Moderators
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pulmonary Disease
    • Medical Education
    Dr. Cait Clancy is a third year resident in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She received her undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Columbia University. Between college and medical school, she worked for the national office of Kaplan Test Prep and Admission in curriculum and product development for pre-health products. She attended medical school at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, graduating in 2013. While at P&S, she was involved in the student-run free clinic and was director of a near-peer education program in which senior medical students served as teachers and mentors for junior medical students during their earliest clinical encounters. She came to Philadelphia for internal medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, where she has been a member of the residency steering committee and the Medical Education Leadership Track. She is planning to begin fellowship next year in Pulmonary and Critical Care, and hopes to have a career in medical education.
    • Internal Medicine
    Intern at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
    Intern at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
    Dr. Alex Bonnel is a resident in Internal Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He grew up in Bethesda, MD, and ventured down to Texas for his undergraduate education at Rice University. After receiving his diplomas in sociology and global health technologies, Alex worked as a student intern for Rice’s Beyond Traditional Borders initiative in Gaborone, Botswana, where he implemented low cost technologies at the Baylor Pediatric HIV/AIDS Clinic and the Princess Marina Hospital. He returned stateside to work as a Harrison Surgical Scholar at the Penn Transplant Institute in Philadelphia, PA, where he gained academic writing experience under the mentorship of the medical and surgical directors of transplantation. He returned to the Lone Star State in 2011 for medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. Alex was actively involved in student life at Baylor, notably serving as Co-Chair of Admissions during his 4th year. He is ecstatic to return to the great city of Philadelphia, and is deeply invested in improving the residency training experience. He is interested in care for the underserved, and hopes to join an international health organization after completing residency. In his spare time, Alex writes medical satire for an online publication.
    • Infectious Disease
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pulmonary Disease
    • Medical Education

    I completed medical school at Sidney Kimmel Medical College (formerly Jefferson Medical College) in Philadelphia, PA and am now finishing my final year of Internal Medicine residency at George Washington University Hospital in Washington DC. I will then be staying on at GW to pursue a fellowship in Medical Education. I ultimately hope to work as an academic hospitalist with a focus on medical education. Specific topics of interest include the incorporation of education training and theory into the medical school/residency curriculum, the role of the humanities in medicine, and quality improvement in the hospital setting.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Public Health
    • Medical Education
    • General Internal Medicine
    • Underserved Medicine
    Talia Bernal is a resident in Internal Medicine at the George Washington University. Her interests include general internal medicine, medical education, and underserved medicine. She is currently participating in the Underserved Medicine and Public Health program at GW. Talia is originally from Peru and has spent most of her life in Florida. She graduated Cum Laude with a degree in psychology from the University of Florida. She then attended medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where she spent time on community outreach initiatives, mentorship, and serving on the admissions committee.
    • General Surgery
    • Medical Education
    • Quality Improvement
    • Health Policy
    • Patient Safety
    • End of Life Decision-Making
    Dr. Bailey is a PGY-4 in General Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated AOA from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia and is currently completing a Masters in Health Policy Research while participating as a fellow at the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety (CHIPS). Her research interests focus on healthcare quality improvement including end of life decision-making in the surgical ICU and variations in surgical care across different practice settings. She actively involved in research surrounding the process of educating and evaluating surgical residents.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Medical Education
    • Quality Improvement
    • Patient Safety
    • Hospitalist at Duke University Health System

    Jenny Van Kirk, MD

    Medical Instructor in Hospital Medicine at Duke University Health System

    2018-2019 Chief Resident for the Duke Internal Medicine Residency Program

    • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
    • General Surgery
    • Health Policy
    • Quality Measures
    • Residency Work Hours
    Dr. Rajaram is a PGY-6 resident in General Surgery at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University. He attended medical school at Vanderbilt University. During his residency training, Dr. Rajaram served as a Clinical Scholar at the American College of Surgeons and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Additionally, Dr. Rajaram earned a Masters degree in Health Services and Outcomes Research at Northwestern University. His research interests include outcomes and policy work related to thoracic surgery, residency work hours, and quality measures utilized in federal pay-for-performance programs. He is planning to pursue a fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery.
    • Internal Medicine
    • Pediatrics
    • Sleep Medicine
    Internal medicine-pediatrics resident at Baystate Medical Center
    Internal medicine-pediatrics resident at Baystate Medical Center

    David Sorkin is a fourth-year med-peds resident at Baystate Medical Center. During and after undergrad, he did internships at PepsiCo and Cadbury Adams, working on research and development for Diet Pepsi and Halls lozenges. David attended Albany Medical College and graduated in 2014 before starting his residency at Baystate Medical Center, where he trains in pediatrics and internal medicine. He has an interest in teaching medical students and junior residents, and also helped to edit an online study product by the USMLE Rx brand. Going forward, he intends to develop a career as a med-peds hospitalist, and is also interested in sleep medicine.

    • Internal Medicine
    • Medical Education
    • Quality Improvement
    • Acute Coronary Syndrome
    • Senior Resident, Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Michael “Mickey” Brener is a senior resident in internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Born in Israel, Mickey moved to the United States at an early age and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. He went on to complete his undergraduate degree in antebellum American History at Columbia University in New York City, and then came to Baltimore, Maryland for his graduate medical education at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Mickey has a clinical and research interest in cardiology, particularly in critical care and interventional cardiology. His research focuses on understanding the determinants and risk factors for coronary artery disease in high-risk populations. He is a recipient of funding from the NIH sponsored Pre-Clinical Research Training Program as well as the William Bean Research Award provided by the American Osler Society for research in the humanities. Mickey is also deeply invested in medical education and improving the quality of residency training. He participates in a number of committees aimed at enhancing the training experience and representing the resident perspective.
    • Internal Medicine
    Categorical resident at the Osler Medical Training Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
    Categorical resident at the Osler Medical Training Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
    • First Year Categorical Resident, Osler Medical Training Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital

    Calvin Kagan is a second year categorical resident at the Osler Medical Training Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. In addition to working as a medical resident, he is an advocate for health care policy as a means of improving the public’s health. His interests include improving access, quality, reliability, and cost within health care systems. He currently serves on the Maryland Medical Society (Med Chi) Legislative Affairs Committee and Public Health Sub-Committee, as well as the AMA Resident and Fellows Section Public Health Committee. He also serves as a medical advisor to Eko Devices, a medical device company working to improve the accuracy and utility of the stethoscope within the physical exam. Previously, Calvin held leadership positions within the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Organization of Student Representatives and the American Medical Association Foundation. He worked for the health care community organizing group, Community Catalyst, served as a member of the Vermont Medical Society Council, and worked as an American Medical Association Medical Student Government Relation’s Intern in Washington DC. Calvin was raised in Seal Beach, California. He earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Pomona College, where he served as Senior Class President. He earned his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, was a recipient of the Schechtman Prize for finishing within the top of his class, and was awarded the Laura Weed Award for excellence, service, and commitment in internal medicine. He earned his Masters in Public Health in health care policy from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He currently resides in Baltimore with his wife, Amanda, who is also an internal medicine resident at Johns Hopkins.