Three Simple Values
Mappd was founded on three simple values:
Work hard. Be creative. Do good.
Work hard: The premedical students we help are some of the hardest working people we know, and we aim to give as much as you do.
Be creative: We hope that Mappd will be a game-changer for every future physician. Beyond our initial platform we released this fall, we have a million more ideas to make everything even better.  We’ll keep creating, and we’ll keep improving.
Do good: We want to improve collaboration and communication in the premed world.  Walking the path to becoming a future physician is hard.  What should not be hard is finding the path, nor navigating it.  Information on the premed process should be available to everyone, and that is why we offer as much information as we can for free through our blogs and podcasts. For our signature service, our software solution, we are working hard to provide the highest quality while keeping the costs low.
Ryan Gray, MD
“Having been a premed, and now having the privilege of serving hundreds of thousands of premeds every year through my website, podcasts, books, YouTube channel, and social media, I hear all of you and understand your struggles. I want to change that. As a computer nerd, I’ve wanted to build a piece of software that solves almost all of your biggest challenges. This is what Mappd means to me.”

Rachel Grubbs
“Over the years I have advised hundreds of premed students on their path to med school. I think we are lucky to live in a country where our physicians are required to be so highly qualified. And yet, we make it extremely difficult for our aspiring doctors to find out what steps they need to take to reach their goal. My hope is to help all future physicians, regardless of background or economic situation, access clear information about the road to med school.”

Ryan Gray, MD

CEO and Co-founder, Mappd.

Ryan is a former Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force. Ryan graduated from the University of Florida (GO GATORS!) with a BS in Exercise and Sports Sciences, and received his MD from New York Medical College. After graduating from medical school, Ryan completed his internship through a Tufts Medical Center transitional medicine program at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital.

Ryan is the publisher of and the Meded Media network, as well as the  author of the Premed Playbook guide book series.  You can hear him weekly on several podcasts including The Premed Years, OldPreMeds Podcast and The MCAT Podcast.

Rachel Grubbs

COO and Co-Founder, Mappd.

Rachel is a veteran of the higher education services world.  In the last decade she has served thousands of premedical students in preparing for the MCAT and in planning their path to medical school.  Rachel worked at The Princeton Review as a regional director and trainer. She was an early member of Next Step Med, the team that changed the landscape of MCAT practice exams with the 2015 MCAT. 

Rachel graduated from The Ohio State University where she studied Spanish and Organizational Management.  She earned a certificate in Business Analytics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

James Scott Wright, EdD

VP, Academic Advising

Dr. Wright has worked in medical education for more than 25 years. He served as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education and Director of the Health Professions Advising Center for  University of Texas at Dallas and as the Director of Admissions at UT Southwestern Medical School. He also served as executive director of the Texas Medical and Dental Schools Application Service and editor-in-chief of APPLY Magazine.  

Scott’s interests include the psycho-social aspects of personal growth and professionalism, mindfulness and techniques to limit distractibility, and helping pre-health students through the arduous journey to fulfill their dreams.  Dr. Wright has spoken on these and other topics throughout the USA and internationally.

Varinia Grannum, MSEd

COO and Co-Founder, Mappd.

Varinia Grannum is a dedicated pre-health advisor with a strong record of helping students define and achieve their educational and career goals. Most recently, she served as Assistant Dean in the Pre-Health and STEM Advising office at Hofstra University in New York.

Varinia earned her M.S.Ed. in Counseling with a specialization in College Student Development from Hofstra University and her B.A. in Psychology from The City College of New York. 

What people are saying about Mappd


“The platform has really helped breakdown the gigantic beast that this med school app is. I especially like the graphs you see when you click on "more detail" as it gives a better picture of my class standings.”


“Thank you for the feedback! Mappd has been awesome! Totally priceless to get feedback from Dr. Gray & Dr. Wright!”


"I moved to Florida from Puerto Rico a few years ago. The premed process here is complicated, and as a non-traditional, I don't have access to a school advisor to help.
It's a different world I'm not accustomed to. I'm so grateful for the guidance I get through the Mappd platform!"

Dr. Rohan

“I wanted to say thank you - I am a non-trad applying for the 3rd time 6 years after my last attempt and I want to let you know that this program and all of the resources your team offers with Dr. Gray are game changers. I really appreciate the time and thought behind giving structure to this process. It has made this process as different as night and day compared to 6 years ago. Whatever happens with my application, I hope your team knows the enormous impact you make on confidence, anxiety reduction, and approachable strategy in this crazy process. “

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