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Elizabeth Calhoun, MD

Medical School:  Florida State University
Undergraduate:  Florida State University
Hometown:  Boca Raton, FL
Field of interest:
  Emergency Medicine
Hobbies:  Family, Beaching, Gardening
Why FAU:  Best of all worlds!


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Spencer Greaves, MD, MPH

Medical School:  Medical College of Wisconsin (MD)
Undergraduate (or other degrees):  Marquette University (BS Engineering); Dartmouth College (MPH)
Hometown:  Milwaukee, WI
Field of interest:
  Emergency Medicine 
Hobbies:  Amateur Rocketry, Working out, video games, travel 
Why FAU:  I love the beach and the ocean and the weather! Great faculty, simulation lab, and residents! 
Something about me: Independence Day is my favorite holiday!


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Rebecca Mendelsohn, MD

Medical School:  The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Undergraduate (or other degrees):  Brown University
Hometown:  Hollywood, FL
Field of interest:
  Aerospace Medicine, Disaster Medicine
Hobbies:  SCUBA diving, unofficial theme park tour guide, Marvel movie aficionado 
Why FAU:  The people. When I rotated here, the attendings and residents were insanely welcoming and friendly, and went out of their way to ensure I had a good experience. When I became a resident, that ethos became even more apparent and amazing. Attendings and fellow residents have gone well out of their way to help me become the best physician I can be. Every program says it, but here, it's true: the people in this program are like family.
Something about me:  I'm a dog person, but I have an awesome cat named Scooby.


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Thomas Peterson, DO

Medical School:  VCOM at Auburn University in Auburn, AL
Undergraduate (or other degrees):  Spanish w/ minor in Chemistry at Brigham Young University
Hometown:  South Jordan, UT
Field of interest:
 Emergency Medicine, International/Disaster Relief Medicine
Hobbies:  Lifting weights, water sports, reading, hiking
Why FAU:  Because of the culture, patient population, location, longitudinal set up of the EM program
Something about me:  I have a Miniature Schnauzer.


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Ali Syed, MD

Medical School:  State University of New York at Stony Brook School of Medicine
Undergraduate (or other degrees):  BS Biology with Concentration in Neuroscience; State University of New York at Stony Brook 
Hometown:  Patchogue, NY
Field of interest:
  Foreign Affairs
Hobbies:  Swimming, Basketball, Fantasy Sports, Comedy, Bollywood, NBA
Why FAU:  Having spent my entire life in New York, I wanted to move away from the cold. I was always interested in Florida due to the warm weather, no state income tax, and proximity to the beaches. I did an away rotation here during my senior year of medical school, and I knew by the end of my first week that I wanted to be here. The core faculty members were approachable and the residents were extremely happy and had a good work/life balance. Out of all my away rotations and interviews, the residents at FAU showed the highest amount of satisfaction: no program came close. Residency is supposed to be challenging, but I would rather be somewhere where I know I have a good support system. I knew without a doubt, that I wanted to spend my three years here. 
Something about me:  I would like to be a multibillionaire one day. Plan is to finish residency and then pursue a career in real estate and screenwriting on the side. Ideally would want to practice in Florida or Texas due to the warm weather and lack of state income tax.


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Michael Turchiaro, DO, MPH

Medical School:  Nova Southeastern University
Undergraduate:  RN, BSN, EMT-P, MPH
Hometown:  Parkland, FL
Field of interest:
Hobbies:  Basketball, weight lifting, video games, music
Why FAU?  I chose FAU because of the people and how amazing our staff is.
Something about me:  I am a new Dad of a now one-year old daughter


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Tony Bruno, DO

Medical School:   Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine Nova Southeastern University
Undergraduate (or other degrees)
 BS in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Central Florida
Hometown:   Orlando, FL
Field of Interest:
  Emergency Medicine
Hobbies:  Ice hockey, golf, horseback riding
Why FAU?  The attendings and the residents that I worked with as a medical student.
Something about me:  I have an English black lab named Shae.



Timothy Buckley, MD, MPH

Medical School:   University of Texas Health San Antonio
Undergraduate (or other degrees)  BS in Psychology, University of Arizona; MPH, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston
  San Antonio, TX
Field of Interest:
  Analyzing how metric data is used in Emergency Medicine to provide high quality, patient focused care.
Hobbies:  Watching, playing, and talking basketball. I also enjoy playing video games.
Why FAU?  I rotated here and loved it. Great people, great program, great location.
Something about me:  My favorite animals are bears. I own a dog though, close second and easier to live with. 



Collin Hickey, DO

Medical School:   Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University 
Undergraduate (or other degrees)  Indiana University 
Hometown:   Frankfort, IL
Field of Interest:  EMS
Hobbies:  Music, Sports and The Beach
Why FAU?  Beautiful Weather, Friendly Community, Family 
Something about me:  My favorite sports team is the Chicago Blackhawks.



