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At MedSmarter Our #1 Goal is to help pre-med students, medical students, IMGs and Physicians succeed in their journey to practice medicine in the United States!  Whether the objective is to pass their USMLE Board exams with high scores, obtain Clinical Placements, or Residency Preparation, our professional faculty and staff are ready to help.

We achieve this by ensuring a positive learning experience and paving a pathway to success by using our high yield programs and a focus oriented approach.  Also, we maintain small class sizes and avail continuous enrollment for Step 1 and Step 2 CK.  Additionally, the Step 2 CS and ERMI courses are scheduled based on students needs.  The MedSmarter programs are best described as a hybrid of tutoring and classroom learning.  Our instructors provide the personal attention our students need and the professional attention our future physicians deserve.

MSTP programs are offered by board certified instructors with proven track records.  Our faculty consists of experienced professionals who have taught across the globe including North America, the Caribbeans, the Middle East, and South Asia.  Furthermore, MedSmarter instructors hold MDs and/or PhDs and have years of experience in preparing future physicians for a career in medicine.

FACULTY & STAFF

Mr. Don Mahmood
Mr. Don MahmoodCBO
As Chief Business Officer, Don serves as the principal advisor to the Program Director concerning the administrative, financial, and operations management of MedSmarter. Don brings over 24 years of entrepreneurial experience with an in-depth marketing and operational background; 8 of which were in Healthcare IT with a focus on integration and implementation for major hospital corporations.
Dr. Untara Shaikh, MD
Dr. Untara Shaikh, MDProgram Director
As Program Director, Dr. Shaikh serves as the content expert for issues pertaining to student academic development and office processes for implementation of student academic advising and instructing. She also oversees the coordination, supervision, training, and provides consultation to Instructors regarding policies related to student academic progress.
Mr. Arun Vaithi, MPH
Mr. Arun Vaithi, MPHAdvisory Chairman / Instructor
Arun is a graduate of Mercer University School of Medicine with a Masters degree focused in Biostatistics & Epidemiology. Arun has a passion for teaching and believes in breaking down complex concepts into simple terms for a deep understanding of the Educational Objective. He was President of his Medical School, President of his Masters Program as well as Student Chairman for the Accreditation Commission of College of Medicine.
Dr. Shoaib Shariff, MD
Dr. Shoaib Shariff, MDInstructor Lead / Clinical Placement Advisor
Dr. Shariff’s role is two-fold, as Instructor Lead, in addition to instructing the Live USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK and Step 2 CS courses, he also provides guidance and leadership to the other instructors on staff. Additionally, he assists in placing international medical graduates (IMGs) in hospitals for clinical rotations that best match their goals when applying for medical residency.
Mr. Maher Ahmed
Mr. Maher AhmedBusiness Development / Student Advisor
With over ten years of experience in leadership positions and team building Maher provides the expertise necessary to bridge medical students, IMG’s, and physicians to the MedSmarter team. He works very closely with the faculty, hospitals, physicians, and students to ensure a positive learning and working experience. His primary role is manage existing relationships and build upon new ones to integrate into the available programs and services.
Dr. Richard Dry
Dr. Richard DryDirector of Institutional Relations
Dr. Richard Dry is a graduate from Life University with a Doctorate in Chiropractic with a focus in Pediatrics and Sports Medicine. He also has a background in Biomedical Technology as a Surgical Neurophysiologist. Dr. Dry taught Anatomy and Physiology at Perimeter College at Georgia State University and Chamberlain University for their nursing programs. His vision is aligned with MedSmarter’s mission to help future physicians hence he works closely with Medical Schools based in the US and the Caribbeans.
Dr. Syed N. Kamal, MD
Dr. Syed N. Kamal, MDInstructor / Student Advisor
Having taught alongside his professors throughout his medical education, Dr. Kamal is able to provide valuable insight into a curriculum that addresses common pitfalls faced by most students. As a recent Medical Graduate Dr. Kamal allows up to date instruction for the live Step 1, Step 2 CK & CS courses. His likeable personality and genuine approach to students contributes to a fun and energetic learning environment.
Dr. Howayda Mrad, MD
Dr. Howayda Mrad, MDOnline Instructor
Dr. Howayda Mrad is currently a Radiology Resident at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, TX. Dr. Mrad is a graduate of the Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences in Beirut. She has published many multidisciplinary abstracts, articles and book chapters as well as worked as an online USMLE instructor for more than 3 years in one-on-one engaging and dynamic sessions.
Dr. Samuel Emeh, MD
Dr. Samuel Emeh, MDProfessor / Student Advisor
Dr. Sam Emeh, a graduate of the Medical School at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, completed his residency in Family Medicine and Surgery. He enjoyed a very successful practice there for nearly 20 years, prior to coming to the U.S.A for postgraduate studies in 2003. He is an American Board Certified Surgical First Assistant and has served as Assistant Dean, Clinicals at AUIS St. Maarten. Under his leadership, the pass rate and test scores for NBME and USMLE increased significantly.
Dr. Marc Cray, MD
Dr. Marc Cray, MDInstructor / Student Advisor
Dr. Marc Cray is a graduate of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. He has been preparing medical students and future physicians for their USMLE exams for the past ten years. Dr. Cray has residency training in both Internal Medicine and Psychiatry and is also a trained Pharmacologist (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy).
Dr. Hemalata Prakash Gujarathi
Dr. Hemalata Prakash GujarathiInstructor
With over 30 years of experience working in hospital settings, private practices and managing her own practice. Dr. Hema has found through her extensive training and managing of multi-disciplinary medical clinics that the science of medicine and the art of medicine must be combined into true practice. She implements teaching this art to the next generations of physicians using her real-life lessons and the ability to apply medical knowledge to clinical scenarios.
Dr. Syeda Fatima, MD
Dr. Syeda Fatima, MDOnline Instructor
Mr. Willie Carter, III
Mr. Willie Carter, IIIMCAT Instructor / Academic Medical Author
Willie Carter III holds a Masters in Cell and Molecular Biology from Towson University in Towson, MD. He completed his Bachelors at Tulane University and obtained research experience at the National Eye Institute as well as the National Institute of Health (NEI/NIH). Willie enjoys spending his spare time with family, exploring different cultures, playing piano, kayaking, and reading.
Dr. Raj Manohar, Ph. D.
Dr. Raj Manohar, Ph. D.Instructor & Student Advisor
Dr. Chocka “Prakash” Chidambaram, Ph. D.
Dr. Chocka “Prakash” Chidambaram, Ph. D.Online Instructor
Dr. Chidamabaram has a doctorate in physics and worked as an Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University. He has a strong academic physics experience of 14 years with more than 17 research publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Chidamabaram enjoyed teaching physics and taught physics to students at various levels during his academic career.
Mrs. Christine Neely
Mrs. Christine NeelyACLS/BLS Program Manager
As an American Heart Association Heartsaver Instructor for over 15 years, Christine has trained men and women in the military, the medical field and public and private school systems. Mrs. Neely has served on the Board of Directors for the American Heart Association and enjoys developing programs and creating heart health awareness in children and adults.
Dr. Akrem Ahmed, MD
Dr. Akrem Ahmed, MDInstructor / Student Advisor
Dr. Ahmed graduated from Addis Ababa Medical Faculty and worked in Ethiopia as well as Botswana prior to relocating to the US with his family.
Mr. Wade Freeman
Mr. Wade FreemanEnrollment Advisor / Recruitment Specialist
Wade received his Bachelor’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas and earned his Master’s Degree from Kennesaw State University with honors. He is responsible for guiding new students through the enrollment process and providing academic advisement and information regarding the different programs that would best suit the students’ needs and requirements.
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