Mission Statement

Our mission is to teach you to “think like a question writer” so you can study more efficiently, meet your target scores on board exams; and be less anxious about and more confident on boards.

Team Members

Patrick C. Beeman, MD

Founder and Chief Question Officer

Patrick is an Ob/Gyn and the original founder of ITB. He's the former director of undergraduate medical education for OnlineMedEd, director of content for a prominent osteopathic question bank. He was also at one time, a philosophy professor. Some of his greatest loves are music, philosophy and theology, and the four kids, who make his life more interesting (and maybe a bit more complicated).

Nick Nissen, MD

Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer

Dr. Nissen is a Harvard Medical School Clinical Fellow and Resident Physician in the HMS Department of Psychiatry. He is Co-Founder and Chief Operations Officer of InsideTheBoards. He is interested in addiction medicine and medical education and spends his free time experimenting on new dinner dishes with his wife.

Ted O'Connell, MD

Chief Content Officer

Dr. Ted O'Connell is a family physician, educator, author, innovator, and speaker. He served as the founding director of Kaiser Permanente’s Napa-Solano family medicine residency program and serves as a clinical professor for UC San Francisco, UC Davis, and Drexel University’s schools of medicine. He also founded Kaiser’s community medicine and global health fellowship, the first of its kind to combine the two disciplines, which has now expanded to eight programs across various medical centers. Dr. O’Connell attended the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate, and completed his medical degree at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. He completed his graduate medical education at Santa-Monica–UCLA Medical Center. He further completed the Emerging Leaders Program through the Permanente Medical Group as well as the Leading Innovations in Health Care and Education course at Harvard University.

Dr. O’Connell has authored or edited over a dozen textbooks, written numerous textbook chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles. Among his most notable are USMLE Step 2 Secrets, USMLE Step 3 Secrets, Crush Step 1, and the Instant Workups series of books. He is the Editor-In-Chief for Elsevier’s Clinical Key Meded education platform. He co-founded and is the COO of ExamCircle, a disruptive innovation dedicated to providing free online question banks in an effort to reduce the cost of education and help eliminate the access gap to high quality exam preparation materials. In 2018, he joined ITB as Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer of InsideTheBoards, which is focused on providing audio resources in the form of podcasts and apps for medical students.

Chase DiMarco

Chief Development Officer and Founder of FreeMedEd

Chase is a MS, MBA-HA and MD/PhD-candidate. He is the founder and educator at FreeMedEd, host of the Medical Mnemonist Podcast, Chief Development Officer at InsideTheBoards, and CEO of MedMatch Externships. He has explored many facets of medical education, the psychology of learning, and accelerated learning techniques. As an average student, it wasn’t until after he had attained graduate degrees that he learned to implement accelerated learning and educational efficiency effectively. He has a passion to make studying easier for all students and bring great educational resources to the masses.

Greg Rodden, MD

Podcast Host at Large
Supervising Editor, Preclinical Content

Greg is a pediatrics resident in Austin, TX and host of ITB’s Physiology by Physeo podcast. When he’s not being a doctor for kids, he tries to stay happy and healthy by plugging in his headphones while at the gym, or by leisurely dining with his wife. Greg is dedicated to providing high-quality, free medical education to anyone who is willing to learn.

Jeffrey Lorenz

Executive Director

Jeff Lorenz is a recent MBA graduate from the University of Redlands. He received his MBA with an emphasis in finance and and undergraduate degree in Business from Southern Adventist University. At ITB, Jeff helps manage financial aspects such as accounting and budgeting. He also works full time for an Assisted Living and Alzheimer's Care company called Morning Pointe based out of Chattanooga, TN where he oversees purchasing and procurement. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, tennis, trivia, and running.

Stewart Bryant

Chief Podcasting Officer

Stewart Bryant is a 4th year medical student. He is a Cofounder of InsideTheBoards and Cohost for some of the podcast. Stewart became passionate about podcast when he realized there was a lack of quality audio material for medical students to use for studying. He is interested in a career in Orthopedic Surgery and when he has some free time (rarely) he enjoys traveling, running, and playing tennis.

Madison Linden

Administrative Director

Madison is an undergrad student studying Psychology and Philosophy at Cleveland State University. She enjoys working in helping professions and aspires to be a physician as well as a professor one day. Currently, she works for ITB filling in where needed. She considers herself to be a jack of all trades, but master of none. Madison is known to love dogs, cheese, classic rock, and (of course) Star Wars.

Christopher Breitigan

Creative Director

Christopher has been practicing web design/development, graphic design, and photography since 2012. He joined InsideTheBoards in 2019 to put his skills to work. Outside of ITB, he enjoys playing guitar and self-recording his music and spending time with family and friends. He is also probably eating something.

Jennifer Chang

Marketing Director

Jennie is a Bowling Green State University graduate with a bachelors in public relations and marketing. During her time at BGSU, she studied abroad in Paris, France at the American University of Paris to further her knowledge on international public relations. In her free-time, Jennie enjoys staying active, listening to podcasts, going to music festivals, thrifting, and trying new restaurants.


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