Boston University Medical School

Our mission is to advocate for a healthy balance of mental, emotional and physical well-being which can help complement and enhance the medical student experience and to provide students with resources for personal and professional development. As physicians-in-training, we all share an underlying desire to help other people, yet we struggle to help ourselves or our colleagues when faced with our own adversity. Through this 40 plus student run Initiative, we seek to break down these barriers in communication and restore a sense of community. We host a variety of events from group runs, paint nights, and therapy dog sessions to hosting our annual Wellness fair where we bring all the Boston Area wellness resources to the students in one place. Everything from free fitness class passes and free massage sessions to mental health resources are all brought under one roof each year.

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Kyle Lawrence

Kyle is a second-year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. He graduated from Boston College in 2018 with a degree in biology before working in research and development in the biopharmaceutical industry, where he focused on optimizing drug delivery and potency in human tissue. Kyle has a passion for physical fitness and a strong interest in using physical activity to improve overall health. Formerly an avid hockey and baseball player, Kyle now spends his free time focused on functional strength training, skiing, and golf.

Jeffrey Schemm

Jeffrey is a first-year medical student at Boston University with a passion for fitness, nutrition, and preventative health. As an Exercise Science major in undergrad, he learned about the many long-standing health benefits of exercise and a healthy lifestyle, which has motivated him to pursue a medical career where he can empower patients to make advantageous decisions for their short-term fitness goals and long-term health. In his own life, he has found exercise and recreation to be the ultimate escape from the stresses of school and life, especially in medical school. He joined Medicine in Motion so he can further his passion for physical health and to join a community of current and future health professionals looking to do the same!

Alex Zhuang

Alex is currently a second-year medical student and is incredibly excited to help promote both physical and mental wellness at BUSM and beyond! He grew up in Solon, Ohio for the first decade of his life and lived in Shanghai, China for the next eight. He attended Boston College and has stayed in the city ever since graduating. In his free time, he enjoys playing volleyball, soccer, and DJing for friends.

Daniel Howard

Daniel is a current M2 at BUSM. Sports and the outdoors have been an enormous part of his life since he was a kid. He grew up in rural northern California playing soccer, hockey, and tennis (to name a few) and did his undergrad at Chapman University where he played for the men’s soccer team. After college, he fell in love with powerlifting and continued to train and compete during his first year at BUSM. On the weekends you can probably find him climbing mountains or snowboarding. He’s passionate about fitness and excited to have the opportunity to continue helping others, both in and out of the gym.

Jonathan Fu

Jonathan is 3rd year medical student at Boston University School of Medicine. While pursuing a BA in Biophysics at Johns Hopkins University, he served as a certified personal trainer and performed biomedical engineering research in neurorehabilitation. Over the last few years, Jonathan has joined various competitions such as the Tough Mudder and powerlifting, and while at BUSM he helped bring fitness instructors to provide structured activities for Parkinson’s patients. Jonathan believes physical wellbeing is an integral part of medicine, and is eager to play his part in building the Medicine in Motion community.

