Erica B.

Bio

Erica is well aware and frequently reminded that her undergraduate background represents an uncommon route to medical school. She started practicing surgery at 6 years old on a stuffed bear in empty patient rooms while her father practiced “real medicine” next door. With a heart ready to serve, Erica left her small town in South Arkansas as a 17-year-old to report for basic training at the United States Air Force Academy. Over the course of four years, she served in many command positions but ascribes the most meaningful experience to her position as the Cadet Wing Commander in her final year at the Academy, directly overseeing the officer development training for 4,300 cadets. 

Throughout her time at the Academy, she completed a foreign area studies degree with a specialty in Russian language and political science. As one who is deeply rooted in a scientific career, her background allows her to recognize the importance that communication and cultural awareness play in medicine. Erica hopes to bring these experiences into the military medical community where she can use them to more comprehensively heal those who sacrifice their lives to protect our freedom. She is currently studying to be a surgeon at Harvard Medical School and is excited to return to active duty as a Captain upon graduation. 

Erica has been working in time management training and interview preparation for four years. She has extensive experience in mentorship and likes to call it her “how to pull your life together” training. Outside of studying for medical school, she enjoys rock climbing, yoga, skiing, musical theatre, and travel.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard Medical School, MD Candidate
  • United States Air Force Academy, BS in Foreign Area Studies
Specialties
  • MD Admissions
  • Political Science & Government
  • Russian
Testimonials
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    "Erica was extremely helpful with the medical admission process. From the start, I was very impressed with how she helped me plan and prepare for the application process. The process is daunting, and her help was instrumental along the way. She really helped me take all my experiences and turn them into a cohesive story that resonated throughout my application. I was applying to medical school with lower statistics, but thanks to Erica’s help, I had a very successful application cycle. Erica helped me craft a list of schools to apply to and had very helpful suggestions throughout the process. I would highly recommend Erica to anyone applying to medical school."
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    (Anonymous, MD Admissions)
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    "Where do I begin? From our very first meeting, I knew Erica was the perfect fit. She was able to take my life experiences and help me craft the perfect personal statement. She also fine tuned my medical school list based on my MCAT score, GPA, and specific school statistics, allowing me to apply in a thorough and organized manner (saving me money and time). Lastly, Erica properly prepared me for perhaps the scariest part of the medical school process: interviews. She did an amazing job prepping me for whatever interview might come in my way (individual, group, MMI, etc). Not only is Erica a wonderful strategy coach that is extremely knowledgeable about the medical school process, but she is also beyond kind and personable. She genuinely wants her clients to succeed. I felt comfortable asking her any and every question, and she has consistently checked up on me throughout this whole process, even after we were done with official meetings. Without a doubt, I would recommend Erica. She is truly the best!!"
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Anonymous, MD Admissions)
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    "Erica is an absolute life saver!! I came to her in panic mode, just days before I needed to submit my primary application, but she assured me we could do this. Since our first Skype session, Erica was there for me every step of the way-- helping me craft a beautiful personal statement story, coming up with my medical school list, brainstorming ideas for secondaries, and preparing me for interviews. She was always ready for our meeting and was fun to work with too. The application cycle became a little less daunting knowing I had Erica in my corner to address any concerns and answer all my questions (no matter how big or small). I was fortunate to get into my top choice medical program, and I credit a large part of my success to her help. I cannot speak highly enough about Erica and recommend her to all future applicants!"
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Anonymous, MD Admissions)
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    "I am so thankful for Erica. Erica is warm and easy to talk to. I actually enjoyed our meetings. I felt as if she actually cared about me as a person. I had a windy path to Medical School. I took sometime off and had a lower MCAT and GPA. However, with Erica's help I got into multiple programs! She never made me feel embarrassed about my scores. Rather, she made me feel confident in the other aspects of my application. When it came time to interview I was not nervous. I was prepared. I had many practice interviews with Erica where she asked me hard questions. If I could get through her interviews I could get through anything. I applied in the 2020-2021 application cycle. So much was unknown and new especially when it came to interviews. Erica made sure my background was perfect, that my hair and makeup looked appropriate on zoom, that my lighting was correct and so much more. I am so thankful for Erica. I couldn't recommend someone more."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Anonymous, MD Admissions)