class of 2018

 

David Ashkenasi
Thomas Beardsley
Laura Caldwell Hill
Iris Chandler
James Daley
Wei David Hao
Melissa Hazlitt
Olga Kovalerchik
Stephen Marko
Jacob Schoeneck
Aman Shah
Jessica Singh
Luke Whalen
Brian Wood
Michael Yip

 

David Ashkenasi, MD

2018_ashkenasi
Hometown:
Chicago, IL

Education:
Chicago Medical School (2014)
University of Illinois (2009)

Hobbies/Interests:
Tennis, cinema, beer, PlayStation on my 4k TV

Past Life:
I used to be in a skydiving club and have logged > 20 jumps. Before med school I was an EMT for 2 years.

Academic Interests:
Ultrasound

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Food, snowboarding

Why Yale EM:
Spectacular faculty with outstanding knowledge of EM specialties.

Random factoid:
I quack sometimes

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Thomas Beardsley, MD

2018_beardsley
Hometown:
West Palm Beach, FL/Virginia Beach, VA

Education:
Florida State University College of Medicine, MD
Florida State University, BS

Hobbies/Interests:
Eating, Cooking, Grilling, Beer, Movies, Dogs, Hiking, refinishing furniture, history, traveling, FSU Football. Generally speaking just hanging out and have a relaxing time

Past Life:
Bagger, Waiter, Nurses Aide, College Student, Medical Student, Resident

Academic Interests:
Wilderness Medicine, Simulation/Education, Ultrasound, Critical Care

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Hanging out in Morris Cove with my wife, relaxing by the sea wall or walking our two dogs (Siberian Husky and Lab mix) to the dog park overlooking the Sound. Enjoying the great diversity of food in New Haven: Rice Pot (Fantastic Thai), Cask Republic (Gastro pub with great beer selection), Geronimo’s (Best tacos and tequila bar in town), Bar/Pepe’s/Modern (pizza!). Enjoying a nice glass of whisky and cigar at The Owl Shop. Exploring the many beautiful vineyards and breweries. Hiking and biking through the local parks. Driving to Boston or New York to explore or spend time with family.

Why Yale EM:
First and foremost the people! Down to earth residents and attendings alike. Opportunity to work and learn from experts in all fields of medicine. Huge volume of patients who have little to no access to other medical care. Ridiculous variety of pathology and high acuity. These qualities make not only for an exciting day in the ED but an enjoyable one as well.

Random factoid:
I was born thirty feet away from where I work

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Laura Caldwell Hill, MD

2018_Caldwell
Hometown:
Hingham, MA

Education:
University of Vermont College of Medicine, MD
Wellesley College, BA

Hobbies/Interests:
Running, yoga, writing, tennis, baking cookie bars, XC skiing, hanging with our Bernese Mountain Dog, trips to NYC, Ben & Jerry’s

Past Life:
Associate Consultant at Bain; also worked for ABC News World News Tonight for a few years

Academic Interests:
Palliative Care, EM administration, and resource utilization

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Exploring local dog parks, checking out new restaurants, hikes at Sleeping Giant, trips to farmstand ice creameries, the Yale libraries, the New Haven Open, Yale Rep Theatre, bike rides on Block Island

Why Yale EM:
Awesome people and endless opportunities to explore my interests

Random factoid:
On our first date, my now-husband and I got stranded in a massive blizzard. That’s Northern Vermont!

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Iris Chandler, MD

2018_chandler
Hometown:
Shreveport, LA

Education:
Yale School of Medicine, MD
Rice University, BA

Hobbies/Interests:
Hiking/camping, travel, rock climbing, eating

Past Life:
I cleaned doctors’ offices in high school, was an EKG tech and taught 3-6yr olds at a Montessori school in college, and worked in NYC post-college for 2 years at a health care nonprofit.

