH track majoring in Biology with a Global Health minor. She is on the swim team at Emory and loves being in the water! This summer, she spent time in India with the Tibetan Studies program and also shadowed physicians in Croatia for a month on an Atlantis Fellowship where she fell in love with surgery! She is a research assistant in the Hackney Lab at the School of Medicine that focuses on rehabilitative physical interventions (exercise and dance-based) for those with Parkinson Disease and older adults. She volunteers in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) and coach Emory's Special Olympics swim team every Tuesday night. Ask her any time about the student-athlete life, clinical research, studying and shadowing abroad, and volunteering at CHOA or Special Olympics!

Sarah Lu

Sarah LuSarah is a junior from Griffin, Georgia. She is majoring in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology (NBB) and is on the pre-med track. Sarah volunteers at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), does linguistics research at the Marcus Autism Center, and is a Chem Mentor for the Chemistry Unbound curriculum. Sarah also leads a weekly service trip to "Our House" and is an RA in Woodruff Residential Center. She is learning American Sign Language and loves learning about deaf culture.

Sarah Mahoney

Sarah MahoneySarah is a senior from Smithfield, RI majoring in Economics and Biology. Currently on a pre-med track, she's also interested in public health and considering pursuing an MD/MPH. On campus, Sarah is an IDEAS fellow, performs research at Emory Hospital's pediatric cardiology department, and works as a tutor at the writing center. Her past two summers were spent interning at the RI Department of Health in its infectious disease division. Ask her about: Studying abroad (Sarah spent a semester in Denmark), Internships, Resume & Cover letter writing, and anything else you can throw at her!

Pranay Manda

Pranay MandaPranay is a Chemistry major/pre-med fourth year student from Murfreesboro, Tennessee (home to the geographic center of Tennessee). He loves to playing tennis and Fortnite, teaching, cooking, and teaching people how to cook. He can also do a really bomb Barack Obama impersonation. On campus, Pranay is the Campus Chair for Global Brigades at Emory, a board member for the Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, an Organic Chemistry TA, and a Resident Advisor. He previously served as a Gen Chem TA and a Resident Advisor at Oxford. He also volunteers at the Emory Clinic and at the Atlanta Food Bank, where he helps to instruct cooking classes. Research-wise, Pranay has completed an Undergraduate Research Fellowship with the American Heart Association at Penn State College of Medicine, and he currently works at a Clinical Research Lab at the Cardiovascular Institute. Aside from these activities, he is currently applying to medical school so he would be happy to answer any questions about the application process!

Shani Mueller

Shani MuellerShani is a third year student from Mount Pleasant, SC. She is pursuing a Spanish major and a Nutrition Science minor, on the pre-physical therapy track. Shani has been playing soccer since she was 5 years old and plays club soccer here at Emory. She also works for Emory Recreation and Wellness, is an active member of her sorority, and is serving as a Pi Chi for recruitment. She also studied abroad in Spain!

Sarah Nguyen

Sarah NguyenSarah is currently a junior from Lilburn, Georgia. She is a Biology major who is currently on the pre-veterinary track. On campus, she is the president of the Pre-Vet Club. She is also an executive board member for a club called Emory Children’s Healthcare Outreach, in which members work with local elementary schools to perform clinic-based volunteering and teach about preventative health care. Off-campus, she works as a veterinary assistant at a local small animal clinic and volunteers at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and Stride Ahead Inc. 

Mathew Padanilam

Mathew PadanilamMathew is a senior from Carmel, Indiana. He is majoring in Chemistry and Economics, and on the pre-medical track. An interesting fact is that he is an Eagle Scout. Students can ask him about how to get involved with organizations on and off campus. He is involved with Res Life, College Council, the Indian Cultural Exchange, and ESA. Mathew works in a research lab at the VA and is working on his thesis with the Economics honors program. He is also a Kaplan MCAT instructor, and studied abroad in Paris, France.

