Education

University of Washington Department of Emergency Medicine is delighted to welcome 12 new incoming interns, who will begin their postgraduate training this summer.


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Mary Albertolle

Tufts University

Mary was born in Palo Alto, CA, and completed her BS in Pharmacology at UCSB with a minor in Mathematics. While at UCSB, Mary worked as a research assistant at the Neuroscience Research Institute. During Medical School, Mary studied at the Miguel Angel Asturias Spanish School in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, and was also a Clinical Volunteer and Director of Operations at The Sharewood Project; a student-run free health clinic providing patient care to a mostly immigrant patient population. Mary’s hobbies include reading, hiking, and running; she even founded the Tufts University School of Medicine Running Club. Welcome, Mary!


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Nicole Bakhoum

Vanderbilt University

Nicole was born in New York, NY, and completed her BS in Biology at Cornell University. Nicole’s most recent research focuses on Medical Education; specifically, medical student mental, physical, and emotional health. During Medical School, Nicole worked as a researcher at Vanderbilt University in the Departments of Emergency Medicine, and Pediatric Infectious Disease, as well as the Shade Tree Clinic where she created a survey to measure outcomes of intervention via subjective and objective confidence levels with phone triaging. Nicole's hobbies include traveling, cooking, and watching foreign films. Welcome, Nicole!


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Naeem Bayaa

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Naeem was born in Grapevine, TX, and completed his BA in Economics at UCLA. During Medical School, Naeem served as a Mentor in Medicine (MiM) at Veritas, Long School of Medicine’s student advising systems designed to provide medical students with multi-layered system of support and guidance. He also volunteered at Student-run Free Clinics in San Antonio, where he was part of a team providing free medical care to underserved populations and communities, including refugees, homeless persons, and residents at a women’s drug rehabilitation center. Naeem’s hobbies include road tripping to National and State Parks, playing/watching basketball, and exploring new cities and the cuisines that represent them. Welcome, Naeem!


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Adrian Boscolo-Hightower

University of Illinois, Chicago

A native of Seattle, Adrian attended Franklin High School. He left the PNW for Stanford to complete a B.A. in Human Biology followed by an M.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Public Health in Underserved Communities. He is extremely passionate about minority health and health disparities, having researched health policy in Washington D.C. and participated in Diversity and Inclusion efforts at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Adrian’s hobbies include international travel, mixed martial arts, and playing/watching soccer. Welcome, Adrian!


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Lakota Cheek

University of Colorado

Lakota was born in Rendon, TX and belongs to the Msvkoke (Creek) Nation - Thlopthlocco tribe. Lakota received his BS in Biology from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. At TCU, Lakota worked as a Field Research Assistant, spending time in the Guanacaste mountain range in Costa Rica to do field research on bromeliad micro ecosystems. During Medical School, he volunteered as a high school mentor for the Breakthrough Mentors Program, which pairs up medical students with high school students to help guide them through applications for higher education. Lakota’s hobbies include classical music, cycling, and hiking. Welcome, Lakota!


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Steven Coppess

University of Washington

Steven is a native of Seattle and completed several degrees from Seattle University including Bachelor’s degrees in Humanities and Business Economics, as well as an MBA and JD. Steven spent time as a Co-investigator and researcher at Seattle Children’s Hospital, as well as a volunteer at Harborview Medical Center. Steven volunteered as a Diabetes Management Program Coach at NeighborCare Health in Seattle where he provided diabetes education in a community healthcare nonprofit that served an underserved and diverse population. Before Medical School, Steven practiced law for 5 years. Steven’s hobbies include eating diverse foods, traveling, and spending time with his two young girls, ages 3 and 5 – “going on 13,” he adds. Welcome, Steven!


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Margaret Davis

Tufts University

Margaret was born in Belmont, MA, and completed her BA in Biological Sciences at Cornell University. Margaret is Co-investigator for a study at Tufts where she is conducting a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the Maine Medical Center Emergency Department's Suboxone induction program. She also works as an Ultrasound Teaching Assistant at Tufts where she assists teaching bedside ultrasound in the first-year Clinical Anatomy course and assist to expand ultrasound teaching in the undergraduate medical curriculum. Margaret volunteered at The Sharewood Project as a Sexual and Reproductive Health/Women’s Health Counselor. Her hobbies include performing arts, cheesemaking, and political action. Welcome, Margaret!


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Jay Dumanian

University of Chicago

Jay was born in Los Altos, CA, and received his BA in Psychology from Dartmouth College. Jay is currently a student researcher at University of Chicago, collaborating on an ongoing study that examines how the opening of the UChicago Medicine trauma center one year ago has affected transport times for trauma patients from the local community. Jay has acted as a Volunteer Educator at South Side Science Scholars in Chicago, as well as the Washington Park Free Clinic where he conducted clinic visits with the attending pediatrician and administered vaccines. Jay’s hobbies include rock climbing, backpacking, and skiing. Welcome, Jay!


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Christina Morris

University of California, San Francisco

Christina was born in New Haven, CT. She completed her BA in Human Biology at Stanford University, and her MS in Health Sciences at University of California, Berkeley. During Medical School, Christina worked as a Field Research Assistant at the Princeton Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, in Barro Colorado Island, Panama, where she conducted nest surveys, behavioral observations, and experiments on the islands of the Panama Canal. Previously, she had been a Research Associate and Program Director at the Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health where she conducted interviews, focus groups, narrative and concept-mapping data analysis, and wrote grants and manuscripts for publication. Christina’s hobbies include Zen meditation, writing poetry, and surfing “badly.” Welcome, Christina!


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Claire Murphy

University of Washington

Claire was born in Everett, WA, and completed her BS in Human Science at Georgetown University. During Medical School, Claire acted as Co-president of the UWSOM Emergency Medicine Interest Group where she organized educational events, including inviting speakers to discuss mass casualty and natural disaster response, resident-led case discussions, and career exploration panels for peers. Through Undergrad and Medical School, Claire volunteered as a Victim Advocate at the Providence Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse. Claire’s hobbies include makeup artistry, painting, and hosting dinner parties. Welcome, Claire!


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Cameron Niswander

University of Colorado

Cameron was born in Steamboat Springs, CO, and received his BA in Integrative Psychology from University of Colorado at Boulder. During Medical School, Cameron volunteered as a student advisor and mentor to medical students where he collaborated with other 4th year students and faculty leadership to create wellness events for all students as well as help them with the transition to clinical years. Cameron also worked as a Teaching Assistant in a 4th year medical student elective on Climate Change and Human Health where he coordinated lectures and workshops and led wilderness situations during end-of-trip retreat at Rocky Mountain National Park. Cameron’s hobbies include podcasting, gardening, and reading. Welcome, Cameron!


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Danielle Smith

University of Vermont

Danielle was born in Sun Valley, Idaho, and completed her BS in Biological Sciences at University of Vermont. During Medical School, Danielle was a Medical Volunteer with the Special Olympics Vermont, as well as a volunteer for Med Mentors where she taught 60 high school students at the annual Health Careers Exploration Day held at the University of Vermont in collaboration with AHEC (Area Health Education Centers). Previously, Danielle worked as a Teaching Assistant at the University of Vermont Summer Academy, where local high school students spend two weeks at UVM and participate in a 3-credit college prep class that focuses on subjects relevant to pursuing careers in a health care field. Danielle’s hobbies include woodworking, playing soccer, and spending time with her Aussie Shepherd mix rescue pup, Sage – “the best dog in the world.” Welcome, Danielle!