Class of 2016

 

John Binford, MD

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Hometown:

Louisville, KY

 

Education:

Yale School of Medicine, MD

University of Georgia

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Brewing beer, gardening, biking, hiking, travel

 

Past Life:

I bicycled across the United States and Central America after college, traveled to 6 continents, and served as Sound Man for a film in Uganda during medical school

 

Academic Interests:

Wilderness Medicine/International Medicine, Ultrasound, Hospice/Palliative Care, and Clinical Acumen.

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Biking around town, amazing restaurants, hanging out with Quality people

 

Why Yale EM:

The Yale Emergency Department is a large part of why I chose this field—the camaraderie and support I experienced as a medical student allowed me to fully appreciate the dynamism and rewards of being an emergency medicine physician. I had no reservations for signing on for another 4 years.

 

Random factoid:

My medical school thesis was based on a garden-based nutrition intervention conducted in rural Dominican Republic.

 
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Jessica Bod, MD

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Hometown:

New York City

 

Education:

Yale School of Medicine, MD

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Kickboxing, guitar, reading, television

 

Past Life:

I was a hospital clown for 2 years

 

Academic Interests:

Medical Education, Ultrasound

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Wine tasting, reading on cross campus, karaoke!

 

Random factoid:

I played bass guitar in a band called Bootsy Ain’t Got No Sweat Glands
 
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Clare Buckingham, MD

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Hometown:

Silver City, NM

 

Education:

New Mexico State University, MD

University of New Mexico

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Mountains and waves and everything you can do in them: hiking; camping; swimming; snowboarding; surfing. Exploring at large. I also love literature, travel, baking, things that grow, and crosswords.

 

Past Life:

I lived and worked as a midwife in the Philippines before getting an undergraduate degree in English Literature. I then took a full-time job as the coordinator of a Psychiatry Lab.

 

Academic Interests:

Global medicine, access to medicine, and medical systems.

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Kayaking, running along the water, afternoons on East rock or Sleeping Giant, and all of the good food!

 

Why Yale EM:

After interviewing at way too many programs, I came to Yale and just knew it was where I wanted to be. The diverse faculty with immense sub-specialty training and various research interests in particular offers a fantastic academic environment. As well, the medical environment combines clinical experience in tertiary and community settings with a patient population that covers the full spectrum.

 
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Ryan Coughlin, MD

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Hometown:

Longmeadow, MA

 

Education:

UMass Medical School

Tufts University

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Free T-shirts, carbo-loading, and math

 

Past Life:

I worked flipping burgers at JoJo’s Hot Dog cart in the summers of college. I also played the trumpet in several rock and latin jazz bands.

 

Academic Interests:

EMS, Cost/Resource utilization, CQI

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Drunken Noodle at the food carts

 

Why Yale EM:

Yale had the most fun residents when I came to do my interview and second look day. It is also closest to my family and oldest friends, so it was a “no brainer” for me.

 

Random factoid:

I went skydiving immediately following Step 2

 
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Bruno Fontes, MD

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Hometown:

Dallas, Tx

 

Education:

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, MD

Baylor University: Biology, and Latin American Studies

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Cooking, singing, reality shows, swimming, volleyball, Capoeira

 

Past Life:

I have lived in Brazil and The Netherlands

 

Academic Interests:

Clinical practice in emergency medicine

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Eating and hanging out with friends

 

Why Yale EM:

Excellent faculty, 4-year program, fun people to be around, 45 minutes away from NYC!

 

Random factoid:

I speak fluent Portuguese and Spanish.

 
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Andrea Koploy, MD

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Hometown:

San Diego, California

 

Education:
Boston University, MD

Rice University, Biological Sciences BA, Anthropology BA

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Soccer (aka the real Football), Backpacking, Board Games

 

Past Life:

It’s a secret

 

Academic interest(s):

Education, Simulation, Drug Addiction

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Tasty food. Hosting game nights. Pick-up soccer. I was also on a kickball team one season…

 

Why Yale EM:

Smart, capable, and encouraging faculty. Amazing support staff in the ED. The best mixed patient population. We are truly a community!

 

Random factoid:

I was in the NYTimes!   I will let you figure out why. Hint: it has to do with my trip to the Brazil World Cup 2014

 
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Nayeli Rodulfo, MD

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Hometown:

Matamoros, Tamaulipas Mexico

 

Education:

UT Health Science Center-San Antonio, Texas, MD

St. Mary’s University

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Cooking authentic Mexican food. Cats. Sky Diving. Video games. Weapons. Oh, and planting tulips.

 

Past Life:

Used to develop biodegradable polymers in a lab for wound care research.

 

Academic Interests:

Toxicology and Critical care are pretty rad fields

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

FOOD!!! Thai, Pizza, Tapas, etc!

 

Why Yale EM:

Awesome faculty, diverse patient population and a brand new ED = sweet deal.

 

Random factoid:

Nayeli means, “I love you,” in Zapoteca.

