UA at University Campus Residency - Class of 2023

Zachary Bahr, MD
Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

Where are you from?

Chicago, IL

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Trail running, hiking, snowboarding, reading, cooking

What are your professional interests?

Rural Medicine, Medical Education

Why did you choose UA EM?

Good mix of academic and community experiences with a diverse patient population, great people, and awesome scenery!

What's your ideal vacation?

Visiting a city/country I've never been to before and roaming around exploring.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Hike and run every chance I get without ever seeing a snake, spider, or scorpion.

Sam Freedman, MD
Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science

Where are you from?

Bainbridge Island, Washington

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

After living in the Chicago area for four years I'm excited to be moving west and getting back into mountain biking, hiking and climbing. I also enjoy cooking, travel, and board games.

What are your professional interests?

Global Health, Wilderness Medicine

Why did you choose UA EM?

While at UA I really enjoyed the opportunity to rotate at both a large tertiary care center and a community-oriented hospital at South. I got along great and learned so much form the attendings and residents. On top of that, Tucson is a great place to live, with access to the outdoors and great food.

What's your ideal vacation?

I had to put my fourth year travel on hold due to Coronavirus, but I was planning on backpacking around western China for two months, exploring the national parks and cuisine of Sichuan province, before following the silk road through eastern Tibet and Gansu.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

I would love to explore the southwest more, and get better at cooking and climbing.

Zack Gibson, DO
A.T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Where are you from?

Farr West, Utah. Sounds boring, right? 15 minutes from great mountain biking, 20 minutes to the Great Salt Lake, 30 minutes from good skiing, and 35 minutes from catching some great trout.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

I greatly enjoy hanging out with my wife and daughter. We love to do anything outside. Be it disc golfing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, or hunting, I can always be found out of doors. I also love to cook and consider myself a decent amateur charcoal griller. Along with food, I also enjoy sampling new beers and whiskeys whenever I can. Lastly, I am a pretty voracious reader. I can be found reading anything from Stephen King and James A. Corey to Carl Sagan and Richard Dawkins.

What are your professional interests?

Emergency Ultrasound, Medical Education, Social Emergency Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Care,
Border Health.

Why did you choose UA EM?

I was looking for a combination of academic and underserved Emergency Medicine. UA fit the bill for both of these. I knew that I would have the opportunity to have an excellent education in ultrasound, airway management, etc. while also being able to have a unique experience in border health and working with Spanish-speaking populations. Additionally, I really connected with the faculty and residents who I met while interviewing and during my second look. I felt that I could get along with many of them and leave with lasting friendships. Lastly, my wife and I really like the landscape, recreational activities, and people of the southwest. Tucson is a unique city in that it is decently sized with lots of amenities while also having a smaller feel with tons of outdoor recreational opportunities.

What's your ideal vacation?

I would love to go to Italy, Mexico, or Honduras to explore historic landmarks and learn about
advanced civilizations that came before ours. Take in the local culture, food and drink while meeting
new and interesting people.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Make time to build my relationship with my wife and daughter, continue to learn Spanish, explore all Tucson has to offer and maybe play some good disc golf while I’m at it.

Caitlin Gluck, DO
Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Where are you from?

Tucson, AZ

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Anything outdoors, hiking, camping, paddle boarding, skiing, horseback riding, I love yoga, sports, beer, sports and beer, being a dog mom.

What are your professional interests?

Critical Care, Wilderness Medicine

Why did you choose UA EM?

The people, there were only good vibes on interview day, to be close to family and some of my oldest friends, easy access to the outdoors, after living in the Midwest I need a break from humidity!

What's your ideal vacation?

Somewhere you can walk or bike to most things with a warm ocean to immerse in and mountains to climb.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Laugh as much as I may cry, get to the Grand Canyon, I cant believe I am from AZ and have never been, adventure with my other half and fur babies whenever I can, improve my Spanish, make some life long friends and memories.

Tyler Jackson, MD
University of Utah School of Medicine

Where are you from?

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Playing sports of any variety, snowboarding, hiking, camping, watching Fixer Upper for far too long, petting other people’s dogs.

What are your professional interests?

Sports Medicine, Event Medicine, Austere/Wilderness Medicine

Why did you choose UA EM?

Having the ability to opt into a “subspecialty track” that aligns with my personal interests is a unique benefit that is not available at most EM programs. This, in addition to the numerous fellowships offered at UA and the vast number of fellowship-trained faculty to serve as potential mentors stood out when finalizing my rank list.

What's your ideal vacation?

Anywhere with a tropical climate and lots of beaches and mountains to enjoy.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Immerse myself into the southwest culture, eat all of the amazing food, learn to cook some decent food, be outside as much as possible while trying not to melt, and learn about wild desert critters.

Eric Lee, MD
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Where are you from?

Cincinnati, Ohio

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

I like to do just about anything that gets my heart rate up: cycling, climbing, mountain biking, triathlon, hiking, going to the gym, sports, etc. I'm a big fan of the outdoors, and doing all of the above with my wife. We also like to help out with our local church.

What are your professional interests?

Disaster Medicine, EMS, Leadership, Critical Care

Why did you choose UA EM?

I wasn't only looking for a well-balanced program with great training, but also for a great community to be around. Right away I could tell the training was high caliber and felt at home with the group of residents/faculty.

What's your ideal vacation?

Somewhere unique doing any of my interests or hobbies (see above). And add tacos and margaritas, of course.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Being my first time living in the southwest, I'd really like to explore it as much as possible (by foot, bike, or climb) with my wife and new friends. I also want to get better at Spanish and adopt a pupper.

Maddy Mercier, DO
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Where are you from?

Edmonds, Washington

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

All adventures big or small, trail hiking, downhill skiing, soccer, good coffee, happy hour, french fries, naps, movies, dogs.

What are your professional interests?

Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics

Why did you choose UA EM?

The welcoming faculty and staff, friendly residents, incredible clinical training, proximity to family, and sunshine!

What's your ideal vacation?

Anywhere with good people and good food. Preferably somewhere sunny laying on a sandy beach with a good book, cold beer, and spread of Spanish ham and cheeses.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Improve my Spanish and explore Tucson with my husband, puppy dog, and new friends!

Naomi Onaka, MD
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix

Where are you from?

Texas originally, but I consider Phoenix home

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

My amazing geriatric chihuahua and puppy-esque cat, hiking, biking, cooking, drinking wine, eating sourdough bread, and gardening. I used to be a competitive figure skater, so skating every once in a while.

What are your professional interests?

Making it through residency! And I love learning ultrasound.

Why did you choose UA EM?

I did a sub-i here and felt like UA encompassed all the best things - supportive faculty, awesome residents, the outdoors (Tucson), and great diversity of patients and training environments with Main and South campus.

What's your ideal vacation?

Hard to choose, but something relaxing and naturally beautiful where you can just get lost in the place and forget about the stresses of your day to day.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Traveling, being active, spending time with the important people in my life.

Rom Rahimian, MD, MPH
University of Arizona College of Medicine

Where are you from?

Irvine, California

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Traveling, Volleyball, Art

What are your professional interests?

Emergency Medicine, Global & Public Health, Ultrasound, care for underserved populations

Why did you choose UA EM?

Best training, residents, faculty, staff, and patients

What's your ideal vacation?

Warm waters and warm weather with people I love

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Exercise, sleep, travel

Mark Roehr, MD
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Phoenix

Where are you from?

Broomfield, Colorado

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

I am a huge sports fan and enjoy playing basketball, working out, and going to games. Also, I love camping, fishing, lounging by a pool, traveling, grilling, and cooking (come try my tacos).

What are your professional interests?

Global Health, Critical Care, Sports Medicine

Why did you choose UA EM?

Entering interview season I wanted a program that truly had a family atmosphere and put a heavy emphasis on education. At the end of my interview day I had zero doubt I had found the perfect fit at UA! I was not only impressed with the reputation, curriculum, and quality of training, but also excited to meet so many outgoing faculty and residents who made their working environment so much fun. Add on a diverse patient population and the amazing landscape of Tucson, and I knew I had found my new home!

What's your ideal vacation?

