Sam D.


Sam is currently a student at Harvard Medical School interested in the sciences and philosophy, and he has a long history of teaching in both fields. He completed his undergraduate degree at Cornell University in Neurobiology & Philosophy, magna cum laude. Prior to medical school, he served as a fellow in the NIH Department of Bioethics, where he explored empirical and conceptual questions in medical ethics. While there he won the American Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine’s 2017 Dorfman Award for the best research paper in the field that year.

Sam has taught extensively in multiple settings. In particular, he has tutored many of the required premed classes. He served as a University tutor for Organic Chemistry, and a student teaching assistant for Neurobiology while in college. He has also tutored students one-on-one in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, biology, and genetics. In addition, he has tutored students in numerous philosophy and bioethics courses. He has assisted with understanding course content, preparation for oral and written exams, and editing of papers and writing samples. Finally, he has also taught many courses for college-in-prison programs both in New York State and near Washington, DC. Sam is also experienced as an advisor for those applying to medical school. His experiences as an upper-level medical student have helped him appreciate what schools look for in applicants and how to apply successfully.

When Sam is not reading up on the latest breakthroughs in medical ethics, you can usually find him on the squash court, on a long bike ride, or doing the New York Times crossword puzzle.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard Medical School, MD Candidate
  • Cornell University, BA in Philosophy & Neurobiology
  • Fellowship in the Department of Bioethics at the NIH
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Philosophy
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "I had a really great experience working with Sam! He made difficult subjects like chemistry not only seem easy, but taught me valuable memorization and critical thinking skills that allowed me to excel in my classes. I'm really excited to continue working with Sam throughout my time in college!"
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Rahul, Chemistry)