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Yousef Abdulla, MD

Hometown: Chicago

Medical School:  Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Why LSU Baton Rouge? The program left a great impression on me during my interview day. Even though it was virtual I can tell how genuine the faculty members were and how good the training is in Baton Rouge. After moving down here I have come to confirm that the training down here is, indeed, bananas.

What do you do on your days off? Pick up heavy metallic objects and put them back down.

What would you be doing if you weren't doing Emergency Medicine? Just doing this medicine thing till the hair modeling career takes off.

EM interests: Global Health, Ultrasound.

5 year plan: Hopefully practicing out in the community in the Chicagoland area!

Pets/Family: On a solo mission in Louisiana, whole fam is back up North.

Random/Fun Fact: I can definitely destroy Dusty in smash.

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Conner Bancroft, MD

Hometown: Meridian, MS

Medical School:  University of Mississippi

Why LSU Baton Rouge?  When I came here for my away rotation, I was immediately welcomed and treated as part of the team. The pathology and acuity of care was intense, but I felt supported every step of the way. The faculty, staff, and residents consistently reiterate that they are here to help you become the best physician you can be, which makes training here very comfortable and team based.

What do you do on your days off? I love working out, spending time outside with my fiancé and cat (Steve), and cooking.

What would you be doing if you weren't doing Emergency Medicine? If I wasn't doing EM, I think I would do something in the food industry. I love to cook, so I would likely pursue something in that department.

EM interests: Global health and disaster medicine

5 year plan: As I am just starting residency, it is tough to plan 5 years down the road. My three year plan is to fully immerse myself in training in order to come out the best physician I can be as I start my career.

Pets/Family: I am engaged to Gabrielle and we have a 2 year old cat named Steve French (both pictured above).

Fun fact: Although Steve is a cat, we have trained him to fetch and walk on a leash, so you may catch us walking the neighborhood on my afternoons off.

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Tommie Espy, MD

Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Medical School:  LSU - New Orleans

Why LSU Baton Rouge?  I was born and raised in Baton Rouge. After going away for undergraduate and training in New Orleans, I always knew I would end up back in my home town. Both of my parents were paramedics in Baton Rouge and I started my medical career by participating in the EBR EMS Explorer Post program; so I think I was always destined to end up at this program. The diversity of the patient population along with the level of acuity that is so prevalent in Baton Rouge means that I get an education unlike anywhere else.

EM Interests: Academic & EMS

Pets/Family: My husband, Brad, and I met in the EMS explorer post while I was in high school. So I married my high school sweetheart.

Fun fact: Halloween is my favorite holiday and my favorite Halloween movie is Hocus Pocus; I've watched it over 200 times.

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Megan Forbes, MD

Hometown: Fresno, California

Medical School:  University of Queensland - Ochsner

Why LSU Baton Rouge? I knew I would get a top notch education here and be ready for anything when I graduate. Also all the faculty are so nice and supportive!

What do you do on your days off? Hang out with my dogs!

What would you be doing if you weren't doing Emergency Medicine? Full time dog mom!

EM Interests: Global Health

5 year plan: Become an attending and either start working or start global EM fellowship.

Pets/Family: 2 dogs (Chimi and Zen), 2 cats (Chui and Duma) and husband

Fun fact: I learned how to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef!

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Kristen Fox, DO

Hometown: Kenner, LA

Medical School:  Campbell University of Osteopathic Medicine

Why LSU Baton Rouge? On the interview trail, I got asked this question a lot. "Why this program?" During my LSU interview, Dr. Caffery asked me how I was going to make a decision on my rank list at the end of the season, what criteria would I use? My answer was a little long-winded and two-fold. First, I said that I wanted a program that would provide volume, diversity of patient population, camaraderie amongst peers and leadership, autonomy in clinical practice, and complexity of care. That part of the answer could probably be used for a variety of programs, there's lots of them that combine excellent training with excellent people. So next, I said that once I narrow my list down to programs that would meet these criteria, the only thing left is to go with how the program feels. I wanted a program that felt like home. I wanted to get that visceral sensation of being home; the feeling of being welcomed, acknowledged, and supported. As it turned out, that was LSU Baton Rouge for me.

What would you be doing if you weren't doing Emergency Medicine? I always wanted to be Olivia Benson!

Family: Married with three nuggets

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Dustin Goodwin, Jr, MD

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ

Medical School:  University of Arizona COM - Tucson

Why LSU Baton Rouge? Immediately from interviews I could tell the relationships between residents and faculty was uniquely positive. The residents themselves were welcoming and honest, everything just felt right from the start. Plus, the weather is amazing, I would not survive in the snow.

What do you do on your days off? Live, laugh, love. Play racquetball, lift, or play video games.

