Dr. Chandra Pemmasani: “Here Are 5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Became the CEO of UWorld”

Carly Martinetti
Authority Magazine
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9 min readDec 11, 2019

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…People have to decide what’s really important for them. When it comes to either family and friends or business, they have to decide what they want to do and be really laser-focused on those things. They should be willing to say no to the rest of it. The second key to avoiding burnout is delegating as much as possible. Most perfectionists have difficulty delegating. As a founder, it’s hard to find people who care about your company as much as you do, but I’ve been lucky to have some people who care more than me.

I had the pleasure to interview Chandra S. Pemmasani, M.D., founder and CEO of UWorld, an online learning resource that personalizes students’ journey to help them actively learn the skills they need to succeed on high-stakes exams. At age 25, Dr. Pemmasani founded USMLEWorld (rebranded to UWorld in 2014). He ranked 27th out of 60,000 students who took the EAMCET medical school entrance examination, one of the most competitive examinations in India. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Geisinger Medical Center in Pennsylvania and obtained the highest percentile scores in most board examinations. During his postgraduate training, he represented the state of Pennsylvania in a national medical knowledge competition for two consecutive years. He also served as an instructor at Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital in Maryland before moving to Dallas, Texas in 2010, where he established the corporate headquarters of UWorld. What started from a university dorm room has evolved into a leading force that disrupted medical and nursing education and has helped more than one million students across the globe to achieve their educational and career dreams.

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us the story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I grew up in India and went to medical school there. When I took my U.S. medical licensing…

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Carly Martinetti
Authority Magazine

2x pet tech founder, publicist, writer, and dog mom. I love learning about what makes CEOs tick.