Jessica Freedman, M.D. – Founder and Chair
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.
Randy Katzke, M.D. – Chief Operations Officer
Dr. Randy Katzke , MedEdits COO, has been a national leader and innovator in both public and private medical education and admissions for more than two decades. As a pediatric resident at Beth Israel/Long Island College Hospital in New York City, Dr. Katzke was a member and leader of the residency review committee (RRC) and began working with medical students and residents to improve the residency screening and on-boarding process in New York City. He then continued this mission as a fellow in Neonatal / Perinatal Medicine at Northshore / Long Island Jewish Hospital (currently Northwell Health). With his background in pediatrics and neonatal medicine, he returned to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, an 800 bed academic teaching hospital in New York City, where he guided medical students, residents, and fellows.
For the past decade as MedEdits COO, he has played a pivotal role in connecting pre-medical, medical students and residents and their families with advisors and resources that has helped hundreds of prospective physicians launch their careers. He has also worked with organizations such as New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), AMSA, and others to extend MedEdits’ reach.
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.
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.
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!
Dr. Todd – Professor
Dr. Todd, an interventional radiologist, earned his medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha society. He then matched in neurological surgery at Albert Einstein, but, changed his specialty to radiology the following year, also at Einstein. After serving as chief resident, he completed a fellowship in diagnostic and interventional radiology. Since completing residency, Dr. Todd has had an impressive career in academic radiology, serving as the Associate Residency Director. He has served on numerous hospital and national radiology society committees and has nearly ninety publications in peer reviewed journals, books, and online. He has also presented more than sixty times at national and international radiology meetings. Dr. Todd is huge asset for MedEdits’ students.
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.
Dr. 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.
Dr. Erin – Assistant Professor
Dr. Erin is a pediatric anesthesiologist who currently works as a medical officer at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She graduated with a B.A. in history and economics from the University of Pennsylvania. She then enrolled in the premedical post-baccalaureate program at Bryn Mawr College and graduated medical school from Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson in New Jersey. She completed an internship in general surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a residency in anesthesiology at Yale-New Haven Medical Center, and a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She enjoys advising students and trainees pursuing careers in pre-health disciplines. Dr. Erin lives in Potomac, Maryland with her husband and her daughter. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, running, and spending time with family and friends.
Dr. Anjali – Assistant Professor
Dr. Anjali is a family medicine resident physician practicing in the Chicago area. She completed a major in human biology and a minor in cognitive science at Michigan State University and continued her medical school education at Michigan State’s Osteopathic Medical School. During medical school she served on the medical school admissions committee and interview panel for prospective medical students. Currently she is a member of her program’s residency admissions committee. Dr. Anajali enjoys offering guidance to students who plan to pursue careers in the medical field.
Raghav – Assistant Professor
Raghav graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and attended 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!
Dr. 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.
Dr. 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 and Editing Faculty
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.