Dana V.


Dana grew up in rural Maine, where some say there are more cows than there are people. Luckily for her, it was her rural upbringing that got her first interested in the life sciences. Dana attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she majored in biology, minored in chemistry, and created her own concentration in global health and the medical humanities. She spent long days working on her thesis research exploring the cellular mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance, and long nights as a Burchard Scholar learning about bioethics, art, and philosophy. After graduating MIT with a 4.9/5.0 GPA, Dana matriculated to Harvard Medical School as an MD-PhD student on the social science track. As a Harvard Presidential Scholar, her research focuses on medically underserved communities. 

As a first-generation college student, Dana has always been passionate about the empowering potential of tutoring. She’s worked with diverse students in a variety of settings, including a high school in Spain, a college in Singapore, and a middle school in Massachusetts.  After navigating the months-long MD-PhD application process for herself, Dana realized how critical admissions coaching is in students’ success. During her past 4 years as an MD-PhD student, Dana has focused on helping students succeed in the MD-PhD application process. Dana is a residential tutor at Harvard College, where she has provided medical school admissions coaching to dozens of pre-med students. From conducting mock interviews to workshopping personal statements, her favorite part of admissions coaching is helping students identify and showcase their greatest strengths and accomplishments.

To this day, Dana is still finding ways to combine her love of the sciences and the humanities, whether as a medical journalist for CNN or as a health disparities researcher. Outside of school, you’ll find Dana weightlifting, trying her hand at new recipes, or going on adventures into the great outdoors-- anywhere from the Esplanade to the White Mountains!


Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard Medical School, MD-PhD Candidate in Medical Anthropology
  • MIT, BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry, concentration in Global Health and Medical Humanities
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Sociology
  • Expository Writing
  • Anthropology
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Journalism
  • MD Admissions Coaching