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Swetaleena Dash, MD

Dash_SwetaleenaHow do you like your coffee?: Iced with lots of creamer
Previous lives: Medical assistant, translational medicine researcher
Reason for choosing Rochester: Great academic emergency medicine program with the friendliest people! Everyone only had nice things to say about the program and city.
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch
Favorite spot in Rochester: Mendon Ponds
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: To Kill a Mockingbird

Austin Ferrier, MD

Austin FerrierHow do you like your coffee?: Black cold brew or homemade lattes
Previous lives: Installing pools, chemistry TA, bar bouncer
Reason for choosing Rochester: Clicked with faculty/residents on interview day and love the balance of city, suburb and rural all within 20 minutes. It's also within a reasonable distance to my family and I have some friends who live in the area.
Medical School: Stony Brook School of Medicine
Favorite spot in Rochester: Beer Park, being on the boat in Irondequoit Bay or Lake Ontario and Hungry's plate wraps
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Harry Potter series and going down the Wikipedia rabbit hole

Spencer Foutz, DO

Foutz_SpencerHow do you like your coffee?: Personally I prefer the kids menu - a good caramel apple cider always hits the spot!
Previous lives: I worked in residential construction for a long time, mostly in drywall doing the finishing work. Other than that I was a custodian, patient care tech, and research assistant. I also spent a semester in Shanghai as an English Teacher.
Reason for choosing Rochester: The people here are just awesome and the area is beautiful! I felt welcomed from the start and was very impressed during virtual events with how much everybody liked each other and the program - EVEN with all the stress and unknowns of COVID! It's also a really fun area for my family and the schools are great.
Medical School: Touro University Nevada
Favorite spot in Rochester: Getting ice cream at the famous Pittsford Dairy and working it off kayaking or hiking at Mendon Ponds
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Either the Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg or Multipliers by Liz Wiseman

Demi Galindo, MD

Demi GalindoHow do you like your coffee?: Lots of cream, could honestly probably drink coffee all day long
Previous lives: Scribe, lab instructor, diamond slinger
Medical School: University of Washington
Reason for choosing Rochester: Leadership was super down to earth and made what could have been a super awkward Zoom interview feel like I was in Rochester. Residents talk of the critical care bay got me super excited too.​
Favorite spot in Rochester: The beach! Beer park is also a great place to take your dog and hang
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Outliers, Becoming by Michelle Obama, White Coat Investor was super informative

Christopher Howard, DO

Christopher HowardHow do you like your coffee?: Vanilla latte with cinnamon
Previous lives: Patient care technician, D1 wrestler
Reason for choosing Rochester: Great program with a fun group of residents. The faculty is very supportive and awesome to work with. Rochester is home for both my fiancé and me and it is nice to be around family.
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM)
Favorite spot in Rochester: : I have many. In the summer you can find me on a boat in Irondequoit bay. For dinner - Good Luck. For cocktails - Daily Refresher. For best pancakes - McCann’s local meat market (I’m not joking)
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: The White Coat investor books

Josef Ianni, MD

josef IanniHow do you like your coffee?: Room temperature or cold/iced black coffee
Previous lives: Intramural sports player, youth mentor, lifeguard, trombonist
Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Reason for choosing Rochester:  The people are supportive, kind, and approachable. Rochester is close to home (Toronto) and experiences all four seasons. Great program with high volume and a diverse patient population. A ton of bars and restaurants.​
Favorite spot in Rochester: Any of the beaches in Rochester, Unter Biergarten or Half Pint Pub
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Where's Waldo?, Guinness World Records and Spot The Difference

Luke Johnson, MD

Luke JohnsonHow do you like your coffee?: Without sugar or cream, or until GCS is at least 13
Previous lives: Air sample technician, package sorter, waiter, interpreter for my parents
Medical School: University of Washington
Reason for choosing Rochester: The Deaf community, exploring the East Coast, and the faculty here.​
Favorite spot in Rochester: On the couch with my dog, fiance, and a good book (2nd place is the Beer Market with our department)
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:​ To Kill a Mockingbird, A Catcher in the Rye, Kingkiller Chronicles, Slaughterhouse-Five, and When Breath Becomes Air

Trent JohnsonTrent Johnson, MD

How do you like your coffee?: I’m more of an herbal tea or juice kind of guy
Previous lives: English teacher, chemistry TA, CNA, cancer researcher, Spartan racer
Reason for choosing Rochester: The faculty, staff, and residents were all great to work with during my rotations - friendly, eager to teach, and fun to be around.
Medical School: University of Rochester
Favorite spot in Rochester: Mendon Ponds, Lake Ontario, the many running trails nearby.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:​ Fiction: The Name of the Wind
Non-Fiction: Mindset

Melanie Montano, DO

Melanie MontanoHow do you like your coffee?: Black
Previous lives: Paramedic
Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Middletown
Reason for choosing Rochester: Location, tons of things to do inside and outside, Letchworth State Park, Finger Lakes, also fairly close to in-laws.
Favorite spot in Rochester: New York Beer Project
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Brain on Fire

Shelby Parker, MD

Shelby ParkerHow do you like your coffee?: With cream and sugar, or nitro cold brew.
Previous lives: Server x8 years, ED chief scribe, paramedic
Reason for choosing Rochester: URMC offers all the perks of a well-resourced academic medical center with plenty of opportunities to explore community and rural practice settings, as well as time to explore my professional interests within EM. I was also very impressed with the faculty and residents on my (virtual) interview day - the close family vibe was definitely something I wanted to be a part of.
Medical School: St. George's University SOM on the beautiful Caribbean island of Grenada
Favorite spot in Rochester: I'm new to the area so still exploring all the local spots, but so far I'm a big fan of Radio Social and Marge's Lakeside Inn!
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: To Kill A Mockingbird

Stefani Schmitz, MD

Stefani SchmitzHow do you like your coffee?: Black and in large quantities
Previous lives: Kayaking guide, lifeguard, swim instructor, tutor
Medical School: SUNY Upstate
Reason for choosing Rochester: Rochester had been my #1 since early in med school. I wanted to stay in the northeast, and Rochester's reputation is unparalleled. I did a virtual rotation here and really loved the faculty and residents. Everyone was so welcoming and made me feel at home! I couldn't be happier to be here!
Favorite spot in Rochester: Public Market and Pittsford Dairy
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)

Sarah Smetana, MD

Sarah SmetanaHow do you like your coffee?: With lots of whipped cream and sugar!
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch
Previous lives: Scribe, Dancer, Pokémon trainer
Favorite spot in Rochester: Barnes & Noble at University of Rochester – What better way to show my enthusiasm for my new home than to buy all the branded merch!
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: The Lord of Rings, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Fahrenheit 451, The Princess Bride

Andrew Smith, MD

Andrew SmithHow do you like your coffee?: None. Strong loose leaf black tea with a little milk every morning. Just pure Ceylon or Assam.
Reason for choosing Rochester: Fun, smart, and supportive faculty and residents. People who make coming in to work a joy.
Medical School: University of Rochester
Previous lives: A life-long student Virology PhD, finished in the spring of 2019...so timed it perfectly.
Favorite spot in Rochester: My wood-shop and my garden.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Empire of the Summer Moon. It is a shocking ice-bath of 19th century reality on the Texas Frontier for both Settlers and Native Americans.

Gymar Vargas, MD

Gymar VargasHow do you like your coffee?: Strong
Reason for choosing Rochester: I was thrilled to couple's match here along with my fiance. The people here are welcoming, genuine and supportive. I liked how engaging and friendly the faculty was during my interview; I felt that I could connect perfectly with the program. Also, the ability to be exposed to high acuity and diverse patient populations makes the program, for me, a hidden gem.
Medical School: San Juan Bautista School of Medicine
Previous lives: Chef, Poet, Astronaut
Favorite spot in Rochester: The Finger Lakes, Ontario Beach and Beer Market
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: ​The Harry Potter series, When Breath Becomes Air