What would you be doing if you weren't doing Emergency Medicine? I'd like to think I'm funny enough to make it as a standup comedian.

EM Interests: EMS, sports medicine

Fun fact: I was the 2021 UACOM Super Smash champion.

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Kalli Henning, MD

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas

Medical School: UT Health San Antonio

Why LSU Baton Rouge? I just had a really good feeling about this place when I interviewed. Friendly residents and faculty, unopposed procedures but still at large hospital and trauma center, and solid pediatric exposure. It really checked all my boxes of what I wanted in a program.

What do you do on your days off? I catch up with friends, try a new place to eat, and get outside for a long walk with my dog.

What would you be doing if you weren't doing Emergency Medicine? I wanted to be a lot of things before I decided on medicine --owning a plant nursery, being an ecologist, re-finishing furniture, or being a stay at home dog mom. But I think I chose wisely in ending up in EM. Although , I still think it would be fun to work remotely, live in a camper, and travel around the US to hike for a year or two.

Pets/Family: I have a dog named Twiggy. She's a standard poodle mix and loves to go along for the ride.

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Kayleigh Jeffrey, DO, MPH, MS

Hometown: London, England

Medical School:  Nova Southeastern University

Why LSU Baton Rouge? Unopposed procedure opportunities. The opportunity to see high acuity patients from your first day in the ED. The close knit nature of the program coordinators, faculty and residents before and during interview day you could just tell how supportive and genuine everyone here is.

What do you do on your days off? DIY projects, catching up with my friends and Brunch!

What would you be doing if you weren't doing Emergency Medicine? I would be an interior decorator or a full time travel blogger and spend my time exploring cities and learning about different cultures or relaxing on various islands.

EM interests: Global Health, Public Health, Disaster medicine

Random fact? I have traveled to 41 countries!

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Charles Mayeux, DO

Hometown: Marshfield, WI

Medical School:  Des Moines University COM

Why LSU Baton Rouge? Baton Rouge has always been a special place to me due to the amount of family I have in the area. When I rotated here last year I immediately felt that it was a great fit. I was immediately sold on the learning environment and was very interested in training in an area with high acuity, vast pathology, and a lot of procedure volume. I also grew up a huge LSU fan and am obsessed with the food scene here!

What do you do on your days off? Read, watch movies/tv, crossfit with my wife, and play tennis!

What would you be doing if you weren't doing Emergency Medicine? Naval Aviator

EM interests: EMS and Critical Care

Pets/Family: Two dogs (Roux - mix, and Honie - Shiba Inu), and one baby due in November!

Fun Fact:  Both of my parents were born and raised in Louisiana, with my dad's first language being Cajun French. So despite being raised in Wisconsin, I can make a mean gumbo!

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Christopher McVicker, MD

Hometown: Lacassine, LA

Medical School:  LSU - New Orleans

Why LSU Baton Rouge? During my rotation here, I felt that the people of this program were supportive and friendly, both inside and outside of the hospital. It was genuine and natural, which can be hard to convey in the era of COVID and recruitment. I also felt that a lot of time and effort went into making a training experience that prepared its residents with the knowledge and skills they would need to become excellent physicians. The patient population offers plenty of experience in high-acuity and trauma care.

What do you do on your days off? Sleep, travel when I can, spend time with friends/family, listen to music, go to the movies, write

What would you be doing if you weren't doing Emergency Medicine? Writer

EM interests: Wilderness Medicine

5 year plan: Finish residency, then fly by the seat of my pants

Pets/Family? Four dogs, and currently in the market for a cat

Random/Fun Fact: Usually, only male narwhals have tusks, although some females with tusks have been documented.

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Navpreet Panglia, DO

Hometown: Houston, TX

Medical School: VCOM - Auburn 

Why LSU Baton Rouge? This program offers the high acuity and volume that would allow me to get the best training. As an intern, you are allowed to see sick/critical patients starting day 1. During my interview, I loved the relationship between the residents and the faculty here. This program is a very close knit group and very supportive of each other. Plus you get two golden weekends off!!

What do you do on your days off? Explore new restaurants, travel, binge watch netflix

What would you be doing if you weren't doing Emergency Medicine? I would be a chef! I love food and I love cooking!

EM interests: Critical care and global health

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Ashley Trent, MD

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

Medical School:  Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Why LSU Baton Rouge? Awesome interview day, the residents and faculty were very friendly! Unoppossed procedures, early autonomy, great food, and the warm weather!

What do you do on your days off? Hiking, house renovation, jigsaw puzzles, watching netflix & cuddling with Saydee with a nice glass of wine

EM interests: Medical Education, Wilderness Medicine, Toxicology, Climate Health

Family/Pets: My partner Mike, and I'm a proud dog mom to Saydee

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