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PGY-1s

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-2s

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

PGY-3s

Bushra Ahmad, MD

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. 
Medical School: SUNY Upstate
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, MD

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​
Medical School: University of California, Irvine
Favorite spot in Rochester: Red Fern
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by David Graeber

Tanya Bucierka, DO

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! 
Medical School: DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
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, MD

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!
Medical School: University of Illinois
Favorite spot in Rochester: Park Ave
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Como Agua para Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

Philip Graber, MD

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!
Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University
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, MD

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!
Medical School: Jagiellonian University
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, MD

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
Medical School: Texas A&M Health
Favorite spot in Rochester: Park Ave!
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Anything Dan Brown or Michael Crichton

Malik Sams, MD

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.
Medical School: Ohio State University
Favorite spot in Rochester: Letchworth State Park at night under the stars
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Anything by Daniel Silva

Albert Shih, MD

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.
Medical School: University of Texas
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, DO

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!
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
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, MD

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
Medical School: University of Toledo
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, MD

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
Medical School: SUNY Upstate
Favorite spot in Rochester: Village of Fairport Canal Walk
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: Harry Potter Series

Samantha Williams, MD

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. 
Medical School: University at Buffalo
Favorite spot in Rochester: Rochester Public Market
Favorite book besides Tintinalli: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

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