UA at South Campus Residency - Class of 2019

Kurt Curtis, MD

Kurt Curtis, MD

Saint Louis University

Where are you from?

I’m from the Lou and I’m proud (St. Louis)

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

I like to push my comfort level climbing and mountain biking. I also love watching and playing soccer (Spurs and Barca fan).

What are your professional interests?

 Overall I’d like to use EM as a vehicle through which to live an adventurous life.

Why did you choose UA EM?

UAEM is an amazing program. At University campus you see plenty of complicated pathology, trauma, and a mix of patient population from all walks of life. The pace is fast and furious and every shift is a new adventure. As an intern, it’s easy to get in over your head, but there are always a few wiser attendings and/or senior/junior residents around to help you in a pinch.  

At south, you get to treat 3rd world pathology with 1st world resources. The patient population changes to primarily Latino, and you see a ton of border-crossers, prisoners, and psychiatric patients. Your role in the ED changes to taking a bit more responsibility for your patients simply because there are less consultants available at any notice (I’m a bit biased because I’m a southie). The pace is a little more relaxed and there is a nice close-knit community feel.

Favorite activity in Tucson?

1. Mountain biking on Mount Lemmon
2. Climbing on Mount Lemmon
3. Hiking on Mount Lemmon
4. Thinking about Mount Lemmon
5. Dreaming about Mount Lemmon
When life gives you Lemmons...

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

1. Go to Mexico
2. Beat my brother at any video game
3. Explore the Southwest

Ross Dechant

Ross Dechant, MD

Marshall University

Where are you from?

Scottsdale, AZ

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

All things sports, Arizona Cardinals, good beer, poker, travel.

What are your professional interests?

Global health, EMS

Why did you choose UA EM?

The cafeteria food.

Favorite activity in Tucson?

Eating all the Mexican food.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Work on my Español.

Gregory Ely

Gregory Ely, MD

University of Nebraska

Where are you from?

Omaha, Nebraska.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Reading, being outdoors, listening to and playing music.

What are your professional interests?

EMS, international medicine.

Why did you choose UA EM?

I like the city of Tucson. Diverse patient population, approachable faculty and residents.

Favorite activity in Tucson?

Escaping to Mt. Lemmon.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Spend lots of time getting to know my excellent class of co-residents.

Philipp Hannan

Philipp Hannan, MD

University of Colorado

Where are you from?

Hütschenhausen, Germany and Colorado Springs, CO.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Hiking, movies, board games, and (since I’ve moved to Tucson) hibernating at the pool.

What are your professional interests?

I’ve turned my medical career into a platform for LGBT advocacy, and spent much of my free time in med school working in that field. I plan to do the same in residency. 

Why did you choose UA EM?

This residency was the one place that clicked for me. I loved the program, the attendings, and the residents, but--most of all--I loved the emphasis on belonging to a team.

Favorite activity in Tucson?

Hiking! 

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Avoid heat stroke.

Kelcy Higa, MD

Kelcy Higa, MD

University of Hawaii

Where are you from?

Honolulu, HI

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Beach, food, sports, gym, hang with friends, chill with pup, thrifting.

What are your professional interests?

Community EM, working with underserved populations.

Why did you choose UA EM?

I chose UA EM because of the people I met during my away rotation. The faculty, residents, and support staff are great, and who you work with makes all the difference in the ED. Warm weather huge plus!

Favorite activity in Tucson?

Exploring the city and wilderness with my wife and our new dog.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

International travel and improving Spanish.

Daewon Kim, MD

Daewon Kim, MD

University of Southern California

Where are you from?

Los Angeles, CA

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Books, movies, video games, traveling, hip hop, cooking/eating, hanging out with the family

What are your professional interests?

Medical education, US

Why did you choose UA EM?

Loved the atmosphere and the people on interview days at both programs

Favorite activity in Tucson?

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Taqueria Aqui Con El Nene

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Learn Spanish, cook more.