Naomi Freeman – Cary College

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Hometown: Dallas

Interest/Hobbies: Dancing!! and singing, reading, baking, eating…really anything that is not studying

Medical Interests: The world is my oyster, but I’m thinking dermatology or pediatrics

Fun Fact: I have been to 38 countries and plan on visiting every possible country one day

What I like about UTSW: I love how everyone in our class has such diverse interests outside of medicine and are truly well rounded individuals, but still have a deep passion for medicine that unites us.

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Savannah Hampton – Sprague College

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Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Undergrad: UT Austin!

Interests: music, guitar, YouTube, meeting Bachelorettes

Medical Interests: plastic and reconstructive surgery, ENT, radiology, EM, OB/GYN…. Lots.

Fun Fact: my highest bowling score is over 200

What I like about UTSW: The brilliant people. You can sometimes really feel the incredible things going on throughout the campus and its humbling/exciting to be a little part of that.

Waqas Haque – Pritchard College

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Name: Waqas Haque

College: Pritchard

Hometown: Plano, Texas (born in Karachi, Pakistan)

Undergrad: UT Dallas

Interests: books (only non-fiction), spirituality & philosophy, basketball, more books, NBA and NFL, chess, streaming lectures in different coffeeshops, traveling, writing

Medical Interests: I’m thinking about a few things – maybe ophthalmology or psychiatry. I definitely want to be involved in biomedical innovation & entrepreneurship whichever route I choose.

Fun Fact: After graduating from UTD, I did my master’s at Cambridge University in England! I didn’t pick up a British accent, but exploring the different culture there was an enlightening experience.

What I like about UTSW: Since I live right next to Parkland, I often look outside my window right before sleeping to see the hospital, all lit-up and full of activity. While it only takes a few seconds, the imagery is symbolic of our commitment to healing and to our patients, no matter the time of day or circumstance.

Sumanth Reddy – Fashena College

IMG_2658Hometown: Austin, Texas

Undergrad: UT Austin

Interests: Cooking, traveling, basketball, Netflix

Medical Interests: Haven’t decided on a specialty but I definitely want to be involved in global health throughout my career.

Fun Fact: I have a super cute pup named Leo

What I like about UTSW: I love how diverse our class is in so many ways. Everyone has a unique perspective and this makes every day on campus interesting!

Isabel López-García – Estabrook College

20170520_194400.jpgHometown: San Antonio, TX

Undergrad: Rice U

Interests: Painting, writing, puppies, going on spontaneous adventures

Medical Interests: Ascending on a thin limb here, I actually find renal interesting and most things internal medicine maybe cardio maybe endocrine maybe OB/GYN… hard no on urology though.

Fun Fact: I can say the alphabet backwards really fast… just kinda rolls off the tongue. #boredinkindergarten

What I like about UTSW: The giant orange Chihuly piece on the first floor of NC and all the nice gardens around here are also great but the best parts are all the people – past, present, and future passionate researchers and compassionate clinicians… thanks for making it a great first year!

Georgia Shelton – Cary College

11816263_10204859944841056_2414335422834456382_oHometown: São Paulo, Brazil / Edmond, OK

Undergrad: Harvard University

Interests: Reading for pleasure, cooking new recipes, singing, playing oboe, bees, playing board games, avoiding laundry, Netflix, making unnecessarily long lists.

Medical Interests: Research, public health, epidemiology, and a list of about 5000 possible future specialties. Please don’t make me choose.

Fun Fact: For my midterm project in my Herpetology class, rather than giving a PowerPoint presentation, I wrote and performed a full-length parody of Anna Kendrick’s “When I’m Gone,” called “Red Eyed Frog (Red Eyed Tree Frog)”. #SeniorSpring

What I like about UTSW: I love how much science is happening at UTSW. It’s a hotbed of research and discovery, and it’s so exciting to be at the center of it. I also have the most wonderful friends imaginable; they make every day a good day.

Jennifer Gueler – Sprague College

Hometown: Houston, Texaspicture-student of the week

Undergrad: Rice University

Interests: Netflix binges, all the food (especially brunch), treating myself, napping, dogs, travelling

Medical Interests: Trauma Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Acute/Critical Care, and getting to bring my background in mental health and public health into working with patients at county/safety-net hospitals like Parkland!

Fun Fact: In fourth grade, I was bitten by a zebra (true story) and there was a rumor going around school that I contracted rabies (I didn’t). Two extra freebies- I was a gymnast for 8 years, and I spent a year between college and med school living in London!

What I like about UTSW: For me it’s definitely the people- the sense of community is so supportive and collaborative. Medical school is really such a transformative journey not just academically and professionally but personally, and I cannot imagine going through this process without this group of some of the most amazing people I have ever met. Everyone is so intelligent, talented, passionate and friendly. As we say in Sprague (sorry not sorry), “teamwork makes the dream work.”

Tim Benage – Seldin College

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Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri

Undergrad: Boston College

Interests: Hockey (Go Blues), Swimming, Checking out the local Dallas breweries

Medical Interests: Orthopedics, Education, Emergency Medicine

Fun Fact: I once ate 50 chicken McNuggets in one sitting. Would not do it again.

What I like about UTSW: The people here are simply amazing. The student body has been so supportive and has made getting through tough windows of school easier and more enjoyable. Some of the activities and accomplishments that my classmates have already experienced inspire me on a regular basis.

Pooja Dasari – Pritchard College

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Hometown: Austin, TX

Undergrad: UT Dallas

Interests: I love to work out, but I love FOOD more. Also, I’m a super artsy person, so anything from straight up drawing to interior design, I find it all enjoyable.

Medical Interests: I’m currently interested in surgery as a specialty. Also, I’m working on finding ways to apply art to healing in medicine as this combines both of interests in life.

Fun Fact: Don’t hate me, but I’m not a huge fan of chocolate :/

What I like about UTSW: I love how close our class is, which makes school a little less stressful and LOT more fun.