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PGY-1s

Amir Ali

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
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

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 
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

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
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

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
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

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!
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

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.
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

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
Favorite spot in Rochester: Park Ave area
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: ​The Game of Thrones Series

Catherine Kutsuris

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.
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

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!
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

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.
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

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
Favorite spot in Rochester: Anywhere on the water
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: ​Red Rising 

Amy Skeel

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
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

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!
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

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 grea
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

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
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

PGY-2s

Bushra Ahmad

Bushra AhmadED alias / nickname: Top Chef
Care to explain its origin?: I'm a good cook?
How do you like your coffee?: With two shots of espresso in it!
Previous lives: Neighborhood badminton pro
Reason for choosing Rochester: I thought they had a great program with everything I needed and great faculty. On my interview day, I felt comfortable and loved all the interactions I had.  Also, it is very close to my home. 
Favorite spot in Rochester: Highlan​d park with my dog
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Rosen's (jk, "When Breath Becomes Air;" "The Kite Runner;""I am Malala")​

Kyle Barbour

Kyle BarbourED alias / nickname: Linux
Care to explain its origin?: I am root
How do you like your coffee?: Black as tar
Previous lives: Lumberjack, radio host, Lindy Hopper, mountain rescuer, punk, needle exchange organizer
Reason for choosing Rochester: Kind people, diverse population, activism, seasons​
Favorite spot in Rochester: Red Fern
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by David Graeber

Tanya Bucierka

Tanya BucierkaED alias / nickname: Blush
Care to explain its origin?: You'll see when I am put on the spot!
How do you like your coffee?: Preferably a latte from Starbucks, but cream with a splash of coffee will also do!
Previous lives: Cheesecake Factory server, scribe, and nanny
Reason for choosing Rochester: It’s HOME and an amazing place to train! 
Favorite spot in Rochester: Too many to choose from, but top spots include WEGMANS, Abbott’s, Public Market, being on the lake in Webster, and any outdoor patio
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Anything written by Chelsea Handler

 ​Fabiola Enriquez

Fabiola EnriquezED alias / nickname: Thumper
Care to explain its origin?: Watch a Disney movie
How do you like your coffee?: With a side of Omeprazole :) I like to drink Matcha Green tea
Previous lives: Dancer, aerialist, health educator, researcher
Reason for choosing Rochester: I came to Rochester as a visiting student and I loved it!
Favorite spot in Rochester: Park Ave
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Como Agua para Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Philip Graber

Philip GraberED alias / nickname: Flounder
Care to explain its origin?: I like to go fishing...a lot!
How do you like your coffee?: With cream
Previous lives:  Concrete, USMC, Bench Research
Reason for choosing Rochester:  Good culture, good coffee, and the critical care bay!
Favorite spot in Rochester:  In any local creek with a fly rod
Favorite book besides Tintinalli:   “The Big Brag” – Seuss,“The Man Who Was Thursday” –  Chesterton

Myles Jerrett

Myles JerrettED alias / nickname: Chubbies™
Care to explain its origin?:  My appreciation for Chubbie™ shorts
How do you like your coffee?: Czarna
Previous lives: Bania Luka and Pijalnia connoisseur/expert customer... American ambassador to Poland... basketball gym rat... less than amateur musician.
Reason for choosing Rochester:  Awesome music scene, food is on point, the people in this program rock my socks, and my better half loves it here!
Favorite spot in Rochester: On the couch with the lady watching The Office.​
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell, Stiff by Mary Roach, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, and Where's Waldo

Carl “IV” Mirus

Carl “IV” MirusED alias / nickname: Sunshine​
Care to explain its origin?: Remember the Titans?
How do you like your coffee?: With milk
Previous lives:  Sign Language Interpreter
Reason for choosing Rochester: Rochester is home to a huge Deaf community that I wanted to work with. Spent a month here and ended up loving the place
Favorite spot in Rochester: Park Ave!
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Anything Dan Brown or Michael Crichton

Malik Sams

Malik SamsED alias / nickname: Fresh Prince
Care to explain its origin?: From West Philadelphia born and raised...
How do you like your coffee?: I add just enough creamer so that the color of the coffee matches my skin tone! 
Previous lives: Research scientist with government clearance, parking-lot attendant, drove a delivery truck
Reason for choosing Rochester: Because 4 years in college at UR just wasn’t enough! Proud alumnus, I chose Rochester for its great reputation, diverse patient population and the amazing people who make up this residency program.
Favorite spot in Rochester: Letchworth State Park at night under the stars
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Anything by Daniel Silva

Albert Shih

Albert ShihED alias / nickname: Early Bird
Care to explain its origin?: I guess I'm always early!
How do you like your coffee?: Dark and sophisticated
Previous lives: EMT, research lab manager, designer of cellphone graphics
Reason for choosing Rochester: Definitely the people. The atmosphere is incredibly fun and collegial.
Favorite spot in Rochester: Pittsford Wegmans (even though I came from Texas, where HEB rules, I personally prefer Wegmans) and when I’m in the mood for ice cream- Pittsford Dairy.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Anything by Dan Brown or Michael Crichton

Adam Sykes

Adam SykesED alias / nickname: Frankensykes
Care to explain its origin?: Between my marfinoid habitus, neanderthalian brow, and my last name, it basically wrote itself!
How do you like your coffee?: Espresso, french press, pour over, drip, cold brewed and COPIOUS. I like coffee.
Previous lives: EMT, cell phone salesman, Jack in the Box shift leader, survey peddler, grocery store stocker, and factory worker
Reason for choosing Rochester: Cohesive and supportive staff and residents at a superb training site, it was an easy choice!
Favorite spot in Rochester: Farmer's market by morning, Park Ave by night
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Harry Potter series historically, Dune currently

Joshua Trenkamp

Joshua TrenkampED alias / nickname: Wild Beaver
Care to explain its origin?: I have no idea--ask an upper classman
How do you like your coffee?: Free
Previous lives: Phlebotomist, Ezio Auditore, Marcus Fenix
Reason for choosing Rochester: The interview. Everyone I met seemed super down to earth, eager to help, and just all around great people. I definitely haven't been disappointed
Favorite spot in Rochester: The Finger Lakes, The Distillery, and my own bed
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Goodnight Moon, Ready Player One, A Thousand Splendid Suns

Emily Wanamaker-Gibbs

Emily Wanamaker-GibbsED alias / nickname: Dirty Water
Care to explain its origin?: Whitewater rafting at Letchworth State Park
How do you like your coffee?: I like my coffee cup best when it’s filled with tea
Previous lives: High school diving coach
Reason for choosing Rochester: I had a fantastic experience on my Sub-I and loved the people
Favorite spot in Rochester: Village of Fairport Canal Walk
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Harry Potter Series

Samantha Williams

Samantha WilliamsED alias / nickname: Little Syd
Care to explain its origin?: I guess I resemble Dr. Chamberlin
How do you like your coffee?: With milk or as Italian espresso
Previous lives: Patient care assistant, substitute teacher, group home aide
Reason for choosing Rochester: I chose Rochester because of the people I met on my interview day.  Everyone was friendly, easy to talk to, and down to earth.  I immediately felt like it was an environment I could learn best in. 
Favorite spot in Rochester: Rochester Public Market
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

 

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PGY-3s

Stephen Artim

Stephen ArtimED alias / nickname: Joe P Light
Care to explain its origin?: Guess I’m a little like JP
How do you like your coffee?: Hot, strong and with nothing in it
Previous lives: Psychiatric worker, Instructor and Scribe
Reason for choosing Rochester: Location. Also the importance put on patient centered care and doing what’s right spoke to me.
Favorite spot in Rochester: Any outdoor patio
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Truman by David McCullough

Andrew Bragg

Andrew BraggED alias / nickname: Special K
Care to explain its origin?: I like to think that it has to do with my great love of breakfast cereal
How do you like your coffee?: Hot and plentiful
Previous lives: A friendly otter
Reason for choosing Rochester: I loved going to medical school here, and URMC was by far the friendliest program I interviewed for
Favorite spot in Rochester: Highland Park
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Andrew Dunkman

Andrew DunkmanED alias / nickname: Sparkle Pony
Care to explain its origin?: I think it's self explanatory
How do you like your coffee?: Black
Previous lives: Tutor, Commercial Real Estate Agent, Researcher
Reason for choosing Rochester: Everyone is friendly and its not too hot
Favorite spot in Rochester: Wegman's​, pending further exploration
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Porter Cable Dovetail Jig Advanced Instruction Manual

Jeffrey Lane

Jeffrey LaneED alias / nickname: Spider Monkey
Care to explain its origin?: I like to climb things
How do you like your coffee?: However I can get it
Previous lives: Pilot, outdoor trip leader, climbing bum, volunteer park ranger
Reason for choosing Rochester: For the fun and down to earth people….and the weather
Favorite spot in Rochester: The Genesee River Trail
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Desert Solitaire, The Snow Leopard

Rebecca Lowy

Rebecca LowyED alias / nickname: Dr. Frizzle
Care to explain its origin?: Magic School Bus style (generally smiling, eccentric ginger who uses travel or magic or a bit of both to interest people in science). I think they picked it because of the hair, though.
How do you like your coffee?: ROK, aeropress, or rapid infuser
Previous lives: Farm hand, traveler, kid wrangler, ambulance driver
Reason for choosing Rochester: The people - they’re smart, friendly, and super inclusive. The strong clinical reputation didn’t hurt, either.
Favorite spot in Rochester: The Public Market, Cheshire
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: The Fact of a Doorframe or most anything else by Adrienne Rich, Mary Oliver, Audre Lorde

Rachel Nelson

Rachel NelsonED alias / nickname: Full Nelson
Care to explain its origin?: My last name... I'm not quite Steve, but I'm excited to continue the Nelson legacy in the ED
How do you like your coffee?: No coffee for me, but I do like tea! Rooibos in particular...
Previous lives: Orchestral saxophonist, camp counselor, pizza maker
Reason for choosing Rochester: Rochester has top-notch teaching and clinical experience, and it was clear on my interview day that the program is one of the most supportive groups of people that I could ever hope to have my back during residency. The city itself is pretty awesome, too!
Favorite spot in Rochester: Irondequoit Bay and other city parks, I also love Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: I Shall Not Hate, The Kite Runner, The Bible, Enders Game

David Rupprecht

David RupprechtED alias / nickname: Dandrew
Care to explain its origin?: Some say I look like Ballew and Rotando; what an interesting hybrid that would be...
How do you like your coffee?: I prefer other caffeinated beverages instead
Previous lives: Basketball Coach, EMT, Landscaper, Resident Assistant, Tutor
Reason for choosing Rochester: It’s an academically strong program with many opportunities for success and career development. The individuals here are intelligent, supportive, and extremely personable.
Favorite spot in Rochester: Anywhere outdoors
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Outliers: The Story of Success (by Malcolm Gladwell)

Lisa Ryder

Lisa RyderED alias / nickname: Night Ryder
Care to explain its origin?: I am a total night owl.  I worked nights in EMS for more than 10 years and loved it.
How do you like your coffee?: Sweet and creamy :-)  Dunkin’ caramel swirl is my favorite!!
Previous lives: I was a Critical Care Paramedic in the greater Rochester area (and briefly in southern Florida).  I worked with several great agencies and some amazing co-workers and EMS “family”.  I was heavily involved in EMS leadership, and served as faculty at the MCC Paramedic Program in the role of Clinical Coordinator.  I also previously worked at Strong in the Emergency Department as a patient care technician, more than 15 years ago.
Reason for choosing Rochester: I was “coming home.”  Rochester has been my home city since just after high school.  I already knew URMC EM was a strong program, with fantastic and supportive faculty.  It was a natural and easy decision for me.
Favorite spot in Rochester: Strong Hospital Helipad - looking out over the city.  It is beautiful.  Wegman’s in Pittsford is a close second.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Charlotte’s Web - been my favorite since I was a kid, and I enjoy reading it now with my nieces and nephews.

Nicholas Taylor

Nicholas TaylorED alias / nickname: FOOSH
Care to explain its origin?: Broken wrist from resident softball, good way to start
How do you like your coffee?: Chai tea
Previous lives: Grew up in Colorado, Peace Corps Mali '09-'11, vagrancy
Reason for choosing Rochester: Got a great vibe from everyone I interacted with, and liked the feel of the city as well
Favorite spot in Rochester: Beer Market so far
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Austin Tenney

Austin TenneyED alias / nickname: Sasquatch
Care to explain its origin?: Apparently my gait, stature, and hirsute simulate this mythical creature
How do you like your coffee?:  Iced with almond milk and coconut syrup, or hot mixed with lots of chocolate
Previous lives: Pretending to be a healthy outdoor vegan gluten free Coloradan with my wife. We truly binge on Netflix and Hulu, and eat lots of pizza
Reason for choosing Rochester: Hands down the people that make up this program!
Favorite spot in Rochester: Since I feel like it would be wrong to say Costco. I’m going to have to go with walks/biking along the Genesee River.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Rosen

David Thornberry

David ThornberryED alias / nickname: Nigel
Care to explain its origin?: The Wild Thornberry’s and I can speak to animals sooo it was a no brainer…
How do you like your coffee?: Dark and complex with a touch of class, pinkies up always
Previous lives: Professional bringer of food and soft cheeses, machinist, landscaper, traveling nun, wizard of whimsy, Tennessee-Walker horse trainer/cowboy
Reason for choosing Rochester:  When I met the faculty here and residents during the interview it was completely apparent that this was home. They genuinely and deeply care about making this program the best place to learn and grow as a resident. The residents and faculty also had a camaraderie and friendliness that I had not seen anywhere else on the trail.
Favorite spot in Rochester: Definitely, the multiple dog parks around the area and the great running trails along the river. Anywhere I can bring my furry wolfdog which typically involves trail running or hiking.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Too many favorites to choose from. To Kill a Mockingbird, Toms River, The KingKiller Chronicles, Wool, Crime & Punishment, any of Cormac McCarthy or Kurt Vonnegut.

Adam Weltler

Adam WeltlerED alias / nickname: Big Daddy
Care to explain its origin?: I have kids. 2 too many kids. Who I love dearly.
How do you like your coffee?:  Cold in the summer. Hot in the winter.
Previous lives: Documentary cameraman for The Weather Channel, History Channel, A&E, etc. Hurricanes, gangs, prisons - I covered all the glamorous locations.
Reason for choosing Rochester: I came here for my away rotation because I had a free place to stay and hit the jackpot. The residents, the attendings, and everyone involved with the program are awesome, plus the training is unbeatable. My wife grew up an hour away, and we have family and friends in the area which made it a perfect fit for our family.
Favorite spot in Rochester: I'm still exploring, but so far my patio and backyard with the wife and kids is an easy favorite.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Back when I had time to read books for pleasure, it was most anything by David Foster Wallace. Now most of my book reading is with my kids and it's Dragons Love Tacos.

Christopher Williams

Christopher WilliamsED alias / nickname: Maple Syrup
Care to explain its origin?: From Vermont?
How do you like your coffee?: Lots of cream, no sugar. Sometimes I'll add coconut oil if I'm feeling really fancy
Previous lives: Ski bum, Hobbit, Halo nerd
Reason for choosing Rochester: It became very clear on interview day that the people here have a great sense of humor and are very passionate about what they do. The program checks all of right boxes when looking for an EM residency, but ultimately finding the right group of people to work with was most important to me.
Favorite spot in Rochester: The Genesee river trail has made for an excellent, traffic-free, bike commute to campus so I've been really grateful to have that.
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: A Song of Ice and Fire series by George Martin

Wen Zhang

Wen ZhangED alias / nickname: Wennie the Pooh
Care to explain its origin?: I’m an adorable honey-loving bear? (Or my name is similar to “Winnie”)
How do you like your coffee?: 1/3 ice, 1/3 simple syrup, 1/3 milk, a splash of coffee
Previous lives: Restaurant cashier, intramural sports player-coach, professional student
Reason for choosing Rochester: Kind, friendly people, comfortable environment, great EM residency!!!!
Favorite spot in Rochester: Pittsford Dairy Farm to gorge on ice cream, and then the Rochester JCC to burn off the calories
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Ender’s Game