YEAR 2

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Caitlin Christoffel, MD

Hometown: Woodbury, MN
Undergrad: St. Olaf College  
Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Research Focus: Undecided 

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? High acuity and patient volume

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Kayaking and hitting the trails with my dogs

What are your future plans? Army Medicine 

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M. Tyler Colesar, MD

Hometown: Hood River, OR 
Undergrad: Oregon State University
Medical School: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences 
Research Focus: 

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? Wilderness/Austere Medicine

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? High acuity civilian patient population

What are your future plans? High acuity civilian patient population

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Kenneth Easters, DO, PT, DPT

Hometown: Wendell, NC  
Undergrad: UNC Greensboro 
Medical School: Liberty University 
Research Focus: Sports Medicine

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? The program offered the most well rounded training which will allow me to graduate and work in any setting anywhere.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta?  Restaurants, James Brown Arena, Spend time with family

What are your future plans?  Community based emergency medicine with a portion of my career dedicated to humanitarian efforts

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David Hourani, MD

Hometown: Cross Lanes, WV 
Undergrad: Marshall University 
Medical School: Marshall University 
Research Focus: Undecided

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? Great residents, faculty and well-rounded training.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Paddle boarding, running along canal or North Augusta Greenway, cycling

What are your future plans? Military Medicine

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Stephen Ingle, DO

Hometown: Groom, Texas 
Undergrad: West Texas A&M 
Medical School: A.T. Still SOMA 
Research Focus: None

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? Close knit residents with exposure to a busy level 1 trauma center

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta?  Run on the canal trails, relax with family and visit near by beaches

What are your future plans? Military medicine with wilderness focus

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Andrew Jackson, MD

Hometown: Midland, TX 
Undergrad: University of Houston 
Medical School: University of Texas 
Research Focus Pre-Hospital

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG The level 1 trauma center. Attending and resident relationship

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Savannah River Walk with wife and kids. Eat pizza. 

What are your future plans? Military medicine and then academic medicine!

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Kyle Jaschen, MD

Hometown: Des Moines, IA 
Undergrad: University of Northern Iowa
Medical School: Des Moines University
Research Focus: Sports Medicine

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? The patients were sick and the residents were happy. It was clear that training here was high speed with some of the smartest and most approachable attendings I've ever worked with. The residents seemed genuinely happy with their work and their lives. 

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Run and mountain bike on the FATS trail system in South Carolina. Greenjackets baseball games. 

What are your future plans? Possibly sports medicine fellowship, active duty Army practice then civilian practice where ever life takes our family.

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Sunita Jena, DO

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea 
Undergrad: Emory University  
Medical School: GA-PCOM 
Research Focus: Critical Care

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG?  I spent a month here as a 4th year medical student and was so welcomed by everyone. I made sure to go to all the social events and get to know everyone outside of the hospital setting as well, and realized how fun everyone is! When I came back for my interview, seeing everyone at the dinner the night before felt like reuniting with long lost friends! The residents seemed so competent and knowledgeable, like the perfect role models I would want during residency. The attendings also seemed so caring and fun, and I could tell they got along with the residents like friends. And I loved that residents are diverse and from different parts of the country. 

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta?  Walks along the canal, kayaking, the surprisingly delicious restaurant scene, driving to nearby cities like Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, Asheville

What are your future plans? Trying to take it one day at a time, but hopefully work in a community ER in a big city.

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Lucas Miller, MD

Hometown: Portland, Oregon
Undergrad: University of Texas at Houston
Medical School: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Research Focus: None

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? The volume and acuity make it a great training environment but the comraderie amongst the residents was second to none

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Hike, kayaak, fish, boat, play golf

What are your future plans?  I would like to complete the resuscitation and sports medicine fellowship after practicing for 1-2 years after I graduate residency

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Daniel Palasz, MD

Hometown: Lima, Peru 
Undergrad: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia 
Medical School: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia 
Research Focus: Sports Medicine, Ultrasound

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? The ED Ultrasound team course in Peru, and once here the amazing vibes from my co-residents and the Faculty.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Kayaking, mountain biking, playing soccer, hanging out with friends and my wife.

What are your future plans? Sports Medicine and Ultrasound, increase EM education in Peru.

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Shelby Randall, DO

Hometown: El Dorado Hills, CA 
Undergrad:  Northern Arizona University
Medical School:  Western University
Research Focus: Toxicology

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? We have an amazing dynamic between faculty and residents. I rotated here and was immediately integrated in to the culture of the program. It is important to be able to feel comfortable working with your attendings and I felt that right away as a medical student here, and now as a resident. I even more so notice the teamwork we have built between staff, attendings, and residents. It is an insanely busy emergency department and constantly growing. You are going to see some really sick individuals and start hands-on and head first in traumas, criticals, and more on day 1. I cannot say enough about this program and the people here. I am continually grateful to be a part of this (and I promise this because I am writing this 7 months into intern year). I know I will be ready when it comes time to spread my wings and be an attending :)

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? I love to run on the canal/river. We do group trips to paddle board and kayak. Every Wednesday a group of us goes to trivia. We often just grab drinks together after shift. There are tons and tons of emerging restaurants if you're a foodie. The rock climbing gym is amazing. And if you're into circuit training/spin/Yoga/HIIT, Oxygen Fitness is like a second home for me!

What are your future plans? I am not sure. I know that I will have tons of help from attendings and leadership here to get me where I want to go after I complete training.

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Nicholas Schoenmann, MD

Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA 
Undergrad:  Liberty University
Medical School:  Medical College of Georgia
Research Focus: Procedural skills and ultrasound

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? I think that the program does a great job of consistently recruiting great people eager to perform well and have fun. On top of that, we have faculty fellowship trained in ultrasound, tropical medicine, wilderness medicine, sports medicine, critical care, and EMS. If you have a particular area of interest, you can probably find it here.

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Paddleboard and find good places to eat.

What are your future plans? I am still trying to figure that out, but I would like to stay involved in resident and medical student recruiting and teaching.

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Bradley Tait, MD

Hometown: Byron City, MI
Undergrad:  Michigan State
Medical School:  Michigan State
Research Focus: Undecided

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? High acuity and patient volume

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Rock climbing, board games, DnD

What are your future plans? Move to the middle of nowhere!

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David Williams, MD

Hometown: Rock Hill, SC 
Undergrad:  CSU
Medical School:  Uniformed Services University
Research Focus: Bystander Emergency Response

What drew you to the EM program at Augusta/MCG? Hybrid civilian/military, high acuity, patient diversity, camaraderie between residents and attending educators. 

What are some of your favorite things to do in Augusta? Golf, Riverwalk/run, kayaking, outside fitness

What are your future plans? Special Operations EM physician