About Me

As the former Director of Pre-Professional Programs and Advising at Johns Hopkins University, I advised thousands of pre-med students and alumni as they explored pre-med activities, reflected upon a career in medicine, and applied to medical school. And that’s what I’m here to do for you. My goal is to guide you on your pre-med path and journey to medical school admissions through open, honest, and trustworthy communication.

My areas of expertise include advising students and applicants on:

  • Strategies for becoming a successful applicant to medical school
  • Obtaining clinical experiences, community service, and research
  • Readiness to apply
  • Overcoming obstacles, such as institutional action or a lower GPA
  • Applying to post-bac programs
  • MD-PhD considerations
  • MCAT timeline
  • Who and how to ask for letters of recommendation
  • Gap year assistance
  • How to write a personal statement
  • Building a school list
  • Completing the AMCAS application (as well as AACOMAS and TMDSAS)
  • Interview prep
  • Strategies for reapplicants

As a long-term advisor, I’ve forged relationships with medical school deans and directors across the country, so I know what many of them are seeking from applicants. I also have been an active member of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions since 2009, serving on committees and presenting at regional and national conferences.

Ellen talking with a student in an office

Professional Networks

  • Member, National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP), 2009 – present
  • Member, Northeast Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NEAAHP), 2009 – 2023
  • Member, NEAAHP-NEGSA Planning Committee, 2015 – 2023
  • Co-chair, NEAAHP Professional Development Committee, 2022 – 2023


  • Panelist, AAMC Virtual Medical School Fair, “Medical School Personal Statement,” March 2023
  • Presenter, NAAHP National Conference, “Can Institutional Action + Med School Applications = A Successful Applicant?,” June 2022
  • Co-presenter, NAAHP National Conference, “Tackling Committee Letters,” June 2018
  • Co-presenter, NEAAHP Regional Conference, Plenary Session, “Tackling Committee Letters,” June 2017
  • Co-presenter, Chesapeake LAN Conference, “Case Studies Advising Conundrums,” May 2016