Orientation Committee

The Einstein Orientation Committee welcomes you to the Einstein campus! They have been working hard planning fun activities that you will take part of during Orientation. During this week they will help foster a brand new community of friends and colleagues as well as build your Einstein spirit!

Jay Annam

Jay Annam

Emory University

Co-captain

Hello everyone! My name is Jay Annam and I am the other class representative. I am from Cupertino, California, but went to school down south in Atlanta. Although time can be a little hard to come by sometimes in med school, I like to travel, read, and cook when I can. My fun fact is that I actually used to be an 8th grade science teacher in the Bronx and I have half of a master’s degree in education. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Seth Jeong

Seth Jeong

University of Pennsylvania

Co-captain

Hi all! My name is Seth Jeong, I'm one of the 2022 class representatives. I'm generally pretty reserved, but I'm easy to converse with and always down to have fun! Fun fact about myself: I'm a twin. I'm excited to meet you all, the incoming class of 2023, I hope we'll have a great time together here at Einstein :)

Golda Aharon

Golda Aharon

My name is Golda and I’m from Queens, New York. I love Einstein and living in the Bronx. You can usually find me taking walks around Morris Park, experimenting with a new online recipe, or curled up with a chunky grandpa sweater and a cup of tea. My favorite part about medical school is getting to meet new people all the time, and the thoughtful conversations that follow.

Carly Bass

Carly Bass

University of Florida

Hi! I'm Carly, and I'm from Florida. I went to undergrad at the University of Florida. Thus, not only have I survived my first year of medical school, but also my first winter! Netflix, Starbucks, and Chipotle have kept me sane this past year. You can often find me and my friends in Main Street eating breakfast/lunch/dinner and various snacks to get through the day. See you all at Orientation!

Obi Bassey

Obi Bassey

Georgia State University

Hey I'm Obi Bassey! I'm a pretty carefree guy and like hanging out with friends, making jokes, and playing video games. I am from Georgia and got my undergrad degree in Psych from Georgia Tech and my MPH from Georgia State University. My fun fact is that I used do some audio engineering for musicians in Atlanta and really like working in sound design.

Dov Bitterman

Dov Bitterman

Hi! My name is Dov Bitterman. Honestly, I just remember how fun orientation color war was and wanted to do it again. I like to exercise and have fun. Looking forward to helping out at orientation.

Elizabeth Bitterman

Elizabeth Bitterman

Yeshiva University

I have a deep inner conflict between naming pizza or coffee as my favorite food item.

Rachel Borczuk

Rachel Borczuk

Hi everyone! My name is Rachel and I am so excited to meet you all! I really enjoy marine life and try to visit as many aquariums and zoos as possible. I highly recommend visiting Einstein's beautiful koi pond and the Bronx Zoo as some of my favorite local spots. Welcome to Einstein!

Tom Boucher

Hey I’m Tom Boucher. I like being active whether it’s playing basketball (ball is life), squash or spikeball.

Aviva Cantor

Yeshiva University

Hi everyone! My name is Aviva Cantor and I’m an incoming MS2! I grew up in New Jersey and went to Yeshiva for undergrad, where I studied Psych/Neuro. I’m a bit of a film nerd, have a talent for memorizing birthdays and hate the taste of coffee (so I spent the last few years caffeinating myself with Pepsi Zero). I’m loving my time at Einstein so far and looking forward to meeting you all at orientation!

Brandon Cohen

Brandon Cohen

Cornell University

Hi my name is Brandon I am from New Jersey. I went to Cornell University and am I am a rising MS2. I can normally be found talking to people in the library as they try to study or advertising for events in lecture. I am so excited for you all to begin medical school.

Mike Curley

Mike Curley

Hi! My name is Mike, and prior to coming to Einstein I was born and raised in Massachusetts. A fun fact about myself is that every year on my birthday I run my age in miles (it keeps getting tougher!). That probably tells you that I'm an avid runner, but I also love spending time in the outdoors in general. Very excited to meet everyone!

June Deng

June Deng

Hi I'm June and I'm an MS2! I'm from the DC/Maryland area and I went to undergrad in NYC! My hobbies include ice skating and playing squash, and I love making terrible puns and playing board games with others.

Stevyn Fernandes

Stevyn Fernandes

Hi everyone! My name is Stevyn Fernandes, a pathologically die-hard Game of Thrones fan and overall lover of all things food. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, playing the guitar and dancing. A fun fact is that I was born and lived for 16 years in Dubai before moving to America. I look forward to meeting you all in the fall 🙂

Samantha Freeman

Samantha Freeman

University of Rochester

Hi! My name is Samantha Freeman. I'm originally from Massachusetts but I have been living in New York State for the past 7 years. I graduated from the University of Rochester in 2016 and spent my gap years doing clinical research in Manhattan. In my free time I love to travel, cook, and stay active! A fun fact about me is I have a video on Youtube with over 5 million views! I'm excited to meet everyone this summer!

Abby Funari

Abby Funari

Boston College

Hi guys, I'm Abby Funari! I'm from a small town near Erie, Pennsylvania, and I graduated from Boston College a year ago. I was a competitive dancer from ages 9-18, was a member of the BC Dance Ensemble for 4 years in college, and now when I find the time I try to take as many dance classes at Broadway Dance Center as I can! My friends say I'm pretty funny, but I guess you guys will have to be the judge of that-- can't wait to meet everyone!

Sharon Galperin

Sharon Galperin

Cornell University

Hi I'm Sharon! I'm from New Jersey and I went to Cornell for undergrad. My favorite color is red and you'll often find me talking about my tea collection. I'd like to be able to share my favorite tea, but I truly can't decide. If you want to come talk about happiness derived from all things tea related (or life in general) come hang with me during Orientation :)

Ben Green

Ben Green

Hi! I’m Ben Green (he/him/his pronouns) and my fun fact is that I learned to ride a unicycle before I could ride bike! I love painting, exploring the city, and writing poems. I am very excited to meet the class of 2023!

Gabrielle Jean-Baptiste

Gabrielle Jean-Baptiste

NYU

Hey everyone, my name is Gabrielle Jean-Baptiste and I'm originally from Queens, NY. I went to NYU for undergrad and took 2 gap years before coming to Einstein. Some of my favorite things to do include playing tennis, going to museums, reading, and Netflix. A fun fact about me is that I have an identical twin. Really excited to get to know you all this summer!

Jinsung Kim

Jinsung Kim

I'm from Seattle, my go-to drink at Sbucks is a grande iced americano. My hobbies are playing soccer, drinking bubble tea, eating pizza, and patting doggos. I rarely do all of the above at the same time.

Kelly King

Kelly King

I'm Kelly King, a second-year medical student here at Einstein. I'm from New Jersey and I like to rock out on the guitar with the Musicians of Einstein rock band. I love Marvel comics and movies.

Yana Kost

Yana Kost

My name is Yana and I'm an incoming MS2. In my free time I love to spend time with family and friends, travel, and experiment with new food and drink recipes!

Hillary Kroll

Hillary Kroll

WashU

Hi, I’m Hillary! I’m from New Jersey and I went to WashU in St. Louis. My favorite things to do in the Bronx are eating amazing Italian food and going to the zoo. I am obsessed with my dog (a red standard poodle named Ruby) and pretty much all dogs I see anywhere. Welcome to Einstein, can’t wait to meet you all!

Sammi LaFontaine

Sammi LaFontaine

Dartmouth College

Hi, I'm Sammi! I'm from a small farm town called Sutton, Massachusetts and graduated from Dartmouth College in 2018. Outside of school, I love to be creative in as many ways as I can - I play guitar, draw and paint, make jewelry, and more. My fun fact is that in undergrad I competed on my school's dressage team, also affectionately known as the horse dancing team!

Lynden Lee

Lynden Lee

Boston College

My name is Lynden Lee; I'm from Chicago and went to Boston University for undergrad before taking one gap year to work as a medical scribe. I enjoy exploring the city for ice cream and to fulfill my soda addiction. I've played tennis for most of my life with occasional soccer and basketball for fun. I'm also almost always down to play fortnite on most days.

