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Meet the MedEdits Team

Jessica Freedman, M.D. – Founder and Chair

Jessica Freedman, MD, Parents

Dr. Jessica Freedman, MedEdits founder and chair, was on faculty at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 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 left Mount Sinai and founded MedEdits in 2007. 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. Her biography has been selected for inclusion in the Marquis Who’s Who in America. since 2011. Dr. Freedman 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 four best selling books: The MedEdits Guide to Medical School Admissions, How to be an All-Star Residency Applicant, The Medical School Interview: MMI and Traditional, and The Residency Interview. Dr. Freedman serves on the Medscape® Med Students advisory board. View Dr. Freedman’s full Curriculum Vitae on Linedkin.

MedEdits Faculty Distinctions

Professors

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.

Assistant Professors

All MedEdits faculty at the Assistant Professor level are physicians with medical school admissions/advising or residency committee experience at some of the most selective medical schools and residencies in the United States. They are all published authors with exceptional experience and accomplishments in academic medicine.

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 is a practicing physician who 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.

Liza – Premier Advisor
Laurie Tansey - MedEdits Senior Advisor

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 - Premier Advisor

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!

Sherry – Assistant Professor

Sherry is a practicing physician who grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, IL and earned a residency at a top tier dermatology program. Throughout medical school and residency training, she has been involved in admissions and recruitment serving on multiple committees and she has advised many pre-medical and medical students. Her own recent experiences applying in an extremely competitive specialty helps her provide relevant, first-hand knowledge of current admissions processes. Sherry has a candid, honest and supportive approach that helps position students for success.

R.N. – Assistant Professor

R.N. graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and attends Harvard Medical School. He has over five years of premedical advising experience, including teaching MCAT preparation for Kaplan, holding medical school mock interviews, and leading personal statement workshops for applicants. His successful mentees range from first-generation college students to students from a long generation of physicians. He strongly believes those passionate about medicine deserve the opportunity to pursue their dream and is excited to work with you!

Jason – Assistant Professor

Jason, a radiation oncologist, earned an MD-PhD in Radiation Biology, and served on the medical school admissions committee at his alma mater for seven years. In addition to extensive experience in admissions, Jason is also an accomplished researcher, having secured multiple research grants as well as a competivie NASA research fellowship. Jason is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Further, he received the Stanley Bergen Medal of Excellence, the highest honor of his medical school upon graduating. Jason plans to pursue a career in academic medicine and enjoys working with MedEdits students as they pursue careers in medicine as clinicans and/or physician-scientists.

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Swetha – Assistant Professor

Swetha, a graduate of a prestigious seven year accelerated medical program, is a practicing physician. She served on her medical school’s admissions committee and was involved in resident selection. She aspires to pursue a career in academic medicine and one of her greatest joys is offering guidance to aspiring physicians.

MedEdits Writing Coaches and Editors

A crucial part of the MedEdits team are our professional medical editors and writers. Working collaboratively with MedEdits faculty, our writing coaches/editors use our proven intensive substantive document review process that allow our students to earn the best admissions results.

Mercedes – Writing Coach and Editor

During a wide-ranging career spanning three decades, Mercedes has worked as a writer, reporter, editor, translator, book reviewer, and adjunct professor of English and ESL. She has translated books for Scholastic, written a teaching guide for Berlitz Languages, and tutored students in English and Spanish. A valedictorian, Phi Beta Kappa, and writing award recipient, Mercedes holds an MA with distinction in English literature from Rutgers University. She was born in Havana and lives in New Jersey.

By helping our clients communicate clearly and concisely, I am making a contribution—however small—to the future of healthcare and the well-being of others. That’s why I love working for MedEdits.

Rhona – Writing Coach and Editor

Rhona has been working for MedEdits for 10 years. A graduate of Rutgers University, she has written and edited articles on a wide range of business and financial topics, from healthcare and employee benefits to personal investments and corporate finance issues, for publications like Best’s Review and Financial Executive magazine. Rhona also served as publications manager for Financial Executives Research Foundation, and later as a developmental book editor for Bloomberg Press.

Mary – Writing Coach and Editor

Mary started her professional career as a reporter and writer for a small newspaper in northern New Jersey, garnering state press awards for feature stories and columns. She transitioned to medical writing at Medical Economics Company in Oradell, NJ, and later became managing editor, project manager, and editorial director at other medical publishing companies. In her freelance business, The Last Word, Ms. Service has written and edited review articles, meeting materials, newsletters, and clinical magazine interviews and articles, primarily in the areas of cardiovascular, neurological, and pulmonary medicine. She earned a master’s degree in public administration with a health care concentration from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Caryn – Writing Coach and Editor

Caryn is a writing and editing professional with more than 25 years of experience in journalism and public relations. She worked at newspapers in New York, Indiana and New Jersey as a news reporter, editor and mentor before moving over to government communications where she helps simplify complex science and environmental topics for public consumption. Caryn enjoys working with MedEdits clients because of the profound impact that she believes results from strong storytelling. “Words are like precious gemstones, each valuable in their own right as you piece together statements. It’s a privilege to collaborate with clients on getting their personal statements and essays just right for application, and it’s a huge thrill when I hear they have interviews at the schools of their choice.”

Marian – Writing Coach and Editor

Marian has been a freelance medical editor and writer for more than 15 years. She is a contributing editor to Contemporary Pediatrics and a contributing writer to Berkeley Health and Wellness Publications. A graduate of Vassar College, she holds a master’s from the University of Michigan.

Stuart – Writing Coach and Editor

Stu spent 30 years as a newsroom executive and editor who innovatively transformed news-gathering by championing content curated with meaning and value for readers. Newsrooms under his leadership were named the best in New York State four times by the Associated Press, and his digital acumen was a national model for increasing readership and revenue. Having mentored hundreds of reporters and editors, he currently is an editor in healthcare marketing in the New York City area and frequently collaborates with clinicians. He believes aspiring physicians’ experiences, strengths and passion for well-being are springboards for rewarding careers built upon a commitment to excellence and compassion.

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