Third Year

Photo of Dany Accilien MD
Dany Accilien MD
Florida International University

I was born in Hinche, Haiti, and moved to the U.S. not long afterward. I got my B.Ed in Exercise Physiology from the []_[]niversity of Miami and stayed down in Miami to attend medical school at FIU. While in medical school, I was fortunate enough to run into two like-minded Haitian colleagues and we decided that we didn’t have enough to worry about during the first year of medical school, so we started a non-profit organization called KORE Haiti, Inc in order to give back to our wonderful country.

My family is full of “jacks-of-all-trades” — my sister is a Marine and my mother’s a nurse, father, accountant, groundskeeper, soup-maker etc. — so I have always been attracted to diversity in all aspects. As a result, EM was a natural fit for me and I’ve loved the journey thus far. Each shift allows for new connections, lessons, ideas, and challenges.

I’ve slowly been trying to sneak into Chicago over the past eight years via visiting friends, attending conferences, and scheduling my medical school board exams in the city just because. I’ve known I wanted to be in a city with this type of diversity and opportunity for a long time now so I’m excited to finally be moving up. I loved my interview day and didn’t look back…it was the “gestalt.” I instantly felt a part of the family and wanted the opportunity to excel as an EM physician as well as a leader in and out of the ED, so U of C was the place to be.

Fun Facts: Interested in so many things. I love reading, writing, philosophy, learning about education, economics, real estate, global health, developing health systems and organizations. I watch way too many movies, I have a handsome golden retriever who brings me water bottles while I read, Ball is Life, and I ride a longboard. La vie est belle.

Photo of Yom Alemante MD
Yom Alemante MD

Hi everyone, I’m Yom! I’m from Williamsburg, Virginia, home to the College of William & Mary, Pocahontas, and now many retirees. My parents are both Ethiopian, and I was fortunate enough to be exposed to other cultures growing up despite my small hometown. My dad occasionally taught summer classes in England and Spain when I was a kid, and we would live in the dorms as a family vacation. If I weren’t already innately curious about everything and everyone in the world, my early exposure to the world-at-large certainly helped.

I went to Princeton University for undergrad, where I studied economics and Arabic in addition to my medical pre-requisites. However, I realized that, as a profession, only medicine could provide me fulfillment – the important challenges, constant learning, and, above all, helping people of all sorts, regardless of wealth, background or experiences.

In medical school, the decision to do Emergency medicine was easy. As emergency physicians, we’re constantly challenged – tasked with learning about every organ system and medical specialty. In return, we’re given the privilege of being the first doctor people see when things go wrong.

Outside of medicine, I love trying new things, especially unique and exotic foods. Above all, I love exploring, whether travelling abroad, hiking mountain peaks or just walking a city neighborhood. In my experience, Chicago is an amazing city filled with all sorts of opportunities, and I count myself lucky to get to go on this adventure with the UofC EM family!

Photo of Ben Arevalo MD, MBA
Ben Arevalo MD, MBA

Hey everyone! I’m Ben. I was born and raised in Peoria, Arizona, and grew up in a rambunctious family with four older siblings. With a police officer for a father, and a superhero homemaker for a mother, I was always enamored by emergency services and the art of caring for others. After spending a summer volunteering in a local emergency room during high school, I was hooked on all things emergency medicine—and after many years of following that path, I’m thrilled to be fulfilling my dream at the University of Chicago.

I had the great fortune to attend Stanford University for undergrad where I studied Human Biology. While at Stanford, I worked for the football team in the sports medicine department during the infamous Harbaugh era (Go Card!). Nonetheless, my passion for emergency medicine prevailed and lead me to become a certified EMT which allowed me to volunteer with the Stanford Emergency Medical Service. I eventually became a board member of Stanford EMS, coordinated the EMT training program, and served as a teaching assistant—further venturing down the rabbit hole of emergency medicine. While studying abroad in Cape Town for six months, I conducted research on the juvenile justice system in South Africa, culminating in an honors thesis that was awarded the Edith and Norman Abrams Award for Public Interest Advocacy. Still, I couldn’t shake the emergency medicine bug—and so I also split my time in South Africa helping a colleague develop a community-based emergency first responder training program in the township of Manenberg.

