Class of 2020

 

Jason Buckert, MD


Hometown:

Houston, TX

 

Education:

Baylor College of Medicine, MD (2016)

Rice University, BA Psychology (2012)

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Weightlifting, being outdoors, jogging with my Australian shepherd (and wife), eating, reading, binge watching, and most recently (and nerdily) listening to podcasts (about history…mostly)

 

Past Life:

Houston lifer, lifeguard, swim coach, and semi-professional coffee drinker

 

Academic Interests:

Health policy and admin, global health, and wilderness medicine

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Running around town, exploring the wide world of food in New Haven, Yale University Art Gallery (only been once, but it’s an incredible collection…I also should say here that I am not particularly into art)

 

Why Yale EM:

Outstanding academic (but not overly so) program with a big name and a little attitude. I rotated here and felt everyone I met was extremely intelligent and eager to teach but also very down to earth and welcoming. Also, the institution of Yale as a whole provides great opportunities in public health and healthcare administration.

 

Random factoid:

I play underwater hockey

 

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Charles Duke, MD, PhD


Hometown:

Memphis, TN

 

Education:

University of Memphis, BS, PhD

University of Tennessee Health Science Center, MD

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Mostly things that involve a bit of discomfort outside: trail running, cycling, paddling, adventure races. Budget travel to find new foods and trying to cook those new cuisines.

 

Past Life:

I’ve been a lifeguard, potato cook, laser jockey at NIST, small pharma lab rat, teacher, and running bum.

 

Academic Interests:

I’m interested in ultrasound, wilderness medicine, and high altitude research.

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

I’m excited about finding the steepest East Rock trail, paddling on the sound, and then eating all of the pizza.

 

Why Yale EM:

The residents and faculty made me feel instantly at home and I’m thrilled to be in the company of so many great minds.

The patient population in the New Haven and Bridgeport areas was a major draw and there is ample opportunity to work with both an underserved population and to see cutting edge tertiary academic medicine in action at the same program. Yale offers exciting opportunities to augment emergency medicine with wilderness medicine, international opportunities, and ultrasound training. It’s a place where there are no compromises!

 

Random factoid:

A toddler version of myself ran away from my parents in a market in Seoul. Later that year I did it again in Zurich. I was on a pretty tight leash for a while after that.

 

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James Gaylor, MD


Hometown:

Little Falls, NJ via Boston, MA

 

Education:

Boston University

Boston University School of Medicine

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Hiking, cooking, traveling, kite-flying, philosophizing, gerunds.

 

Past Life:

Bartender in London; chocolate-maker; EMT; NFL statistician.

 

Academic Interests:

Emergency psychiatry. Health care policy. Medical education.

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

I’m new here; show me around!

 

Why Yale EM:

Perfect fit with residents & faculty, incredible patient population, all in a fun city.

 

Random factoid:

I’ve been known to win a horseshoe tournament now and then.

 

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Walter Green, MD


Hometown:

Ridgewood, NJ

 

Education:

SUNY Upstate Medical University, MD

Hobart College, BS

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Tennis, Basketball, Fishing, Movies, Country Music Concerts, Spending time with family and friends

 

Past Life:

College tennis player and instructor, psychology major and tutor, campus tour guide

 

Academic Interests:

Ultrasound, Simulation, Medical Student Education

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Taking advantage of the parks and outdoor activities, exploring new restaurants

 

Why Yale EM:

Yale offered the opportunity to train at a great institution with extremely happy, down to Earth, and welcoming residents. The curriculum is incredible and is truly geared for training us to be the best Emergency Medicine physicians we can be. The two hospital sites provide an extremely diverse patient population in two different practice environments. Yale is the best program out there!

 

Random factoid:

My favorite food is chicken parmigiana

 

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Rubayet Hossain, MD


Hometown:

Queens, NY

 

Education:

Duke University, 2011

Wake Forest School of Medicine, 2016

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Traveling, filmmaking, food culture

 

Past Life:

I spent a year after undergrad studying baboon genetics and deciding whether to pursue an MD or PhD.

 

Academic Interests:

Medical education, quality improvement, cost-effectiveness research, cardiovascular research

 

 

Why Yale EM:

The environment encourages you to pursue your academic and extracurricular passions.

 

Random factoid:

I play Risk with unusual competitiveness.

