401-456-2000

For Caregivers

In This Section

Internal Medicine PGY 2

Raisa Atif (Categorical)

Born and raised: Born in Bangladesh, moved to Ontario, Canada during middle school 

Undergrad and Medical school: University of Toronto and Saba University School of Medicine

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? Small size of the program, good environment 

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? I'm excited about trying a lot of restaurants, and being in a relatively quiet and small city with everything in it or nearby.

Hobbies: Watching hockey, listening to k-pop

Plans after residency: Primary care/hospitalist medicine

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

 

Seerat Aujla (Categorical)

Born and raised: Punjab, India

Undergrad and Medical school: University of Michigan and Ross University School of Medicine

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? The team!

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? The closeness to the ocean, New York city, family and friends.

Hobbies: Running, painting, sketching, reading fiction...

Plans after residency: Learn to play a musical instrument; in Medicine: Fellowship, Academic Medicine, community engagement and empowerment.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Astronaut - traveling dream is to visit Mars [smile]

 

Brett Brownlee (Categorical)

Born and raised: Born in London, Ontario, Canada and raised in the small Northern Ontario city of Temiskaming Shores

Undergrad and Medical school: I graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a BMSc Honors Specialization in Medical Science and attended the University of Medicine and Health Sciences, St Kitts for medical school.

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? The enthusiasm of the residents, program leadership and excellent learning environment all contributed to my excitement to join the collegial atmosphere at Roger Williams.

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? I enjoy exploring the biking and hiking trails in New England and spending time on the beaches and ocean around Rhode Island.

Hobbies: Cooking, playing sports (volleyball and soccer) and exploring the great outdoors.

Plans after residency: Either practicing as a general internist or pursuing fellowship training (my interests are nephrology and cardiology at the moment).

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Likely something else involving working with people in a health care setting, perhaps a pharmacist. Outside the health care field, I would be interested in a career in the culinary arts or athletic performance fields.

 

Sarav Daid (Categorical)

Born and raised: I was born and raised in Abohar, Punjab, India.

Undergrad and Medical school: Dayanand Medical College and Hospital

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? When I went to the interview, there was something about RWMC that made me feel good. All the residents spoke highly about the program and interacting with all the residents, faculty and support staff made me that this is a place which is just closely knit just like a family giving major emphasis on learning.

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? I visited Rhode Island the first time for my interview and I felt that its quite safe with a lot of eating options. I found it very beautiful. Proximity to tourist attractions like NYC, Boston, Newport etc. Also, most of my friends will be nearby so that’s a big bonus that I think living in Rhode Island has for me.

Hobbies: Playing outdoor sports and activities (cricket, soccer, tennis, etc.), swimming, participating in adventure sports as much I can; reading, cooking, world politics, world history and space also interest me; travelling and exploring new places, hanging out with friends and right now trying to develop my skills in professional photography.

Plans after residency: I would like to do a Fellowship but right now not sure which one.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? I would have tried to pursue a career in professional sports, likely cricket, tennis, or swimming. Also I could have been an astrophysicist or a political analyst.

 

Khawaja Faisal (Categorical)

Born and raised: I was born in Pakistan. Moved to South Africa when I was 4. Moved to Canada when I was 14.

Undergrad and Medical school: Undergrad: I majored in Psych and minored in Biology at the University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Canada). I went to Saba (Dutch Caribbean) for medical school.

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? The residents seemed very genuine to me.

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? Trying out all the food and exploring what the city has to offer.

Hobbies: Anime, weight lifting, occasional gaming, political satire, and creative projects with friends.

Plans after residency: Practice with a mix of inpatient and outpatient Internal Medicine.

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

 

Ariel Farber (Categorical)

Born and raised: I was born in Toronto, Canada and grew up in Charlotte, NC

Undergrad and Medical school: I went to UNC-Chapel Hill for undergrad and then attended Trinity School of Medicine

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? RWMC has a great facility and plenty of friendly housestaff, not to mention a great program director, Dr. Sapers. 