After graduating in 2011, I worked as the Autopsy Coordinator at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center where I oversaw the procurement of brain tissue from patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases. Two years later, I moved to the much colder climate of Boston where I attended Harvard Medical School. During my time at HMS, I was again given the opportunity to conduct research abroad—this time in Guatemala—where I piloted a medication dosing app that I developed for a rural clinic in Quetzaltenango. The project won the Massachusetts Medical Society Information Technology Award and was published in BMJ Innovations. With a newfound interest in learning how to develop sustainable improvements in healthcare abroad, I subsequently enrolled in the Harvard Business School where I completed my MBA.

I am ecstatic to begin residency at the University of Chicago alongside my very distinguished colleagues. During my interview day, I was blown away by how talented, diverse, friendly, and genuinely happy the residents and faculty were, and I instantly knew that I had found my new home. It was also a bonus that the program offers opportunities to work as a flight physician aboard a helicopter through UCAN. Above all, however, I am most excited to work with—and be an advocate for—the patients on the South Side of Chicago who rely on the U of C Emergency Department for vital medical care. There are few places in the country with comparable levels of severe economic and health disparities found in Chicago’s South Side, and the moral imperative to make whatever difference I could in this community was too strong to ignore. Given the arrival of the new level 1 trauma center at the medical center, this is perhaps the most exciting and rewarding time to be working as an EM physician at the University of Chicago and I am thrilled to see the impact it will have on the community.

When I’m not in the hospital, you can usually find me running, playing volleyball, playing guitar, or exploring museums. When given the chance to venture home, however, my favorite thing in the world is to play with my ever growing number of nieces and nephews.

Photo of Danielle De Freitas MD
Danielle De Freitas MD
Meharry Medical College

Hi Everyone! I’m so excited to be starting my journey at U of C. I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada (The 6ix). I grew up in a sports-savvy household, where Sundays were for football, summers were for soccer, and winters were spent on the ice. I attended the University of Western Ontario for undergrad, where I played sports for marks and graduated with a B.Sc. in Kinesiology.

I, then, packed my bags and moved down south to Nashville, TN where I attended Meharry Medical College. Meharry’s institutional commitment to providing quality care to the underserved in Nashville taught and encouraged me to pursue a career working with medically disadvantaged populations.

University of Chicago’s commitment to serving the most vulnerable in the community is what initially drew me to the program. However, it was the supportive environment I felt during my interview day from faculty and residents that solidified UChicago’s EM program was the best fit for me.

Outside of the hospital you can find me on the soccer pitch, at Soldier Field (I’ll be cheering for the New England Patriots though), or binge watching Netflix.

Photo of Casey Distaso MD
Casey Distaso MD

Hey everyone! I’m Casey. I was born outside London and moved around a bit before settling in Oklahoma for high school. I loved Oklahoma, but after experiencing my share of tornados and ice-storms I decided to head east for college.

I attended Georgetown University for undergrad and medical school, where I competed on the tennis team. I got my first exposure to patient care through global health work, spending my summers in Africa and Latin America. I was drawn to the moment a patient encounters a healthcare professional, and the relationships forged when everything is on the line. Emergency medicine brought it all together, with its blend of acuity, diverse interactions, bedside patient care, and critical link for anyone in need of medical attention.

During interview season, I stepped off the plane in Chicago and absolutely fell in love with the city and this program. Everyone I met was welcoming, happy, and loved being here. I returned again and again throughout the winter, and knew this was the place. I stumbled across Chicago Med, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, and The Chi. I even started rooting for the Bears. It was a sign.

I am incredibly excited to join the University of Chicago family this summer, and to work alongside this inspiring group of residents and faculty. Outside of the hospital, I hope to be playing sports, going to concerts, and sitting in the back of improv comedy shows. See you all soon!

Photo of Jasmine Ginn MD
Jasmine Ginn MD
Howard University

My name is Jasmine S. Ginn and I was born and raised in Saginaw, Michigan. After graduating from high school, I took my talents to Washington, DC, where I studied Sports Medicine at Howard University. Knowing that I wanted to attend medical school, I started working at a Feline Vet Clinic (yep, I love cats) and a Chiropractic and Physical Therapy facility to stay in the science and health realm while I studied for my MCAT.

After being accepted to Howard University College of Medicine in 2014, I decided to return to the Mecca! While there, I decided to put some of my biggest interests to use, socializing and participating in community service events. I became Vice President of Activities for my class, and became involved in the Student National Medical Association (SNMA), where I served as Fundraising Chair, Community Service Chair, and Chapter President heiughout med school.