Academic Interests:
Wilderness medicine, ultrasound, medical student education/simulation

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Biking/hiking in East Rock Park and Sleeping Giant, happy hour at Prime 16, Wooster Square Farmer’s Market, backyard grilling, but most of all just hanging out with the awesome people I’m lucky enough to work with!

Why Yale EM:
We’ve got it all! Solid, smart, down to earth residents; diverse, well-funded and engaged faculty; a brand new, BUSY ED with every resource imaginable; and Bridgeport is truly a gem that rounds out our education, giving us exposure to a community hospital with really fun faculty and support staff.

Random factoid:
I hate raisins but love craisins.

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James Daley, MD, MPH

2018_daley
Hometown:
Harwich Port, MA

Education:
Boston University School of Medicine, MD (2014)
Boston University, MS, MPH (2010)
Boston College (2007)

Hobbies/Interests:
Long walks on the beach with Mike Yip, reading books (historical fiction is my fav); playing video games (shooters and real time strategy), travelling off the beaten path (i.e. renting a pickup with friends and driving from beach to beach in some tropical developing country), playing guitar, learning/speaking Spanish, shooting guns, riding motorcycles, and the occasional medium bodied cigar combined with a good bourbon/scotch

Past Life:
I’ve spent time as a lifeguard, gas dock assistant (best job ever—free fish as tips), real estate agent (I was terrible at that one—couldn’t spin a crappy apartment for the life of me), research assistant (many variations of this title; one summer, I dissected 1,200 fruit fly brains…).

Academic Interests:
Ultrasound! I see ultrasound as the wave of the future and have hopped right on board (especially echocardiography). I also love pulmonary emboli (it’s my favorite disease process—mostly because you get to use a lot of ultrasound). I’m a big fan of good trauma cases as well (nothing like pericardial tamponade to turn around a dull morning).

Favorite New Haven Activities:
The owl shop (great cigar bar)
Geronimo’s (delicious Mexican and good jalapeno margaritas)
Hit the beach (outside of New Haven)
Lenny’s of Branford (best damn lobster for 2 specials on Tuesday in the northeast)
Oyster Fest (Aug 15 in Milford – last year Brett Michaels played – ‘nough said)

Why Yale EM:
Yale EM because the attendings care about me and my education, the cases are complex and often critical (lots of PEs 2/2 cancer center), we have lots of resources (my plan is to go to the place with the beautiful new ultrasound machines for my training and then practice in safety net hospital where you can take grenades in the trenches after residency). Also, New Haven is not nearly as bad as one might imagine (really—I was very pleasantly surprised), the cost of living is very reasonable, and you are right near NYC, Boston, New England (ski/hike/beaches) so you can get out of town very easily and get to some cool places. And because as I write this I’m now at the end of my intern year and can honestly say that I wouldn’t think about re-doing things somewhere else (if given that hypothetical option)

Random factoid:
I have a freckle in my eye and sometimes I can convince people that I can use it for extra sharp vision

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Wei David Hao, MD, MS

2018_hao
Hometown:
Taiyuan, Shanxi, China, and lived in Tucson, AZ for 17 years

Education:
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, MD
University of Arizona

  • BS- Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • BSBA- Management Information Systems
  • MS- Management Information Systems

Hobbies/Interests:
Teaching chess, video games, eating, but I need to lose weight, so I also love sports (especially basketball, tennis, American football, real football, running), going to Uniqlo, Costco and Ikea

Past Life:
Chess teacher from 2003 to 2012 (my students won multiple state championships, some have come close to winning nationals), if I didn’t go into medicine, I would have been a consultant (those who can’t do, manage)

Academic Interests:
Global health (China), informatics, EMS

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Modern Apizza, and studying in the Yale libraries (yes I’m a nerd, but Sterling Memorial Library, the law library, and the med school library all have beautiful reading rooms)

Why Yale EM:
Yale chose me! But, I chose Yale because although 99% of EM programs have the same curriculum, I have more resources than I can utilize to help me pursue my career goals at Yale. Opportunities are endless! Plus, all my co-residents are extremely supportive of one another and our faculty love to teach.