 

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Vinitha Jacob, MD, PhD


Hometown:

Hicksville, NY

 

Education:

Princeton University (B.S.E. Chemical Engineering), Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (MD, PhD)

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Reading, creative writing, “deep conversations”, political satire, hiking/the great outdoors, board games, puzzles, piano, painting, anything involving hanging out with my family and friends!

 

Past Life:

I had a job delivering newspapers in college

 

Academic Interests:

Intersection of basic science and emergency medicine

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Yale art gallery, New Haven pizza, East Rock Park, New England fall.

 

Why Yale EM:

Accomplished, approachable faculty, laid back residents, academic strength, amazing patient population including underserved

 

Random factoid:

I’ve ridden a camel.

 

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Ali Kamran, MD


Hometown:

Kennesaw, Georgia

 

Education:

Kennesaw State University, Bachelors in Biology with a Minor in Business Management

Mercer University, School of Medicine: Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

 

Hobbies/Interests:

I love to stay active; I enjoy being in nature while hiking or running. I like participating in competitive sports such as basketball, cricket, and soccer. I also enjoy reading poetry and philosophy.

 

Past Life:

I have had some incredible experiences in medical volunteer work in Lahore, Pakistan and Kampot, Cambodia. I also have studied abroad at the Louis Pasteur Institute in Paris, France.

 

Academic Interests:

My interests in medicine include global health, administration, and medical education.

 

Why Yale EM:

Why Yale’s Emergency Medicine Program: Coming from Georgia this was a whole new experience for me, the faculty and residents all seemed stellar and I was very impressed on my interview day. The facilities are top notch, there’s a lot of great research, and the opportunity to be involved with the J&J global health program were very attractive options for me.

 

Random factoid:

I was the opening bowler for the Mercer University club cricket team.

 

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Henna Kochar, MD


Hometown:

Lake Grove, NY

 

Education:

Stony Brook University: BS in Biology
Stony Brook University, School of Medicine: MD

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Traveling, anything and everything Marvel, playing the Harmonium, and attempting to satisfy an insatiable sweet tooth.

 

Past Life:

In this life, a proud nerd who made her way into the coolest field in medicine. In other past lives, probably a secret agent or an overly critical Food Network judge.

 

Academic Interests:

Medical education and simulation, ultrasound, being the best physician I can be, maintaining intellectual curiosity as a lifelong learner.

 

Why Yale EM:

Yale has everything I wanted out of a residency program and more. Incredible faculty with a passion for teaching, every pathology imaginable from a diverse patient population, supportive co-residents who have created a true sense of family, and access to every possible niche within Emergency Medicine at my disposal to explore.

 

Random factoid:

I have a passion for adventure traveling and hope to add more to the list of: climbing up the Himalayan Mountains, white water rafting in Alaska, climbing up Mount Etna (an active volcano in Sicily), and kayaking under a pitch black sky in one of Puerto Rico’s bioluminescent bays.

 

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Leah Manchester, MD


Hometown:

Holden, MA

 

Education:

University of Southern California (BA),
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (MD)

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Rock climbing, running, hiking/backpacking, scuba diving, traveling, biking, tennis, jigsaw puzzles, baking, playing with my niece.

 

Past Life:

After graduating from college I spent a year backpacking around the world. Then I worked as an EMT in Los Angeles for 4 years while working on my post-bac.

 

Academic Interests:

Pediatric emergency medicine, wilderness medicine, toxicology, critical care and resuscitation.

 

 

Why Yale EM:

I really enjoyed my interview day at Yale and felt like the residents and faculty were very friendly and down to earth. There are also great opportunities here for wilderness medicine and plenty of outdoor activities to do in the area. The school offers plenty of elective time to explore my interests, and the funding for international elective is a great opportunity.

 

Random factoid:

I spent a winter working at a ski resort in New Zealand. The resort was on an active volcano, which erupted the season I was there.

 

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Nicholas Palladino, MD


Hometown:

Staten Island, NY

 

Education:

Stony Brook University, Bachelor of Science, Biology

University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Doctor of Medicine

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Running, hiking, biking, sketching, astronomy, cooking, movies, craft beer

 

Past Life:

Pizza chef (self-proclaimed title) at my brother’s pizzeria

 

Academic Interests:

Bettering pre-hospital care. Disaster medicine. Wilderness medicine. Increasing refugee awareness

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Food, food, food… I swear I have a normal BMI

 

Why Yale EM:

The real question is why not?? Yale is a well-rounded program, has amazing resources, invested faculty, and provides an excellent environment for growth. New Haven is a wonderful city with tons of opportunity and is only a short ride to NYC (my hometown) and Boston.