Christie Leinbach

Christie Leinbach

NYU

My name is Christie Leinbach. I'm originally from Chicago but have lived in NYC since college, where I studied Art History at NYU. Prior to starting medical schooI, I worked in magazine publishing for two years (and then I did a postbac). Outside of learning medicine, I like to run, spend time with friends and family, bake, read, and listen to/play music. If I had to choose an alternate career, I would either be a DJ or concert violinist. Looking forward to meeting you all during orientation week, welcome to Einstein!

Stephen Liang

Hello! My name is Stephen Liang. I'm from New Jersey, and I came directly to Einstein from my undergraduate school, where I studied chemistry and philosophy. In my finite amount of free time, I enjoy reading, writing, and music (I can play the trumpet and am currently learning violin!). I also like learning about new things in all sorts of fields. I can be a little quiet at first, but I hope to get to know all of you well!

Jenny Lu

Jenny Lu

University of Pennsylvania

My name is Jenny and I'm a second year MD student at Einstein! I'm from New Jersey (specifically south Jersey outside of Philadelphia) and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. At Einstein I'm also the Alumni Rep on the Medical Student Council and I'm on the boards of our chapters of the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) and the Student Interest Group in Neurology and Psychiatry (SIGNAP)! Outside of school I enjoy trying new food (both cooking at home or at different restaurants), watching football, and thinking of ways to pet every single dog I encounter.

Anthony Ma

Anthony Ma

Hi! My name is Anthony Ma and I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY! I am a huge sports fan and also love to travel, eat, and cook. A fun fact about me is that I wear almost exclusively fun color/themed socks! I am super excited to meet the Class of 2023!

Yael Mayer

Yael Mayer

Hey guys, welcome to Einstein! My name is Yael Mayer, and I'm looking forward to sharing some of the stuff I love about this place with y'all =) I'm a New York native, so ask away about city adventures- but to break some stereotypes here, I'm also always down for a solid hike. Come find me to trade book recommendations, have a dance party, or just kick back and chat.

Amanda Mengotto

Amanda Mengotto

Hi I’m Amanda! I play the piano, and I studied music / theater before going the premed route and coming to Einstein. I took a gap year during which I did clinical research on cardiopulmonary arrest. I like food and fashion and traveling, and I spend a lot of my free time in Manhattan and Brooklyn in pursuit of those things. I’m involved with the Homeless Outreach Program at Einstein and am on the PRIDE board - feel free to ask me about either!

Carolyn  Miller

Carolyn Miller

Amherst College

Hey everyone! My name is Carolyn Miller, and I’m a recent NYC transplant from Massachusetts. In a former life, I majored in English at Amherst College before switching things up and doing a post-bac program, so look me up if by freak chance obscure Southern Gothic literature is your thing. Fun fact about me: I played varsity softball for Amherst—and successfully survived the past year in the heart of Yankees territory as a Sox fan. Excited to meet you all, and welcome to Einstein!

Marilyn Mostowy

Marilyn Mostowy

Cornell University

Spent two years post-grad living in North End of Boston, right above Mike's (yes it smelled like pastries in the morning) and researching centenarians. Before that I was a Human Development (Neuroscience) major at Cornell, and miss Ithaca every day (esp. Mann library and Mandibles). I come from a litter of 5 kids from Buffalo, NY. You can find me sprinkling italiano into Medical Spanish classes here. Met some of my best friends here and I hope you do too!

Alison Neely

Alison Neely

Santa Clara University

My name is Alison Neely and I was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, and I spent my 4 years of undergrad at Santa Clara University in the Bay Area in California. When I'm not studying you can find me at the gym, out for a run, experimenting with recipes in my kitchen or heading down to Manhattan to enjoy the city! You can always spot me on campus sporting my Birkenstocks (even in cold weather) because I'm not ready to give up on my West Coast granola roots just yet.

Anvit
 Rai

Anvit Rai

University of Pittsburg

Hey everyone my name is Anvit Rai, but everyone calls me Vit! I graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2018, and have been enjoying New York ever since. Fun fact about me I like to dance, and I won a talent show churning butter to the beat of Darude Sandstorm!

