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MD Student Orientation Committee

NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Student Orientation Committee welcomes new students to the university community and plans and leads social events leading up to and during Orientation Week.

Class of 2024 Student Orientation Committee

Each year our Student Orientation Committee compiles an NYU Grossman School of Medicine Student Guide to New York City. It contains practical tips on everything from transportation to where to shop and dine to fun activities to do in your leisure time.

Meet the committee members who are available to provide guidance as you adapt to life on campus. Our larger committee has been divided into sub-committees to help cover everything pertaining to life in New York City and at the school.

Team Lead

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Malika Wilson

malika.wilson@nyulangone.org

Malika started at NYU Grossman School of Medicine as a member of the class of 2021. She will be joining the class of 2022 after she completes her MBA. She is from Lincoln, Nebraska, and graduated from Coe College. Malika is on student council and interested in pursuing pediatric surgery. In her free time, she enjoys searching for food in New York, biking, movies, and walking.

To the class of 2024, she says, “Welcome to the city! I am excited to meet you all in a few short weeks! In the meantime, please feel free to reach out with any questions!”

Student Outreach Subcommitee

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Muriel Lavallee

muriel.lavallee@nyulangone.org

Muriel is a member of the class of 2023 and serves as the captain and admissions liaison for the student outreach subcommittee. She grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts, and graduated from Middlebury College. Muriel serves as a co-director for the NYC Free Clinic and enjoys rock climbing, yoga, coffee shops, good coffee, donuts, traveling, Netflix, and reading.

To the class of 2024, she says, "Congratulations and welcome to the NYU Grossman School of Medicine community! I hope you are enjoying your summer, and we’re so excited to meet you all. Please reach out if you have any questions or just want to chat! I also have good coffee shop recommendations.”

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Daniela Bermudez

daniela.bermudezgarolera@nyulangone.org

Daniela is a member of the class of 2023. She is from Coral Springs, Florida, and graduated from the University of Miami. Daniela enjoys playing volleyball, building puzzles, baking, going to country music concerts, bailando salsa, and eating chicken wings.

Daniela’s message to the class of 2024 is, “Don’t be nervous, it’s going to be really fun!”

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Onyoo Park

onyoo.park@nyulangone.org

Onyoo is a member of the class of 2023. She is from Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. Some of her interests are singing, playing the piano, K-culture, and finding new places to eat in the city.
 
Onyoo’s message to the class of 2024 is, “Welcome to NYU Grossman School of Medicine. We are so excited to meet all of you! Feel free to reach out to me with any questions, and see you soon!”

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Sruthi Ramesh

sruthi.ramesh@nyulangone.org

Sruthi is a rising second-year student from Troy, Michigan, and graduated from Wayne State University. She enjoys cooking, crocheting, reading, and trying really hard to make time for travel and hikes.

To the class of 2024, Sruthi says, “Enjoy the rest of your summer. We’re excited to meet you in August!”

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Naina Rao

naina.rao@nyulangone.org

Naina is a member of the class of 2023 originally hailing from Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Computer Science. She enjoys any form of photography, weightlifting, digital design, programming, and finessing free food from the hospital. 
 
Message to the class of 2024: “Welcome! I’m so excited for y’all to make New York City and NYU Grossman School of Medicine your new home! Medical school can sometimes be overwhelming we’ll get through it together. Be sure to make time to get off campus and explore the greatest city in the world!”

Technology and Strategy Subcommittee

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Durga Kullakanda

durga.kullakanda@nyulangone.org

Durga is a member of the class of 2023. He is from St. Louis and graduated from Cornell University. Durga enjoys photography, hiking, movies, and computer programming.

To class of 2024, Durga says, “I know things are looking a bit different this year, but I want you all to know that medical school will always be really interesting and fun. You will still have great peers, teachers, and mentors—that’s what makes this process so rewarding.”

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Nikhil Patel

nikhil.patel2@nyulangone.org

Nikhil is a member of the class of 2023. He is from Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from Washington University in St. Louis. Nikhil enjoys running, board games, Marvel movies, and the integration of medicine and technology.

Nikhil’s message to the class of 2024 is, “Congratulations and welcome! Remember that medical school is a balance. You will have plenty of opportunities to build shared experiences with your classmates, while also investing in your growth and passions!”

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Jill Shah

jill.shah@nyulangone.org

Jill is a rising second-year student from Ardsley, New York. She graduated from Columbia University and enjoys running, cooking, reading, hiking, and playing board games.

Jill's message to the class of 2024 is, "Welcome to the NYU Grossman School of Medicine family! We are so excited to meet all of you!"

Student Life Subcommittee

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Christopher Kuhner

christopher.kuhner@nyulangone.org

Chris is a rising fourth-year medical student from Bohemia, New York, who serves as one of the captains of the student life subcommittee. Chris graduated from Tufts University. His interests include singing, concert-going, picnicking with friends, reading, and running.

Chris’s message to the class of 2024 is, “Make the most out of living in New York City, and enjoy your time here! We are here to support you, if you need it!"

