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  • Admissions - Business School
  • Admissions - Graduate Schools (M.A. / Ph.D.)
  • Admissions - Law School
  • Admissions - Medical School
  • Admissions Undergraduate (Hourly)
  • Admissions Undergraduate Writing (Hourly)
  • Essay Editing
  • Interview Coaching
  • Neurobiology
  • Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Resume Consulting
  • Writing

Academic Biography

Omar is Director of Admissions at Veritas Tutors. He has over a decade of experience formally advising applicants in admissions and teaching, for which he has received many awards. He was as a member of the Committee on Admissions and Financial Aid at Brown University, and subsequently an undergraduate admissions interviewer. In addition, at Harvard Medical School he was an admissions committee member and interviewer. He has extensive experience advising in all steps of the application process (application targeting and strategy, resumes, personal statement, recommendations, interview preparation, wait-lists). As an admissions consultant and advocate, his confidence-building and enthusiastic approach is customized to individual needs and values, provides honest feedback, helps focus on strengths and contextualize weaknesses, and is supportive to achieve personal goals. He takes great pride in the success of his students, the vast majority of whom have been fortunate to be placed in elite programs of their choice.

Personal Biography

Omar is a psychologist, physician, and ethicist, and is an Instructor and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and in the Program in Psychiatry and the Law at Harvard Medical School. He is a co-Director of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, American Unit. In 2012, his research and ideas were the subject of a profile in the Boston Globe. His research spans brain imaging to the ethics of marketing practices to working in West Africa on a malaria vaccine project, but generally investigates questions at the intersection of psychology, neuroscience, medicine, religion, ethics and law. Omar is interested in all aspects of the intersection of sciences and the humanities. He graduated from Brown University (3.97 GPA; Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honors Society) with a Sc.B. in Neuroscience and an A.B. in Religious Studies (with honors). He received the James Manning Medal and Harvey A. Baker Award (given to 5 graduating students for academic excellence), was selected to the All-USA College Academic Team [honorable mention], was awarded a Tylenol Scholarship [given to 40 graduate students in the United States], the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship [awarded in 2004 to 39 college graduates in the United States out of 1,226 nominees], and a Leadership and Service Award from Big Brothers of America. He graduated from Harvard Divinity School with an M.T.S., and from Harvard Medical School with an M.D. (with honors) with scholarly concentrations in Neurology and Medical Ethics, where he was a member of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Society. At Harvard Medical School, he received the Michael Crichton Fellowship in Medical Anthropology from the Department of Social Medicine, the Louis E. Kirstein Research Fellowship from the Division of Medical Ethics, the Donald J. Cohen Fellowship in Child Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Richard C. Cabot Prize in the History of Medicine. At Harvard and Brown, he has taught in the Departments of Psychology, Neuroscience, Political Science, and Religion, and has received a number of awards for his teaching and mentoring, including receiving 4-times a Certificate of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University. His research has been supported by the Nancy Lurie Marks Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Fogarty International Center, the Harvard Pluralism Project, the Harvard Mind/Brain/Behavior Interfaculty Initiative, and the Institute of Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology at Oxford University. He co-edited two books published by UNESCO (Psychiatric Ethics and the Rights of Persons with Mental Disabilities in Institutions and the Community; The Ethics of Pharmaceutical Industry Influence in Medicine), and has written over a dozen scholarly research articles in the humanities and sciences, as well as popular articles, such as for Scientific American, Wired Magazine, and The New Republic. He has was selected to participate in the Aspen Institute Health Forum and the Yale Global Leaders Summit. His research and ideas have been covered by, among others, the Atlantic Monthly, BBC, Boston Globe, Businessweek, Forbes, Harvard Magazine, Los Angeles Times, NPR, and Washington Post.

  • Diverse background in sciences (biology, psychology, medicine) and humanities (ethics, philosophy, religion, anthropology, law)
  • MD, PhD, MTS - broad experience in applications
  • Strong admissions advising and committee experience
  • Stellar record of improving admissions placement

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