Jessica Freedman, M.D. – Founder and Chair
Dr. Jessica Freedman, MedEdits founder, was on faculty at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York where she served in the residency leadership and on the medical school admissions committee and played a pivotal role in both resident and medical student education and curriculum development. Dr. Freedman has served as a mentor both formally and informally for countless residents and medical students, helping them to navigate the admissions maze.
Dr. Freedman left Mount Sinai and founded MedEdits. With MedEdits, Dr. Freedman has worked with hundreds of applicants to medical school, residency, and fellowship. She is also the recipient of numerous honors. Her biography has been selected for inclusion in the Marquis Who’s Who in America. since 2011. Dr. Freedman was nominated for the American Medical Association Women Physicians’ Congress Mentorship Award and received multiple awards for her mentorship and teaching at Mount Sinai where she was consistently evaluated a top medical school faculty member by her students and residents.
Dr. Freedman has professional writing and editing experience and has published extensively in the popular press, online and in peer-reviewed journals. She has also been published and quoted in the New York TImes, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and Los Angeles Times. She has authored three best selling books on the medical admissions process: The MedEdits Guide to Medical School Admissions, The Medical School Interview, and The Residency Interview. Dr. Freedman serves on the Medscape® Med Students advisory board and is a member of the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants.
She is also recognized nationally as a leader in graduate and undergraduate medical education, serving on several committees including the National Council of Residency Directors, the Mentoring Women Task Force, Women in Academic Medicine Committee, the Medical Student Education Group and the Faculty Development Committee of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine. Dr. Freedman is currently a board-certified, practicing emergency physician. She is a graduate of Haverford College, Temple University School of Medicine and the emergency medicine residency program at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.
Dr. Freedman lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband and two daughters.
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MedEdits Faculty Distinctions
MedEdits faculty at the Professor level are the most experienced medical educators and private advisors in the industry. With a minimum of ten years of medical admissions, teaching, and advising experience at some of the most prestigious medical institutions in the United States, they have all served as leaders in admissions, medical education, clinical teaching, or curriculum design.
MedEdits faculty at the Assistant Professor level have a minimum of one year of medical admissions/advising experience at some of the most selective medical schools and residencies in the United States. Because our Assistant Professors are currently affiliated with academic institutions and many are still in residency, we do not list their names or biographies.
Meryle – Professor
Meryle has over twenty-five years experience as an admissions officer. Before joining MedEdits in 2014 she spent her entire career at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson working in medical school admissions and education. She has extensive experience in evaluating medical school applications, having screened thousands of applications each admissions cycle. Meryle has the advantage of possessing first-hand knowledge of the changing world of medical school admissions over time, including the introduction of the MMI interview format in context with the evolution in medical education. She is an excellent resource for the MMI, having been instrumental in its implementation at Rutgers Robert Wood Johsnson. Meryle has a long-standing passion for assisting students as they navigate the highs and lows of medical school admissions. Her supportive and honest advising assessments have helped hundreds of students realize their goals and dreams. In addition to preadmission counseling and strategic planning, Meryle’s students have been accepted to a range of medical schools and she is a tremendous asset to the MedEdits team.
Liza – Professor
Liza has worked extensively in medical school and residency admissions. She has held faculty appointments at The Feinberg School of Medicine, Rush Medical college where she was also the head of the medical school admissions committee, and Rosalind Franklin. In addition, she has extensive experience in residency administration and leadership having served on residency admissions committees for years. Committed to her community, Liza has received numerous honors and awards, including the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and the James Campbell Service Award. She is a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Applicants appreciate and value Liza’s straight forward, honest, and concerned approach to advising.
Laurie – Professor
Laurie has worked in various aspects of medical education for her entire career. With a background in counseling psychology, she worked in the medical education departments at Feinberg/Northwestern School of Medicine, University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, and The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She was a faculty member at Mount Sinai and promoted to an Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. In this role she served as the primary academic and professional/career advisor to medical students to address all academic issues affecting students including academic advising, counseling, mentoring, and test-taking skills and strategies. She was also in charge of preparing all fourth year Mount Sinai medical students for the residency admissions process. Laurie also served key roles on the medical school admissions committees at Feinberg/Northwestern and Mount Sinai.
Laurie’s scholarly interests are in the areas of professional and career development, specialty choice, appropriate referrals and help/remediation for students with marginal and failing grades, and the interface between curricular and student affairs. Because of her extensive experience in medical education and advising, she has wisdom and an understanding of medical education and training that is unmatched. Laurie is also a warm, supportive, and nurturing person which makes her a tremendous asset for the students with whom she works.
Sydney – Professor
Sydney grew up just north of Boston in Newburyport, MA and attended the University of South Carolina for both her BA in Communications and her Masters in Higher Education. She worked for the University of South Carolina for five years in the Pre-Professional Advising Office assisting pre-med and pre-health students. There she advised students on all aspects of multiple admissions processes including medical school and post graduate programs.
During her time in Columbia, SC she met and married her husband who was attending medical school there. Soon he matched into an ophthalmology residency in Houston, TX where Sydney then worked as a residency coordinator in the Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. After residency, she and her family moved to Valdosta, GA where her husband is in private practice. Sydney has a little girl and another girl on the way!