Class of 2017
Ellen Cales, MD

Ellen Cales, MD

University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

Hometown:  Chicago, IL     Undergrad:  Loyola University Chicago

Medical Interest:  I spent 2 years doing bioinformatics research and I would like to integrate some of that into Emergency Medicine. I am interested in systems research and trying to make the practice of medicine more efficient, safe and effective.

Interests/Hobbies:  On my days off I am universally doing something with my kids. We love to go to the Como Zoo, the park, ride our bikes, hike, boat on the river, camp or go to one of the thousands of lakes available to explore. I also love art and have a predilection for oil painting, specifically portraits and medically oriented pieces. Minneapolis and St. Paul have tons of amazing restaurants to try, a great music scene and tons of green space and it’s been a ton of fun getting to explore a new city.

Why HCMC?  I was really impressed by the independence of the ED when I interviewed here and they have certainly lived up to their reputation. I love how many different injuries and pathologies we are able to take care of in the ED ourselves. I strongly believe that this creates the best learning environment for ED residents and will prepare me the best for being a competent clinician on my own. I love the enthusiasm for ultrasound, and I love that it is completely integrated into my emergency care; I am doing multiple ultrasounds on every shift. I also am constantly impressed by our attendings in their research, their patient care, and their interest in innovation and teaching.

Courtney Elm, MD

Courtney Elm, MD

Boston University, School of Medicine

Hometown:  Plymouth, MN     Undergrad:   University of Minnesota

Medical Interest:  Critical care, ultrasound, owning the airway

Interests/Hobbies:  Enjoying MN summers, riding barrel racing rodeo horses really
fast, playing and cuddling with my dog Loki, watching
gopher hockey, trying new foods and places around the Twin Cities, and now riding my bike to work occasionally.

Why HCMC?  I wanted a place where I could learn by doing and have a ton of hands on experience managing anything from gun shots to dizziness, having world class faculty to look over my shoulder is great, and having great support from other departments. Minneapolis is awesome, and I have the best co‐residents around!

Chris Kaczmarczyk, DO

Chris Kaczmarczyk, DO

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown:  Cleveland, OH     Undergrad:  Loyola University Chicago

Medical Interest: International EM, Public Health, Social Determinants of Health, Critical Care, FOAMed, Medical Education

Interests/Hobbies: International traveling / hosteling / backpacking / exploring, soccer (playing, watching, you name it), marathoning, outdoor activities of all kinds, cooking, live music, drinking good coffee and even better beer.

Why HCMC?  What brought me here: I wanted a true county experience, and HCMC is the epitome of that. What seemed to set this place apart from the rest was that it also had the resources and investment in the community to make a greater social impact. On top of that, the acuity of patients and diversity of pathology continues to amaze me on a daily basis. We really see and do it all, more‐so than anywhere else I looked.  Why I’m (still) ecstatic that I’m here: In addition to the above points, the autonomy we maintain in our Stabilization Room (and in the rest of our ED) provides a phenomenal training environment. Our faculty are teachers first and truly invested in our training. I get to work with an incredible group of co-residents who continually challenge me to be a better physician and provide support both at work and away from it.

Kaveesh Maharaj, MD

Kaveesh Maharaj, MD

Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Hometown:  Cleveland, OH     Undergrad:  Loyola University Chicago

Medical Interest: International EM, Public Health, Social Determinants of Health, Critical Care, FOAMed, Medical Education

Interests/Hobbies: International traveling / hosteling / backpacking / exploring, soccer (playing, watching, you name it), marathoning, outdoor activities of all kinds, cooking, live music, drinking good coffee and even better beer.

Why HCMC?  What brought me here: I wanted a true county experience, and HCMC is the epitome of that. What seemed to set this place apart from the rest was that it also had the resources and investment in the community to make a greater social impact. On top of that, the acuity of patients and diversity of pathology continues to amaze me on a daily basis. We really see and do it all, more‐so than anywhere else I looked.  Why I’m (still) ecstatic that I’m here: In addition to the above points, the autonomy we maintain in our Stabilization Room (and in the rest of our ED) provides a phenomenal training environment. Our faculty are teachers first and truly invested in our training. I get to work with an incredible group of co-residents who continually challenge me to be a better physician and provide support both at work and away from it.

Bobby Rivard, MD

Bobby Rivard, MD

University of Colorado, School of Medicine

Hometown:  Essex, Vt      Undergrad:  Ithaca College

Medical Interest: EM ultrasound, health equity, rural health

Interests/Hobbies: Trout fishing, mountain biking, wilderness, skiing, running, cooking, searching for the perfect cup of coffee with my wife.

