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MD Student Orientation Committee

NYU School of Medicine’s Student Orientation Committee welcomes new students to the university community and plans and leads social events that are part of your Orientation Week.

Class of 2022 Student Orientation Committee

Each year our Student Orientation Committee compiles an NYU 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.

Orientation Committee Member Dustin Brinker
Dustin Brinker

Dustin is a rising second year student in the Class of 2021 at NYU School of Medicine. He grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania and studied French at Ursinus College. In his free time, Dustin enjoys participating in classical voice performance, learning a new language, and coloring.

Dustin would like to welcome the Class of 2022 to the NYU Langone Health family! He’s ecstatic to have you on board!

Orientation Committee Member Buokem Ikwuazom
Buokem Ikwuazom

Buokem was born in Nigeria and moved to the United States when he was eight years old and grew up in Queens, New York. He completed his bachelor’s of science in biochemistry and molecular biology at the State University of New York at Albany.

Buokem is a rising second year student at NYU School of Medicine. He currently serves as president of the Black and Latinx Students’ Association and is also involved in the Student Diversity Initiative. He enjoys reading and writing poetry (Rupi Kaur and R.M. Drake are a few of his favorites), watching sports, and exploring the diverse cultures, food, and people of New York City.

His message to members of the Class of 2022 is to balance their mental, spiritual, and physical health throughout this challenging but worthwhile journey.

Orientation Committee Member Christopher Kuhner
Christopher Kuhner

Chris is a member of the Class of 2021 at NYU School of Medicine and is originally from Bohemia, New York. He graduated from Tufts University in 2017 with a bachelor’s of science in biochemistry and Spanish. He works as a referrals coordinator at the New York City Free Clinic and is one of the leaders of the Spin Doctors dance club.

His message for the incoming class of 2022 is to enjoy the first year of medical school, both on and off campus, and to recognize that this is only the beginning!

Orientation Committee Member Darlina Liu
Darlina Liu

Darlina is a rising second year student at NYU School of Medicine. She grew up in New York City and has continued to enjoy exploring all that the city has to offer. She studied biology and anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania and hosts a podcast called Doctors Who Create. At NYU School of Medicine, she can be found dancing with the Spin Doctors dance club, cooking new recipes, and playing board games.

To the Class of 2022, she says, “Get ready for a great adventure! Enjoy the experience, especially the little moments, and don’t forget to have fun!”

Orientation Committee Member Zoë Norris
Zoë Norris

Zoë is a member of NYU School of Medicine’s Class of 2021 from York, Pennsylvania. She studied at Temple University and has a special interest in global health and surgery. In her free time, Zoë enjoys dancing, weightlifting, cycling, and going to see theatre and dance performances.

Her message to the Class of 2022 is, “Welcome to the NYU School of Medicine family! We are so excited to meet you and know that you will find orientation both informative and fun!”

Orientation Committee Member Tara Richter Smith
Tara Richter Smith

Tara is a rising second year student at NYU School of Medicine and is originally from Canada. After studying English at McGill and working as a writer in London, she completed a postbaccalaureate program at Columbia University. When she’s not in the library, Tara can be found cycling around the city, doing yoga, rock climbing, and trying her best to get outside.

To the Class of 2020, she says, “Welcome!”

Orientation Committee Member Farah Tamizuddin
Farah Tamizuddin

Farah is a member of the Class of 2019. She is from Springfield, Illinois and majored in neuroscience and behavior at Columbia University. She wrote her thesis on regulatory mode and romantic attraction and remains interested in psychology and philosophy. At NYU School of Medicine, she loves being a part of the New York City Free Clinic. Her hobbies include reading all kinds of fiction, exploring New York museums and parks, eating brownies that other people have baked, doing hot yoga, and going to the occasional Broadway musical.

To the Class of 2022 she says, “Congratulations! You’re going to have an amazing time, and we are here to help with everything.”

Orientation Committee Member Malika Wilson
Malika Wilson

Malika is a rising second year student from Lincoln, Nebraska. She studied at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and enjoys going to dinner and hanging out with her classmates.

Her message to the incoming class is, “Enjoy the rest of your summer relaxing, traveling, or doing whatever else summer means to you! Your first year is right around the corner, and your classmates are patiently waiting to meet you! Welcome to NYU School of Medicine!”

Orientation Committee Member Samantha Ayoub
Samantha Ayoub

Samantha is a rising fourth year student from Arlington Heights, Illinois. Her interests include art history, cooking, and exploring New York City.

She cannot wait to meet you all!

Join the Orientation Committee

For information about becoming involved in future Student Orientation Committee activities, contact Rebecca Novick, student services coordinator, at or 212-263-3930.