Alexis Palmer

Alexis PalmerAlexis Palmer is a junior from Madison, MS, majoring in Sociology with a concentration in health. She is on the pre-med track. While Alexis is studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain in fall 2018, you can still reach out and ask her about varied involvements which include Emory Pipeline Collaborative (Undergraduate Mentor), Emory Reads (Volunteer), Student Programming Council (Executive Board Member), Emory Office of Undergraduate Admission (Tour Guide), Summer Undergraduate Research Experience at Emory program, Alpha Epsilon Delta Health Professional Honor Society, Greek Life, and Study Abroad. Alexis will be back in the office in spring 2019!

Akash Patel

Akash PatelAkash Patel is a senior from Clarksville, TN, majoring in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB). He is on the pre-med track. Akash is a huge soccer fan, as he probably knows way more random facts than what it’s worth, and loves to play soccer and golf. Online “shopping” (more like browsing), is his guilty pleasure. Students can ask Akash about his involvement in Emory Pipeline, what it’s like to volunteer at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), what his research is like and how he found it, and applying to medical school. Akash wonders: “Yikes! Where’d the time go?!”

Shiv Patel

Shiv PatelShiv is a pre-med senior from Johns Creek, GA majoring in in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology (NBB) and minoring in Physics. On campus, he enjoys research, volunteering with Project SHINE, and serving as a Volunteer Emory staff member and a STEM Pathways Mentor. He has played 6 instruments (piano, trumpet, saxophone, french horn, violin, guitar) in his life, but cannot play a single one now. 

Shreeja Patel

Shreeja PatelShreeja is a junior born in Liverpool, England. She immigrated to New York, NY at the age of 4 in 2002 and has lived there ever since. She is pre-med and majoring in Chemistry. On campus, Shreeja is a member of Emory's Women's Waterpolo Team and hosts a radio show every Sunday night on Emory's radio station WMRE. She also works as a tutor for students in Chemistry 150/202 through the EPASS program. As someone who is interested in learning about how healthcare in other countries differs from ours, she has traveled to both Argentina and Honduras to volunteer through Projects Abroad and as a part of the Global Medical Brigades. This past summer, she also participated in the Chemistry Studies Program in Siena, Italy where she learned about the chemistry of wine making and art conservation.

Nivedita Potapragada

Nivedita PotapragadaNivedita is a senior from Bellevue, Washington. She is a pre-medicine and pre-public health student majoring in Human Health and Economics. Nivedita has been dancing since she was five and loves reading or playing with her puppy. She conducts research at the CDC, serves on the Executive Board of the American Mock World Health Organization (AMWHO) and Global Medical Brigades, and is a member of the Gathering A Cappella and Emory Savera.

Sama Radwan

Sama RadwanSama is a fourth-year from Egypt, studying Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology (NBB) and Spanish. You can find her at the intersection of medicine and public health. Through her community service involvement, she is engaging herself with underserved communities in order to find solutions toward healthcare equity and access. As a Beckman Scholar and NBB honors student, she researches both visual system and memory development in children and patients in the psychology department. Sama is a bilingual program volunteer at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) and is conducting a clinical study investigating Multiple Sclerosis progression at the Emory Brain Health Center. She is happiest when she spends meaningful time with kids and would love to be a pediatric neurologist in the future. Sama is a student leader in the Residence Hall Association, Emory Arab Cultural Association, Spanish & Portuguese Department, and the Nu Rho Psi neuroscience honor society. In her free-time, Sama enjoys savory foods, concerts, dancing salsa, good company and giving forward to her community through service activities. She envisions a future where we all can live sustainable, healthy lives, find common-ground, and most importantly, continue to care for one another. Reach out to Sama if you are also interested in pursuing an MD/PhD, seeking research opportunities/fellowships, learning new languages or exploring the sociocultural perspectives of healthcare!

Divi Raj

Divi RajDivyaansh (Divi) is a Junior from Livingston, New Jersey studying Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology with a double major in Economics on a pre-med Track. Aside from academics, Divi is the involved in the Student Alliance for Health Involvement, an RA in Raoul, a TA for Organic Chemistry and Biology. Divi is passionate about research and pioneering advancements in medical knowledge.

Smrithi Ramachandran

Smrithi RamachandranSmrithi is a junior from Houston, Texas. She is a pre-med student majoring in Human Health and minoring in Dance and Movement Studies. In addition to her role as a peer mentor, Smrithi is the president of Emory Suri A Cappella, a resident advisor (RA) in Raoul Hall, and is a mentor in the Emory Pipeline Collaborative. She volunteers at GiGi's Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Center, and conducts dance and neurokinesiology research at the Wesley Woods Health Center. During her free time, Smrithi enjoys writing, working EMT shifts at home, eating hummus, talking about Texas, and watching Grey's Anatomy!