 
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Chad Sagnella, MD

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Hometown:

Guilford, CT

 

Education:

University of Connecticut, MD

University of Connecticut, BS (Molecular and Cell Biology, and Public Health)

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Finding the perfect burger, espresso, Broadway musicals of the 1940s, good wine, the metropolitan transit authority, playing grand pianos, the GQ podcast, airports

 

Past Life:

I’ve worked in the ED at Yale for the last 8 years, mainly as an emergency room technician but also as a business associate and registrar

 

Academic Interests:

Public health, international emergency medicine, management and health policy, ultrasound

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Exploring the medley of area restaurants, or the Peabody museum on Thursdays

 

Why Yale EM:

The emergency department at Yale is a strong family back by a solid program that provides an opportunity to develop as a top-notch clinician and leader in emergency medicine

 

Random factoid:

I completed the world’s highest bungee jump off Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa

 
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Lisa Sander, MD

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Hometown:

Goebrichen, Germany

 

Education:
University of South Florida College of Medicine, MD

University of Rhode Island

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Sewing, knitting, anything related to mountains or the ocean

 

Past Life:

Research Assistant in Psychiatry for three years—super interesting, but full-time research and psych were definitely not for me!

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Hiking in the area, going out to eat, visiting orchards/farms

 

Why Yale EM:

Yale offers both access to academic and community emergency medicine, which was a must for me. Between the diverse patient population and the fact that I loved the people in the residency program it was an easy choice to make!

 

Random factoid:

I have very frequent (and squeaky) hiccups.

 
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Dan Savage, MD

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Hometown:

Piedmont, CA

 

Education:

UCLA, MD

Amherst College, BA

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Cycling, cooking, swimming, and going on adventures with my wife

 

Past Life:

Lifeguard, bike mechanic, and chemist, but not all at the same time

 

Academic Interests:

Informatics, data quality, EMR development, CQI, and health outcomes

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Checking out all the restaurants and bars with my co-interns and residents, and getting lost trying to find the Farmington Canal Trail.

 

Why Yale EM:

Trauma is great and we get more than enough of it, but the patients that scare me the most are the really complex medical ones. Yale’s emphasis on critical care, including having multi-boarded ED attendings working in the various ICUs and the ED, addresses this concern in a way that other programs did not. Also having all the research opportunities and support one could ask for while working with a diverse and underserved patient population is just the combination for which I was looking. Add truly outstanding faculty and super chill residents to all of this, and you get a program uniquely positioned to expose its trainees to the breadth of EM while offering access to all of its niche opportunities.

 

Random factoid:

My dog is named Depo Provera.

 
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Stephen Van Ooteghem, MD, MSW

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Hometown:

Tampa, Fl

 

Undergraduate Institution:

Mount Sinai, MD

New York City College, post-Bac

University of Washington, MSW

Ball State University, BA

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Improv Comedy, plunking around on the guitar and banjo, exercise (running and kettlebells), reading

 

Past Life:

Prior to medical school I was a clinical social worker–I worked in a therapeutic capacity with adults and children with mental health issues

 

Academic Interests:

Simulation, ultrasound, and physician wellness

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

There are some great restaurants and nightspots in New Haven. Also, I enjoy running on some of the trails in and around New Haven.

 

Why Yale EM:

The other residents and faculty are incredibly cool and inspiring people, the ultrasound program is top notch, the patient exposure (in terms of quantity and acuity) is AMAZING, and the environment here is extremely conducive to pursuing whatever excites you about EM.

 

Random factoid:

I lived in Korea for a year teaching English

 
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Susan Varga, MD

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Hometown:

Essex Junction, Vermont

 

Education:

University of Vermont, College of Medicine

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Exploring new terrain, discovering music, laughing with friends

 

Past Life:

Serving underserved and frequently served populations—as a food shelf volunteer and waitress at a fine dining establishment

 

Academic Interests:

Geriatric emergency medicine, clinical ultrasound research, medical education

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Hiking Sleeping Giant, kayaking on Short Beach, drinking coffee at Fuel

 

Why Yale EM:

The residents and faculty were welcoming and kind, the exceptional training environment, and extensive research and clinical opportunities here and abroad

 

Random factoid:

A personal goal for this year is to learn to make traditional Hungarian desserts

 
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Anneli von Reinhart, MD

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Hometown:

Providence, RI

 

Education:

Mount Sinai, MD

Stanford, BA

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Awesomeness. It is both an interest and a hobby.

 

Academic Interests:

Medical Education, Sim

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Running in East Rock, beer tasting at Prime 16, gorging myself on all the fabulous food (so much good pizza, bibimbop, and Thai), visiting the dinosaurs at the Peabody

 

Why Yale EM:

I was drawn to the strong academic, intellectual program, which is supported by great hospital and University resources and outstanding faculty in ultrasound, sim, toxicology, and critical care (to name a few). We treat a large, diverse patient population who present with a lot of interesting pathology—and it’s ours all ours because we’re the only game in town! The city itself was a draw for me: New Haven is small and quirky and it has a lot to offer; I dig living here. I’m proud to count myself among the ranks of the smart, intriguing people who make up the Yale EM program—a rad crew made even awesomer by the addition of the incomparable class of 2016!

 

Random factoid:

That’s a picture of me atop the Clywddian hills in Wales. It was hella windy.
 
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