Alysha Joseph – Fashena College

alyshaHometown: Rockwall, TX

Undergrad: UT Dallas

Interests: spending time with family and friends, baking, hiking, reading, and really anything that involves nature (my bucket list includes visiting all the national parks)

Medical Interests: Med-Peds! Specifically cardiology, infectious disease/global health, and palliative care

Fun Fact: I love French press coffee and like to grind my own beans with a burr grinder (in case you were wondering, manual>electric and ceramic>stainless steel).

What I like about UTSW: I love how every person at this institution is so invested in our learning and training. I have had incredible teachers and mentors during my time on the wards, people who have inspired me and made me excited about the future of medicine. I have also really enjoyed going through the past few years with some amazing classmates, who will undoubtedly be extraordinary physicians in the near future.


Roy Baskin – Estabrook College

img_7084.jpgHometown: Waco, TX

Undergrad: Trinity University

Interests: Reading, Parenting

Medical Interests: General Surgery

Fun Fact: My twin sister has a baby that is two weeks older than my guy.

What I like about UTSW: My classmates amaze and inspire me. The faculty and residents are great. I feel like I am a part of something special here which is both humbling and motivational.

Sabiha Hussain – Sprague College

IMG_0186-1 (1)Hometown: Amarillo, TX (yeah I know, you drove through there once)

Undergrad: Georgetown University

Interests: Exploring Dallas and cooking/cook books—just got Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat, 10/10 recommend

Medical Interests: Pediatrics!

Fun Fact: I’ve never had a house plant survive, not a good look.

What I like about UTSW: I love that any interest you have, medical or otherwise, you can definitely find someone who shares that same excitement!

Vidya Menon – Seldin College

Vidya PicHometown: Frisco, TX

Undergrad: UT Dallas

Interests: Music, dance, cooking if I’m not feeling lazy

Medical Interests: Family medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry

Fun Fact: I lived in India for 3 years but I never visited the Taj Mahal.

What I like about UTSW: It’s great to be in a class of peers that you really admire! In addition to being academically high-achieving, everyone has so many interests and talents outside of medicine that they manage to pursue even while in school, and I think that’s phenomenal!

Maria Box – Pritchard College

IMG_1569Hometown: Fort Worth, TX

Undergrad: Boston College

Interests: Swimming, drawing, cooking, watching Texas Ranger baseball

Medical Interests: Emergency Medicine, Correctional Health, GI…definitely something with a small procedural aspect.

Fun Fact: I weighed 12lbs when I was born!

What I like about UTSW: I love how UTSW celebrates everything… ice cream day, Constitution Day, Happiness Day, Student Appreciation Day… In all seriousness, though, I love how focused on community service UTSW is! There are always so many opportunities to get involved in pretty much any kind of project you want. I also love the patient population at Parkland and the wide variety of things we get to see and experience. Plus I just love DFW in general!

Riley Martinez – Fashena College

Stud of Week pic.jpgHometown: College Station, TX

Undergrad: Texas A&M University

Interests: Exploring the outdoors, playing with puppies, spending time on the lake, and enjoying the fellowship of good friends

Medical Interests: Orthopaedic Surgery

Fun Fact: I get haircuts with Jordan Spieth and fangirl him every time

What I like about UTSW: What a true honor it is to train at such a fine institute. I feel blessed by the many brilliant and inspiring classmates and friends I’ve made that are making positive impacts on the world just like they’ve done for me.

Carolina Andrade – Estabrook College


Hometown: Born and raised in Austin, TX

Undergrad: Oberlin College in Ohio – B.A. in Biology with a chem minor

Interests: traveling, eating tacos in Austin, dogs, viola/orchestra/chambermusic, improv, going out to the movies, Netflix

Medical Interests: Women’s Health, Adolescent Health, OB/GYN

Fun Fact: I performed in improv theaters around Austin for 1.5 years before starting medical school!

What I like about UTSW: Great faculty and residents who love to teach, having a mentor in our small colleges group who is so helpful, and I love the hospitals we get to work at during clerkships and meeting the patients. I also like getting to know more classmates in clerkships. Our class is full of great people who make rotations fun!

Swathi Ariyapadi – Cary College

hiHometown: Houston

Undergrad: UT Dallas

Interests: Indian classical dance, bhangra, reading

Medical Interests: Ob/Gyn, Pediatric-Neonatology

Fun Fact: I am a black belt in karate but I also love to dance—I guess it’s a good mix of strength and grace

What I like about UTSW: I love the support I have felt from classmates and attendings. Things like our colleges system have made it so much easier to find friends that will be in my life for years to come! I also appreciate how lucky we are as UTSW students, to work with a very unique and giving patient population in an environment centered around learning, messing up, and improving.

Steve Phan – Sprague College

Yosemite HSPHometown: Garland, TX

Undergrad: University of Texas at Dallas

Interests: Computers & gadgets, Tennis, Cooking, Traveling

Medical Interests: Surgery

Fun Fact: I like taking things a apart to see how they work, from computers to lawn mowers.

What I like about UTSW: I love how I have met and became great friends with so many people at UTSW! It’s amazing how natural it was to click with my classmates. All the seminars and lectures with free food are a plus too.