Random factoid:
I was an alien.

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Melissa Hazlitt, MD, MA

2018_Hazlitt
Hometown:
New Paltz, NY

 

Education:
Meharry Medical College, MD
Norwich University, MA in Diplomacy
State University of New York at New Paltz, BA International Relations

 

Hobbies/Interests:
Anything involving being outside, spending way too much money on wine and dining, boxing/MMA (just started classes!), reggae, and travelling

 

Past Life:
I was a latecomer to the world of medicine and worked for years as a waitress, house painter, autism spectrum teacher, EMT, receptionist, and other assorted jobs.

 

Academic Interests:
Global Health, EMS, Wilderness medicine, ultrasound

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Cave a Vin’s happy hour, Christopher Martin’s pub, East Rock, the food trucks, and the Cherry Blossoms in spring.

 

Why Yale EM:
I was immediately won over by the other residents before coming here. They are truly a dynamic group of humans. This has only proven more true since I’ve been here.

 

Random factoid:
I went to 18 schools growing up.

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Olga Kovalerchik, MD

2018_Kovalerchik
Hometown:
Holmdel, NJ

 

Education:
Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, MD
Barnard College of Columbia University, BA

 

Hobbies/Interests:
Anything outside, tennis, scuba diving, swimming, running, gym, reading, electronic music, traveling as much as possible, trying strange/ethnic foods, yoga

 

Past Life:
NYC living

 

Academic Interests:
Palliative care, end-of-life issues, geriatric care in the ED. wilderness medicine.

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Tennis courts in Westville, BAR/Geronimo for food drinks, lobster rolls at Lenny’s, gym

 

Why Yale EM: The research program won me over. Really awesome blend of resources, patient diversity, location, and great people.

 

Random factoid:
I have good reflexes—I generally catch things before they fall.

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Stephen Marko, MD

2018_marko
Hometown:
Cheshire, MA

 

Education:
University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Saint Michael’s College

 

Hobbies/Interests:
Running, road biking, duathlon, fishing, hiking, Nordic skiing, my Jeep, coffee, chocolate croissants

 

Past Life:
Boat livery worm counter (not joking), resort houseman, maintenance man, Home Depot associate, landscaper, Brook Trout census taker, medical assistant, gym front desk bro, and lab technician

 

Academic interests:
Critical care, ultrasound, ECMO, translation between the emergency department and inpatient world

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
East Rock brunch, running the trails in East Rock park, happy hour

 

Why Yale EM:
Almost every program has “tons of pathology” to help you learn how to be an emergency medicine physician but Yale has all that plus the resources to take your career to the next level. If you can dream of a project, Yale will help you put it in motion.

 

Random factoid:
I make my own kielbasa

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Jacob Schoeneck, MD

2018_schoeneck
Hometown:
Syracuse, NY

 

Education:
State University of New York Upstate Medical University, MD

 

Hobbies/Interests:
Music, TV, Movies, Squash, Traveling, Beaches

 

Past Life:
Lifeguard, Bassist in a metal band, Home health aide in an assisted living facility

 

Academic Interests:
Ultrasound, Critical Care

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
The restaurants (I’ve never had a bad meal in New Haven), Sleeping giant state park, Live music

 

Why Yale EM:
Truly exceptional faculty and staff. Fun, interesting and supportive co-residents

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Aman Shah, MD

2018_Shah
Hometown:
Phillipsburg, NJ

Education:
Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, MD (2014)
University of Pennsylvania, BA (2009)

Hobbies/Interests:
Skiing, traveling, eating, cooking, Top Chef, anything to do with truffles, eating while traveling, driving fast, walking outside during snow storms, my new puppy Lucy, Christmas and Christmas-scented candles, buying things on Amazon with free shipping, happy hours

Past Life:
EMS, substitute teacher, CME question writer, Kaplan tutor

Academic Interests:
EMS, critical care, resuscitation

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Restaurant hopping, going for a run through Yale’s campus, the food trucks at Long Wharf, the food trucks at Yale, view from East Rock, brewery tastings, anything outside during fall

Why Yale EM:
Yale EM was an easy choice.  Imagine a program at a resource-rich institution that is staffed by attendings who are leaders in their fields, and a catchment area that includes densely populated suburbs and and an inner-city population that allows us to serve in an academic, community, and county hospital setting all at once.

