Welcome to the class of 2017!
Name: Hochan Kim
Hometown: Seoul, Korea
Undergraduate: University of British Columbia
Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Critical care and Ultrasound
I chose Jefferson for my EM training because the residents and faculty are like a second family to me and there is a great diversity in clinical training sites which will help me to choose between academic and community medicine, or a mix of both.
My family currently lives in Vancouver where parents run a small corner store. In my free time I love cooking, watching TV, eating breakfast at diners, blogging. My favorite vacation spot is Vienna! My favorite food is jae-yook-bok-um
. My favorite spots in Philadelphia are the Village diner and Sabrina’s Cafe
. Finally, some wisdom from J.K. Rowling: “If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
Name: Daniel Reynolds
Hometown: Carson City, Nevada
Undergraduate: University of Nevada, Reno
Medical school: Drexel University College of Medicine
In my free time I like to play sports (football, basketball, baseball, snowboarding), relax by the pool or beach, BBQ, discover great beers, explore Philadelphia, and study computer technology. I love to vacation at the beach, eat Italian and Mexican food. My favorite spots in Philaelphia are Center City and Kelly Drive.
Name: Abe Veppumthara
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
Undergraduate: University of Maryland College Park
Medical school: George Washington University School of Medicine
Professional Interests: Health care policy, Education
In my free time you can find me biking, playing Settlers of Catan or starring as an extra in an Italian TV Movie. My favorite vacation spot is Budapest. My favorite thing to eat is fiber one bars. My Doppelganger in the program is Peter Puthenveetil. Family: parents and 1 younger sister
Name: Billy White
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Undergrad: University of Maryland, College Park
Med School: University of Maryland School of Medicine
I chose Jefferson EM for my training because of the happiness and excellence of the people.
I enjoy pretty much anything related to sports. Specifically, I love football (Ravens), Soccer (FC Barcelona), Baseball (Orioles), and college sports (Terps). I also love video games and watching/listening to stand-up comedy and eating burritos from chipotle. My favorite vacation spot is the Galapagos Islands. My favorite quote is: “Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.” -Arthur Schopenhauer
Name: Anuja Trivedi
Hometown: Sayreville, NJ
Undergraduate: Drexel University
Medical school: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional interests: health policy and population health
I chose Jefferson EM for my tranining because of the positive and encouraging atmosphere, the opportunities for growth, and the esteemed faculty.
My hobbites include: dance, theater, swimming, cooking, trying new restaurants and, stand-up comedy. My favorite vacation spot is anywhere with a body of water nearby . My favorite spot in Philadelphia is the running/bike path along the Schuylkill River. I’ve attended the live taping of the Colbert Report 8 times. Sigh, Colbert <3. Some wisdom from John Lennon: "When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down 'happy'. They told me I didn't understand the assignment, and I told them they didn't understand life."
Name: Brian Skjei
Hometown: Mount Vernon, WA
Undergraduate: Washington State University
Medical school: Medical College of Wisconsin
I Chose Jefferson for my EM training because of the excellent blend of community and academic medicine contained within the program.
I have two sisters and a brother. I like to run with my pup, Quincy, vacation near the water, eat Mexican food and hang out near the Schulkill River pooch park. Amazingly, I once ate 20 hot wings and drank a pint of beer in 90 seconds.
Name: Eugene Varghese
Hometown: Sparkill, NY
Undergraduate: Manhattan College
Medical School: UMDNJ – New Jersey Medical School
Professional Interests: EMS, Tactical Emergency Medicine
I chose Jefferson EM for my training because the people are always ready to help and they foster a feeling of being surrounded by family.
In my free time I enjoy scuba diving, playing video games (especially Halo), spending time with my family – my wife Christina and daughter Caroline. I enjoy vacationing in Hawaii and the Caribbean. My favorite food is pizza. My favorite quote is: ” I don’t measure a man’s success by how high he climbs but how high he bounces when he hits bottom.”