Meet our Tutors
Dr. Nigil Thaimuriyil is a graduate of Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine. He is now a resident at Baylor Scott & White/Texas A&M School of Medicine in Temple, TX. He scored very well on his board exams (USMLE 240+, COMLEX 675+) and has helped many students by sharing his strategies, test-taking tips, and time management methods. He has an extensive tutoring history and knows how to make the most of every session by focusing on individual students' strengths and weaknesses and focusing on high-yield board topics. As a recent graduate, he is familiar with the abundance of resources out there and will work with you to maximize your score using a variety of study material.
Nigil ThaimuriyilCUSOM Class of 2020
Melissa has been passionate about teaching since her first job in high school, where she tutored rowdy middle schoolers on the importance of homework completion. Since then, Melissa has tutored countless hours in high school and college coursework as well as SAT/ACT preparation. She was additionally employed as an undergraduate teaching assistant within the biology department at the University of Maryland. Prior to attending medical school, Melissa worked at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in malaria vaccine development. Outside of medicine, Melissa enjoys the gym and smoothie bowls. As your tutor, Melissa hopes to help you organize your plan of attack, focus on utilizing the proper resources which are most suited to you and will best help improve your retention, and highlight important test taking strategies. Melissa hopes to provide honest, helpful feedback while giving you the tools you need to see true improvement in your testing performance.Scores: COMLEX level 1- 732 / USMLE step 1 – 251 COMLEX level 2 – 817 / USMLE step 2 - 256
Melissa WhitmanResidency: University of South Carolina/Prisma - Midlands, categorical internal medicine
My name is Aaron Markwith and I received my bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida and my Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from VCOM – Carolinas Campus in 2020. I am starting my internal medicine residency at Virginia Tech – Carilion Clinic this summer and I could not be more excited! Before medical school, I spent 14 years working in EMS in a variety of roles including helicopter transports, critical care transports, and supervisory roles, as well as serving as adjunct faculty for the paramedic program at a state college in Orlando. I have always loved medicine, especially EKGs, and while the decision for me to return to school after so many years away from it was not an easy one, it was definitely the only choice that could lead to the personal and professional fulfillment that I needed. While in medical school, I served my class by teaching EKGs, working as a tutor in neuroanatomy as well as cardiopulmonary clinical medicine, and creating a series of PowerPoints to help with the practical portion of our anatomy laboratory. My wife and two sons (14 and 9) have supported me throughout this journey, and they have provided me with the motivation to put everything I had into succeeding in medical school. I graduated with a 3.971 GPA, scored a 667 on COMLEX level 1 and an 854 on COMLEX level 2. My further professional goals are to pursue a fellowship in cardiology or pulmonary/critical care medicine; but regardless of where my formal education finally ends, I will always be involved with teaching!
Aaron MarkwithPresident VCOM-CC ACOEP Student Chapter | Member of VCOM-CC Honor Code Council | Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas Campus
I have been a swimming and water polo coach in the past, a teacher for a religious institute for 2 years, countless hours in study groups, mentored several students during their undergraduate as premed, and during medical school was a mentor for a troubled high school student.I worked as a scribe in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and endocrinology and I plan to pursue residency in PM&R.School strengths include: systems-based practice, embryology, endocrinology, genitourinary, hematology, MSK/anatomy, behavioral science, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology and pharmacology.My goal for you, is to ensure that you will be able to interpret a question and be able to understand what is being asked of you in a timely manner. By using your base knowledge and developing the ability to eliminate information that is placed intentionally to misdirect you, develop the ability to quickly assemble a differential, and be able to choose the correct answer, whether you know the answer or not. There is just too much knowledge, you can’t learn it all, but you can learn the ability to narrow your answers and perform well under testing conditions.
Hello and welcome! My name is Brigitte Davis and I am so excited to help you on your journey to success through one on one tutoring with RC MedReview! I recently graduated from the VCOM-Auburn and matched at a University hospital in Obstetrics and Gynecology. I achieved highly competitive scores on COMLEX Level 1 and 2, as well as USMLE Steps 1 and 2. I graduated in the top percentage of my class, was a member of Sigma Sigma Phi Honor Society, President of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association, and was voted Student Doctor of the Year 2019. Prior to medical school, I attained my Master’s degree in Biomedical Science with research and thesis in Diabetes. I attended Undergraduate at Auburn University and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science. I have had the opportunity to mentor and tutor students and peers throughout my entire academic career. Studying for comprehensive exams can feel overwhelming and daunting, but I have confidence that with the right testing skill, targeted materials, and individually tailored lesson plans, I can help you reach your goals!
