Benaksas, Raphael, M.D.
Hometown: Montreal, Canada / Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Undergrad: Florida Gulf Coast University
Medical School: Florida Atlantic University - Charles E Schmidt School of Medicine
Career Interest: Hospitalist
Hobbies: Video games, fishing, technology, hiking, fur babies, local cuisine, traveling on off days and reading encouraging e-mails regarding MKSAP qbank questions
Thoughts about our program: A major consideration was the large faculty-to-student ratio and the ability to really get to know our administration and attendings. It might seem like a flyover fact, but when you are able to text message any staff member and reach them at any day of the week, any hour (and I do mean any hour), this sincerely helps. Staff acknowledge/celebrate birthdays, achievements, and are even there when life gets hard and you need an ear. You end up really close with your co-residents and staff. This helps to forge ties to the local community if you are not already from the surrounding area.
Faynberg, Boris, M.D.
Hometown: Ft Lauderdale, FL by way of Moscow, Russia
Undergrad: Florida State University
Medical School: Florida State University
Career Interest: Interested in Critical Care, but still exploring
Hobbies: I play a lot of golf. I love college football. Sometimes I workout
Thoughts about our program: Before I saw this program listed first alphabetically, I heard about it from a med school friend who matched here. He mentioned the elite faculty, high level of independence and good work life balance which encouraged me to interview and eventually match here. Well now I've seen for myself that our attendings are not only excellent physicians and educators, but are very accessible and easy to talk to. It's really no big thing to curbside your specialists, which i believe facilitates learning and leads to better patient outcomes. I was very happy to see there is no culture of negative reinforcement here, making these otherwise intimidating interactions seem very low pressure. I have never asked a question that wasn't answered to my satisfaction. Independence is encouraged, and there is a good balance of clinical work and academic activity, pushing continued education; the experience gained leaves you feeling well prepared to take over the service as an upper level. One of the best compliments I can give the program is that there is no unnecessary stress placed on interns and residents and, consequently, work-life balance is easy to achieve and maintain: no strained relationships, no abandoned hobbies, no negative effects on my health or fitness. Otherwise, everything everyone else here mentioned about the city of Birmingham is true. I have had family friends in the area for years and years, and I know this place has come a long way. Birmingham really is experiencing a renaissance, as evidenced by the many redevelopments, breweries, culinary presence and growing number of young professionals. There's always something to do no matter what you're into. I'm enjoying myself so much, I just might stay.
Foy, Thompson, M.D.
Hometown: Enterprise, Alabama
Undergrad: University of Alabama
Med School: University of Alabama at Birmingham
Career Interests: I would like to run my own practice one day, but as of now I am undecided on whether or not to pursue a fellowship.
Hobbies: Playing drums and reading about politics, history, and ancient mythology. I also recently started painting models again, a diversion which I enjoyed in my youth.
Thoughts about our program: My participation in the BBH IM Residency Program has been a journey of self-discovery and growth. The core faculty and sub-specialist attendings have consistently helped me to foster my strengths while also identifying and fortifying my clinical weaknesses. The program serves a patient population afflicted with high prevalence of the major acute and chronic illnesses affecting public health at large, affording residents the practical experience they will need to function in real-world solo and group practice. Just as importantly, the program faculty ensure residents have the necessary and appropriate guidance when caring for patients with more obscure diagnoses and multiple organ system comorbidities. Perhaps my favorite thing about the program is working with and teaching medical students, which I find "raises the stakes", and really pushes me to know what I am doing! Every day is a day I have a chance to work shoulder-to-shoulder with attending and co-resident colleagues dedicated to helping each other be all that they can be.
Guduru, Harika, M.D.
and medical school:
Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, India
Interest: Primary care
Hobbies: Gardening, cooking and interior decoration
Thoughts about our program: I fell in love with the program after I completed a rotation
here as a student and thought it was the best fit for me. Everyone in the
program is very friendly, interested in teaching and very approachable. Though
I moved here from abroad, the transition felt very easy and comfortable because
of the faculty and other members of this program. Our program director is the
best -- she cares for her residents and is genuinely interested in giving us
the best possible educational experience. I couldn't have asked for a better
program for the most important part of my medical training.
Henary, Mark, M.D.
Hometown: born and raised in Los Angeles, California
Undergrad: Psychobiology at the University of California, Los Angeles
Medical School: American University of Antigua SOM for my basic sciences, and did my clinical work at Florida International University in Miami, FL.
Career Interest: I have many interests in medicine; however, I am leaning towards a future as a hospitalist or a Gastroenterology fellowship.
Hobbies: Sports -- specifically basketball, going to the gym, movies, and going to new bars and restaurants.
Thoughts about our program: The restaurant and brewery scene here is excellent. Since being up here in Birmingham, I have enjoyed saying “y'all" as much as I can and watching the "you're not from here are you?" looks that I get. I get asked a lot why I chose to come up here – 1,800 miles from home. I decided to apply here after a peer told me about the program and I came for the interview. Through that experience, I realized how wonderful the people here are. All the residents are very welcoming, and the staff, as well as my co-residents, are very supportive. Over the course of the year, I have realized how good of a fit BBH was for me. It is a very welcoming and friendly environment. You feel that there is a strong sense of camaraderie
between residents making your experience not only educational but enjoyable as well. The attendings are very eager to teach and truly give you the best opportunity to excel.
