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Mayo Clinic Residency Match 2017

In March Mayo Clinic School of Medicine students participated in National Resident Match Day. During this exciting annual ritual,  they learned where they’ll spend the next several years of their lives.

Learn more about some of these bright future Mayo Clinic alumni — where they’ve been, where they’re headed and what motivates them.

Read more about Mayo Clinic Residency Match Day 2017.

 

banerjeeDipti Banerjee, M.D. candidate

Residency match: UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, Obstetrics-Gynecology

Graduate: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, master of public health, quantitative methods

Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley, public health, global poverty

Hometown: Fresno, California

Dream job: Serving an urban underserved population and conducting epidemiology research about health disparities.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: The belief that quality health care is a human right.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

 

bjork loriLori Bjork, M.D. candidate

Residency match: Naval Medical Center San Diego, California, Transitional Year

Graduate: University of Maryland at College Park, master’s degree, kinesiology

Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, political science

Hometown: Johnston, Iowa

Dream job: Initially, serving as a military physician in an operational role; long-term, being involved with athletics as a team physician in the civilian world.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: A desire to serve my country and members of my community.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

 

blankersTony Blankers, M.D. candidate

Residency match: Family Residency of Idaho, Boise, Family Medicine

Undergraduate: Bethel University, St. Paul, Minnesota, biology

Hometown: Hospers, Iowa

Dream job: Full-scope family medicine in rural America.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: Serving God and serving people.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: Don’t forget the little things; little things turn into big things.

 

brobst tylerTyler Brobst, M.D. candidate

Residency match: University of California San Diego Medical Center, Pediatrics

Undergraduate: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, biomedical engineering

Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia

Dream job: Working with underserved pediatric populations, particularly LGBTQ youth.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: I am excited to work with children and adolescents, and am motivated to make a positive impact in their lives.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: Make time for life, hobbies, friends, family, exercise and eating well at all stages of medical training. Don’t let medicine take over your life!

 

cantwellSean Cantwell, M.D. candidate

Residency match: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota, Plastic Surgery (Integrated)

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles. physiological science

Hometown: Newport Beach, California

Dream job: I would love to work as an academic plastic surgeon who remains heavily involved in reconstructive surgical efforts, clinical outcomes-based research pursuits and medical education.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: Surgery, like so much of medicine, fascinates me because you can never become perfect, only better. I am motivated by the opportunity to improve my skills every day during (what I hope will be) a long, challenging and fulfilling career.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: “He who watches the clock will always be one of the hands.” (my dad)

 

Croix Charles Fossum, M.D. candidate

Residency match: University of Utah Affiliated Hospitals, Salt Lake City, Utah, Medicine-Preliminary; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, Radiation Oncology

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin – Madison, molecular biology

Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota

Dream job: One that combines clinical practice with education and research.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: My grandfather and cancer patients.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: Surround yourself with those that bring out the best in you.

 

garcia mariaMaria Garcia, M.D. candidate

Residency match: Aventura Hospital, Aventura, Florida, Transitional Year; Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota, Ophthalmology

Undergraduate: Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, biology

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Dream job: Working as an ophthalmologist in my hometown of Miami and being involved in clinical research and teaching.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: My family. They emigrated from Cuba so that I could have a better life in the U.S., and they have instilled in me my love for education and helping others.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: Always follow your dreams, and remember that everything happens for a reason.

 

grengsLeah Grengs, M.D. candidate

Residency match: University of North Dakota, Fargo, Psychiatry

Undergraduate: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, neuroscience, and anthropology

Hometown: Little Canada, Minnesota

Dream job: To serve patients in great need of mental health care and be involved in the education of medical trainees.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: A great number of patients I have had the honor of caring for in medical school.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something that you are passionate about.

 

halaszSasha Halasz, M.D. candidate

Residency match: University of California San Diego Medical Center, General Surgery

Undergraduate: Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, neuroscience

Hometown: Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Dream job: Something in the realm of general surgery but not sure what yet.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: Friends, family and mentors.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.

 

haqueOmar Haque, M.D. candidate

Residency match: Beth Israel, Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, General Surgery

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, molecular and cellular biology

Other: Oxford University, Oxford, England, visiting student, health care economics

Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia

Dream job: Surgical oncologist.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: The goal of improving the lives of patients with pancreatic cancer, which currently entails a dismal prognosis.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: Three rules of surgery: eat when you can, sleep when you can and don’t touch the pancreas.

 

hartonoStella Hartono, M.D., Ph.D. candidate

Residency match: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, Pediatrician-Scientist Training and Development Program

Graduate: Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Ph.D., immunology

Undergraduate: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, chemistry and microbiology

Hometown: Walnut, California

Dream job: Physician-scientist doing immunology research while taking care of children with immunodeficiency.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: Smiles on the faces of my little patients.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: If you do what you love and do it well, then you will never have to work a day in your life.