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? I'm looking forward to checking out the beautiful coastal attractions in RI.

Hobbies: Some of my hobbies include playing music and cooking.

Plans after residency: At the moment, my plan for after residency is to go into primary care

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Had I not gone into medicine, I would probably have pursued a career in clinical psychology. 

 

Yasmine Kamel (Categorical)

Born and raised: Born in Alexandria, Egypt. Grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and Cairo, Egypt 

Undergrad and Medical school: University of Virginia and St Georges University

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? The close-knit community 

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? Being in a small state and close to the water

Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, scuba diving 

Plans after residency: Possibly working as a hospitalist 

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Probably live close to the water and manage a diving center 

 

Ibrahim Katibah (Categorical)

Born and raised: I was born in Homs. Raised between Homs and Beirut.

Undergrad and Medical school: I did my BS in Biology at the American University of Beirut. I went to medical school at Lebanese American University of Beirut.

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? What I like most about Roger Williams is how everybody treats each other like family members.

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? I heard that Rhode Island is a perfect combination between the busy city life and the calm countryside.

Hobbies: I love all kind of sports, especially basketball. I enjoy drawing.

Plans after residency: After my IM residency, I’m not sure if I can give up all of medicine for one specialty. I might become a hospitalist for few years till I feel ready to pick a specialty.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Had I not gone into medicine, I would have been a basketball coach.

 

John Martino (Categorical)

Born and raised: Ancaster, Ontario, Canada

Undergrad and Medical school: University of Ottawa and St. James School of Medicine 

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? Program leadership, collegial atmosphere, smaller-sized program

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? Proximity to the ocean, excellent restaurants, Rhode Island culture and the outdoors 

Hobbies: Anything sports-related, acoustic guitar, travel and experiencing new cultures, videography and video editing. 

Plans after residency: Academic medicine 

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Hospital administrator 

 

Anusha Mittapalli (Categorical)

Born and raised: Botswana (beautiful country right next to South Africa) 

Undergrad and Medical school: St. George's University, Grenada, WI

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? I love how everyone is a family. The unity among the residents and the special care that the residents receive from the attendings is great. [smile]  

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? I am excited to explore this completely new, small but interesting place. The beaches and it's close to big cities such as Boston and New York.

Hobbies: Dancing! Professionally trained Indian classical dancer, but interested in many different forms of dance. Tackling ballroom dancing is my next target! Others include traveling, hanging out with friends, shopping, food lover! 

Plans after residency: Not sure, but considering primary care or hospitalist currently

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Hmm, this is a hard question, always wanted to be a doctor. But if I could be anything at all, maybe an FBI agent!

 

 

Ayad Sadda (Categorical)

Born and raised: Born in Baghdad, Iraq. Raised in North New Jersey.

Undergrad and Medical school: Rutgers University and Ross University School of Medicine

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? Roger Williams offers an amazing learning environment and has friendly residents and staff who seem eager to help engage my experience. I like the hospital site being in a downtown neighborhood with both a community and metropolitan feel.

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? The communities are so close together. Rhode Island residents are so friendly and welcoming, open to talk and enjoy getting to know you on a personal level. Downtown is close by no matter where you live, and beaches are also not too far away. I'm excited to switch off my NYC/NJ lifestyle to join a different living style.

Hobbies: basketball, piano, weight lifting.

Plans after residency: Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? If not a physician, I would have chosen a life of physics and astronomy.

 

Toufic Tannous (Categorical)

Born and raised: Lebanon

Undergrad and Medical school: University of Balamand (BS-Biology and MD)

What do you like about Roger Williams Medical Center? I am lucky to have been accepted in a good teaching program with a strong academic background.

What part of living in Rhode Island particularly appeals to you? I am excited to live in Providence, Rhode Island because it is a very nice and vibrant city, not that over-crowded, very close to Boston and NYC.

Hobbies: Soccer and weightlifting  

Plans after residency: Fellowship

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Olive oil salesman!