A Perfect Blend of
Medicine, Education and Technology

Our Philosophy

High-stakes examinations are a part of medicine, especially General Surgery. They determine outcomes, drive careers, and grant certification. Preparing for them is hard and time is limited. TrueLearn General Surgery leverages the 'testing effect' to turn effort into results to make learning fun, impactful, and permanent. We believe there is no such thing as a "poor standardized test-taker". We believe that, instead, individuals have flawed approaches to exam preparation. Today, we challenge you to engage in active learning and develop your full potential to perform on ABS exams.

Develop a Learning Contract

Develop a Learning Contract

Start by holding yourself accountable to yourself and others by developing a learning contract

Commit to a Plan

Commit to a Plan

Build a plan that includes active learning modalities that best fit you

Monitor Your Performance

Assess your Progress

Monitor your progress along the way to fill in gaps and optimize performance

Improve Problem Solving Skills

Learn how to Self-Regulate

Improve your problem-solving skills by adjusting your plan along the way to ensure continual progression

Our Personalized Approach

Testing has been proven to be a potent method of learning. We take an evidence-based approach that focuses on both improving knowledge and changing behaviors. Engaging with TrueLearn General Surgery starts with setting goals, making a plan, and being accountable. Over the course of taking thousands of practice items, TrueLearn General Surgery hones in on individual strengths and weaknesses to optimize learning and performance. Learning is a highly individualized process. Our methodology promotes self-awareness and self-regulation and leads to better problem solving.

Executive Team

Content Team

Contact Us

Feel free to reach us with any comments or questions! Need technical support? Visit our contact page and complete the tech support form. Interested in joining the TrueLearn team? Check out our open positions on the contact page.

(866) 475-4777

info@truelearn.com

2 Penn Center West, Suite 220
Pittsburgh, PA 15276

TrueLearn's Location
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Joshua
Courtney, DO

Founder and CMO

Dr. Courtney is an Anesthesiologist, Educator, and Entrepreneur. He is the Founder of COMBANK (2008) and Test Weapon Technologies (2010) and lead these companies to great success as CEO prior to their merger into TrueLearn in 2013. Dr. Courtney is passionate about leveraging innovative technologies to help people learn faster, smarter, and with greater retention. He rigorously advocates for young physicians in all aspects of their professional careers in medicine and speaks to thousands of medical students throughout the nation on topics related to medical education, testing, and The Match. Dr. Courtney believes that every young physician is capable of reaching their professional goals in medicine. Dr. Courtney has served as an Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) Laboratory Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he conducted epidemiologic research on tick-borne diseases, developing novel assays and procedures to identify the transmission of various tick-borne agents. Dr. Courtney has been published in multiple academic journals, including the Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Emerging Infectious Diseases for this work. Dr. Courtney completed his Anesthesiology residency at the Allegheny Health Network in Pittsburgh, PA. He is also a graduate of the Lake Eric College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), where he completed medical school in 2006 and received his undergraduate diploma from Washington and Jefferson College, graduating, with honors, in both Molecular Biology and English.

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Eric
Close

President and CEO

Eric is a serial entrepreneur having founded, acquired and built a number of companies. Eric sees healthcare education is in desperate need of reinvention. New web-based software enables learners to fast-track their individual learning process and perform at their absolute highest level. These performance improvements are unlocked through better learning information and real-time assessments empowering students to make the most successful study decisions. Eric along with Dr. Courtney and Kevin Lipkin started TrueLearn in 2013 to develop online and mobile learning tools that prepare medical students, residents, and practicing physicians to achieve their maximum performance on high-stakes licensure examinations. Eric serves as TrueLearn’s President and CEO. Prior to TrueLearn, Eric acquired RedZone Robotics, Inc. that he transformed into an end-to-end wastewater asset management company servicing over 200 cities throughout the world. RedZone was sold to ABS Capital in 2012. Eric served as the President and CEO and oversaw the strategy, development and commercialization asset management platform that automates the collection and analysis of underground wastewater systems. Earlier in his career, Eric co-founded and served as the President of PartsZone Inc. that supplies aftermarket parts for equipment to the construction industry. Additionally he acquired and executed the management turnaround of ProLine Services, a provider of railcar manufacturing and maintenance, sold to Trinity Industries (NYSE:TRN) and Blue Fish Labs, Inc., a Pittsburgh-based software development company, sold to Apple Inc. (NASD: AAPL). Eric holds twelve patents in the fields of data analytics, robotics, software, and controls. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University. Eric and his wife, Kelly, have been married for 14 years and have two daughters.

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Kevin
Lipkin

VP of Sales and Marketing

Kevin leads TrueLearn's sales, marketing, and product development initiatives. Kevin is passionate about using data and technology to solve real world problems. Kevin studied mechanical engineering and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University, and then went on to earn an M.B.A. at Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business. Kevin enjoys traveling, rock climbing, and sports. Kevin currently resides in San Francisco and takes full advantage of the city's rich burrito-scene.

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Elizabeth
Dovec, MD

Director of General Surgery

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Erin
Sunderlin

Customer Support Specialist

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Darshan
Sharma

National Sales Director

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Ryan
Columbus

Senior Technical Lead

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Deb
Lejeune

Director of Academic Operations

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Zach
Lancia

Director of Digital Marketing

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Ayshwarya
Raajasekar

Software Engineer

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Liz
Bolen

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Mike
Lam

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Rachel
Liu

Front End User Interface Developer

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Dianne
Foust

Director of Customer Success

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Sisi
Xie

Software Engineer

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Ahmed
Dehal, MD, MPH

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Eddie
Villella, MD

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Satish
Muluk, MD

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Cheguevara
Afaneh, MD

Contact Us

Feel free to reach us with any comments or questions! Need technical support? Visit our contact page and complete the tech support form. Interested in joining the TrueLearn team? Check out our open positions on the contact page.

(866) 475-4777

info@truelearn.com

2 Penn Center West, Suite 220

Pittsburgh, PA 15276

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