Serious interest in EM didn’t come until my third year of med school, when I got the chance to rotate in the ED. I was fascinated by the field! A bunch of energetic, bubbly folks seeing tons of patients who literally walk in with any type of ailment known to man. I was sold by the pace of the ED, the variety of patient encounters, and the puzzle of finding a diagnosis. It was also a specialty that I felt aligned perfectly with my interests and core values, providing help to all in need, no matter the situation.

Once I began interview season, I was blown away by the University of Chicago program. Although I vowed to never move back to the chilly North, UChicago just seemed like the right fit for me, and I’m so happy that the feelings were mutual! Looking forward to an awesome 3 years surrounded by an amazing team of staff and doctors, in such a great city!

So in summary, things you may have or may not have gotten from the story above: UChicago and I were made for one another, I love all animals, but cats are my favorite, I’m always down for a good hang out session, shopping is my weakness, I’m super adventurous, and I love traveling and trying new things. That should mean that I’ll have at least one thing in common with everyone!

Photo of Deirdre Goode MD, MBA
Deirdre Goode MD, MBA
University of Virginia

I was raised by Brooklynites, but grew up in Boston. My childhood was one of confusing sports rivalries. I’m the youngest of three daughters, and we all have very Irish names (it’s pronounced: DEER-DRUH). None of us are over it. I started college at Tufts University, and then transferred to Bates College in Maine. After overcoming that culture shock, I opted to study history and mathematics because they obviously go together seamlessly. From there, I took a job as a management consultant, and spent the next six and a half years trying to define “consultant” at all family gatherings.

After several years, I decided it was time to leave behind the world of cubicles, spreadsheets, and meetings and embark on the journey to medical school. Medicine was something that I had always dreamed of doing (yes, I went to “doctor camp” in high school), but I still had pesky pre-requisites to complete. I started at the University of Virginia in 2013 where I focused on curriculum design efforts with an emphasis on leadership. While at UVA, I was lured back to the business world and opted to extend my studies to obtain my MBA.

I was drawn to emergency medicine because I have a particular interest in treating the underserved. As no one is immune to emergencies, the ED represents a true cross section of society where you can meet and treat anyone. I chose Chicago specifically because on my interview day, it was clear I was surrounded by like-minded people who wanted to work with the underserved and eliminate healthcare inequality. I loved that U of C is committed to innovation and cultivating future healthcare leaders. Finally, everyone recognized that although healthcare can be serious and challenging, there is still plenty of room for optimism and fun.

In my free time, I am usually up to something (much to my wife’s dismay). My happy place is a delicious cup of coffee, a baked good, a great book, and a comfortable seat outside. I love to travel both internationally and domestically. I do the NY Times Crossword (in pen when I’m feeling brave) as often as possible, but definitely appreciate a teammate later in the week. I’m obsessed with podcasts (current jam = Where Should We Begin? With Esther Perel). I Netflix all the things, love going to the movies, and am always game for trying a new bar or restaurant. I aspire to be a runner and a morning person, but after 33 years I’m clearly losing that war.

I am thrilled to be starting at the University of Chicago and working with some of the greatest minds in healthcare!

Photo of Dexter Graves MD
Dexter Graves MD

What’s up everyone! My life began in Hattiesburg, MS. I was born the son of two Mississippi native parents who then moved me further south to Baton Rouge, LA at the age of two. After begging my parents for a sibling like all my other elementary classmates, I was blessed with a younger brother who will soon become a lawyer. From a young age, our parents pushed us to work hard and aim high. I went through phases of wanting to be an airline pilot, an astronaut, an architect, and a computer scientist.

Louisiana has introduced me to some amazing lifelong friends, the best food in the world, the LSU tigers, and my beautiful wife. Growing up with hoop dreams, I wanted to be a basketball player, but on my way to high school I encountered a roadblock that redirected me down a path toward medicine. As the son of a Ph.D. chemist, I have always had a strong interest in science. While at Baton Rouge Magnet High School I was able to explore my interest in medicine through mentors I gained along the way.