Mimi Salamon

Mimi Salamon

Hi! I'm Mimi Salamon and am originally from Brooklyn. If I find any free time, I could usually be found outdoors, hiking, camping and biking. And, I am always down for a trip to the nearby Pelham Bay Park. Fun fact about myself, I started sabre fencing when I came to Einstein!

Taneisha Sinclair

Taneisha Sinclair

I was born in Jamaica and came to the US for college. I'm a huge warriors fan and I'm interested in peds.

Aleah Sommerville

Aleah Sommerville

Aleah, 22, I like knitting, cooking, and hanging out with my dog. I'm chill on the outside and pretty strange but that's ok.

Yael Steinberg

Yael Steinberg

Hi, I'm Yael! I'm a Queens native who went all the way to Manhattan for college before landing in the Bronx. Since coming to Einstein, I've started taking lessons in squash, piano, and cooking. Can't wait to welcome you all here!

Nicolai Tayco

Nicolai Tayco

My name's Nicolai and I love to travel with my family. My favorite place I've been to is Rome and the next place I want to visit is Amsterdam.

Fei Wang

Fei Wang

Hi everyone, my name is Fei. I grew up in Queens and went to school in Chicago so I can be either very midwestern or ny depending on the day. I'm generally easy going and always down for an adventure. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, camping, traveling, and spending time with family/friends. Fun fact - I once subsisted only on Soylent for an entire week. I do not recommend it.

Jessica Ward

Jessica Ward

My name is Jessica Ward. I took a few years off between college and medical school and lived in Seattle and Singapore while serving in the US Coast Guard. I am always looking for a new adventure and trying new things!

Monica Wassel

Monica Wassel

Cornell University

Hi I’m Monica, I’m from Vestal, New York and I studied nutritional sciences at Cornell. I love alpacas and cheez-it’s and you can always find them in the registrar’s office (the cheez-it’s, not the alpacas sadly). I love getting soup at Main St with my friends and ordering sushi from Kai. See you at orientation!

Aaron Wong

Aaron Wong

Hey everyone! My name is Aaron Wong, and I'm from San Francisco, California. Einstein is an awesome place with amazing people, and I'm excited for you all to experience that firsthand. In my free time, I love exploring Manhattan, trying new restaurants and coffee shops (fun fact: I was Yelp Elite for two years), and playing/watching basketball (go Warriors). I love meeting new people and can't wait to meet you all!

Brian Wu

Brian Wu

Northeastern University

My name is Brian Wu and I am from Westchester, NY. Growing up, my main hobbies were swimming and baseball. I like to exploring new places and trying different foods.

Alex Yang

Alex Yang

I’m out here doing my thang

Chi Yang Chen

Chi Yang Chen

Boston College

Hey everybody, my name's Chi Yang. I was born in Taiwan, but came to the United States from a young age and grew up mostly in Queens, New York. I went to Boston College for undergrad before taking two gap years to do bench research. A fun fact about myself is that I enjoy assembling Ikea furniture so if you need some help, hit me up! I also love dogs so you'll probably catch me around campus fawning over somebody's dog. Looking forward to meeting you all!

Shira Yellin

Shira Yellin

Case Western Reserve University

I grew up in New Jersey and went to college at Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland, Ohio. I've been an EMT since I was 17, which is what helped me know for sure that I wanted to go into medicine. A fun fact about me, which is also a hobby, is that I love to organize!

Samir Zaman

Samir Zaman

University of Pennsylvania

My name is Samir, I'm from the Bronx and went to college at UPenn. I was almost a model for Baby Gap in Canada. I'm a pretty sociable, outgoing, down-to-earth person that really likes to get to know the people around me. I equally enjoy a night in and a night out. I enjoy going out to shows in the city, cooking, and going to the gym. I'm working on getting into photography and photo editing.

Kaleena Zhang

Kaleena Zhang

I’m Kaleena, originally from Washington Heights in NYC. Little things that make me happy include coffee shops, round animals, the smell of the laundry room, and MUJI pens. I laugh a lot.

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