Current Residents 1st Year Residents Raquel Benchoam, M.D., M.S. (Medical Management) Dr. Benchoam graduated from the Medical School at the University of Montevideo, in Uruguay, and then went on to specialize in Family Medicine at the Medical School of Tel Aviv University in Israel. Upon completing her residency and fellowship requirements, she served as a Family Physician at various rural communities with underserved minority populations in Northern Israel. It gave her an opportunity to follow the life cycles of her patients and to realize the value of the various Preventive Medicine Programs which she initiated and coordinated at the individual, family, and community levels. After getting an M.S. in Medical Management degree at the University of Rochester (Simon Business School), she started my U.S. Medical Residency program in Internal Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital in NYC, and later transferred to the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Program at the University of Rochester. Her personal interests include researching effective ways of designing and assessing population-based approaches to community health, predominantly dealing with disease prevention and health promotion in underserved minority populations. Ikechi Konkwo, MBBS, Ph.D. (Health IT) Dr. Konkwo is a foreign medical graduate from the University of Benin, Nigeria. He received an M.P.H. degree in Public Health management and a graduate certificate in Health Informatics from the Department of Health Services Management and Leadership of the George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health, Washington DC. He was among the pioneer (Class 1) set of the CDC/ASTHO/CSTE-supported Applied Public Health INformatics Fellowship (APHIF). After an internship year in General Surgery at the University of Florida, he started his residency in General Preventive medicine and Public Health at the University of Rochester. His primary interests are in healthcare knowledge management for health systems transformation and quality improvement. 2nd Year Residents Yule Lee, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Lee graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN with a B.A. in history, from Columbia University School of Public Health in New York, NY with an M.P.H. in Health Policy and Management, and from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA with an M.D. She completed her internship in family medicine at the University of Rochester. Prior to medical school, she worked in various capacities in the health care field including family planning, harm reduction, data management and employee benefits consulting. Her primary interests include health policy, global health and health outcomes. Marielena Vélez De Brown, M.D. After obtaining my Bachelor’s in Biology from Swarthmore College, I worked doing basic science research in a T-cell development lab at the University of Pennsylvania prior to pursuing my medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. There I was involved in clinical research regarding physician communication with families regarding withdrawal of care in the MICU. This sparked my professional interest in End-of-Life planning in the outpatient setting (rather than at a time of crisis in the hospital). After starting a Family Medicine residency at Christiana Care Health System, I transferred to the U of R Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency program. I intend to continue my work with historically underserved populations, including racial/ethnic minorities, patients with Limited English Proficiency and Low Health Literacy while I work towards my Masters of Public Health.