As an aspiring physician, there was no better place to go for college than Xavier University of Louisiana (the best HBCU in the country), which just so happened to be 60 miles down the road. As you can imagine, living in New Orleans was an incredible period in my life. Attending Xavier and being amongst extremely gifted and like-minded peers taught me valuable life lessons and prepared me to be where I am today. I was challenged academically and pushed out of my comfort zone to excel as a community leader and be a positive example. Upon graduating with a B.S. in chemistry, I worked on a research project for two years before leaving the south behind and heading north to Philadelphia to attend Drexel University College of Medicine. My passion for the community and mentoring led me to work on several projects with goals of providing opportunities for minority students.

Outside of medicine, I have a broad range of interests including music, movies, spiritual growth and cooking.You can find me at any major sporting event, especially basketball if Lebron or the Lakers are in town. I also love to travel and explore new sceneries and cultures. My wife and I have a long list of destinations to visit over the next few years.

I am honored to now be at the illustrious University of Chicago as an emergency medicine resident in the best city! I knew right away that UChicago was the place I wanted to train and to be able to continue the XU tradition. The diversity and culture of the program is unmatched. Post residency, I desire to be well-connected to the community, providing opportunities to under-represented youth, working with high school athletes, and improving access to healthcare in underserved areas.

Photo of Samantha Hay MD
Samantha Hay MD
Virginia Commonwealth University

Hey y’all! I’m Samantha, and I was born and raised in a small town in central Massachusetts. I grew up a competitive dancer; this shaped most of my extracurricular time throughout childhood, and I even attended boarding school for ballet in high school until I experienced a career-ending injury. Luckily, I still got the chance to perform at some pretty incredible basketball and football games as part of Syracuse University’s Dance Team in college! At ‘Cuse, I studied biophysical science and global political economy as a Coronat Scholar. I then took two years off in the “real world” and worked as an emergency medicine scribe and researcher at both Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the University of Massachusetts.

I originally considered a medical career as a young child when my younger brother suffered from multiple medical problems. I experienced how it feels to be part of the grieving family, and I wanted to be a person who knew what was going on and how to make it better for other people like my brother and my family. It was only after working as a scribe in the chaotic, unpredictable emergency department that I thought, “Hey, I think I might belong here.”

After 24 years in the northeast tundra, I needed to get to some warmer weather, and I started medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, VA (and this is where I picked up the “y’all” that I just can’t kick). Third year confirmed my suspicion that EM was right for me when I found myself loving the EM aspects of every rotation. I even got excited when I had to go to the emergency department for consults, while my colleagues in other specialties dreaded it. The ED felt like “home” and the people – both the patients and the physicians — felt like “my people.”

The days that I did get outside in Richmond, the weather was perfection, so I question my sanity for wanting to head back north to Chicago. After my interview day at the University of Chicago, however, I couldn’t resist my feelings of empowerment and “fit.” They say when you know you know, and I knew after that day that The University of Chicago is where I wanted to train for residency. I’m drawn to the leadership, diversity, and underprivileged focuses of the program, and I’m excited to explore a new city! In my free time, you can find me running with my dog, going to fitness/yoga classes, traveling, sampling cheese and wine spreads wherever I can, and spending time with my people. I can’t wait to make Chicago my new home over the next three years!

Photo of Mike Hernandez MD
Mike Hernandez MD

Born in Aiken, SC, I was raised in the ‘burbs of Pittsburgh, PA, which makes me a default Steelers/Penguins fan. (Literally the only thing I know about sports.) I attended Northwestern University for undergrad (Class of 2013), majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish. During my time at NU, I co-founded Northwestern Emergency Medicine Organization (NEMO), a group that trained students and faculty in CPR, first aid and bystander intervention skills. After graduating, I briefly interned at the Center on Halsted, working on a research project aimed at improving the health of Chicago’s LGBTQ community. I originally started med school at Columbia University with the Class of 2017, but was having such a good time in NYC that I ended up taking a fifth year to conduct PrEP research with the city’s HIV Vaccine Trials Unit.

Although I’ve been interested in EM for a long time (my favorite show as a kid was “Rescue 911,” a 90’s docudrama that reenacted emergencies involving calls to 911), my fit in the field was fully realized during medical school. Each week, I volunteered with the Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership (CHHMP) – a student-run free clinic in West Harlem serving homeless and uninsured patients – and I also helped establish Q Clinic, NYC’s first student-run free clinic for LGBTQ youth. Working to ensure equitable healthcare for vulnerable and disenfranchised populations became a sincere passion of mine, and I found that emergency physicians were uniquely situated to address these concerns on a daily basis. On interview day at UChicago, I connected well with the diverse body of residents and faculty sharing these values, and it was one of the main reasons I ranked this program first.

