classof2017

Cristiana Baloescu
Andrew Shih-Chuan Chou
Matthew Dolan
Ogonna Felton
Erik Fisher
Malcolm Johnson
Bethann Mohamed
Frank Moore
Justine Nagurney
Warren Perry
Jennifer Roh
Brian Steiner
Jessica Walrath

 
 

Cristiana Baloescu, MD

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Hometown:

Bucharest, Romania

 

Education:

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Wesleyan College

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Jewelry making, reading fiction, cooking desserts, traveling (especially visiting new cities) and a rather late addition, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors. I also enjoy dancing and learning foreign languages (or trying not to forget how to speak them).

 

Past Life:

I was born and raised in the capital city of Bucharest, Romania. At the age of 18, I decided I wanted to see the world and to study abroad. That is when I moved to the United States and started college in Georgia. I went straight from college to medical school, but my adventure at Wesleyan included a medical trip to Nicaragua, and a summer studying malaria in Heidelberg Germany.

 

Academic Interests:

Ultrasound, International EM, but still exploring

 

Favorite Activities in New Haven:

Sitting on the grass in front of the undergraduate library, walking through East Rock Park, exploring all the restaurants in New Haven (there is excellent food here!), food carts outside Yale New Haven Hospital, and enjoying the seaside view in the summer.

 

Why Yale EM:

I did a 4th year rotation in the Yale Emergency Department, and loved the people and environment here. The attendings are great teachers and role models, the residents are friendly and knowledgeable, and there is a lot of diversity in terms of the academic environment. No other place felt quite like the place for me during my interviews.

 

Random factoid:

I spent the last rotation of medical school on a 3 week wilderness medicine elective in Utah, where I camped for 3 full weeks in different climates/terrains, without having any camping experience prior to this. I survived, evidently, and loved it.
 
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Andrew Shih-Chuan Chou, MD, MPH

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Hometown:

Taipei, Taiwan

 

Education:

Tufts University School of Medicine MD, MPH

Tufts University

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Bowling, cycling, swimming

 

Past Life:

Medical student

 

Academic Interests:

Emergency Medicine

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Eating and IKEA

 

Why Yale EM:

Great experience and endless opportunities
 
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Matthew Dolan, MD

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Hometown:

Marlton, NJ
 
Education:

UMDNJ – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

The College of New Jersey

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Astrophotography, camping/hiking, running, kayaking, Chipotle burritos, travel
 
Past Life:

Distance runner, patient transporter, MCAT teacher
 
Academic Interests:

Global health, wilderness medicine, medical simulation
 
Favorite Activities in New Haven:

Getting ½ price sushi at Kumo, bar trivia, running around town, and taking trips to Costco with Malcolm.
 
Why Yale EM:

It makes you into the kind of doctor you want to be.
 
Random Factoid:

I am undefeated in my cardboard boat-racing career.
 
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Ogonna Felton, MD

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Hometown:

Lagos, Nigeria.

 

Education:

Meharry Medical College, MD

University of South Florida, BA

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Traveling, exploring the outdoors, movies, soccer, horseback riding, snow sports.

 

Past Life:

I practiced Nursing for a bit before medical school

 

Academic Interests:

Resuscitation Medicine, and International Medicine

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Exploring, hanging out with my co-residents, and enjoying the amazing eateries in town!

 

Why Yale EM:

YEM program provides its residents with strong academic, trauma, and ultrasound exposure coupled with a practice environment filled with a uniquely diverse patient population.

 

Random factoid:

I don’t like chocolate—seems to shock many people :-/
 
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Erik Fisher, MD

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Hometown:

Yarmouth, Maine

 

Education:

Weill Cornell Medical College, MD

Cornell University, BA

 

Hobbies/interests:

Skiing, sailing, cooking, and baking

 

Past Life:

Before college I worked as a ski instructor at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine during the winter and a sailing instructor in Freeport, Maine during the summer.

 

Academic Interests:

I am interested in toxicology, critical care in the Emergency Department, and the use of bedside ultrasound.

 

Favorite Activities in New Haven:

I love going to the farmers market in Wooster Square. I also attended this year’s New Haven Open and saw some great tennis matches. With all the resources of Yale University at our disposal, there are numerous opportunities to explore including the art museum, natural history museum, concerts, recitals, and plays.

 

Why Yale EM:

Yale offered incredible opportunities in both ultrasound and critical care. We have more critical care time as residents than most other programs in the country and our Ultrasound section is huge with a number of faculty and currently three fellows. Another important aspect of Yale is that we are the only major hospital in the area so most serious illnesses and injuries come to us. Yale is both the community medical center for greater New Haven as well as a major referral center with patients coming from all over the country.

 

Random Factoid:

I love Star Trek (I’m even admitting it on the Internet)
 
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Malcolm Johnson, MD

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Hometown:

Queens, New York

 

Education:

Weill Cornell Medical College

New York University

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Traveling, cooking, spending time with family, singing in my bathtub, and playing Smash Bros with Dolan.

 

Past Life:

Throughout college and medical school, I mentored students from disadvantaged communities who were interested in pursuing careers in medicine.

 

Academic interest(s):

Minority Housestaff Organization mentoring chair; Critical Care

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Trying new foods, and spending time with friends.

 

Why Yale EM:

I left my interview with a great impression and knew that I had to come here. I loved the diversity of the patient population, the enthusiastic faculty members and their responsiveness to the resident body to make sure we received the best academic experience.

 

Random factoid:

I love Kit-Kats.

 
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Bethann Mohamed, MD

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Hometown:

Alexandria, Egypt

 

Education:

Florida State University College of Medicine

University of Florida

 

Hobbies/interests:

Traveling the world, eating my way through life, not becoming morbidly obese while I eat my brains out, cooking (bc I love to eat), photography, having dinner parties, making people smile (usually at me), learning about new cultures, learning new languages.

 

Past Life:

I’ve had a job since 14, being the youngest Kinkos Document Creation Specialist to this day. I worked as a counselor for Easter Seals, a summer camp for people with physical and mental disabilities. I worked at Shands Hospital as an IV pharmacy technician preparing IV solutions for the hospital. I was an anatomy TA in medical school. In a hypothetical past life (ya know, if you believe in that kind of thing), I was probably a gypsy, traveling the world, eating, dancing, being fickle and getting into trouble.

 

Academic Interests:

Global Health, Wilderness Medicine, Disaster Medicine, Education

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Hanging out with my friends, East Rock Park, Eating (at various establishments), dancing, day trips to NYC and Boston

 

Why Yale’s EM Program:

I can’t think of anything Yale’s EM program doesn’t have: absolutely phenomenal faculty, high acuity, both academic and community training facilities, strong critical care and ultrasound, great facilities and equipment, and wonderful support staff. The residents and their education are the top priority and helping mold you into the best EM physician you can be.

 

Random factoid:

I can’t ride a bicycle. Don’t think you will be able to teach me. Many have tried, all have failed.

 
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Frank Moore, MD, MBA

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Hometown:

White Plains, NY

 

Education:

SUNY Upstate, MD

City College, CUNY

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Mountain biking, playing basketball and volleyball, spending time with my wife and kids, and beach-bumming

 

Past Life:

Physician Assistant: Nephrology/Emergency Medicine

 

Academic Interests:

Administration and Critical Care

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Checking out all the free concerts on the green and eating at any of the varied street cart options

 

Why Yale EM:

This program and institution offers all the essential ingredients to be a superb EM physician and more

 

Random factoid:

I lose weight when I do not exercise and the reverse is true.

