introduction

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Introduction   Welcome to petergayed.com, the official web dwelling of Peter Gayed. Glad you could make it.
           I’m an entrepreneur. I founded a small essay editing & admissions consulting service called IvyTicket. I also went to Yale for med school. Yale Med is a very special place with a very special educational philosophy. There’s really no other med school remotely like it. (See this article for a neat historical account of its development.)

While I was a med student, I spent a fully funded research year (thanks NIH!) in the Department of Immunobiology studying homeobox transcription factors, CD8+ T cell differentiation, and vascular remodeling.
           Before med school, I attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude in molecular biology and was a 4-year Edmund J. James Scholar. I also spent some time at the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis studying the telomerase enzyme and how it might be used to predict clinical outcomes in patients diagnosed with pediatric osteosarcoma. Between undergrad and med school, I spent a year at the University of Oxford, Hertford College, pursuing a course of study of my own design in “Renaissance literature & illness narratives.” It was pretty spectacular.

I’m interested in medicine, immunology, medical education, entrepreneurship, programming, publishing & content delivery, web design, neuroscience & psychology, philosophy, user behavior, marketing, and other things. One of my favorite books is Bouvard et Pécuchet by Gustave Flaubert. That should make sense.

I’ve done many things in my life so far. (Perhaps too many things.) I have:

lectures

Lectures   During medical school, I was a lecturer for the USMLERx Express Series, where I produced 34 lectures (using Camtasia Studio software) which totaled just under 400 minutes and covered the basic science topics of immunology, pharmacology & biochemistry.
           I received very encouraging feedback from students who used these lectures to prepare for Step 1 of the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination). I received permission to make (most of) these lectures freely available on YouTube. Links below.

Immunology

Biochemistry

Pharmacology

essays

Essays & publications   Some of the things I’ve written:

hand-crafted websites

authors/thinkers

Authors, thinkers & autuers   David Foster Wallace, Richard Powers, ?Don DeLillo, Milan Kundera, Adam Phillips, Thomas Pynchon, Paul Thomas Anderson, Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman

blogs

web places

oxford

Oxford   Oxford is a very unique place. When I was there, the University still adhered to the traditional tutorial system that has characterized the Oxford and Cambridge systems of education for over 800 years. Each term at Oxford is eight weeks in length. During each term a student enrolls in one “primary tutorial” (which meets for 1 hour, once a week) and one “secondary tutorial” (1 hour every other week). A student has no other academic obligations to attend to.
           In each tutorial, the student meets one-on-one with his or her professor (they’re known as “tutors”) to discuss, defend, and evaluate the essay they’ve produced since their last rendezvous. Essays are the result of one week’s worth of reading, contemplation, and (sometimes) frantic writing. The entire experience is intense, exhausting and extremely rewarding. (Between each eight-week term, students get 6 weeks of “holiday”—roughly sufficient for an adequate recovery.)

Below you’ll find most of the essays I composed for my tutes. They are overly intellectualized and excessively dense. Enjoy!