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Chris Lites
Chris is a second year medical student at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. After graduating from Columbia University in 2016 with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior he worked in consulting and then managed a private practice for a cardiologist. Currently obsessed with boxing, calisthenics and functional strength training, Chris has always been a fitness fanatic. Since becoming a NASM certified personal trainer in 2018 he has been committed to promoting exercise and general wellness within each of his communities.
Jacob Klickstein
Jacob is a 4th year MD/PhD student at Tufts University School of Medicine working on his PhD in neuroscience. He currently works to create motor neurons from human stem cells, but when he isn’t in the lab, he can be found running down the esplanade, practicing handstands or tending to his indoor forest. Before joining Tufts, he worked as a clinical research assistant creating and maintaining a patient tissue bank for Alzheimer’s disease research. While at MGH, he helped establish the MGH running club and ran the 2017 Boston marathon. He continues his obsession with running as the leader of the TUSM running club and now as the COO at Medicine in Motion.
Amanda Cao
Amanda is a 2nd year student at Harvard Medical School. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri before attending college at MIT, where she graduated in 2019 with a degree in Biology. Amanda has always enjoyed playing sports and keeping active, and her favorite forms of exercise include swimming and boxing. Amanda is excited to work with Medicine in Motion to combine her interest in physical activity with her passion for building community within her profession.
Michael Duggan
Mike is a second year medical student at the University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from the University of Maryland in 2016 with a BS in Biology, he worked as a clinical research coordinator on childhood obesity focused research projects at Massachusetts General Hospital. His biggest fitness accomplishments to date are running the Boston Marathon and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. He is looking forward towards utilizing fitness to create and develop a sense of community among medical students.
Shani Aharon
Shani Aharon is a 4th year medical student at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. She considers herself adventurous, and would try any sport once: she grew up figure skating, rowed crew in college, played ultimate frisbee while working, and now runs in her free time in medical school. Having a few years of work-life balance as a healthcare consultant prior to medical school, Shani is passionate about maintaining mind-body wellness and helping do the same. She’s excited to put her past experience to good use as the CFO of Medicine in Motion.
Logan Briggs
Logan Briggs is a 4th year Harvard Medical Student. He swam for, and captained, the Dartmouth swim team and graduated in 2016. During a gap year before medical school, he worked as a wilderness guide in Tanzania and biked across the US to raise money for medical service work that he later performed in Nepal. Having been a lifelong swimmer, transitioned to triathlete, Logan strongly believes that regular exercise and social connection is the key to balance and happiness. He helped found Medicine in Motion to extend those benefits to others.
Chase Marso
Chase is a fourth-year medical student at Harvard Medical school and co-founder of Medicine in Motion. A former Augustana University quarterback and basketball coach in his hometown of Brandon, SD, he has always had a passion for physical fitness and a desire to encourage others in athletic achievement. Chase sees Medicine in Motion’s mission of inspiring others towards their physical fitness goals while promoting philanthropy as Medicine in Motion’s most unique and worthwhile endeavor.
Cray Noah
Cray is an engineer and doctor-in-training dedicated to innovating ways to increase access to preventative medicine and health technology. As a fourth-year student in Harvard’s MD/MBA program, he brings experience working at the nexus of biomedicine and business in the medical device startup space during his time at Georgia Tech and now in Boston. While passionate about innovative biotechnology, Cray believes creating community through exercise and fitness is the best form of preventative medicine to date and is dedicated to furthering that mission through Medicine in Motion. A native Texan, Cray has transitioned from football to triathlons, tennis and sailing since moving northeast.
Michael Seward
Mike is a fourth-year medical student at Harvard Medical School (HMS) where he co-founded Medicine in Motion in 2017 with Chase, Logan, and Derek. As a varsity ice hockey player at Harvard College, he became interested in nutrition and for his senior thesis implemented a traffic-light food labeling study in the college dining halls to encourage healthy eating choices. After graduating, he worked for two years in clinical research at an Obesity Prevention Program at HMS and worked at the Hospital for Special Surgery where he saw the alarming rise in knee replacements mirror national trends in obesity. This sparked his interest in the intersection of orthopaedic surgery, nutrition, and fitness, and his medical school thesis investigates a pre-operative remote weight loss intervention and mobile app for patients anticipating total joint replacement surgery.
Derek Soled
Derek is a fourth-year MD/MBA candidate at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School. He serves as the student council co-president at the medical school. Derek graduated from Yale University in 2016 as a double major in biology and sociology and was the captain of the Yale fencing team. He then pursued a MSc in medical anthropology from the University of Oxford where he set an all-time record in the pole vault. A recipient of the Walter Byers Scholarship, an honor bestowed by the NCAA to the country's best overall male and female student-athlete each year, and a current member of Team USA for fencing, Derek is passionate about sport and continues to compete at a professional level as well as coach low-income children in Boston. As a first-year medical student, Derek co-founded Medicine in Motion.
Avik Chatterjee, MD, MPH
Cross-Fit Extraordinaire
Frank McGovern, MD
Collegiate Swimmer, Triathlete
Noelle Saillant, MD
Runner, Cyclist
Dana Stearns, MD
Professional Cyclist
Jennifer Tan, MD
Bootcamp, Cyclist
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