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Amy Bleasdale

amy.bleasdale@nyulangone.org

Amy is a member of the class of 2023 from Kalamazoo, Michigan. She graduated from the University of Connecticut and completed her postbaccalaureate training at Bryn Mawr College. Amy's interests include classical singing, yoga teaching, and vegan baking. At NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Amy is involved with the Harm Reduction Alliance, Medical Student Doulas, and the NYC Free Clinic.

Amy’s message to the class of 2024 is, “Enjoy the rest of your summer! We’re looking forward to welcoming you into the NYU Grossman School of Medicine community in August!”

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Marie Mazzeo

marie.mazzeo@nyulangone.org

Marie is a rising second-year medical student from Brooklyn. She graduated from Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College. In her free time, she enjoys going to fitness classes and exploring fun places in the city with her friends. As a lifelong New Yorker, Marie has strong opinions about pizza and bagels. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge and engaging in food debates. 

Marie’s message to the class of 2024 is, “Although these are unprecedented times, we will be here to support you and to make sure that you have a great first-year experience. I am so excited for you to join our NYU Grossman School of Medicine family.”

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Devon Zander

devon.zander@nyulangone.org

Devon is a rising second-year student at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She grew up in northwestern Montana and graduated from Stanford University. When she is not studying or attempting to decipher how and when to cross New York City crosswalks, Devon can be found exploring the area’s best bakeries, finding new green spaces around the city, planning her next hike, and discussing the most recent episode of Survivor.

Devon’s message to the class of 2024 is, "Welcome to NYU Grossman School of Medicine! We’re so excited you’ll be joining us this fall. Please shoot me an email if you have any questions or good book recommendations!"

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Aleeza Leder Macek

aleeza.ledermacek@nyulangone.org

Aleeza is a rising second-year medical student at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and one of the captains of the student life subcommittee. She is from Naperville, Illinois, and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Her hobbies include singing and performing, playing card games with friends, and bingeing her favorite Netflix shows. 

Aleeza’s advice to the class of 2024 is, “Take the time to get to know other people in your class and have fun. Appreciate your first year because it can be a blast! I look forward to meeting you all soon!”

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Eric Kim

eric.kim2@nyulangone.org

Eric is a first-year medical student from Closter, New Jersey. He graduated from Amherst College in 2019 with a degree in philosophy. Eric enjoys singing, dancing, playing the guitar, cutting classmates’ hair, going bowling, and most recently bouldering!

While in medical school, Eric is interested in pursuing a master’s in bioethics and is interested in fields of cardiology or surgery. Eric’s extracurricular activities include serving as co-leader of the Bioethics Interest Club and as a regional director for the Asian and Pacific Islander American Medical Student Association. He is also a member of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Interest Group and the Christian Medical and Dental Association.

Eric’s message to the class of 2024 is, “I can’t wait to meet you all, even if it’s virtually, and to see what this school year has in store for you!”

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Shruthi Shankar

shruthi.shankar@nyulangone.org

Shruthi a member of the class of 2023. She is from South Brunswick, New Jersey, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. Her interests are running, solving crossword puzzles, reading mystery movies, and trying to keep up with her French lessons on Duolingo. 

Shruthi’s message to the class of 2024 is, “I’m so happy to meet all of you and welcome you to our community! Starting medical school is such an exciting time, and we’ll be there for you every step of the way.”

Alternative Pathways Subcommittee

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Dustin Brinker

dustin.brinker@nyulangone.org

Dustin was originally a member of the class of 2021. After completing his MHPE degree, he will graduate with the class of 2022. Dustin is from Allentown, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Ursinus College, where he studied French. His interests include reading and writing, LGBTQ+ and healthcare rights, education, cats, singing (I was going to be a classical vocalist!), languages, and psychology and psychiatry.

Dustin’s message to the class of 2024 is, “I’m so excited to meet you all! We’re all here to guide you and support your transition into this crazy, amazing field. Welcome to the family!”

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Michael Kitchin

michael.kitchin@nyulangone.org

Michael is a third-year medical student, who is pursuing an MPA in Health Policy and Management in the fall at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is interested in the field of psychiatry. Michael enjoys living in the city with his wife, Hannah, and finding new dessert spots. He also enjoys playing video games, doing puzzles, and watching Netflix! 

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Eric Williamson

eric.williamson@nyulangone.org

Eric is part of the class of 2022 in the three-year MD program for internal medicine. He is from the community of Wampsville, New York, outside of Syracuse and graduated from Yale University. Eric enjoys playing Xbox and running. He is a member of NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s running club. 

Eric’s message to the class of 2024 is, “I am extremely excited to meet your class, especially since it feels like it’s been months since I’ve talked to anyone other than my dog. Please reach out to me at any time this summer and beyond, even if just to say ‘Hi!’”

Join the Orientation Committee

For information about becoming involved in future Student Orientation Committee activities, contact Rebecca Novick, Senior Program Coordinator, Student Engagement and Transition Programs, at rebecca.novick@nyumc.org or 212-263-3930.