Class of 2018

Michael Higgins
Michael

My name is Michael Higgins, but I often go by Mike. I am from Lumberton, NJ. I attended University at FDU where I studied in Biology. Then I went to medical school at Rutgers NJMS where I was interested in Medical Informatics, Technology, and Medical Software Design. In my free time I like to play Ultimate Frisbee, participate in Tough Mudders, Game and watch Scifi Movies. My favorite food is Steak. If I was stranded on a desert island, the 3 things I would bring with me are Water, Hunting Supplies and a Satellite Phone.

Catie O'Leary
Katie

My name is Katie O’Leary, but I often go by KOL. I am from Albany, NY. I attended University at Cornell where I studied Biology. Then I went to medical school at University of Rochester where I was interested in wilderness and environmental medicine, wilderness medicine education, high altitude research, and medical journalism. In my free time I enjoy anything with adrenaline and adventure – backpacking, hiking, camping, you name it. I love to combine my love of travel with my love of wilderness medicine – it’s taken me from Kilimanjaro to the Copper Canyons, to Everest! The more remote the wilderness, the better. I have been a long distance runner my whole life, and am also an avid triathlete. I have a blackbelt in Aikido, am a secret ninja with nunchakus, and play violin in a community orchestra. My favorite food is chocolate! If I was stranded on a desert island, the 3 things I would bring with me are A steri-pen that never runs out of battery, merino wool everything, and a GPS rescue device! (or really excellent company and a bottle of wine).

Konstantina
Konstantina

My name is Konstantina, but I often go by Tina. I am from Endicott, NY. I attended University at Wilkes University where I studied Biology. Then I went to medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University where I was interested in Medical Education and Peds EM. In my free time I like to be outdoors. Any type of exercise: weight lifting, yoga, swimming, ice skating, hiking, running and shopping and fashion. Playing the piano. Drinking tea. Photography. Cooking. And being Greek! :). My favorite food is Pastitsio. If I was stranded on a desert island, the 3 things I would bring with me are 1. Sleeping bag 2. Bow & arrow 3. A picture of my family.

Young
Young

My name is Young Chai, but I often go by YJ. I am from Ridgefield Park, NJ. I attended University at Rutgers where I studied Cell Bio & Neuroscience. Then I went to medical school at Rutgers NJMS where I was interested in ultrasound, and crit care. In my free time I like to go Hiking, travel, play soccer, piano, guitar, and watch movies. My favorite food is Korean food. If I was stranded on a desert island, the 3 things I would bring with me are a Guitar, a tent, and my girl.

Michelle Chandansingh
Michelle

My name is Michelle Chandansingh. I am from Springfield, VA. I attended University at George Mason University where I studied Biology. Then I went to medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine where I was interested in EMS, and Disaster Medicine. In my free time I like to listen to music, bake, cook, travel, dance (I don’t like to exercise, but the one exception is Kazaxe – a dance fitness class in northern VA that’s like Zumba on steroids). I also enjoy binge-watching shows on Netflix (i.e. OITNB, House of Cards, etc) and trying new restaurants. My favorite food is Anything my mom makes :). If I was stranded on a desert island, the 3 things I would bring with me are A knife, my best friend, and a boat…in case I change my mind about being stranded on this deserted island.

Lawrence Lau
Lawrence

My name is Lawrence Lau. I am from Sunnyvale, CA. I attended University at UC San Diego where I studied in Physiology and Neuroscience. Then I went to medical school at Georgetown University where I was interested in. In my free time you can find me on a nice day out hiking, swimming, or otherwise enjoying being outside and exploring. Big fan of finding new foods to try either in the home or out in the city, playing video games, playing board and card games.

Margaret
Margaret

My name is Margaret Pietrowski. I am from Huntington Beach, CA. I attended University at UC Davis where I studied in Neurobiology and Physiology. Then I went to medical school at Jagiellonian University Medical College. In the future I am interested in combining my interests of international emergency medicine and academics. In my free time I love to travel everywhere and anywhere and am always trying to find excuses to go somewhere new. So far I have made it to 5/7 continents and South America is next on my list! In my free time I enjoy staying active by playing tennis, basketball, and running. I also like trying out new restaurants and am excited to see everything Philly has to offer…My favorite food is anything Mexican. If I was stranded on a desert island, the 3 things I would bring with me are some good music on my iPod, a margarita machine, and some chips w/ guacamole…..if I have a whole island to myself I might as well make a vacation of it!

Elaine Smith
Elaine

My name is Elaine Smith. I am from Charlotte, NC. I attended University at North Carolina State University where I studied in Biochemistry. Then I went to medical school at VCOM-Virginia Campus where I was interested in Addiction and pain management techniques and strategies, the rigging of tools for unique situations, free clinics, and international medicine. In my free time I like to do most things, to some extent. If I was stranded on a desert island, the 3 things I would bring with me are 1) A deep-sided frying pan, 2) A knife with a sharpening mechanism included in the package, 3) The Count of Monte Cristo.

Morgan
Morgan

My name is Morgan Oakland. I am from Bainbridge Island, WA. I attended University at University of San Diego where I studied Political Science and Psychology. Then I went to medical school at Temple University School of Medicine where I was interested in Academic medicine, global health, women’s health, and healthcare access. In my free time I like to do hiking, bicycling, tennis, travel, sewing, cooking. My favorite food is chocolate. If I was stranded on a desert island, the 3 things I would bring with me are diet coke, spotify, and crossword puzzles.

Suzanne
Suzanne

My name is Suzanne Rannazzisi. I am from Bryn Mawr, PA. I attended University at NYU where I studied in Media, Culture and Communications. Then I went to medical school at Jefferson Medical College where I was interested in Medical education, Administration and Quality Improvement. In my free time I like to travel, listen to live music, go to restaurants, repurpose household items, and read home decor blogs. My favorite food is Lobster rolls and BBQ (pulled pork anyone?). If I was stranded on a desert island, the 3 things I would bring with me are My husband Angelo, our dog Penny and my music collection (it all started with a Spin Doctors cassette tape).

Nandan Prasad
Nandan

My name is Nandan (like London) Prasad. I am from St. Louis, Missouri. I attended University at Washington University in St. Louis where I studied in Political Science. Then I went to medical school at University of Missouri where I was interested in Disaster and Humanitarian medicine, International Medicine, Education. In my free time I like to play Soccer, Travel, play Call of Duty, and listen to Taylor Swift. My favorite food is shawarma. If I was stranded on a desert island, the 3 things I would bring with me are A puppy, a bottle of Jameson, and a snuggie.

Ananya
Ananya

My name is Ananya Anne. I am from Edison, NJ. I attended University at TCNJ where I studied in Biology. Then I went to medical school at Rutgers- NJMS where I was interested in academics/administration. In my free time I like to watch Movies and tv, watch tennis, dance, ‘pinterest’ things I can’t afford, and kayak. My favorite food is Asian Chao at your local mall. If I was stranded on a desert island, the 3 things I would bring with me are My laptop, 10-season boxset of Seinfeld, and Tiramisu from Costco.