Either warm weather and a scenic beach, or hiking around some mountains in the snow.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Some of my goals include trying every Sonoran dog in Tucson, learning basic Spanish, keeping close with my family, girlfriend, and friends, and maybe buying a house and trying my hand at a little DIY remodeling.

Lucas Rose, MD
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Where are you from?

Dublin, Ohio

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Climbing, skiing, and hiking. Trying new craft beers. Living and dying with Duke Basketball.

What are your professional interests?

EMS, Medical Student Education, Disaster Medicine

Why did you choose UA EM?

Everyone I met on my interview day, from the residents to the faculty were the most welcoming I met on the entire interview trail. UA seemed to have the perfect hybrid academic/county/community feel. Plus after several decades of living in the Midwest, I couldn’t be happier to move somewhere that actually has some elevation changes.

What's your ideal vacation?

Either deep water soloing off an island in Greece or sitting on a beach somewhere.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Invest in a sunscreen company. Watch The Office at least several more times before it leaves Netflix. Find all the breweries in Tucson. Improve my extremely limited Spanish.

Aleksi Saarela, MD
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Where are you from?

Born in Tampere, Finland

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Fitness, soccer, traveling, reading/watching/all things sci‐fi

What are your professional interests?

Ultrasound, possibly Critical Care

Why did you choose UA EM?

UA has a top tier program that trains amazing physicians, in an affordable city with lots to do! What's not to love?

What's your ideal vacation?

Backpacking or roadtrip through the Mediterranean, or anywhere really!

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Nonmedical goals include working with and learning from incredible colleagues, making new friends/family, and constantly seeking improvement!

Darien Stratton, MD
University of Arizona College of Medicine

Where are you from?

Small town Massachusetts to Phoenix, Arizona. Tucson for medical training and perhaps for life.

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Spending time with family, stress‐baking, running to offset my baking, reading sci‐fi, mystery and fantasy novels, pretending my parents’ dog is actually my dog.

What are your professional interests?

Professional interests include Toxicology, Addiction Medicine, Medical Education, and Social Emergency
Medicine.

Why did you choose UA EM?

I love the people here ‐ the residents, faculty, and staff made me feel so welcome as a student and continually inspire me. I have enjoyed my time in Tucson immensely and not only does it feel like home, but so does our program. I have also had such incredible mentors during medical school and am excited to continue working with and learning from the faculty here.

What's your ideal vacation?

Anywhere with a beach, mountain, forest or a soft bed. Also, Disneyland. I’m easy to please!

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Learn to cook better. I can bake, but cooking has always eluded me, which is terribly sad because I love food. My husband and I would like to buy a home and become dog parents!

Ray-Young Tsao, MD
Western Michigan University School of Medicine

Where are you from?

Saratoga, California

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Exercise, weightlifting, paddling, hiking, team sports, video games, rap and electronic music, live music shows, trying new beers.

What are your professional interests?

Sports Medicine, Global Health, and International Medicine

Why did you choose UA EM?

I did a rotation at UA and was blown away by the residents and faculty. The teaching was exceptional and there’s tons of pathology to learn from. There was a real sense of camaraderie throughout the department and the residents were supportive, fun, and genuinely normal. I knew this would be a great place to train, plus it’s got great weather, too!

What's your ideal vacation?

It depends. I enjoy traveling to new places and trying all the food, but relaxing vacations/staycations are underrated and I’d never say no to some lounging by the beach.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Stay active (keep my belly in check), learn Spanish, find the best tacos and brews in Tucson.

Neil Wallace, MD
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Where are you from?

Albuquerque, New Mexico

What are your personal interests/hobbies?

Bagpipes and hiking

What are your professional interests?

Medical Education and Simulation

Why did you choose UA EM?

Tucson is a beautiful city not too far from home. The people in UA EM are a fun group that I easily meshed with. I also really enjoyed working with the underserved patient population in Albuquerque, and am looking forward to taking care of a similar set of patients in Tucson.

What's your ideal vacation?

A cabin in some snowy mountains with no agenda.

What are your non-medical goals during residency?

Make a lot of new friends in Tucson and scare a few of them away with my bagpipes.