Combined EM & Peds Residency - Class of 2022

Rakesh Chopde, MD

Rakesh Chopde, MD

St. George's University School of Medicine

Where are you from?

Burtonsville, MD.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

I consider myself a homebody, so first and foremost, napping. But, I like to cook, watch some Netflix, have game nights, and spend time with family and friends. I'm also into the foodie scene, so I'm excited to explore the culinary options Tucson has to offer.

What are your professional interests?

I am very interested in medical student education and teaching. One day, I hope to become a program director and stay in the academic setting, while still being involved in patient care. Also, coming from a medical school in Grenada, I have become more interested in international and travel medicine.

Why did you choose UA EM?

The people. Plain and simple. Everyone I met during my interview was kind, friendly, and interested. I knew this was the type of nurturing and collaborative environment I wanted to train in. Also, a major pull was having that small-town feel, while still maintaining the big town amenities. I didn't realize how much there is to do in Tucson! There's something for everyone. Although it's on the opposite coast, I had that "gut feeling" from the second I stepped off the plane until I stepped back on. That's why it was pushed to my number 1 spot.

What's your ideal vacation?

I enjoy vacations where I just sit back and relax. So, I think my ideal vacation would be at an all-inclusive resort or a cruise to a tropical location with the people I love. It's more about the company versus the destination.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Over the course of my time in Tucson, I want to become fluent in Spanish. Also, I want to become more of an outdoors person. I don't really do much exploring in nature, but I hope over my 5 years in Arizona, I'll be the next Bear Grylls.

Anthony Favoloro, MD

Anthony Favoloro, MD

Ross University School of Medicine

Where are you from?

New Orleans, LA.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Working on my Jeep with my Pops - that one will be on hold for a little while - movies, the idea of reading, involvement in my local church, the obligatory hiking/camping that every UA EM intern will inevitably list.

What are your professional interests?

Pediatric EM, tropical medicine, global health.

Why did you choose UA EM?

After my interview here, I felt I would be challenged in ways I couldn't be in other places - forcing me to become a better physician by putting me outside of my comfort zone (e.g. pushing myself to learn Spanish for the border health opportunities). Also, Tucson presents some excellent outdoor opportunities.

What's your ideal vacation?

Long walks on the beach, moonlit dinners, bubble baths...

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Become more of an adult - you know... learning how to cook as well as my folks (I'll settle for half as well), doing taxes, cleaning house, all the "fun" stuff.

Riley Fisher, DO

Riley Fisher, DO

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Where are you from?

Born and raised in Fairbanks, AK, but attended undergrad and medical school in Washington State.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Growing up in Alaska inspired a love for the outdoors, where bunny boots and full net mosquito suits are wardrobe staples. Whether it’s cross-country skiing, hiking, playing soccer or camping, I am reinvigorated when I’m outdoors being active. If I am lucky enough to do these activities with my family and a dog in tow, the time spent is invaluable.

Other things include, sampling local eats, wine and beer-tasting, reality TV (I’m not proud)—one hour is entertaining, two hours is detrimental, traveling, animals, yoga, painting, cooking, morning coffee, and Van Morrison.

What are your professional interests?

Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Medical Education; Global Health; Combatting disparities through education, policy/advocacy.

Why did you choose UA EM?

One of the few combined EM & Peds programs in the country. When I rotated through as a fourth year, everyone made me feel at home right away. I chose UofA because of its unparalleled diversity of clinical experiences, the ability to train at both a county hospital and an academic center, an underserved patient population, great faculty residents, and staff who are an impressive bunch and yet very down-to-earth, funny and warm. Most importantly, my interview with Dale Woolridge, who took me out for an obscene amount of wings and gave me some of his beer when my glass was empty.

What's your ideal vacation?

Somewhere beautiful and completely off the map with no cell phone service and by the water.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Travel, become fluent in Spanish, get my buns to the gym, kiddos, and to maintain a life balance.

Hannah Landreth, MD

Hannah Landreth, MD

University of Oklahoma College of Medicine - Tulsa

Where are you from?

Tulsa, Oklahoma.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Triathlons, waterskiing, SCUBA, hiking, biblical study, deer hunting, fishing, disc golf, whipping up delicious meals.

What are your professional interests?

EM-Pediatrics, Child abuse, disaster-relief medicine, Native American health, underserved populations.

Why did you choose UA EM?

I chose to go into EM-Pediatrics, and after doing an away rotation at Tucson during my 4th year, I found my future home. I appreciated the investment that the faculty and residents took in me during my time here as a student, and I can’t imagine a better place to enjoy the outdoors.

What's your ideal vacation?

Backpacking trip around New Zealand and Australia, finishing with SCUBA at the great barrier reef.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Improve at rock climbing and ultimate Frisbee, find the best tacos in Tucson, buy a house, travel at least one awesome place a year.