Brigitte DavisVCOM-Auburn, OMS-III Class of 2020
My name is Warren Evans. I am from Orlando Florida; I am married and have two children. Prior to medical school I was a firefighter/paramedic for 9 years, during that time I attended the University of Central Florida where I obtained my bachelor’s degree in biomedical science from the Burnette College of Medicine. In 2014 I became an Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at Valencia College where I currently teach part time. I matriculated into medical school in 2016, where I excelled, serving as the class president all four years and graduating with honors. I followed my passion for surgery, obtaining a position as a general surgery resident physician at Spartanburg Regional Hospital in South Carolina. Outside medicine, I own and produce a podcast on Itunes called “Podcast From The Bottom.” Me and my kids enjoy surfing, I play guitar, and like to work on classic cars. I am excited to have the opportunity to help you exceed your goals regarding your board examinations. I do not believe in the paradigm that there are good test takers and bad test takers. More accurately, I believe people can achieve the board scores they desire by putting in the time and effort needed to succeed. I would like the chance to help guide you in earning the highest possible score on your boards.
Warren EvansGeneral Surgery Resident, Spartanburg Regional Hospital
Hi everyone! My name is Taylor Renbarger and I am a current PGY 1 resident in Emergency Medicine! Medical school can be one of the most trying times of your life, and I know just how stressful it is when it comes time to take you board examinations, whether it is Step 1/2 or Level 1/2 (or both). I was lucky enough to have a pretty good study strategy, and to know people that could help me really maximize my potential, allowing me to get a Step 1 score of 250, Step 2 score of 264, Level 1 score of 671 and Level 2 score of 725. My role here is to help you do the same! Let’s talk and see how you study best, and if we should continue on that way or if we need to make some tweeks to really maximize your potential. I truly believe that studying can be learned, but it’s not a one size fit all method. Outside the medical world I also really enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures, and I know how important it is to have those outlets!
Taylor RenbargerCampbell University Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine 2020
My name is Darshan but you’ll find that most people call me Darsh! I graduated from VCOM Virginia in 2020 and am currently a PM&R resident at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. I have a passion for teaching, mentoring, and everything personal development. I am excited to work with students to help them achieve the best possible score and fulfill their dreams on this journey to becoming a physician.
Darshan ShahResident Physician, PGY-1 Penn State Hershey Medical Center
Brian Lelling, from Boca Raton, FL, is a rising 4th year Osteopathic Medical Student at Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine – Carolinas Campus. A member of the Sigma Sigma Phi, Honorary Osteopathic Service Fraternity, Brian holds a 3.96 GPA and scored a 734 on COMLEX Level 1 and 259 on USMLE Step 1. He has worked with his school organizations to aid fellow students with both core curriculum, as well as board preparation. He plans to attend an Internal Medicine residency with the goal of entering a Hematology/Oncology fellowship. Outside of medical school, Brian enjoys playing basketball and tennis, working out, SCUBA diving, and traveling.
Hello! My name is Travis Smith, I am an OMS IV at VCOM-Carolinas Campus. I am originally from Maryland, but have loved adjusting the slower pace of South Carolina. I understand how much hard work goes into board prep, and want to help you focus on what is important. I am happy to help in any area of need, but OMM and anatomy are a few areas I love to help with. I look forward to meeting with you!
Travis SmithOMS IV at VCOM-Carolinas Campus
I am a recent graduate from St. George’s University in Grenada. During my time in medical school I was on the IEA Honors society both years and one of my responsibilities for service hours was private tutoring. I have over 20 hours of private tutoring experience and loved every minute of it! I also tutored a program for students struggling with their first semester in medical school. I reviewed material, prepared lessons and taught 10-12 student for one hour a week for two semesters. I love teaching not only to work with students and help them understand but to keep myself sharp! I am beginning my internship in Internal Medicine at Memorial University Health in Savannah GA this July.
