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Program Year 4 Residents
Nour Al Jalbout, M.D.
Medical School: American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Undergrad: American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Activities/Hobbies: Squash, Cooking, Singing, Biking and dedicating time for family and friends
Home Country: Lebanon
Why Hopkins: I came from a different continent to the world’s best hospital. Hopkins offers a diverse patient population with multitudes of clinical presentations. The faculty and staff are extremely supportive and sponsoring of a unique working environment. On top, the vast opportunities for research and the unique FAST track program ensure a journey of professional development for a future career in clinical and academic emergency medicine.
Katia Alexander, M.D.
Medical School: Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Undergrad: Haverford College
Activities/Hobbies: Trying/learning new things, spending time with friends and family, eating, exploring Baltimore
Home State: New York
Why Hopkins: The city, the hospital, the patients, the people!
Casey Carr, M.D.
Medical school: Florida International University
Undergrad: University of Florida
Activities/Hobbies: Running, weightlifting, camping, hiking, watching college football
Home State: Florida
Why Hopkins: The unique combination of an institution that values the development and wellness of its residents, sick patients needing a high acuity of care, and the resources to develop any niche in emergency medicine using the FAST program.
Eisha Chopra, M.D.
Medical School: Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School (formerly UMDNJ)
Undergrad: Rutgers University, New Brunswick
Activities/Hobbies: Cooking/baking, traveling, foodie, photography, binge watching TV shows/movies, spending time with friends and family, learning to play the guitar (again), singing, yoga, watching basketball
Home State: New Jersey
Why Hopkins: I chose Hopkins for the opportunity to learn at an exceptional institution and work with an underserved population.
Theodore Fagrelius, M.D.
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Undergrad: Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota
Activities/Hobbies: Skiing, rugby, biking, Minnesota sports
Home State: Minnesota
Why Hopkins: I was the guy on crutches on my interview day and thoroughly enjoyed my interview and knew that at Hopkins I would have life and career-defining training experiences and opportunities.
Bahrenegash Getachew, M.D.
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Undergrad: George Mason University
Activities/Hobbies: Going to movie theaters, playing and watching sports such as basketball, football and soccer
Home State: Virginia
Why Hopkins: I was extremely impressed by the love and dedication that the attendings had for teaching. Hopkins also offers the perfect medium to be exposed to a wide breadth of unique pathology, not to mention the bread-and-butter emergency medicine cases that Baltimore provides. What I also found appealing about Hopkins is the level of commitment that this institution has to the undeserved population of Baltimore City.
Aaryn Kelli Hammond, M.D.
Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine
Undergrad: Hampton University
Activities/Hobbies: Spending time with loved ones, traveling, playing sports and participating in Community Service initiatives
Home State: North Carolina
Why Hopkins: I chose Hopkins to step out of my comfort zone. I wanted to be challenged in order to grow to my fullest potential and knew that Hopkins would be the perfect environment for me to do that. During my interview, I recognized the collegial and even more so family atmosphere and felt as though I would have the opportunity to learn from some of the brightest minds in medicine while caring for the diverse and high acuity patient population which I love.
Alexander Jenson M.D., MPH
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University
Undergrad: Yale University
Activities/Hobbies: Watching sports, playing soccer, pub trivia, eating
Home State: Massachusetts
Why Hopkins: I chose Hopkins for the unique combination of an underserved inner city population with the resources of a tertiary academic center, the opportunities for research in the FAST program, and because I love Baltimore!
Sachin Moonat, M.D., Ph.D.
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago
Graduate School: Charles University in Prague
Undergrad: University of California at Berkeley
Activities/Hobbies: Travel, backpacking, skiing, cooking/eating, beer brewing and tasting, and home improvement.
Home State: California
Why Hopkins: I completed a MD/PhD degree at University of Illinois in Chicago, receiving my doctorate in neuroscience. Before joining the EM intern class, I started a NGO aimed at assisting with village healthcare in a rural region of India. I hope to continue to develop a career in global health utilizing Hopkins’ FAST program.
Michael W. Pierce, M.D.
Medical School: Harvard University, Boston (MA)
Undergrad: Trinity College, Hartford (CT)
Activities/Hobbies: Automotive design, cartography, world travel, and craft beer
Home State: Massachusetts
Why Hopkins: I chose Hopkins for the opportunity to care for patients with extremely complex medical and social needs in the context of world class training in emergency medicine from the incredibly dedicated faculty and staff.
Elizabeth Schmidt, M.D.
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Undergrad: North Georgia College and State University
Activities/Hobbies: I enjoy trying new things and picking up new hobbies. Hiking, biking, bouldering, baking, reading, eating at new hole in the wall places, spending time with family.
Home State: Georgia
Why Hopkins: I chose Hopkins for many different reasons. One of the biggest reasons was the people who make up the program. Another are the resources available to me not only during my training, but after training as well. The varied patient populations and hospitals in which we will work also added to the allure. Since Hopkins is known worldwide, I will be able to see some patients and diseases that I might not have been exposed to elsewhere.
Daniel Swedien, M.D.
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Undergrad: The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Activities/Hobbies: Packers Football, Travel, Exercise, Friends, Poker, Packers Football
Home State: Wisconsin
Why Hopkins: I chose Hopkins because of the FAST program, access to amazing opportunities, and world class staff. This residency program enables residents to become great physicians and while doing so allow them to explore many other areas of interest.