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MD Candidate, June 2017

University of California Irvine School of Medicine

B.A. Molecular and Cell Biology with Biochemistry Emphasis

University of California, Berkeley

B.A. Psychology

University of California, Berkeley

Work experience


Anatomy Tutoring Coordinator

UC Irvine School of Medicine

Co-managed a team of 20 tutors for the first year Anatomy students at UCI SOM. Provided support in scheduling weekly tutorial lectures, along with mock lab practical examinations for student practice. Worked closely with faculty in tutoring topics and tutor curriculum.


Manager, Image Analysis

Bioclinica (Formerly Synarc)

Managed the Image Analysis Team in Clinical Operations. Provided leadership, technical training, forecast planning. Enforced compliance and reliability across research sites by participating in the quality control of MRI scanners and equipment across the country and the world. Consulted with research sites to resolve image quality issues and training for clinical trial image acquisition.

Utilized an in-house semi-automatic MRI masking system for volumetric analysis of clinical brain MRI images for use in quantify the effects of drug vs. placebo in three Phase III Alzheimer's Disease clinical trials. Helped manage the team's transition of additional DXA analysis capability from Portland, OR to Newark, CA in 2013.


Elite MCAT Instructor

Kaplan Test Prep

MCAT exam classroom instructor. Achieved ELITE instructor status based on superior performance in student satisfaction and teaching excellence rating. 


Research Assistant

UC Berkeley Helen Wills Neuorscience Institute - Jagust Lab

Helped perform longitudinal FDG-PET analysis from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiation (ADNI). Experienced in statistical parametric mapping for functional imaging, statistical power analysis of ADNI data.


Manufacturing Tech Ops Process Support Intern

Bayer Healthcare

Investigated lab-scale specifications for the protein purification pipeline of recombinant Factor VIII as part of a summer internship project for college students.


Research Assistant

UCSF - Gazzaley Lab

Helped study top-down processing of neurological pathways of attention, working memory, and the effects of age on neuromodulation. Experienced in running EEG protocols.



  • Principles of pharmacologic hemodynamic management and closed-loop systems. Banh, E.,Wu, WD.,Rinehart, J., Best Practice & Research Clinical Anesthesiology - Dec 07 2014
  • Joint arthroplasty Perioperative Surgical Home: Impact of patient characteristics on postoperative outcomes Duy L Phan, Kyle Ahn, Joseph B Rinehart, Michael-David Calderon, Wei Der Wu, Ran Schwarzkopf. World Journal of Orthopedics - Mar 25 2016


  • The Flipped Clerkship: Incorporating Flipped Curriculum into Emergency Medicine Student Education. Hoonpongsimanont, Wirachin; Wray, Alisa; Toohey, Shannon; Wu, Wei Der "Derek". IME 2016, Los Angeles - Feb 19 2016

  • High-resolution MR imaging of the ulnar and radial collateral ligaments of the wrist H. Yoshioka, J. Sutherland, W. Wu, T. Nozaki, Y. Kaneko, H. Yu, G. Rafijah, D. Hitt, ECR 2015, Austria Center Vienna, Bruno-Kreisky-Platz 1, 1220 Vienna. - Mar 2015

  • P1-258: Pinpointing change in Alzheimer's disease: Longitudinal FDG-PET analyses from the Alzheimer's disease neuroimaging initiative Susan M. Landau, Cindee Madison, Derek Wu, Connie Cheung, Norman Foster, Eric Reiman, Robert Koeppe, Michael Weiner, William J. Jagust, ICAD 2008, Chicago - Jul 27 2008

Extracurricular Activities

Anesthesiology Interest Group

Co-President (2016-2017)

Co-Director, MS3/MS4 Events (2015-2016)

Co-Director, MS1/MS2 Events (2014-2015)

  • Provided leadership and guidance for interest group executive board
  • Planned outreach and educational events for medical students.
  • Collaborated with the Pediatrics Interest Group to host special Pediatric Anesthesiology Residents Panel
  • Coordinated with faculty and residents to host simulation and procedure workshops in airway management, peripheral access, and lumbar punctures.
  • Volunteer instructor for an airway management workshop at World of Medicine, a conference for undergraduate students interested in careers in medicine

2014 California Anesthesiology Medical Student Symposium

  • Part of core team planning and coordinating a gathering of all California anesthesiology residency program directors with hundreds of medical students from across the country
  • Designed digital smartphone-application guide for the conference day
  • Student liaison for Harbor UCLA Medical Center
  • Assisted in TEE simulator training workshop

2016-2017 MS4 Class Co-President

  • Elected member of Associated Medical Student Government
  • Tasked with assisting school administrators in planning commencement, as well as giving commencement address
  • Organized the creation and distribution of the senior class yearbook

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Anesthesiologists - ASA
  • American Medical Student Association - AMSA