Rebecca NowackiInternal Medicine at Memorial University Health in Savannah GA
Jarett Casale, DO, received his medical degree from Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine in North Carolina. He matched into dermatology and is currently training at Sampson Regional Medical Center in North Carolina. Dr. Casale has an extensive background in tutoring starting during his undergraduate career and is well-versed in the most efficacious methods of studying for memory retention and application of knowledge. One of his goals during medical school was to not let his board scores determine what specialty he could apply to based on cutoffs. He accomplished this goal by scoring in the 730's on COMLEX Level 1 and upper 240's on the USMLE Step 1.
Jaret CasaleSampson Regional Medical Center, North Carolina
My name is Mohammad Ahmed and I will be starting my Internal Medicine residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, where I will be joining their longitudinal research track to get involved in cardiology research with an end goal of matching into a cardiology fellowship. I was able to secure my number 1 choice residency program largely, in part, due to the success I was able to have on Step 1. I think as an exam it holds a lot of value towards our future as medical students and it provides us an opportunity to level the playing field when applying to residencies. Success in Step 1 involves a marriage between hard work and efficiency, which I learned when Dr. Rizk came to lecture our class on high yield topics for Step 1. I combined my study techniques with his schedule and high yield material to achieve success. I was also able to balance rigorous studying with daily life, which aided my progress. I was able to score 242 on Step 1 and 250 on step 2. With my experience, I can help current students be motivated, teach high yield concepts and create a schedule that balances efficiency with the wellness of the mind and body. I am also fluent in Urdu and Hindi for any students who would want a more bilingual approach to the one on one tutoring sessions. Please feel free to contact me to see how we can make this a successful working relationship for you and your individual needs.
Mohammad AhmedInternal Medicine residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
My name is Mathew Marsee, I am a 4th-year medical student at the Indiana University School of Medicine currently applying to Otolaryngology residencies. I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Premedical Sciences, minors in Spanish and Chemistry, and a master’s degree in Human Anatomy & Physiology. I scored very well on the USMLE Step 1 and I will help you to do the same! I love teaching and one-on-one tutoring! I have 5+ years of tutoring and teaching experience including USMLE Step 1, numerous medical school courses, undergraduate chemistry, undergraduate human anatomy, and two years teaching/tutoring English in northern Chile. For any foreign medical graduate, I have experience and enjoy teaching non-native English speakers; and I am fluent in English and Spanish. No matter your story, I specialize in test-taking strategies, approaching & dissecting test questions, study schedules, and all high-yield subjects on the USMLE Step 1. I look forward to working with you! Together we WILL achieve that USMLE Step 1 score you’ve been working so hard for.
Mathew Marsee4th-year medical student at the Indiana University School of Medicine
I completed an undergraduate degree in premed biology and am currently completing rotations as an osteopathic medical student. My interest is in internal medicine. I worked as a teaching assistant for three years during undergrad, and have been tutoring for seven years. Subjects I have tutored include general chemistry (my favorite!), general biology, and anatomy and physiology. I do my best to help each student move past whatever they may be struggling with, whether it is subject content or study skills. Everything is hard before you understand it, but easy after you understand it. My motto in my tutoring sessions is, "Where hard becomes easy!"
Abighail GrotheOsteopathic medical student
Hello, my name is Ashley and I am a PGY-1 Family Medicine Resident at Wellspan York Hospital in York, PA. I graduated via virtual ceremony (while on my couch) from VCOM – Virginia campus in May 2020 while the nation was under COVID-19 restrictions. Social distancing has allowed me to spend more time with my husband and our sweet 1 year-old husky Bella. I have gotten back in touch with my hobbies working on DIY projects for our Maryland townhouse, crocheting, and trying my hand at watercolor painting. My experience in teaching includes tutoring my peers (both scheduled and walk-ins) and acting as teaching assistant starting in undergraduate. I continued to serve as a tutor and held mini-lectures for my peers in medical school for OMM topics. I am best suited to tutor those focusing on COMLEX exams. My strengths are in the areas of biochemistry & basic sciences, clinical reasoning, osteopathic principles and teachings for COMLEX, and in overall organizing an individualized study plan. My goal is to create a plan together that meets your needs, is attainable, and that gets you to your personal goals for COMLEX Step 1 or 2. Whether you are just starting or need some help when in the final months, I will be there to help and support you in any way I can. It can be daunting studying for a test covering this many medical concepts and topics, but you don’t have to do it alone. 🙂