Pre-Med Tutors

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Elliot Akama-Garren

Resident Tutor
F-31
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 third 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 5th 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 8th year as an MD/PhD student at Harvard. 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!
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Julia Pian

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 Kirkland home. I graduated from Kirkland in 2015, concentrating in Chemical and Physical Biology, with a secondary field in English. In 2020, I completed the combined Harvard MD/MBA program 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.... Read more about Julia Pian

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Rachel Tandias

Resident Tutor
20 DeWolfe 38
Tutor In: IMs, Outings, Pre-Med
Hi Kirkland! I'm excited to be returning for my 5th year as a tutor along with my best friend Edie. I'm a 4th year medical student at Harvard and part of the Kirkland Pre-Med team. I'm originally from Wisconsin and was in Kirkland as an undergrad, graduating in 2016 with a concentration in chemistry. I'm a die-hard K-Force Intramurals enthusiast and enjoy leading fun Kirkland outings, running the steps at Harvard Stadium, designing Kirkland merch, and watching reality TV. I can't wait to share the K-House love with all of you!
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Raj Vatsa

Resident Tutor
D-11
Tutor in: Pre-Med, Faculty Engagement, Arts Outings

Hello Kirkland! I'm thrilled to be returning to this amazing community alongside my partner Anika as D Best Entryway Resident Tutors. This year, I'll be a 4th-year student in the MD-PhD Program at Harvard, pursuing my PhD in Health Policy with a focus on maternal health and health disparities. I'm originally from the great state of Michigan (Go Blue!) but came to Harvard for college (Class of '18), where I studied applied mathematics and global health & health policy. Outside of school, I love playing sports, solving puzzles, jamming out to South Asian music, and exploring the outdoors. In Kirkland, I'm excited to continue serving on the Pre-Med Tutor team and to working with Anika on Fridays with Faculty, Senior Common Room events, and arts outings. I can't wait to meet all of you wonderful Kirklanders. Please don't hesitate to reach out at any point!