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Kanwal Bains (categorical)

Born and raised: Punjab which is in North part of India.

Undergrad and Medical School: Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India 

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? I met the wonderful residents before my interview trail. They were really easy going and cool people to hang out. The Program Director is also very nice and easily approachable. On my interview day, I really liked the structure of the program and collegial working environment.

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? Being a small state and near big cities like Boston and Newyork, every thing is really near and accessible. Beaches are the one of the strengths of this state.

Favorite place to eat in Rhode Island/Providence? Thayer Street has lot of good options. The city is full of eating options.

Hobbies: Sports like soccer, ping pong, and basketball

Plans after residency: Mix of primary care and Hospitalist

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Table tennis player

 

Brian Hess (Categorical)

Born and raised: Fairbanks, Alaska

Undergrad and Medical School: Undergraduate: University of Alaska Fairbanks and Mountain State University in Beckley West Virginia; Graduate: MBA in Healthcare – Keller University; Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine.

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? The general friendliness. Almost anyone is very approachable and is willing to provide advice. This is especially true of our attending physicians and medical residents.

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? There are many things to do here. I would say that my favorite thing about Providence is the food because of our close relation to high-ranking culinary institutions.

Favorite place to eat in Rhode Island/Providence? Nami (Sushi!)

Hobbies: Hiking, sports, writing music, golf, family.

Plans after residency: I want to be a primary care provider but I am also considering a Rheumatology fellowship in the future.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? I would probably have become a studio musician (guitarist and/or recording engineer).

 

Cristian Hiraldo (Categorical)

Born and raised: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Undergrad and Medical School: Undergrad at University of Puerto Rico. Medical School at University of Medicine and Health Sciences

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? The environment. Everyone is approachable and eager to help/teach. Definitely inspires confidence in your work.

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? There are a lot of things to do/see. Major cities close by as well (Boston is a 45 minute train ride away, NYC about twohours). Three awesome breweries downtown and there’s always some kind of festival going on every other week.

Favorite place to eat in Rhode Island/Providence? La Sonrisa Restaurant

Hobbies: Sports, mostly basketball. Video games, anything related to cars, fishing/boating and exploring the outdoors.

Plans after residency: I would like to pursue a fellowship in hematology and oncology

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? I would probably be a veterinarian.

 

Stefano Johnson (Prelim)

Born and raised: Seattle, Washington

Undergrad and Medical School: University of Washington, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

What do you like most about Roger Williams Medical Center? The wonderful, diverse and hard-working co-residents who are from all over the world and with whom I have been able to enjoy my time inside and outside the hospital.

What do you like most about living in Rhode Island? Having attended medical school at Brown and chosen to stay in the area for my preliminary medicine year, I have had some time to take in the state. My favorites are the nearby, uncrowded sand beaches, plethora of excellent restaurants, mid-size of the city making it easy to attend events downtown, and small but tight-knit community of young professionals and academics.

Favorite place to eat in Rhode Island/Providence? Chilangos. Best authentic Mexican food in Providence hands-down.

Hobbies? Soccer, running, kiteboarding, skiing, and travel.

Plans after residency: I am moving back home to the Pacific Northwest for radiology residency at Virginia Mason in Seattle, Washington. After that I plan to be a radiologist, the rest is to be determined.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? I would have been a certified athletic trainer.

 

Seetha Lakshmanan (Categorical)

Born: Malaysia (Truly Asia)

Undergrad and Medical School: AIMST University, Malaysia

What you like most about Roger Williams Medical Center? The ROG family - including friendly, approachable senior residents, faculty members and staff who always look out for you. Diversity of the program! It's been wonderful learning about different cultures and beliefs. And absolutely love the 1:1 resident to intern structure which gives you a perfect balance of autonomy and guidance to get through intern year!

What do you like most about living in Rhode Island? Affordability! No traffic! The food definitely, you can never go wrong with any restaurant here in RI. The Beach! 

Favorite place to eat in Rhode Island/Providence? Pastiche! Anywhere that serves desserts really.

Hobbies? Gardening, painting, photography, traveling and learning new languages

Plans after residency: Gastroenterology/Hepatology Fellowship

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? An accountant

 

Xiuhong Lyu (categorical)

Born and raised: Ezhou, Hubei Province, China

Undergrad and Medical School: Wuhan University School of Medicine

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? Of course, the people here! Everybody around you is so nice and amazing. The residents and Chief Resident are very approachable. The teaching atmosphere here is wonderful too!

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? It is super convenient. You can go anywhere you want in a 15 minutes drive at most.

Favorite place to eat in Rhode Island/Providence? Still on the way of finding.

Hobbies: Reading, listening to music,yoga, hanging out with family and friends.

Plans after residency: Probably go to specialty.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Teacher, fashion designer or construction designer

 

 

Mohana Neelam (Categorical)

Born and raised: India

Undergrad and Medical School: Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? It has a special beauty.The people are very kind hearted and training absolutely makes one a good resident. Program strives to make the residents happy.

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? Small state with a stylish classy community.The beaches are fun !I never expected I would match here and honestly, I am loving each and every day of mine in Providence. Additionally, the location is an advantage being close to the most popular cities.

Hobbies: Dancing, astrology and painting!

Plans after residency: Probably a fellowship

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? I would have gone into either astronomy or administration. Maybe farming too!

 

Niyati Patel (Prelim)

Born and raised: Toronto, Canada

Undergrad and Medical School: Brock University; Medical School: Saba University

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? The people, everyone is really friendly!

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? There is a lot to do, Newport is close by as well as Boston. The summer here has been a lot of fun so far, looking forward to the rest of the year here.