PGY-2s

Marek Falkowski, MD

Amir AliHow do you like your coffee?: Either black or disgustingly sweet. Can’t say no to a double double either.
Previous lives: Basically a lifelong student, but I’ve spent four years doing lab research. Also had a job at a grocery store for a bunch of years.
Reason for choosing Rochester: The people are the first thing that comes to mind! Everybody was so genuinely nice during my interview. Also, literally everybody I talked to about the program only had good things to say about it. Didn’t hurt that I love Western New York too!
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine, University at Buffalo
Favorite spot in Rochester: So far it’s a fight between Wegman's and Pittsford Dairy. Still looking for more places!
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: The Count of Monte Cristo if I had to pick one book. Game of Thrones if I get to pick a series.

Emily Fitzgerald, MD

Emily FitzgeraldHow do you like your coffee?: Dripped, french-pressed, iced, cold brewed. I'm flexible... as long as there's plenty of it!
Previous lives: EMT, Pediatric Clinical Researcher, Tutor, Motel maid, Librarian's Assistant
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Reason for choosing Rochester: ​The supportive residents and faculty, the high volume and diverse patient population, and the great reputation. Additionally, I'm originally from Rochester and I know that it is a great place to work and live!
Favorite spot in Rochester: Charlotte Beach, Schoen Place on the Erie Canal, Letchworth Park, and the Park Ave area
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  One Hundred Years of Solitude (Gabriel García Márquez), When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi)

Bryan Fregoso, MD

Bryan FregosoHow do you like your coffee?: I take it black, like my questionable 1980 movie reference.
Previous lives: First I was a tiger, a snake, a clod, a goat with a hat, then me.
Reason for choosing Rochester: I didn't so much choose Rochester as Rochester chose me (but seriously, aside from this being a unique and awesome Emergency Department everyone is so genuine, kind, and supportive).
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine, University at Buffalo
Favorite spot in Rochester: My house and the places that help me stay home like Barnes & Noble, Trader Joe's, Costco, and Millennium Games.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: ​The Martian, The Witcher series, and anything by Inio Asano.

Susana Gutierrez-Luke, DO

Susana Gutierrez-JukeHow do you like your coffee?: Flowing all day and with a little french vanilla creamer
Previous lives: Resident Advisor, Research Coordinator, server at Cobblestone Creek CC, Target and Tim Horton's employee, babysitter
Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Reason for choosing Rochester: ​The people are awesome! I did a sub-I and everyone was inclusive, supportive, kind, fun, smart and down-to-earth. Plus it's a great hospital to train at with high patient volume and acuity. Lastly, it's HOME for me!
Favorite spot in Rochester: On my deck in my backyard and hiking outdoors (so far I've enjoyed Corbett's glen, Mendon ponds, Webster Park and Chimney bluffs)
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  Lately I've only been reading articles in ACEP Now, but in general fav's include A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, anything by Isabel Allende, Twilight series, Gabriel Garcia Marquez short stories,The Giver, and Don Quijote

Stephanie Hernandez, MD

Stephanie HernandezHow do you like your coffee?: It depends on the day. Today, I had Nitro Cold Brew
Previous lives: Wilderness EMT, Colorado Stream Ecologist, AmeriCorps - FEMA Corps NCCC Team Member, Navy Midshipman, Swim Team Coach/Lifeguard
Reason for choosing Rochester: I was impressed with the Critical Care Bay, the numerous research projects, and the kind, supportive people at URMC. I’m excited about all the unique opportunities including: flight medicine, international electives, and the wilderness medicine track. I also wanted to pick up some new winter/snow hobbies!
Medical School: Augusta University – University of Georgia Medical Partnership (Medical College of Georgia)
Favorite spot in Rochester: All the easily accessible trail running—Powder Mills Park, Whiting Park, Mendon, Lake Ontario, Letchworth, the Finger Lakes.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: ​Jurassic Park! Harry Potter and The Hunger Games are close contenders

