UA at South Campus Residency - Class of 2020

Ashley Ealey

Ashley Ealey, MD

The University of Arizona College of Medicine

Where are you from?

San Diego, but I’ve been here long enough that I’m pretty much a T-town native.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Depends on the season! Winter is for backyard fires and sleeping in as late as possible. In Spring, the fish is on. Summer is designated for finding places to cool off (either up north or on the water). Fall is camping and hunting season. 

What are your professional interests?

Ultrasound and rural EM.

Why did you choose UA EM?

There are so many reasons but I think the top one would be the people. Everyone here is funny, smart, kind, and down-to-earth… these are the people I want to be surrounded by on my best and worst days. 

What's your ideal vacation?

On a hot, sunny beach with warm water, cheap beer, and nothing I have to do (the Mexican beaches are just a 4-hour drive away…)

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

I really want to sharpen up my Spanish and hike the Grand Canyon to Havasupai.

Ashley Guinn

Ashley Guinn, MD

East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine

Where are you from?

Kingsport, TN.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

I love to travel, playing with my dog, hiking, napping, gardening.

What are your professional interests?

International medicine and underserved communities.

Why did you choose UA EM?

I immediately felt like I fit in with the residents and faculty, and felt like everyone really supported each other. I also loved the unique opportunity to work at the county and academic centers. I hope to do some medical work in Latin America so the location and patient population gave me a great opportunity to practice Spanish. 

What's your ideal vacation?

Anywhere I've never been. Currently eyeing: Half Dome hike, Mt. Kilimanjaro, or a Beyoncé concert.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Adopt another greyhound and learn how to climb. 

Melissa Hartley

Melissa Hartley, MD

University of Utah School of Medicine

Where are you from?

Berthoud, Colorado.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Bikes, Hikes, Climbing rocks, Reading, Hanging out with my family.

What are your professional interests?

Working with underserved populations in an emergency setting.

Why did you choose UA EM?

I did an away rotation here And I loved the people that I worked with, the patients that I saw and the multitude of activities available throughout the region.

What's your ideal vacation?

Somewhere with mountains, no mosquitoes, and my family with good food and music.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Run a 10k, make it to Havasupai, and play golf at least twice a month.

Ryan Miller

Ryan Miller, MD

The University of Arizona College of Medicine

Where are you from?

Phoenix, AZ.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

I used to be cool and do cool things, but since having two beautiful daughters I spend most of my free time doing dad things- by which I mean being the bad guy in fairy princess games and complaining about my joints aching and always being tired.

What are your professional interests?

My goals for future Dr. Ryan are to be competent, fast, appropriately narrow in testing and treatment, and exceptional in communication with both patients and colleagues. Moreover, I hope to become conversational in Spanish, or at least more competent than my current practice of pointing at body parts and yelling ¿Dolor? at patients.

Why did you choose UA EM?

First and absolutely foremost, the people. This program has excellent role models for applicants looking to work in private practice AND those with academic aspirations. Moreover, working with underserved populations incredibly rewarding for me. Also the longitudinal medical Spanish teaching was huge selling point. I just got back from learning Spanish in Guatemala, sponsored by the program!

What's your ideal vacation?

Mount Lemmon is awesome. No matter the time of year, you just drive up the mountain until the weather is nice, and stop there for a hike/ride/camp.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

All right EM residency applicant. You are the only folks who read these (as I did) so instead of droning on about my life I’ll try to relate to you. As you fly around the country just trying to remember what state you’re currently in, you’ll be staying up irresponsibly late the night before an interview hurriedly researching the program. Every program, every single one, asks the question “why our program.” And you’ll unfortunately have to come up with a better answer than “because I want to be a doctor and you happen to be hiring.” Know that UA at South Campus is a very special program. I can’t think of another program that offers residents the opportunity to work in a county-style ED, a large academic ED, and a Peds ED that share the same attending staff and EMR. South campus is a hospital with amazing, caring, collegial staff from Program direction to paramedics. Pro tip- if you want to do a rotation here, be proactive in contacting our med student program coordinator (currently Kristina Waters) EARLY in the VSAS season. Good luck and God bless you in your journey to be an EM doc. It really is the best job in the world.

Adam Ratesic

Adam Ratesic, MD

The University of Arizona College of Medicine

Where are you from?

Cleveland, Ohio.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Exercise, carpentry, cooking.

What are your professional interests?

Academics, Ultrasound, Sports, Rural medicine.

Why did you choose UA EM?

Felt like extended family.

What's your ideal vacation?

Three-day weekends every week.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Be there for family, fluency in Spanish, continue exercising and eating well. 

Aaron Wesley

Aaron Wesley, MD

University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Where are you from?

I was born in rural south-central PA, but have lived and worked in the Washington DC area and Chapel Hill, NC.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

I enjoy travelling, hiking and camping. I like to cook too, but there is plenty of room for improvement. My wife and I bought our first house so it looks like I am going to become an amateur carpenter as well.

What are your professional interests?

I love EM and am interested in Critical Care as well. The two dovetail nicely. I am also keen to work with Spanish speaking populations and improve my language skills, hopefully to fluency.

Why did you choose UA EM?

My wife was born in Tucson, and her mother lives here. I have been visiting Tucson for years now and fell in love with the city and AZ in general. It's big enough to have everything you need, but has a laid back vibe with true wilderness at your doorstep. In terms of training, UA is tough to beat. The city offers a broad spectrum of pathology due to the unique population (snowbirds, rural, urban).  The faculty at UA are incredibly skilled as well as down to earth and approachable. I did an away rotation here during 4th year and fell in love, particularly with South Campus. It truly is the best of both worlds as it is a community program in an academic setting. The training environment really fosters independence.  Finally, one of my life goals both inside and outside of medicine is to become fluent in Spanish. At only 60 miles north of the border, UA offers a great opportunity to immerse oneself. All in all, UA-South is one of the best and most well-rounded programs in the country.

What's your ideal vacation?

I want to take a river-boat tour down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.  They say that every turn in the river is a new world. 

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

The Southwest is beautiful.  I intend to take full advantage of Tucson's location to see as much as I can.  I'd love to see Baja California, the Sea of Cortez, and visit the world famous national parks of Arizona and Utah. Plenty of memories to be made.