Favorite place to eat in Rhode Island/Providence? Haven’t really gone out much to eat. As long as the city never runs out of fries, I’m usually not disappointed with food

Hobbies: Dancing, discovering new music and playing old school music on repeat, long runs/walks, biking

Plans after residency: Anesthesia residency, fellowship is undecided

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Performing arts or run a dance fitness studio/join a dance tour? Be a professional henna tattooer.

 

Efaza Umar Siddiqui (Prelim)

Born and raised: Born and raised in the city of lights Karachi, located in the southern part of beautiful Pakistan.

Undergrad and Medical School: Dow Medical College, Dow University of Health Sciences.

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? The Rog is a perfect blend of camaraderie and collegial environment among residents and faculty alike, combined with robust learning and excellent academic opportunities.

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? Rhode Island offers the best of both worlds: it is peaceful and quiet, away from all the hustle and bustle; yet full of life and fun

Favorite place to eat in Rhode Island/Providence? Too many to choose from! Thayer Street and Federal Hill are the go-to places.

Hobbies: Spending time with my family and friends; cooking, experimenting with new recipes (and eating!); DIY projects; seeking adventure (sky diving is next on the list!); traveling and road trips.

Plans after residency: Becoming an astute Radiologist, pursuing fellowship (current interests include body imaging and IR), and staying closely connected to academia and research.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Lifestyle blogger/Entrepreneur

 

Dong Joo Seo (categorical)

Born and raised: South Korea

Undergrad and Medical School: DLSU-Manila, DLSHSI, college of medicine

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? Friendly residents and the faculty members who are always approachable and love to teach.

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? Numerous good places to eat. I can’t even count. The proximity to places such as New Port, Boston, NYV and even Canada!

Favorite place to eat in Rhode Island/Providence? Julians, this may change soon since there are still lots of restaurant I have not explored.

Hobbies: Mostly the ball sports (soccer, tennis, basketball, volleyball, bowling, etc.)

Plans after residency: Fellowship in Hem/Onc or GI

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? PA or NP

 

Peter Sidhom (Prelim)

Born and raised: Born in Alexandria, Egypt and raised north of Boston.

Undergrad and Medical School: Attended the University of Massachusetts Boston where I completed a Bachelors of Science in Biology with a Pre-medical track. Attended the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine where I completed my medical training to become a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. 

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? What I appreciate the most about Roger Williams Medical Center is that despite being a small community hospital, we are constantly managing patients with complex presentations and disease processes. We have the opportunity to develop our own differential diagnosis as well as maximally manage a patient prior to relying on consultants for medical management. Also, we are given lots of autonomy in the management of patients making us more confident and independent upon completing our time in the program.

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? My favorite things about living in Rhode Island is the food and the diversity in the state. There is always thing to do and we are close to all the major cities: Boston, New York City, Hartford.

Favorite place to eat in Rhode Island/Providence? My favorite place to eat in Rhode Island would have to be at Los Andes.

Hobbies: My hobbies include working on cars, deep sea fishing, traveling, watching sports, spending time with my family and niece and nephews.

Plans after residency: My future plans from a career perspective is to complete my Anesthesia training at Brown University and complete fellowship training to become an interventional pain management specialist and treat patients who suffer from chronic pain. My interest also lies heavily in critical care medicine as well.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? That’s a difficult question because I have wanted to pursue so many different career paths because there are so many ways to positively make an impact on so many peoples’ lives in addition to medicine. I chose medicine as a career path because this was the field I am most passionate about, combining the understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology along with working with people on a day to day basis. However, if I had to choose another career path, I would have pursued my secondary interest which is cars and maybe have moved to Germany and worked as a mechanical and aerodynamic engineer for BMW or Mercedes.

Huiling Ji (Categorical)

Born: Jiangsu, China 

Undergrad and Medical School: Nantong Medical School/ Shanghai Medical University

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? Friendly staff and support from residents.

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? Providence is a beautiful New England city. It has everything and it’s close to Boston and New York. I also love ocean and enjoy all kinds of seafood.

Favorite place to eat in Rhode Island/Providence? Ichigo Ichie in Providence

Hobbies: Jogging, playing all kinds of sports, reading interesting books, travel.

Plans after residency: I might want to be GI physician or PCP.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? If not a doctor, I would be an engineer.

 

Yashvin Onkarappa (Categorical)

Born: Davangere, Karnataka, India

Undergrad and Medical School: Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, Karnataka, India

What you like most about Roger Williams Medical Center? It’s like a big family! Exceptional teaching faculty, friendly house staff and cooperative nursing staff.

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? Rhode Island has so much to offer to revitalize and calm the busy residency life. The closeness to the ocean, the breathtakingly beautiful fall of New England and the proximity to bigger cities like Boston, New York.

Favorite place to eat in Rhode Island/Providence? So many options, yet to explore! I like Pane e Vino and Pastiche Fine Desserts so far.

Hobbies: Sketching, hiking, traveling and exploring local cuisine.

Plans after residency: Fellowship

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Perhaps, a pharmacist if I was in health care. Outside the health care field, I would have chosen to be an astrophysicist.

 

Musa Khan (Categorical)

Born and raised: Born in Peshawar, KPK Pakistan. Moved to Queens, New york.

Undergrad and Medical School: Peshawar medical college

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? Everything, Great program director. Nice residents and hospital staff. 

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? Nice beaches, variety of restaurants. I like how close it is to major cities like Boston and New York.

Hobbies: Cologne collection, coin collection, fishing, hiking, traveling.

Plans after residency: Hopefully fellowship

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Pilot