 

M. Earth Hasassri, M.D. candidate

Residency match: University of California San Francisco, Psychiatry

Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego, physiology & neuroscience, psychology

Hometown: Garden Grove, California

Dream job: Psychiatrist helping people to reach their highest potential as human beings and to increase their capacity to live the lives they have reason to value.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: I am powerfully motivated by the conviction that health should be a human right, not a privilege. Also, I am profoundly motivated by my family, both of whom immigrated here from Thailand so that I could have a better life in the U.S.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: While going through a difficult time, I went to a yoga session and the instructor unwittingly helped me by saying, “If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the moment.”

 

kluckBreann (Bre) Kluck, M.D. candidate

Residency match: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, Pediatrics

Undergraduate: College of Saint Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota, biology

Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota

Dream job: General pediatrician in an academic pediatric medical center.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: Positive family experiences with the health care system. Also, I fell in love with pediatrics as I will be able to support children’s resiliency and provide them tools to find success through adversity.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: Find “your people” — find the specialty in which your colleagues are people you enjoy working with professionally and that you can see yourself being friends with.

 


momanRajat (Raj) Moman, M.D. candidate

Residency match: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota, Anesthesiology

Graduate: Boston University, Massachusetts, master’s degree, medical sciences

Undergraduate: Florida State University, Tallahassee, biology

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Dream job: Anesthesiology. Doing whatever interests me the most at the moment.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: Family, friends, helping others, loving what I do. Feeling like I am contributing to something bigger than myself.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: Try to learn something new every day.

 

NarayananPraveena Narayanan, M.D. candidate

Residency match: Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven Connecticut, Internal Medicine

Undergraduate: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, genetics, cell biology and development

Hometown: Waukesha, Wisconsin

Dream job: Academic subspecialty physician and medical educator.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: Great mentorship.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: Medical training encompasses many important moments and decisions (e.g. board exams, choosing a specialty, matching to residency/fellowship); but, arguably, none of these are truly life-changing. What will matter is the people you choose to surround yourself with and the attitude you choose to live by.

 

nguyenKristin Nguyen, M.D. candidate

Residency match: University of California San Francisco, Psychiatry

Undergraduate: University of Central Florida, Orlando, molecular and microbiology

Hometown: Fairfax, Virginia

Dream job: Psychiatry clinic Monday-Thursday; laceration repair clinic Friday; author on weekends.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: Knowing I have only one life to live, making my family proud.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: Go with your gut.

 

ostbyStuart Ostby, M.D. candidate

Residency match: University of Alabama Medical Center, Birmingham, Obstetrics-Gynecology

Undergraduate: Washington State University, Pullman, biology

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Dream job: GYN oncology. Alternatively, I always wanted to be a barista because I love coffee and the atmosphere of a nice café.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: The personal health care experiences of my family, as well as international work, have largely shaped my motivations and career interests.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: Find a life’s work you would desire to do regardless of compensation, and invest in others.

 

planchardRyan Planchard, M.D. candidate

Residency match: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland, Neurological Surgery

Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, biomedical engineering and economics

Hometown: Boulder, Colorado

 

schmelkinLeah Schmelkin, M.D. candidate

Residency match: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota, Psychiatry

Undergraduate: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Hometown: Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Dream job: Child and adolescent psychiatrist in an academic setting.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: I am standing on the shoulders of giants, but there is still so much work to do!

Best piece of advice you’ve received: Run your own race.

 

sunPhilip Young-woo Sun, M.D. candidate

Residency match: Maimonides Medical Center in New York, New York, Medicine-Preliminary; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Neurology

Graduate: University of California, Los Angeles, master of science, physiological science

Undergraduate: University of California, Los Angeles, physiological science

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

Dream job: Neurologist.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: My academic interest in neuroscience and sense of accomplishment through utilizing my energy and knowledge to help patients with neurologic diseases go through the difficult times in their lives.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: Make sure to explore various specialties of interest through shadowing and research in selective weeks — truly a great privilege for medical students at Mayo.

 

tienMichael Tien, M.D. candidate

Residency match: Stanford University Programs, Stanford, California, Anesthesiology

Undergraduate: University of California, San Diego, biochemistry and cell biology, psychology

Hometown: Walnut, California

Dream job: Anesthesiologist and ICU physician.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: My family and my patients.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: “Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.” (John Lennon)

 

vorkDiana Vork, M.D. candidate

Residency match: Gundersen Medical Foundation, La Crosse, Wisconsin, Transitional; Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota, Dermatology

Undergraduate: U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, biology

Hometown: O’Fallon, Illinois

Dream job: I would like to be a dermatologist or dermatopathologist serving my community in the Midwest.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: My biggest motivator is the good feeling I get when I have helped someone.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: My dad often told me (apparently quoting comedian George Carlin), “Don’t sweat the petty things, and don’t pet the sweaty things.”

wylesSaranya Wyles, M.D., Ph.D. candidate

Residency match: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education, Rochester, Minnesota, Dermatology

Undergraduate: Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, New York

Hometown: New York, New York

Dream job: Academic dermatology.

What motivates you to achieve your dreams: To find the truth and advance humanity.

Best piece of advice you’ve received: Make it happen.

 

Read more about Mayo Clinic Residency Match Day 2017.