Random factoid:
My new puppy, Lucy, is comparable to the softest stuffed animal that moves.

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Jessica Singh, MD

2018_singh
Hometown:
Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Education:
New York Medical College, MD

Hobbies/Interests:
Dancing, yoga, baking

Past Life:
Opera singer in college and med school

Academic Interests:
Teaching, research, US, simulation, a lot!

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Breathing Room yoga, Alice’s House of Salsa

Why Yale EM:
Because we rock. So many strong divisions/sections within the department

Random factoid:
I studied voice, and initially went to college to pursue a career in music.
I once showered in dengue-infested mosquito-larva water in Honduras.

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Luke Whalen, MD

2018_whalen
Hometown:
Rockville, MD

Education:
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, MD
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, BA

Hobbies/Interests:
Rock climbing, board games (all types of games), hiking, martial arts

Past Life:
I was an organic farmhand before medical school

Academic Interests:
ultrasound, simulation, wilderness

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Rock climbing, spending time with my wife and fellow residents, and eating at the excellent restaurants in town

Why Yale EM:
It was my favorite group of residents on the interview trail, it offered the best opportunity for pursuing a variety of career goals, and we have a lot of resources available to us in the department.

Random factoid:
My wife is a naturopathic physician and I have more siblings than fingers

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Brian Wood, MD

2018_wood
Hometown:
Grass Valley, CA

Education:
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, MD

Hobbies/Interests:
Hiking, backpacking, bread baking, gardening

Past Life:
Swim instructor, high school tutor, valet, worked with autistic children

Academic Interests:
Pediatrics, International EM

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Walking the dog through East Rock Park, gardening in the community garden, eating and drinking at local restaurants

Why Yale EM:
I really enjoyed the people on my interview day and it felt like there were countless opportunities to pursue a niche within emergency medicine

Random factoid:
In Junior High, my creative problem solving team won the world championship

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Michael Yip, MD

2018_yip
Hometown:
Austin, TX and Saugerties, NY

 

Education:
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine, MD
University of North Texas College of Music, Bachelor of Music

 

Hobbies/Interests:
In no particular order: distance running, cycling, snowboarding, hiking, travel, NPR podcasts, live music/festivals, craft beer

 

Past Life:
Classical percussionist, band teacher, ER scribe

 

Academic Interests:
Medical student education, patient-centered care, healthcare systems, health policy

 

Favorite New Haven Activities:
Nearby beaches and shellfish in the summer, hiking in the fall, cycling on the Farmington Canal Trail/through New England towns, running in East Rock, snowboarding a couple hours away, Yale University’s great cultural and intellectual offerings, some pretty great restaurants, bars, and breweries in the area, too!

 

Why Yale EM:
The Yale EM grads and faculty I met through EMRA, ACEP, on aways, etc. near universally embodied characteristics I admire: confident, competent, and humble; good empathetic communicators, and great teachers. The residents I met when I interviewed were similarly sharp and laid back. Now, I genuinely look up to all of my co-residents and the talents/passion they bring to the table. Yale EM’s many strong divisions, approachable faculty, and the other strong departments in the hospital make it an amazing place to explore different areas of EM and hone my niche(s). Plus, we have the privilege of serving a large, diverse population without the competition of other shops in the area.

 

Random factoid:
I’ve had the honor of performing on some pretty amazing stages: given concerts at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin (on St. Patrick’s Day) and Carnegie Hall, recently placed third in a 70-mile running race in the Himalayas

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