Sarah Renahan

Sarah RenahanSarah is a junior from Evansville, IN, the town which some say inspired Pawnee, IN from Parks & Recreation. She is a Biology major, planning to become a Genetic Counselor. Outside of the PHA office, you might find her volunteering at Winship Cancer Institute, serving with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), or researching galactosemia in the Fridovich-Keil Lab in the Department of Human Genetics. In her free time, she loves exploring Atlanta and thrift store shopping. If you see her, be sure to ask about her kitten!

Robert Roundy

Robert RoundyRobert is a senior from Burlington, IA. He is a pre-med student pursuing majors in Biology and Spanish. He enjoys playing ukulele and has checked sky-diving off his bucket list. Ask him about studying abroad, Emory Mock trial, his research, or linguistics.

Kaya Ruffin

Kaya RuffinKaya is a senior originally from Seattle, but grew up in a very rural area of south GA. When she was about 10 years old, she came to Emory with her brother for the Special Olympics summer games and decided then that Emory was where she would go to college. Coming to Emory was a dream come true, but her time here has brought to light realities that have changed her perspective on health, healthcare and her role in the field. Motivated by her 'medically fragile' brother and her experiences with healthcare providers, she always knew she was meant to be a doctor; one who handled patients (and their families) with the kindness and sensitivity that her brother and family rarely saw. As she explored conceptions of health and healthcare through an anthropological lens, she began to see the importance of preemptive care and became interested in public health. Recently however, Kaya’s interest in the social aspects of healthcare have led her to pursue a PhD in social work. She sees human relationships as a paramount aspect of human health and believes that social work should play a larger role in healthcare. You can ask Kaya about: social work, behavioral science, public health, anthropology, feminism, women's health, social health, exploring your interests and career options, networking, activism, research, talking to and cultivating relationships with professors and faculty, organizations on and off campus.

Hyun Seong Seo

Hyun Seong SeoHyun Seong is a junior at Emory University and is originally from Brea, California. He is currently on the pre-med track and majoring in Biology with consideration towards a minor in theater. Hyun Seong is an undergraduate research assistant at the Pedersen neuroscience lab in the Woodruff Memorial Research building. He is currently on the executive board of Operation Smile, a member of the Medical Fraternity, Phi Delta Epsilon, and a volunteer at Winship Cancer Institute.

Ivie Uwaifo

Ivie UwaifoIvie is a junior from Woodstock, Georgia. She is studying Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology on the pre-med track. She enjoys playing soccer, watching anything from soccer games to America's Next Top Model, and learning new languages. Ivie is involved in the Emory Student Ambassadors program and works in a research lab at the Atlanta VA Hospital. She is also a member of Residence Life as an RA in Dobbs Hall. 

Jennifer Wang

Jennifer WangJen is a pre-med student from Plainsboro, New Jersey majoring in neuroscience with a minor in architectural studies. She is interested in surgery as a specialty. Jen serves on the Executive board of Emory Undergraduate Global Health Organization (EUGHO) and the Asian Student Organization (ASO-LEAP). In her free time she enjoys painting, reading, and watching Netflix. Ask her about her research experience, her extracurricular activities, or her favorite building!

Miles Woodard

Miles WoodardMiles is a senior from Lincolnton, Georgia. He is a Biology major and Religion minor on the pre-dental track. On campus, he is a Resident Advisor in Complex and President of Emory Wesley Fellowship.

Lydia Yang

Lydia YangLydia is a junior in the College of Arts & Sciences from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is pursuing a Human Health major and a minor in Sociology. She is pre-med, but also considering a Master’s in Public Health as well. Lydia’s fun fact is that she probably loves dogs more than anyone else you’ve ever met. You can ask her about being a part of ResLife, studying abroad (just studied abroad in Paris this past summer), being in Greek Life, being involved in Emory’s Wind Ensemble, volunteering at CHOA or around Atlanta, and where to eat in Atlanta!

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