Rocco M.


Rocco was born and raised in Stony Brook, New York. Rocco’s interest in the sciences began early, leading him to a semifinalist distinction in the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search for a project on novel chemotherapeutics. At Dartmouth College, he earned a BA in Engineering Sciences with Honors and a minor in Spanish, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.  His senior engineering thesis, which aimed to identify bacteria that cause human disease using gas chromatography, took him to a conference in Riva del Garda, Italy, to present his work. As an undergrad, some of his most memorable experiences were traveling to Argentina, Nicaragua, and Peru for both medical service missions as well as to hone his Spanish. He spent one year as a research assistant at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City before matriculating at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where he is an MD candidate. 

Rocco’s interest in teaching began at Dartmouth, where past experiences with great professors and TAs inspired him to serve as a teaching assistant for a core engineering class, Introduction to Systems. At Sinai, he tutors first-year medical students in their introductory anatomy course. He also mentors high school students interested in exploring STEM fields in college. Over the years, Rocco has provided informal advice to many students navigating the medical school application process, medical school courses, and Step 1 preparation. At Cambridge Coaching, Rocco’s focus is MD admissions counseling and USMLE Step 1 preparation.

In his free time, Rocco enjoys playing tennis and squash, skiing, gardening, and reading on his Kindle. He recently picked up running as a new hobby, and his current goal is training for his first half-marathon!

Education & Qualifications
  • The Mount Sinai Hospital, Residency in Anesthesiology
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, MD
  • Dartmouth College, BA in Engineering Sciences
  • Step 1
  • MD Admissions
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Rocco explained the material in depth and made it easier to understand. He would sometimes apply the content to my major or in common situations. He asked me questions about certain topics I wanted to go over and then he also had his own list of high yield topics. He kept a Google Doc of our session notes and assignments. Before each class, he had highlighted parts of the powerpoints that I shared to him. He would also sometimes add new images/diagrams and draw on the slides and images though screen share. He came prepared and had a general idea of possible high yield topics. Sessions were very productive. He tutored with different types of teaching styles such as visual with pictures/diagrams and reading the slide bullets. He supported me throughout the course and was more than willing to help me succeed and pass this course. He would explain a topic/concept again or in a different way if I did not fully understand. This is my second time using Cambridge Coaching and the admin staff are very kind and diligent. They would search for the best tutor for the topic that I am in need of help for and also find the person that I would be most compatible with. Grade went from a D to a B+."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Brittany, Anatomy & Physiology)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "Rocco is one of the finest tutors I have ever worked with. My needs in a coach were pretty specific as I was three weeks out from taking my boards, requiring someone to break down concepts, help make my studying more efficient and assistance with strategies. The same night, Cambridge matched Rocco and I together. Rocco created a Google Doc and spreadsheet where we could both follow along during each session. Before our first meeting, Rocco had me answer some questions in depth for him regarding my resources, practice test scores and current study habits. Rocco informed me my studying could be more efficient, and taught me step by step how to use a software called Anki. Without Rocco, I would never have known how to use Anki nearly as effectively. True to his word, my studying became much more efficient. I was retaining greater amounts of information in less time. This strategy is something I can utilize throughout the rest of my academic career beyond boards. I have yet to receive my board scores yet, but with Rocco my confidence and breadth of information definitely grew. On top of this, Rocco is one of the nicest people out there, always being sure to check in on me and provide support during a stressful time."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Mahesh, COMLEX)