Pre-Med Tutors

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Elliot Akama-Garren

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Pre-Med, Race Relations, Fellowships

Hi Kirkland! My name is Elliot and I’m looking forward to getting to know you over the course of my second year as a Resident Tutor. I’m in the MD-PhD program at Harvard Medical School, where I’m doing my PhD in Immunology. Originally I grew up in California and went to MIT for undergrad, after which I spent two years in Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship doing cancer immunology research. Outside of lab I enjoy playing ice hockey, biking, and exploring Boston. Happy to discuss applying to medical school, fellowships, or anything else that might be on your mind!

Dawn Comstock

Dawn Comstock

Resident Tutor
20 DeWolfe 48
Tutor In: Pre-Med

Hi Kirkland House! Looking forward to my 4th year as a Tutor in Kirkland! I’m originally from Minnesota, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College where I majored in Biology and Scandinavian Studies. I’m starting my seventh year as an MD/PhD student at Harvard, and pursuing my PhD in Immunology. Currently, I spend a lot of my time in lab at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute studying cancer immunotherapy. I enjoy spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, eating brunch, and traveling. I’m excited to play IM sports, hang out in the Kirkland Dining Hall, and have lots of conversations over coffee or tea!... Read more about Dawn Comstock


Julia Pian

Resident Tutor
20 DeWolfe 48
Tutor In: Pre-Med, Fellowships

Hi Kirkland! My name is Julia and I'm from sunny San Diego, but now call this freezing place home. I graduated from Kirkland in 2015, concentrating in Chemical and Physical Biology, with a secondary field in English. I graduated from the combined Harvard MD/MBA program in 2020 and am now a physician resident in the Combined Boston Residency Program in Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital. I'm happy to chat about science, medicine, business, and joint degree programs. In my spare time, I am a theater aficionado (always game for a musical sing-along or a discussion of Shakespeare), martial artist and pasta/udon lover.
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Rachel Tandias

Resident Tutor
20 DeWolfe 38
Tutor In: IMs, Outings, Pre-Med
Hi K-House! I’m excited to be returning for my fourth year as a tutor along with my best friend Edie. I’m a third year M.D. student at Harvard Medical School and will be doing my clinical rotations at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center this year. I’m originally from Wisconsin and graduated from Harvard College in 2016. As an undergrad, I was a chemistry concentrator, proud Kirkland resident, and K-Force Intramurals enthusiast. In addition to leading the K-Force squad this year, I’ll be working with the Pre-Med team and planning super fun Kirkland outings. I can’t wait to share the K-House love with all of you!
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Raj Vatsa

Resident Tutor
Tutor in: Pre-Med, Faculty Engagement, Arts Outings

Hello Kirkland! I’m thrilled to be joining this amazing community as a new Resident Tutor along with my best friend, Anika. I’m currently a third-year student in the MD-PhD Program at Harvard Medical School/GSAS, where I am starting a PhD in Health Policy, with a focus on health disparities and equity. I am originally from the great state of Michigan (Go Blue!) but came to Harvard for college (Class of 2018), where I studied applied mathematics and global health & health policy. Outside of school, I love talking about and playing sports, attempting to cook, learning South Asian dance, and exploring the outdoors. In Kirkland, I’m excited to be joining the Pre-Med Tutor team and to work with Anika on Fridays with Faculty and arts outings. I can’t wait to meet all of you, virtually and hopefully in person soon. Please don’t hesitate to reach out at any point!