UA at South Campus Residency - Class of 2023

Benjamin Co, DO
Western University

Where are you from?

Portland, Oregon

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Hiking, working out, photography, golf, basketball, spending time with my wife and our dogs/bunny. I recently got a OneWheel, and I love riding through all types of terrain with the sensation that I'm floating on land. I am also a sneakerhead, with a collection of 200+ shoes.

What are your professional interests?

Ultrasound, social EM, academics

Why did you choose UA EM?

The people, the training, the location. Everyone was wonderful from the second I met them and made me feel instantly at home. All of the faculty and residents are genuinely happy to be here, and the faculty are supportive, passionate, and dedicated to teaching. Also, being a resident at UA South Campus means training in a mix of urban/rural as well as academic/community/county environments. This type of diversity is ideal for an EM resident. Lastly, although I love the PNW, it was time to move somewhere warmer and sunnier!

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

Access to limitless outdoor activities, 350 days of sunshine, the [Mexican] food

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Improve my Spanish, explore/photograph as much of the Southwest US as I can, spend time with family, avoid snakes and scorpions

Stefano Correa, DO
Nova Southeastern University

Where are you from?

Miami, FL

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

I really enjoy weight training, reading classic literature, basketball (the Miami Heat) and futbol (soccer). I am looking forward to adding hiking to my list sometime within the next three years.

What are your professional interests?

I have a strong desire to work with underserved populations but outside of that I really want to gain more experience with the many different opportunities available to see what I truly want to pursue within EM.

Why did you choose UA EM?

If you look through the different class years, as I did before rotating here, you will see many residents allude to how incredible the people are. This was exactly my experience! I remember having a phenomenal shift with Dr. Ryan Miller (PGY-3 at the time of writing this) as a medical student. He made me feel welcome almost immediately. He empowered me to push myself and to think and plan as if I were the primary caregiver from presentation to disposition. I learned tremendously from him and I knew then that I wanted to be exactly like him with patients and with medical students one day. If this was the program that trained him then this was a program I sincerely wanted to be a part of.

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

When I was researching emergency medicine residencies, I knew that I wanted to be in a geographic location with a strong Hispanic representation. My parents emigrated to the U.S. from South America before I was born so being a Hispanic was very influential to my upbringing. Additionally, having lived my entire life in South Florida means I have never experienced winter before and frankly would not survive outside of perpetual warmth. Tucson provided both of these things in addition to the beautiful scenery and friendly people.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

My goal during residency is to embrace the new challenges inherent with moving to a new place far from what one is familiar with. I have lived in South Florida my entire life. I have seen enough palm trees to last a lifetime. I have even become completely unfazed by the popular “Florida man…” news headlines. Growing up and living in the same place for such a long time tends to bring you a myopic view of life. When I flew to Tucson (for the first time) for my audition month I stepped outside of the airport and saw my first cactus ever. I was in awe. When I left the airport, my eyes immediately caught sight of the mountains on the horizon. It was surreal. It is much harder to focus on the trivialities of every day when you’re surrounded by such majestic views constantly reminding you of something profoundly more meaningful.

Bethany Kobza, DO
Western University

Where are you from?

I am originally from the beautiful state of Idaho but I have spent the last 6+ years living in Oregon

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

I am most at home in the grand outdoors. I mountain bike, road bike, rock climb, kayak, SUP and trail run. I am hoping to get back into mentoring women who want to learn how to ride bikes. I love yoga and meditation, though I am admittedly too hyper to sit still for very long! I also brew kombucha. Oh, yes, and I love beer and whiskey.

What are your professional interests?

EMS medical direction, rural EM/EMS, Respiratory Therapy medical direction

Why did you choose UA EM?

As soon as I walked in the door, I knew I had found a family that wanted what was best for me and would support me fully for the next 3 years. I love that the faculty also have a deep feeling of social responsibility and support the use of Spanish throughout our residency.

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

MOUNTAIN BIKING!!!!!

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Get the bilingual Spanish certification, take a yoga teacher certification course, and build a hydroponics garden!

Patrick Mullett, MD
University of Nevada

Where are you from?

I grew up in Alaska, but have called Reno, Nevada home for the last decade.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Like any EM doc on shift, I am consistently distracted by 100 different things that demand my attention - like hiking big mountains, rock-climbing, alpine skiing, long-distance running, biking, playing team sports, brewing Kombucha, and basically anything new I can try. I most recently tried sailing and did not capsize! Long story short, I like to dabble in a little bit of everything - the more things outdoors, the better.