Daniella Lamour, DO

Medical School:  Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine- Carolinas
Undergraduate (or other degrees)  Florida International University Honors College
Hometown:  Miami, FL
Field of Interest:  Point of Care Ultrasound
Hobbies:  Listening to music, hanging out with my family and friends, watching movies, playing basketball, going for a ride on our boat
Why FAU?  I love FAU’s balance of autonomy and support, its value and execution of the best wellness curriculum, the longitudinal ultrasound and pediatrics curriculum, and not to mention the familial environment amid the residents and faculty.
Something about me:  I love giving back to my community, teaching, and helping others navigate the medical field. I am very excited to begin my purpose and career with FAU Emergency Medicine!



Mihael Plantak, MD

Medical School:   Loma Linda University School of Medicine
Undergraduate (or other degrees)   BS in Biology
  Berrien Springs, MI
Field of Interest:  Emergency Medicine
Hobbies:  Traveling and exploring new countries, listening to music, movies, cars/driving, watching basketball.
Why FAU?  Wonderful and caring faculty, great training, family feel, and right next to beach!
Something about me:  Laid back and love to relax outside of work. I’m all about the good vibes :)



Christopher Williams, MD

Medical School:   Lakeland, FL
Undergraduate (or other degrees):   BA Business Administration, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Hometown:  Lakeland, FL
Field of Interest:
  Emergency Medicine and Wilderness Medicine
Hobbies:  Surfing, Scuba Diving, Sailing, Spearfishing…pretty much anything in the ocean.
Why FAU?  I was drawn to FAU because of the diversity of training locations, longitudinal curriculum and welcoming environment.  
Something about me:  After college I worked as a yacht captain and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean twice. During this time, I developed an interest in medical care at sea which lead me to my current career path.


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Andrew Arteaga, DO

Medical school :  Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas
Undergraduate:  University of Central Florida
Hometown : Merritt Island, Florida
Field of interest:  Sports Medicine, Academics/Administration
Hobbies : Overeating, working out, and anything that gets me outside on the water.
Why FAU : FAU has wonderful attendings and residents. I had a great experience here rotating as a student. The pathology, procedures, and overall learning environment I experienced here were exactly what I was looking for.
Something about me :  I'm a big fan of pineapple and ham on pizza and I'm tired of pretending that I'm not.    


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Alex Deri, MD  

Medical School: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Undergraduate : Southwestern University
Hometown : Fort Worth, TX
Field of Interest :  Critical Care, Ultrasound, Wilderness Medicine
Hobbies: Traveling, Baking, Hiking, Movies/TV/Video Games
Why FAU : The faculty and residents were extremely friendly and welcoming, and the program spans multiple sites allowing for more diverse experiences. I’m also going to enjoy avoiding the north Texas winter weather that I have become TOO familiar with.
Something about me: I want to visit 100+ countries, and every national park while I’m able to enjoy them to the fullest.   


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Danny Gersowsky, DO  

Medical School :   Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
Undergraduate:   BS in Exercise Physiology at Florida State University (FSU)
Hometown Boca Raton, FL
Field of Interest :   General Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), International Emergency Medicine
Hobbies:    Soccer, Rugby, Cycling, Traveling, Beach
Why FAU:   I grew up in Boca Raton, so I wanted to return home for residency. FAUs family feel and unique longitudinal curriculum. Beautiful South Florida weather.
Something about me :   I hope to travel to every country in my lifetime   


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Salil Phadnis, MD  

Medical School:  University of South Florida
Undergraduate:  University of Florida
Hometown:  Tampa, FL
Field of Interest :  EMS
Hobbies:  Movies, motorcycling, running, intramural soccer
Why FAU :  It’s not easy to convey the genuine vibe of a program over Zoom, but the faculty and residents did just that and convinced me this was a great place to learn and grow. Also, beaches.
Something about me:  I’m a big Christopher Nolan fanboy.  


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Bailey Pierce, MD  

Medical school : FAU Schmidt College of Medicine
Undergraduate: U niversity of Florida
Hometown :  Fort Lauderdale, FL
Field of Interest : Emergency Medicine
Hobbies : E xercising, hiking, and listening to music/going to concerts
Why FAU :  I chose FAU because it is close to my family so I'll be able to spend more time with them. Also, the weather down here is great.
Something about me : I am currently enrolled in business school at FAU and will be completing my MBA in July.   


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Christian Schuetz, MD  

Medical School : University of South Florida
Undergraduate : University of South Florida
Hometown : Mesa, AZ
Field of Interest : Disaster medicine, teaching, administration
Hobbies : Playing/watching soccer, gardening, landscaping, attending EDM music festivals, learning Spanish to impress my wife and in-laws
Why FAU : Fantastic residents, faculty, and location! FAU provides the resources and opportunities to become a rockstar EM doctor. The faculty really care about the residents and will do what they can to help us out.  All the residents treat each other like family. Did I also mention that FAU is in South Florida?  


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