 

Random factoid:

I can hum and whistle at the same time. My soon to be wife is not nearly as impressed as I am

 

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Keais Pope, MD


Hometown:

Newburyport, MA

 

Education:

University of Massachusetts-Amherst, B.S. Psychology, Minor: Classical Civilization

Medical University of South Carolina, M.D.

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Team Sports, Squash, Golf, Hiking, Yoga, Travelling, Movies, Acting, Singing, Ballroom Dancing, and trying out new things!

 

Past Life:

Actor, Acapella Nerd/Vocal Percussionist, ED Scribe, ED Receptionist, ED Tech

 

Academic Interests:

Teaching, Palliative Care, Ultrasound, EMS

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Food! Can’t wait to try each and every food cart/truck and Pepe’s Pizza…

 

Why Yale EM:

GREAT program and even better people! I ranked Yale #1 because I knew it would give me the best training possible alongside some really amazing people. That, and the interview dinner was so much fun … Jen Roh and I literally had a 90min conversation about Star Wars … finally, I was born and raised in New England, and it’s so great to be back home!

 

Random factoid:

I’ve been told I do a really good impression of Stewie Griffin from the show Family Guy

 

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Sandra Seelig, MD


Hometown:

Greenwich, Connecticut

 

Education:

University of Rochester

New York Medical College, MD

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Reading, watching classic movies, playing violin and (more recently) hiking.

 

Past Life:

I spent a summer in college studying violin in Fontainebleau, France with a division of the Paris Conservatory and initially was planning on going into classical performance and teaching.

 

Academic Interests:

Medical Education and Ultrasound

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Eating at local restaurants and spending time in the Green.

 

Why Yale EM:

When I did my SubI at Yale, it was evident that not only were the residents well trained, they were also part of a supportive community that I could really see myself being a part of.

 

Random factoid:

For the year prior to medical school, I was a standardized patient for several medical schools.

 

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Gina Siddiqui, MD


Hometown:

Clifton, Virginia

 

Education:

University of Delaware, BS

University of Pennsylvania, MD

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Humor, hunting, taste tests

 

Past Life:

Art teacher

 

Academic Interests:

Community integration of health systems

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Ambling through the picturesque campus posturing as a Dirty Projector

 

Why Yale EM:

Extreme and extremely cool people – residents, program leadership, hospital staff. Make me want to be better in all the right ways.

 

Random factoid:

I’m told the harder I try to be unpredictable and random, the more predictable I am.

 

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Ting Xu Tan, MD


Hometown:

Singapore

 

Education:

UNC-Chapel Hill, B.S.

Saint Louis University School of Medicine, M.D.

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Rock climbing, traveling, eating

 

Past Life:

Lab rat in a genetics and biochemistry lab.

 

Academic Interests:

Medical education, simulation

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Trying all the great food New Haven has to offer.

 

Why Yale EM:

Diverse patient population, great residents and faculty, tons of opportunities to find and develop my niche.

 

Random factoid:

I am part Peranakan.

 

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Pauline Velasco, MD


Hometown:

Los Angeles, CA

 

Education:

University of San Francisco, B.S. Biology, Chemistry

Cornell University, Post-Baccalaureate

Meharry Medical College, M.D.

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Hot yoga, hiking, being a foodie, traveling

 

Past Life:

I used to volunteer at a needle exchange program that passed out clean needles to drug addicts. Quite an interesting experience!

 

Academic Interests:

Global Health, health disparities, health literacy

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

I have yet to explore, but I am sure I will enjoy the beautiful New England atmosphere, the close proximity to water, and the culinary and cultural scene.

 

Why Yale EM:

Yale provides a unique opportunity to train at one of the nation’s most prestigious institutions and learn from the greatest minds in EM while at the same time providing care for the underserved. I want the opportunity to not only become a brilliant doctor but also one that is passionate about serving those in need.

 

Random factoid:

I was featured on The History Channel’s Modern Marvels for an episode about the science behind taste buds.

 

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