UA at South Campus Residency - Class of 2018

South Campus Class of 2018
Amber Bellafiore, MD

Amber Bellafiore, MD

The University of Arizona

Where are you from?

Tucson

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Climbing, caving, kayaking, canyoneering, backpacking... Basically anything outside.

What are your professional interests?

Working hard, and climbing harder.

Why did you choose UA EM?

Awesome people, awesome program, sick patients, rural and international medicine experiences.

Favorite activity in Tucson?

Anything on Mt. Lemmon or that involves beer.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Actually reading a book. Oh and climbing stuff.

Karen Bertels

Karen Bertels, MD - Chief Resident

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Where are you from?

Edwardsville, IL

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Hiking, Cooking, Backpacking the National Parks, Puppies or pretty much any baby animal

What are your professional interests?

Medical Education, Global Health

Why did you choose UA EM?

First and foremost, the friendly/intelligent/hard working people and awesome vibe in the ED. Camaraderie amongst attendings, residents, and hospital staff is so positive. Loved the Spanish immersion courses at South, and ability to work towards Dual Role Translator certification. Could go on and on, instead I'll just say I'm so happy to be here.

Favorite activity in Tucson?

Hiking/biking, farmer's markets, great places to eat, just the right size for a city!

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Successful adulting!  

Robert Conley

Robert Conley, MD

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Where are you from?

Flagstaff, Arizona

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Skiing, white water rafting, climbing, mountain biking, photography, thrift shopping, wandering around Home Depot, fixing broken things, drinking coffee and IPAs, eating good food.

What are your professional interests?

Global health, critical care, and eventually learning how to be an all-around country doctor (i.e think post-apocalypse) .

Why did you choose UA EM?

That’s easy: The people here are phenomenal.

Favorite activity in Tucson?

Rediscovering the meaning of good Mexican food. And tecate.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Just keeping up with the little things.  Like seeing snow every once in a while. Sleep.  Putting my BBQ to good use and making time for friends and family.

Lisa Goldberg

Lisa Goldberg, MD - Chief Resident

The University of Arizona

Where are you from?

South Africa

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Rugby, cricket, African dance and sheep shearing.

What are your professional interests

I am interested in fellowships in sports medicine, research and toxicology.

Why did you choose UA EM?

University of Arizona has a sense of community that is unparalleled and the opportunity to learn from faculty who are leaders in research.

Favorite activity in Tucson?

Sheep shearing in Marana.

Nicholas Hernandez

Nicholas Hernandez, MD

The University of Arizona

Where are you from?

The Dirty-T!!! aka Tucson, AZ.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

I like to be outside. I like mountain biking, climbing, backpacking, camping, and drinking a cold beer after the aforementioned activities.

What are your professional interests?

Ultrasound, Wilderness Medicine, and Medical Education.

Why did you choose UA EM?

For so many reasons. I really appreciate the great diversity in staff, patient populations, and facilities. I could not be more proud to be a part of this program.

Favorite activity in Tucson?

Mountain biking.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Learn to adult.

Eric Lederer

Eric Lederer, MD

East Tennessee State University, James H. Quillen College of Medicine

Where are you from?

Maryland

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Trail running, fitness, fishing, family time.

What are your professional interests?

Rural and limited resource EM.

Why did you choose UA EM?

People here are great and the UA south EM program is one of a kind.

Favorite activity in Tucson?

Anything in the mountains with my wife and daughter.