Why HCMC?  I didn’t rotate here but came for interview day and shadowed in the department. In a few short hours, I knew this was the place. We ultrasound everything and have an actual machine in almost every room in the department. We are highly autonomous and pushed to make decisions on critical patients (the pinnacle of this, of course, being the STAB room). Faculty – who are leaders in the field, talk to you like a real person and teach constantly both in and out of the department. Minneapolis is a cool city too – ridiculous bicycle infrastructure, great food, chill people.

Haley Robinson, MD

Haley Robinson, MD

Medical College of Wisconsin

Hometown:  Daytona Beach, FL     Undergrad:   Florida State University

Medical Interest:  Toxicology, critical care

Interests/Hobbies:  Watching TV and movies, working out, going out to dinner or drinks with my friends, comedy, traveling, food and wine!

Why HCMC?  I wanted the best training. I knew I wanted to be challenged and pushed beyond the expected minimum. Then interview day showed me that this place was a learning and supportive environment to train in. This has certainly stayed true during residency and the faculty are just the best. I am so happy I chose to come here.

Katie Veazey, MD

Katie Veazey, MD

University of Colorado, School of Medicine

Hometown:  Minnetonka, MN     Undergrad:  University of California, Berkeley

Medical Interest:  Sports medicine, women’s health particularly family planning

Interests/Hobbies:  Cooking, cocktails, skiing (water and snow), traveling, huge soccer fan, being active, Montana is my happy place, walking the lakes.

Why HCMC?  I was looking for a busy, county hospital program. I loved the feel I got from all the residents and faculty at HCMC. The faculty are all really friendly and love teaching and most importantly, very approachable! I am continually blown away with the pathology and acuity that comes through the STAB room and the strength and knowledge of the third year residents. The role of pit boss is also very unique to HCMC, as I believe it is one of the only three-year programs that gives the third year a chance at running the department. I only saw this offered at 4 year programs. Overall, this program was the best fit for me, and I couldn’t be happier!

Barry Wagner, MD

Barry Wagner, MD

University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health

Hometown:  Milwaukee, WI     Undergrad: University of Wisconsin Madison

Medical Interest:  EMS, ultrasound, research, and education

Interests/Hobbies: Running, biking, skiing, snowboarding, and keeping up with the Brewers, Packers, and Badgers.

Why HCMC?  I rotated at HCMC as a student and was blown away by the capability of and responsibility granted to the 3rd year residents in the “Pit boss” role.  Also, the ultrasound training and availability can’t be beat.

Scott White, MD

Scott White, MD

University of Washington, School of Medicine

Hometown:  Boise, ID     Undergrad: Hamline University

Medical Interest:  Ultrasound, Global health, health policy, health administration, QA/QI/patient safety

Interests/Hobbies:  Traveling the world, cooking (I’m probably better at baking rather than cooking, but I’m working on it), running (even though I was totally that overweight asthmatic in 2nd grade who tried every way possible to get out of running the dreaded quarterly one-mile run), and biking on the trails when the weather is not a heat index of 100+ or below freezing.

Why HCMC?  I love the Twin Cities and the awesome community I have the opportunity to serve working at HCMC.  Although I didn’t rotate here during medical school, I had heard great things about the faculty and residents from this program.  When I interviewed, I was excited about the opportunity to work with leaders in our specialty (individuals who are consistently authoring landmark articles and abstracts in peer reviewed journals) and serve a population that includes a broad payer-mix, both insured, uninsured and underinsured.  Providing healthcare at an institution that places priority on equity and service played a major role in my final decision to rank HCMC my top choice.  I didn’t let the weather sway my decision… it’s cold everywhere in the winter.  No matter where you end up, you’ll always be wearing scrubs; it just varies by season how many additional layers you’ll have on top of ’em.

Rochelle Zarzar, MD

Rochelle Zarzar, MD

University of Virginia, School of Medicine

Hometown:  Oakton, VA      Undergrad:   Duke University

Medical Interest:  Global health, medical education, disaster/EMS

Interests/Hobbies:  Eating, traveling, scuba diving, triathlons, new experiences!

Why HCMC?  The people — including the faculty/residents I get to work with as well as the patients I have the opportunity to help care for.  And the fact that it’s a program where you will get to see and do everything you can imagine in the field of EM, so you are prepared to work in any environment you choose after graduation.