In my free time, I enjoy photography (I worked freelance throughout med school), breaking a sweat at the gym (“do you even lift, bro?”), and finding the best happy hour spots in the city (I haven’t found a Moscow Mule I didn’t love, and living in London for a month left me with a deep appreciation for shandy). I am the proud father of two cats, Rizzo (not named after the Cubs player, sorry; his full name is Risorius, after the muscle that helps you smile) and Bella (AKA the deadly nightshade, atropa belladonna). My interests within medicine include medical education, physician wellness as well as social justice, and I’m really looking forward to refining these further during my time at UChicago!

Photo of Michael McCartin MD
Michael McCartin MD
University of Chicago

Hi everyone! I grew up in Evergreen Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago and lived there until I was 18 years old. After graduating from high school, I enlisted in the Air Force where I served as a Pararescueman (PJ). PJs are combat search and rescue specialists whose mission is to recover injured personnel from the battlefield. I spent five years on active duty (deploying to Afghanistan and Africa) and about four in the reserves. I loved the experiences and friends that came with being a PJ. It was during my time in the Air Force that I developed a passion for medicine. While everyone loves the skydiving, scuba diving and mountain climbing, medicine was always the most important aspect of our job.

After my second deployment, I decided that I wanted to pursue a career in medicine. I transitioned from active duty to the reserves and started my undergraduate degree at Arizona State University, where I majored in Biology. Chicago has always been home for me, so I was thrilled when I had the chance to move back for medical school at The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine four years later.

Emergency Medicine was the specialty where I felt most at home during my time in medical school. I love the acuity, breadth of clinical exposure, and the team-oriented environment of the Emergency Department. I couldn’t be happier matching at U of C for residency. I was drawn to U of C’s passionate faculty, down-to-earth residents, incredible research opportunities and the chance to continue caring for patients on the Southside of Chicago. I can’t wait to join the Class of 2021.

Photo of Jonathan Oskvarek MD, MBA
Jonathan Oskvarek MD, MBA
University of Chicago

Born and raised in Chicagoland, I’m eager to continue training in this wonderful city and working with its inspiring people. The University of Chicago is a fantastic institution with an intellectual culture where I plan on developing a sharp clinical acumen and exploring my varied academic interests.

My interest in Emergency Medicine stems from my enjoyment of fast-paced decision making and a dynamic work environment. I also relish the opportunity to play a major role in diagnosis and treatment of so many different diseases. Besides clinical practice, I have interests in administration, operations, healthcare data analytics, aeromedicine, entrepreneurship, and education.

Before residency at the University of Chicago, I majored in Behavioral Neuroscience Psychology at Purdue University and obtained an MD and and MBA from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine and Booth School of Business.

Before all that, I wanted to be an airline pilot, so I earned my pilot’s license back in 2007. Flying an airplane is an unparalleled experience that I recommend everyone try. Recently, I’ve been getting my adrenaline fix by taking mixed martial arts and boxing lessons. I’m also a geek, having grown up on Star Trek, Star Wars, and a plethora of other sci-fi series.

Photo of Daven Patel MD, MPH
Daven Patel MD, MPH

Hey everyone! I’m Daven- grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and attended UIC for undergrad, an MPH, and med school. I became interested in EM during my public health year and never looked back. The opportunity to be a physician, teacher, and community health advocate on every single shift is amazing. Ditching the tie/shirt combo for scrubs is a huge plus too.

UChicago is a dream program for me, and I feel so lucky to be joining the family. The emphasis on public/global health, MedEd, and a new trauma center with an incredible mission are just some of the reasons.

Outside of medicine I’m a huge basketball fan. I’ll be watching the post-Jordan baby Bulls and hitting the gym with my mediocre jump shot as much as possible. I also love bar trivia, crime shows/podcasts, hip hop, and everything outer space related.

Photo of Arthur Pope MD, PhD
Arthur Pope MD, PhD

Hello! I was born in the great city of Chicago and raised on the westside. At the age 12, my family moved to the west suburb of Maywood. I attended college at University of IL Urbana -Champaign, where I majored in Chemistry. During college, I struggled deciding between pursuing a career as a research scientist or becoming physician. I ultimately decided to obtain my PhD and began my graduate studies at The Ohio State University. However, my lab moved to the University of Florida after my second year where I completed my degree. I later moved to Washington, D.C. for 2 years for my postdoctoral work. During this time, the desire to pursue medicine grew strong. After a brief stent away from D.C. for 1 year, I returned to complete a Postbac program and after 2 more years finally headed home for medical school.

There were several things that drew me to the University of Chicago. I wanted an academic EM program but with the patient population seen at the University of Chicago. I also happened to meet Dr. Babcock through several chance encounters. I knew she would be a great PD who would provide strong support for residents. Finally, the interview day sold it for me. The residents were some of the happiest on the interview trail and the faculty were very welcoming.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy hanging out with my family who are all here in Chicago, baking and listening to numerous podcast during traffic jams.

I look forward to becoming a member of the University of Chicago EM family!

Photo of Regina Royan MD, MPH
Regina Royan MD, MPH
University of Michigan

Hey everyone! I’m Regina. I grew up in a small country town in Michigan — dirt roads, chickens and all! My road to medicine came early on in life when I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia at age four. Frequenting the hospital from an early age made me curious about science and medicine, and most of all, the art of caring for others through some of life’s most challenging moments.

Frequent hospital visits as a child – combined with the economic hardship that was the unspoken sequela of my cancer – sparked an early interest in medicine and public policy that remains central to my career aspirations. I quickly learned that there is no better place to see these two fields intersect than in the Emergency Department.

I was lucky enough to get a full ride scholarship to Eastern Michigan University where I double majored in Biology and Political Science with a minor in Chemistry.

While I pursued an MPH at University of Michigan, I learned about the intersection of built environment, health, and economic opportunity under the mentorship of the Chief Medical Executive for the State of Michigan. In this role I witnessed the real-world influence of a physician on state and national healthcare policy, which gave me the tools and confidence necessary to make an impact myself.

In late 2013, I was determined to use the lessons I’d learned from studying health care delivery in El Salvador and Honduras to fight inequity closer to home. I headed to Detroit. I pitched a job for myself to Mayor Duggan’s cabinet, and by early 2014, the Detroit City Council appointed me as public health advisor to a $100 million dollar project funded by the US Treasury to demolish 40,000 vacant properties in the City of Detroit where I tackled issues related to safe housing, city planning and exposure to lead.

As I began medical school at the University of Michigan, I soon realized that the Emergency Department is the ideal place to examine gaps in our current model of health care delivery, as well as the structural forces that affect the health of our communities.

I’m one of those people who always like to “get involved” which is perhaps best exemplified by my tenures as Student Body President of my high school, college, and finally as Student Council President of my medical school. When I’m not in the hospital, I enjoy cooking, community organizing, #MedTwitter, and catching up with friends.

During interview season, University of Chicago stood out to me as a program full of genuine, brilliant, and passionate people who were working toward a shared goal – and having a great time doing it. This is a place where I knew I would be able to see the breadth of academic emergency medicine practice and also where my energy and experience in health disparities work would find a home.


Photo of Semhar Tesfai MD
Semhar Tesfai MD
Rush University Medical Center

Hey hey! I was born in Port, Sudan, but my family is from Eritrea. We immigrated to the US when I was 61 days old. I spent the large majority of my life in the best city in the world–Chicago! I went to the University of Michigan for undergrad (Go Blue!!) and majored in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science. I went Rush Medical College for medical school.

I chose EM because of the variety. My decision was solidified when I managed to have SO much fun during 4 consecutive night shifts. Everything from the variety of pathology, unpredictability of each shift, and varying patient population increased my interest. The opportunity to stay in the city that raised me with hopes of addressing health care disparities from within was a no brainer when choosing a residency program; but, it was conversations I had with U of C residents about the program, healthcare, TV shows, and the best deals for Chicago restaurant week that solidified U of C was a perfect fit for me.

Throughout both undergrad and medical school, I was involved in countless extracurricular activities including Delta Sigma Theta, SNMA, and The Rush Community Service Initiative Program. I absolutely love to travel and took four amazing international trips M4 year. Fun fact- I have over 140 first cousins-needless to say, I’ve learned to run to the dinner table 🙂