 
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Justine Nagurney, MD

2017_Nagurney
Hometown:

Cambridge, MA

Education:

McGill University Faculty of Medicine, MD

Harvard University, BA

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Skiing, soccer, writing, trying to stay awake in movies
 
Past Life:

Policy wonk, bicycle mechanic
 
Favorite activities in New Haven:

Running around East Rock, kayaking in the thimble islands, Cask with my co-residents
 
Academic Interests:

Geriatric Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, Wilderness Medicine
 
Why Yale EM:

The faculty and residents from Yale that I met in medical school showed me what a unique place this is. Now, it is a privilege to work alongside some of the most dedicated, hard-working, and inquisitive people I’ve ever met.
 
Random factoid:

Cast as an extra in the direct-to-DVD film “Boot Camp” after I accidentally ran through the film set.
 
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Warren Perry, MD

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Hometown:

Raleigh, NC

 

Education:

Yale School of Medicine, MD

North Carolina State University

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Basketball, listening to music, exercising, relaxing with a glass of wine, traveling, taking pictures and watching TV (VH1, MTV, Bravo, ESPN, CNN, Comedy Central and the Cartoon Network)

 

Past Life:

I used to be an EMT-Basic with ambitions to become a paramedic in the future. However, my dreams were cut short because I kept getting motion sickness in the back of the ambulance. It is never good when the patient is holding a vomit bucket for YOU.

 

Academic Interests:

Informatics, Administration, Sports Medicine, and Ultrasound

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Eating out while being a social butterfly

 

Why Yale EM:

I chose Yale because the academic and clinical environment impressed me as a medical student. I knew the top-notch facilities, patient population, diverse cases, and great teaching would prepare me for a career in emergency medicine.

 

Random factoid:

My random factoid is that I hate being asked, “What is a random fact about you?” I would much rather tell you about all my attractive character traits.
 
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Jennifer Roh, MD

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Hometown:

Los Angeles, CA
 
Education:

Texas Tech School of Medicine, MD

Westmont College, BA
 

Hobbies/Interests:

Traveling. Medical mission work in North Korea. Finding new playlist music. Working on my guitar skills. Drinking coffee all day everyday.
 
Past Life:

Kpop star (Just kidding, but I was in a band once)
 
Academic Interests:

Global Health and Administration
 
Favorite activities in New Haven:

The Yale Art Museum. East and West Rock. River Tubing at Farmington River. The food carts across from the hospital.
 
Why Yale EM:

I chose Yale because you get the highest quality of a big name institution without the pretentiousness. Our faculty are so amazing and accomplished yet really down to earth.
 
Other perks: the bomb.com ultrasound division, lots of critical care experience, and a diverse patient population.
 
Random Facts:

My Nickname is J.Roh

I’ve been to North Korea and lived to tell the tale.

 
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Brian Steiner, MD

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Hometown:

Selden, NY

 

Education:

Stony Brook University School of Medicine, MD

Cornell University, BS

 

Hobbies/Interests:

New York sports, fantasy football, good beer, eating

 

Academic Interests:

Education, Critical Care, and Palliative Care

 

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Hiking, running, going to all the great restaurants in town, and spending time with my co-residents!

 

Why Yale EM:

Incredibly strong academics. Awesome faculty who are always eager to teach.

 

Random factoid:

I brew my own beer!

 
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Jessica Walrath, MD

2017_Walrath
Hometown:

Pittsford, NY

 

Education:

Penn State College of Medicine, MD

Cornell University

 

Hobbies/Interests:

Bowling, traveling, photography, scuba diving, soccer, basketball, skiing, windsurfing, sports, foosball, biking

 

Past Life:

World traveler; I lived in France and China for 4 years each

 

Academic Interests:

International Medicine, Health Policy

 

Favorite Activities in New Haven:

Exploring all the restaurants downtown, hiking/biking/running in East Rock and Sleeping Giant State Parks, Yale Art Museum

 

Why Yale EM:

Friendly people, great learning environment (both in and out of the ED), and amazing international opportunities.

 

Random Factoid:

My family sport is foosball

 
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