Hongyi Kang, MD

Hongyi KangHow do you like your coffee?: Soy milk, no sugar, with a lemon poppy seed muffin would be best :D
Previous lives: Biostatistics, neuroscience research
Medical School: University of Rochester
Reason for choosing Rochester: ​The people here are family to me, the seasons here are stimulating to me, the patients here are lovely to me. It has it all here.
Favorite spot in Rochester: The Finger lakes, Mendon Ponds and Bristol mountain!
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  The Three-Body Problem

Matthew Kolbeck, MD

Matthew KolbeckHow do you like your coffee?: Plentiful. Black.
Previous lives: Dishwasher, Retail, Scribe
Reason for choosing Rochester: As cliche as it is, I just had a gut feeling that this was the right program for me during my interview. I thought the people were exceptionally welcoming, the program was very strong, and the combination with the location was exactly what I was looking for.
Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Favorite spot in Rochester: TBD post-COVID. Currently, I've enjoyed spending some time and fishing at Mendon Ponds.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: ​Harry Potter series, Game of Thrones (even though I have a long way to go), The Martian. (I should probably read more...)

Jillian Korn, MD

Jillian KornHow do you like your coffee?: Black
Previous lives: FroYo bartender and fruit fly researcher
Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine, University at Buffalo
Reason for choosing Rochester: ​I had a great experience rotating here! The faculty and residents love to teach and I was impressed with the diversity and acuity of the patient population. And to top it all off, my family is close by.
Favorite spot in Rochester: Any of the parks and Abbott’s Custard
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder

Andrew Kozminski, MD

Andrew KozminksiHow do you like your coffee?: In the form of ice cream... like everything else! (otherwise... can't stand the stuff)
Previous lives: Paladin Barbarian named Gregorian from Ice Wind Dale... hmm I used to want to be a vet... then a geochemist... then a doctor... I honestly just want to go diving all the time. Maybe I was a whale at some point.
Reason for choosing Rochester: Everything clicked! The faculty and other interviewees just seemed like people I would get along with. And, they seemed to genuinely want to support me and the other residents accomplish our goals. Turns out it's all real!
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Favorite spot in Rochester: In my house or backyard with my wife and 2 dogs. Ellison dog park. The lake. Tokyo Japanese Restaurant. The ED. And maybe a movie theater or gym when those open up again...?
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: ​I'm a big Audible fan, but, The Homeland series by RA Salvatore. Red Rising was superb. Currently enjoying the Red Mars series

Hunter Lau, MD

Hunter LauHow do you like your coffee?: Black
Previous lives: Table busser, Tutor, Chemistry TA, ED scribe, Level 80 warlock
Medical School: University of Wisconsin
Reason for choosing Rochester: ​Vibed with the residents more than any of my other interviews, a really fun and easy going group to be around. Also, the program's reputation for being a strong academic center with great clinical exposure.
Favorite spot in Rochester: Cobb Hill Park - it has an awesome view of the city, basketball courts, and an outdoor gym. Also, Three Heads Brewery.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  Fiction: Lord of the Rings, Nonfiction: The Selfish Gene

Joely Merriman, MD

Joely MerrimanHow do you like your coffee?: Fancy with pretty foam art from Ugly Duck
Medical School: University at Rochester
Previous lives: Waitress at Middle Eastern restaurant, artist working with oils and 3D sculpture, model builder at health care design firm, architecture student, law school admin, physics instructor, rainwater harvesting consultant, capacity building at a research lab in Brazil, Portuguese translator
Reason for choosing Rochester: Home of the biopsychosocial model and the friendliest, most welcoming department with strong research. Any idea you have there are people here excited to hear about it and develop it.
Favorite spot in Rochester: I love the El Camino Trail and Turning Point Park.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History by Manuel De Landa, A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander, Haitian short stories (Patrick Sylvain, Raoul Altidor, Maurice Sixto)

Dennis Nmecha, MD

Dennis NmechaHow do you like your coffee?:Ice cold and black!
Previous lives: Tutor, intramural basketball player, amateur NBA debater and restaurant connoisseur
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Reason for choosing Rochester: ​My interview day was amazing! I had great conversations with Dr. Bodkin and Dr. Rotoli, spanning from the innovative academic curriculum and opportunities they provide to the evolving diversity initiatives the program are implementing. I truly felt at home. The welcoming family oriented atmosphere by faculty and residents combined with the dense volume, diverse pathology you will see in the city of Rochester made choosing this program a no brainer.
Favorite spot in Rochester: Peppa Pot (The most exquisite West Indian food you'll taste)
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  The seven habits of highly effective people, The tipping point: How little things can make a big difference

Chris Tuttle, DO

Chris TuttleHow do you like your coffee?: I'm more of a Mountain Dew guy...so extra sugar?
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Previous lives: Hockey Instructor, Spanish Interpreter, Lawn Mower
Reason for choosing Rochester: We love the area and people! It is a great combination of things to do in the city and fun for the family outdoors. I felt very welcomed by the other residents and staff when interviewing and visiting. We also have a lot of family in the area which is fun for ourselves and our kids.
Favorite spot in Rochester: The many hiking and biking trails, Strong Museum of Play
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Man's Search for Meaning (for me), The Good Egg (for my kids)

Thijs Wolf, DO

Thijs WolfHow do you like your coffee?: With extra cream and caramel
Previous lives: Lifeguard, Soccer coach
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Reason for choosing Rochester: ​Excellent residents and faculty, great restaurants and it's nice to be close to my wife's family.
Favorite spot in Rochester: Dinosaur BBQ swiftly followed by a brownie sundae from Abbot's. Also, the Genesee Brew House is a great place to hangout.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan

PGY-3s

Amir Ali, MD

Amir AliED alias / nickname: Prince
Care to explain its origin?: I watch a lot of Fresh Prince of Bellaire?​
How do you like your coffee?: If I have the time - nitro, cold brew, with some foam. Otherwise, black and 1 sugar
Previous lives: Finance
Reason for choosing Rochester: I love the people here, and my girlfriend and I were fortunate to couples match
Medical School: University of Texas
Favorite spot in Rochester: My house hanging out with my co-interns, my girlfriend, and my two Shiba Inus
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: ​Any travel guide to the Philippines. It’s where we are headed next

Suven Cooper, MD

Suven CooperED alias / nickname: Charleston Chew
Care to explain its origin?: Amir Ali tells the story better than I do. But simply, I ruined our groups chance at winning bar trivia because I said the answer, Charleston Chew, too loudly. We inevitably have the largest group at these bar trivia events and we always end up losing. This was the closest we got and I ruined it.
How do you like your coffee?: French pressed
Previous lives: Assistant for the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner, Hepatitis surveillance at the NYCDOH, Burton clothing model, assistant researcher in neuropathology lab 
Medical School: University of Vermont
Reason for choosing Rochester: ​Wonderful people, invested attendings, diverse population, breweries, underrated city 
Favorite spot in Rochester: Roof deck of Genesee Brewery, Letchworth Gorge, Frederick Douglass grave site, Hedonist Ice Cream and Beer Park
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi, Infinity War Gauntlet Comic, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, David Sedaris 

William Duzan, MD

William DuzanED alias / nickname: Big Willie Style   
Care to explain its origin?:  Unclear, but I like it
How do you like your coffee?: Black
Previous lives:  I wish I could say ski bum.  Maybe a future life.
Reason for choosing Rochester: Great reputation, excellent clinical experience, loved the critical care bay, and thought that Rochester would be a great place to raise a family
Medical School: Quinnipiac University
Favorite spot in Rochester: Ravenwood Golf Club
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: ​I'm more of a podcast guy. Peter Attia's The Drive is a great one

Czestochowa Francois, MD

Czestochowa FrancoisED alias / nickname: Sangria 
Care to explain its origin?: I make a really good Sangria
How do you like your coffee?: Black, just like my metal
Previous lives: NGO board member, Resident advisor, Public Relations personnel, Spanish Dance Instructor
Reason for choosing Rochester: ​Biopsychosocial, and Drs. Rueckmann and Nobay
Medical School: University of Rochester
Favorite spot in Rochester: High Falls—where I go to get away
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

Taylor Ingram, DO

Taylor IngramED alias / nickname: Cardi T
Care to explain its origin?: My co-residents were surprised by my rap skills during the intern pedal pub.
How do you like your coffee?: With a little bit of French Vanilla creamer
Previous lives: I've been a lifelong student, but one of my favorite hobbies has been to explore new cities and countries on school breaks! 
Reason for choosing Rochester: I wanted to move closer to my parents ​after attending medical school in Iowa. I really enjoyed speaking with Dr. Bodkin at ACEP and had a great experience interviewing with URMC. I was truly sold on the program after I completed a second look and saw how well the residents handled high acuity patients. I was also blown away by how kind all of the faculty and residents were. The program immediately felt like home!
Medical School: Des Moines University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Favorite spot in Rochester: Nosh-- great food and cocktails, and a fun atmosphere!
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: ​Mostly books in the "domestic thriller" genre, especially if they're written by Liane Moriarty.

Elizabeth Kadow, MD

Elizabeth KadowED alias / nickname: Mongoose
Care to explain its origin?: I have no idea
How do you like your coffee?: Iced, black
Previous lives: Daycare worker, EMT, worked in a lab
Reason for choosing Rochester: ​I liked the atmosphere and the people I met at the dinner/interview day and I had heard good things about the city from family and friends.
Medical School: University of Connecticut
Favorite spot in Rochester: To be determined, but so far I've enjoyed running around some of the trails near Irondequoit Bay
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: A tree grows in Brooklyn, To kill a Mockingbird, Harry Potter

Benjamin Kasper, MD

Benjamin KasperED alias / nickname: Ben-JAM-in
Care to explain its origin?: Pretty self-explanatory
How do you like your coffee?: With milk or cream. Definitely no sugar
Previous lives: Wegmans employee, EMT, U of R summer research student
Reason for choosing Rochester: Because of the excellent residency program of course! I also love the city
Medical School: University at Buffalo
Favorite spot in Rochester: Park Ave area
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: ​The Game of Thrones Series

Catherine Kutsuris, DO

Catherine KutsurisED alias / nickname: Ringpop
Care to explain its origin?: Couldn’t pass up that giant bag of ring pops in the store on the way to the retreat
How do you like your coffee?: Nonstop, filled with cream and sugar, and iced unless I’m outside in the Arctic
Previous lives: Scribe, farm worker, not-particularly-competitive triathlete, dog enthusiast
Reason for choosing Rochester: ​Like just about everyone else, I mostly chose it for the people in the program. The residents and faculty are some of the coolest people I’ve ever met. Plus the international opportunities and acuity of patients sealed it.
Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Favorite spot in Rochester: So far kayaking and running around Lucien Park / Irondequoit creek, pretty stoked for that to change though once I explore more and find other cool spots. That and my kitchen because that’s where my food is.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Right now The Rook, it’s basically X-men meets the Ministry of Magic. All time fave though has to be Harry Potter (any of them)

Robert Parajon, MD

Robert ParajonED alias / nickname: Blender
Care to explain its origin?: I like bringing people together....with my blender
How do you like your coffee?: Lots of Cream, Lots of Sugar
Previous lives: Mechanical Engineer, Road Marking Inspector, Haptics Researcher, ED Scribe, STI/HIV/PreP Outreach Specialist
Reason for choosing Rochester: Loved the place and the people when I lived/worked here after college. There is a certain something that causes everyone to be nice. This extends to the EM program!
Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Favorite spot in Rochester: Equal Grounds Coffee Shop - best place to relax while pretending to do work
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: ​Love Murder Mysteries...anything by Agatha Christie or PD James but special favorites are "The Murder of Roger Ackroyd" or "The Murder Room"

Calvin Patten, MD

Calvin PattonED alias / nickname: Hobbs
Care to explain its origin?: My close friendship with a tiger
How do you like your coffee?: Room temp or greater, free, black
Previous lives: Dairy farmer, scribe, research grunt, waiter
Reason for choosing Rochester: ​Supportive people with a diverse group of interests combined with a strong program and a great emphasis on clinical training. Also being close to home was nice too.
Medical School: SUNY Upstate
Favorite spot in Rochester:  Still exploring but have definitely enjoyed my running routes around the East Ave/Cobb Hill area or down by the Genesee River
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:  Infinite Jest, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Harry Potter

Yuliya Pecheny, DO

Yuliya PechenyED alias / nickname: Silent J
Care to explain its origin?: How I explain my name pronunciation. “Julia with a silent J”
How do you like your coffee?: More of a tea person
Previous lives: Dog sitter, Surgical floor PCA
Reason for choosing Rochester: The incredible faculty and strong academia and training of the program
Medical School: NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine
Favorite spot in Rochester: Anywhere on the water
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: ​Red Rising 

Amy Skeel, MD

Amy SkeelED alias / nickname: Big Sky
Care to explain its origin?: I’m from Montana, the Big Sky state
How do you like your coffee?: With a hint of vanilla
Previous lives: Anatomy instructor, wilderness EMT, bartender, tissue recovery technician, and self-proclaimed rafting guide; with my dog as my only real client
Reason for choosing Rochester: ​My advisor was sure I’d love it, and after interviewing I agreed! The people here are as phenomenal as the training
Medical School: University of Washington
Favorite spot in Rochester: My hammock under a giant tree in our back yard
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Coloring books. I enjoy them as much as my daughter!

George Thatvihane, MD

George ThatvihaneED alias / nickname: Otto
Care to explain its origin?: I bleed orange, but it took over 2.5 decades to finally leave Syracuse...1 1/2 hours west
How do you like your coffee?: With 2 shots of hazelnut creamer
Previous lives: Taxi Driver, Corner Store Owner, Tennis Coach, Referee, Video Game Tester
Reason for choosing Rochester: The PEOPLE! Smart, Laid back, Down to earth, and Real, what more can I say? Everyone is extremely supportive. Don't get me started on the great location and cost of living!
Medical School: SUNY Upstate
Favorite spot in Rochester: Wegmans and Abbott's, but I do enjoy the brunch selection around town.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: ​Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse, 48 laws of Power by Robert Greene, The Playbook and the Bro Code by Barney Stinson

Christopher Walker, MD

Christopher WalkerED alias / nickname: Twerks
Care to explain its origin?: Step 1: Trolley with “friends” Step 2: ……. Step 3: Find yourself entered into a twerking contest.
How do you like your coffee?: With probably too much french vanilla creamer.
Previous lives: Lab tech/manager at the NIEHS, UNC, and Duke. Paramedic for Wake County EMS in Raleigh NC.
Reason for choosing Rochester: ​Everyone I met on the interview was super nice.  A bunch of residents came to the pre-interview dinner and they all seemed happy to be here as well as hang out with each other. The first few months have been great
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth
Favorite spot in Rochester: Too early to tell, but the Genesee brewery has a great rooftop with views of the falls. Also the Pittsford Farms Dairy has really good ice cream!
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Prey by Michael Crichton​

Katherine Weber, MD

Katherine WeberED alias / nickname:  The Grill
Care to explain its origin?: Although my last name would suggest I am an heiress to a grilling empire, sadly my bank account proves otherwise.
How do you like your coffee?: Slowly sipped and with a good book!
Previous lives: Violin teacher, waitress, tutor, scribe as well as a brief and unsuccessful stint as a cutlery saleswoman
Reason for choosing Rochester: The amazing reputation, the diversity and volume of the patient population and just how down to earth and supportive everyone was on my interview day
Medical School: Boston University
Favorite spot in Rochester: I’m still exploring but looking forward to the quick access to some great outdoor excursions!
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: ​Pride and Prejudice

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