Ikebudu, Stacey, M.D.
Hometown: Lawrenceville, GA
University of Georgia
School: Morehouse School of Medicine
our program: I am a Georgia native, but I must say Birmingham has really
surprised me and not just because of its “southern hospitality.” It has easily
become a “second home” to me. I was pleasantly surprised to see what it has to
offer and I’m still having fun exploring my way around Birmingham. Good news is there’s not a whole lot of
traffic here compared to my days living in Atlanta, and the standard of living
is great. Plenty of walking trails and
parks to get your steps in if you are a fan of the outdoors like me. And believe me, when I say this, the food
here is fantastic. If you’re a fan of
breweries or happy hour margaritas, you will not be disappointed. I can honestly say that Brookwood Baptist
Health is a very strong program, whether you are a TY or Categorical Internal
Medicine resident. What really drew me
to this program was its welcoming atmosphere, approachability of the staff, and
dedication to resident wellness.
Everyone here seems to be genuinely happy and supportive of each other. Dr. Erin Townsley, our Program Director, has
been absolutely amazing and incredibly involved, and she truly cares about us
residents. I have really enjoyed
rotating between the two teaching hospitals as both have their diverse array of
pathology and serve patient populations of various socioeconomic backgrounds. The attendings and upper-level residents here
are incredibly approachable, compassionate, and they are excellent
teachers. I love the autonomy I have and
how they encourage you to take responsibility for handling complex patient
cases. One of my goals during my time
here at BBH will be in expanding our community involvement within the
Birmingham area and developing more events in the near future to address
healthcare disparities and social inequalities as it relates to public health. Above all, I am extremely thankful for my
experience so far at Brookwood Baptist Health.
Tbilisi State Medical University
School: Tbilisi State Medical University
about our program: I
love my program because people here take care of each other. I enjoy
Birmingham as a big city without traffic, with a good variety of
restaurants and hiking trails. Birmingham, Alabama has been home for
me for the last 6 years. I am interested in hospitalist medicine and plan on
staying in Birmingham after I graduate.
Hometown: Lima, Peru
Undergrad: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (Lima,
Medical School: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia-
Facultad de Medicina Alberto Hurtado (Lima, Peru)
I am interested in pursuing a fellowship in Infectious Diseases or
Gastroenterology, and I would like to focus on medical education and also have
the opportunity to develop research.
movies and/or series, video games, sleeping, basketball, cooking Peruvian food
and traveling to visit family.
about our program: I have seen great camaraderie between residents and
attendings. Furthermore, during my
intern year, I have seen great teaching and a supportive environment. The
schedule also allows you to have time for reading, and the program provides
some financial support (for books, question banks and others) to continue
building your medical knowledge.
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Undergrad: University of
Memorial - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies: Video games,
traveling, theatre, my cats, canoeing, hiking, crochet
about our program: One of the most important aspects I look for in a program is
family atmosphere, and BBH is definitely a family. We all work together and
help one another. Everyone enjoys teaching, and you can always count on your
co-residents as well as attendings to be there when you need them. My fellow
residents are always willing to stay and help out when I am on-call and things become
unexpectedly busy. The attendings are compassionate and truly care about our
School: Medical University of South Carolina College of
Ann Arbor, MI
School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine at Auburn
Interest: Fellowship -- Nephrology
Anything outdoors, reading, cooking, plants
about our program:
After doing many of my third year and fourth year medical school rotations
with BBH, I knew the environment that this program offers is one that cannot be
matched. Everyone is open and willing to help one another while also supporting
each other in becoming the best physicians we can be. The differences
in patient demographics between the two hospitals allow us to learn from a
wide variety of pathology. The setting of this community program really
provides the best of both worlds, including one-on-one experiences
with attendings along with strong emphasis on teaching and academics. The
city of Birmingham and the people that live in it are also not to be
Kikkeri, Nidhi, M.D. Preliminary
Hometown: Bangalore Undergrad: Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences Med School: Mandya Institute of Medical Sciences Advanced Program:Neurology
Morrow, Lendrum, M.D. Preliminary
Hometown: Charleston, SC Undergrad:Brigham Young University Med School: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine Advanced Program:Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Schultz, Jacob, M.D. Preliminary
Hometown: Alexandria, KY Undergrad: University of Kentucky Med School: University of Louisville School of Medicine Advanced Program:Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Steffens, Ashley, M.D. Preliminary
Hometown: Albequerque, NM Undergrad: Auburn University Med School: University of Alabama School of Medicine Advanced Program:Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Willeford, Brea, D.O. Preliminary
Hometown: North Myrtle Beach, SC Undergrad: Coastal Carolina University Med School: Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine Advanced Program:Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation