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Shanti Pinto, M.D.
Department of Internal Medicine at UPMC
Shanti received her M.D from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She has participated in the 5-year Physician Scientist Training Program (PSTP) and has received the Howard Hughes Medical Institute research fellowship. She graduated summa cum laude from Valparaiso University with majors in Biology and Psychology and was a Christ College Scholar. She is completing a preliminary year in Internal Medicine and will do residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, both at UPMC. During her free time she enjoys playing volleyball.
Lauren Faulk, MD
PGY-2, The University of Michigan
Dr. Lauren Faulk is currently an Anesthesiology resident at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, MI. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine. Dr. Faulk received multiple awards for her academic achievement during medical school and is an extremely talented question-writer.
Yale School of Medicine
Kristina graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a bachelor of arts in Neuroscience. She went on to study medicine at the Yale School of Medicine, where she also completed a Doris Duke research fellowship studying cutaneous T cell lymphoma. She is currently a four year medical student and applying for residency in dermatology.
Austin D. Williams
Drexel University College of Medicine
Austin graduated from Franklin & Marshall College with a B.A. in biochemistry and molecular biology and honors in biology for his work with a mouse model for Down syndrome. He then went on to join Teach For America, teaching high school chemistry in North Philadelphia for two years and earning his M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania. Austin continued with his education interests in medical school: he has been a classroom teacher and tutor for MCAT prep for six years, and has published independent research related to medical students’ reactions to anatomical dissection. During his free time, he loves to sing and maintain his food blog. Austin will be pursuing a residency in surgery.
University of Pittsburgh
Luke graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Westminster College, a small school in his hometown of Salt Lake City, Utah. He then spent five years as a writer for Dungeons & Dragons and similar games before deciding to become a doctor–which necessitated another two years of post-bacc undergraduate studies. He is now a fourth year medical student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is applying for residency in Dermatology.
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Philip is a 4th year medical student at Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University who is applying to a neurology residency. He enjoys the process of localization and atypical presentations of rare diseases. Philip was born in Chicago, IL, and raised in Rochester, NY. Philip is part of the Honors Program in Medical Education at Northwestern University where he received his BA in Psychology. Philip has long been involved in research in many fields and has published papers in several journals, including the Journal of Clinical Investigation. During his free time, he enjoys E-Sports, basketball, and dancing.
Taylor Olmsted, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
Taylor graduated from Penn State University with a bachelors of science in science and received her M.D. from Penn State University College of Medicine. She is a scientific writer that has been published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology. She was also a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health. Taylor is currently a pediatrics resident at Indiana University.
Joshua Shulman, M.D.
Department of Emergency Medicine at UPMC
University of Pittsburgh
Joshua graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in East Asian History before obtaining his M.D. at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. A a native Pittsburgher, he loves everything Pittsburgh-related (except the Pirates). He is a fan of cooking and baking. He currently is a resident of emergency medicine at UPMC.
Department of Surgery
Amanda Piquet, M.D.
Department of Neurology
Massachussetts General Hospital and Brigham Women's Hospital
Amanda Piquet was born and raised in Reading, PA. She attended West Chester University of Pennsylvania and received her BS in Biology. She began medical school at Penn State College of Medicine, where she was actively involved with Parkinson’s disease research. This research was presented at the national AAN meeting and published in Brain Research Bulletin. Amanda was elected into the Eta chapter of Alpha Omega Alpha society. She is completing residency in Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. Outside of medicine, she enjoys skiing, hiking and travel. She also enjoys spending free time with her husband, Dan.