What are your professional interests?

Global Health, Wilderness medicine, and being the best physician I can be, no matter where I am or what I am doing. I want to leave a legacy of kindness, teamwork, compassion, and providing the best quality care to all patients. That, and I want to be fluent in Spanish by the time I graduate residency and travel around the world to practice medicine.

Why did you choose UA EM?

The people. Hands down, this program is what it is because of the incredible people here. There is a reason that Peter Rosen spent his final days hanging around this Emergency Medicine Department. To all interested residents-to-be, you should strongly consider this program if you want something truly unique, with the opportunity to not only work in an academic hospital, community hospital, and get plenty of exposure to pediatrics. At the South Campus, you will take weekly Spanish lessons and can become more than proficient in Spanish in 3 years if you are not already. When I was on Sub-I here, it was easy to notice that residents here are all incredibly good at what they do, but they are humble, and they were trusted by all faculty, nursing, and staff. Compared to other programs, it's easy for me to say the residents I saw here were well above the level of other residents in other programs. There was lots of laughter on every shift too. If you want to be an exceptional ER doctor and work amongst a family, then this is the place for you. This program is unlikely, any other - truly exceptional.

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

The skiing. Just kidding, there is no good skiing here. Don't come here for the skiing... In truth, there are too many reasons to list as to why Tucson is an amazing place to live. The big ones that stick out are the culture, the laid-back people, and the great outdoors here are unbeatable.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

What don't I want to do? I am going to try and fit in everything I can do in my free time here. Tucson is truly an incredible place with hundreds of activities. First, I plan on raising a brood of chickens and having a large garden in my backyard. Once I have a sustainable food source from my property, I would like to get my skipper's license and start sailing in my free time. I want to run an ultramarathon race at nighttime (because heat stroke is definitely going to happen in any day time race). There are also plenty of lakes nearby with good fishing, rocks to be climbed, and many co-residents who are going to want to mountain bike together - so, I guess it is time to get good at all those things! The possibilities are endless.

Aron Munson, MD
University of Arizona

Where are you from?

Born in Long Beach, CA. Raised north of San Diego in Temecula, CA.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

I love attending sporting events and am a huge College Football fan. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, golfing, skiing/snowboarding.

What are your professional interests?

Sports medicine, Ultrasound, Medical Leadership. I also aspire to be an advocate for all patients, particularly the underrepresented and underserved within southern Arizona and the surrounding regions.

Why did you choose UA EM?

The program at UA is the absolute best. The faculty and residents are truly incredible and everyone feels like a family. The program also offers exposure to both community and academic medicine, as well as amazing opportunities to work with diverse patient populations.

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

Tucson is known for its sunshine and the chance to be outdoors year-round is a huge plus. Tucson also has a really good food scene and has a lot of culture, despite being a smaller city.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

I hope to become fluent in medical Spanish and to continue to explore Tucson and the surrounding areas of Arizona.

Natalia Nakajima, DO
Western University

Where are you from?

Bend, Oregon

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Running, hiking, trying new foods, attempting to cook good vegetarian dishes

What are your professional interests?

Migrant /global health, ultrasound

Why did you choose UA EM?

Dr. Stoneking and the amazing blend of academics with community medicine serving a county-type population. What more could I want?!

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

The amazing hiking areas with year-round weather for outdoor adventures is what attracted me to Tucson. Along with that, the Spanish-speaking population kept me hoping Tucson would be my future home.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Take more trips, be the most dependable friend, get good at doing yoga

Bryan Stilson, MD
University of Arizona

Where are you from?

Tucson, Arizona

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

I enjoy learning about history and getting to travel. I go to Mexico frequently. I also grew up raising various animals and still own a horse named Reggie.

What are your professional interests?

I want to become adept at providing care in rural facilities and hope to work in small towns throughout Arizona. I have a special interest in Border health.

Why did you choose UA EM?

This is my home, and I enjoyed my time rotating here as a fourth-year medical student. Also, this program is an ideal fit for me given my professional interests.

Favorite activity in Tucson, or what attracted you to Tucson besides the residency program?

I like going out on my ATV and getting to try all the delicious local food in Tucson. The weather is always great.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

I'm working on perfecting a ribs recipe. Also, I'd like to go to Cuba some day.