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Resident Class of 2020 (PGY-5)

Raj Amin

Raj Amin

Medical school: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Undergrad: Michigan State University
Hometown: Fresno, Ca.
Career Plans: Adult Reconstruction
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "I left my interview day here at Hopkins, knowing it was where I wanted to be. I was impressed with the departmental focus on resident education, and the variety of clinical opportunities available both in Baltimore and abroad. Furthermore, I felt the many excellent faculty and co-residents across the Hopkins healthcare system would allow me to take full advantage of my time as a resident. The Baltimore city tour also demonstrated a number of great options to enjoy life outside of the hospital."

Keith Aziz

Keith Aziz

Medical school: Howard University College of Medicine
Undergrad: Carnegie Mellon University
Hometown: Bethesda, Md.
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "I am incredibly excited to be able to train at Hopkins because of the impeccable training that is offered in our program. The endless research opportunities, diverse clinical exposure, extensive operative experience, and the level of autonomy combine to provide an exceptionally well-rounded educational experience.  I was also thoroughly impressed by the leadership of Dr. Ficke and Dr. LaPorte and their dedication to mentoring and developing future leaders, as well as the approachability of the faculty and sense of camaraderie among the residents.  I appreciate the history of being at the birthplace of the first formal residency programs in the United States, as well as having the opportunity to be a part of a tradition of excellence at Hopkins."

Matt Best

Matt Best

Medical school: University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Undergrad: Florida Atlantic University
Hometown: Perkasie, PA
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "Hopkins provides opportunities for hands-on operative experience and surgical autonomy early on during training. Additionally, the program allows for exposure to highly complex cases, abundant research opportunities and interaction with a diverse patient population, making it an ideal training environment."

Alex Bitzer

Alex Bitzer

Medical school: University of Virginia School of Medicine
Undergrad: University of Massachusetts Boston
Hometown: Miami, Fl.
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "The Johns Hopkins Hospital has a rich history in residency training and the orthopaedics department is a perfect example of what Dr. Baer intended for surgical trainee development. With incredible opportunities in both clinical and research work, along with time protected didactics, Hopkins provides its residents with the tools and education they need to appropriately apply their skills and knowledge in a 'learn-by-doing' environment. The department is proud of its excellence, but is ambitious to achieve even more. As a result, the department continues to grow and reach new heights under great leadership, thus making it a very exciting time to be a part of this program."

Floreana Kebaish

Floreana Kebaish

Medical school: Universitat Basel Medizinische Fakultat
Undergrad: Universitaet Fribourg, Switzerland
Hometown: Zurich, Switzerland
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: "I sought an opportunity for an excellent education working with unique people, residents and faculty at a place offering a large spectrum of experiences." 

Stuart Mitchell

Stuart Mitchell - Research Year

Medical school: Johns Hopkins University
Undergrad: Vanderbilt University
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “I chose to stay at Hopkins after medical school for several reasons. I truly enjoyed my experience in medical school because Hopkins has so many excellent faculty and residents — not just in the ortho department— and countless opportunities for research, service and wellness. Baltimore also has so much to offer ranging from excellent food, entertainment and culture in the city, as well as its close proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Atlantic Ocean, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and New York City.”

Ian Patten

Ian Patten

Medical school: The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Undergrad: University of New Hampshire
Hometown: Augusta, Me.
Why I chose Johns Hopkins: “I chose Hopkins because of the excellent group of co-residents. As a sub-intern I experienced firsthand the feeling of family within the department and knew that this is the program where I belong.”