Dr. Samir Desai serves on the faculty of the Baylor College of Medicine in the Department of Medicine where he is actively involved in medical student and resident education. He is a member of the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine, and the recipient of multiple teaching awards. He is an author and editor, having written sixteen books that together have sold over 200,000 copies worldwide. Among these titles:

As a faculty member, he has served on the medical school admissions and residency selection committees. His commitment to helping premedical and medical students reach their professional goals led him to develop the website, The Successful Match. The website's mission is to provide medical school, residency, and fellowship applicants with a better understanding of the selection process. He has also helped hundreds of premedical students, medical students, and residents secure medical school, residency, and fellowship positions through a variety of consulting services. Information about these services is available at The Successful Match.

After completing his residency training in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, Dr. Desai had the opportunity to serve as chief medical resident. He received his M.D. degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, graduating first in his class.



Dr. Anand Trivedi is currently an internal medicine resident at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He is a resident member of the American College of Physicians and serves on the resident curriculum committee at UIUC. Having completed his medical degree at Sri Ramachandra Medical College in Chennai, India, he has had the pleasure of working with diverse groups of patients, physicians and medical students. He now enjoys regularly working with and educating medical students as they rotate with him on the medical wards. As an international medical graduate who has faced the challenges of securing a competitive residency position, Dr. Trivedi understands what it takes to achieve success. He hopes that this book will be a valuable resource for medical students as they strive to become competitive applicants themselves. In his free time Dr. Trivedi enjoys spending time with his family and traveling.



Dr. Hirsh Trivedi is an internal medicine resident at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, a Tufts University Medical School affiliate program, in Boston, Massachusetts. He is an active member of the resident committee at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, and he is also involved in the Medical Interview and Doctor Patient Relationship program where he teaches interviewing and clinical examination techniques to Tufts University medical students. Through his participation in teaching during clinical rounds, he has established himself as an excellent resident teacher. Having recently gone through the residency application process, he understand the challenges that medical students face in securing a competitive residency position. He plans to continue working with medical students in order to help them maximize their chances in securing these positions. After the completion of his Internal Medicine residency he plans to pursue a career in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.



After completing his medical education at Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai, India and an externship at Providence Hospital in Southfield, Michigan, Dr. Jagannathan resides in Chicago, Illinois where he is a Resident Physician in Anesthesiology at Rush University Medical Center. Having recently been through the residency application process, Dr. Jagannathan is passionate about teaching, guiding, and learning from medical students he works with. Dr. Jagannathan's academic interests include airway management, regional anesthesia, and perioperative transesophageal echocardiography. Following residency, Dr. Jagannathan aspires to contribute to the growth of these fields while continuing to be a part of student education. In his spare time, Dr. Jagannathan enjoys spending time with his family and traveling to further learn from others' customs and cultures.



Dr. Samish Patel is currently an internal medicine resident at North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He was born and raised in Southern California. After his undergraduate training at University of California, San Diego, he went on to complete his medical degree at Ross University School of Medicine. Having done rotations throughout the country, he has had the opportunity to work with many medical educators in a variety of health care systems. He now enjoys regularly working with and educating medical students as they rotate with him in Long Island. He helped author this book with the hope that it will provide medical students with unique opportunities that will help them reach the forefront of medicine and develop relationships with leading physicians. After completing his residency in internal medicine he plans to pursue a career in either hospital medicine or adult primary care.



Dr. Ava Ghalili is an emergency department registrar (senior resident) at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia and a medical school graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Western Australia. She has had international exposure in her field through various community and county hospitals in the USA. She is actively involved in teaching students and presenting at conferences/symposiums on topics of acute medicine. Throughout her training and career she has been involved in research relevant to women's health and evidence-based medicine outcomes in Emergency Departments.  Much of her extracurricular time has been spent overseas in the developing world, working for various organizations addressing public health concerns and ethical humanitarian standards. She hopes to continue with these endeavors and to complete in the near future a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine.