2018 PGY3 Family Medicine Residents
Lizzeth Alarcon – Boston University School of Medicine
Lizzeth has aspired to be a primary care physician since her college days at Duke University where she studied Chemistry and Global health. While in college, she did a field work project in Lome, Togo investigating the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS. She also worked in San Jose, Costa Rica conducting research on reproductive health and leading health workshops. When she came to Boston University for medical school, she was drawn to family medicine and its focus on taking care of patients within the context of their communities. She had the opportunity to have in-depth exposure to community health through her participation in the CCHERS program at Dorchester House, as well as her family medicine rotations at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. She was a co-president of the Latino Medical Student Association and a quality improvement student leader in a project working to increase interpreter use. Lizzeth is originally from Colombia; she is fluent in Spanish and speaks basic French. In her spare time she enjoys jogging, going Latin dancing, working on jigsaw puzzles, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
James Carter – Wake Forest School of Medicine
James is joining us from Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston Salem, NC. Before medical school, he received a Sociology degree from Duke University and subsequently worked as a research assistant for the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System in Richmond, VA where he gained valuable exposure to health disparities among homeless and underprivileged populations. Upon matriculation into medical school, he became a member of the Student National Medical Association and actively participated in both Family Medicine and Sports Medicine Interest Groups. He also helped introduce the inaugural Safe Zone Project at his medical school to create a further inclusive and welcoming learning environment while also educating peers on the LGBTQ community and their health concerns. James was drawn to Family Medicine because it provides opportunities to have meaningful relationships with patients and the community. In his spare time he enjoys playing the alto saxophone and continues self-taught piano, weightlifting, baseball, singing, Duke basketball, and spending time with loved ones.
Chandler Christophe – Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Chandler was born and raised in East Orange, New Jersey. He received a B.S. in Biological Sciences at Rutgers University and continued on to pursue his Medical Degree at the same institution. Before entering medical school, he worked as an academic advisor to pre-medical students providing academic and career counseling as well as facilitating tutoring services for their science courses. During medical school, Chandler continued his love of working with adolescents by coordinating several mentoring programs such as Students Learning About Medicine (SLAM) Program, in which he held workshops on health-related topics for high school students, as well as a series of educational workshops for the local YMCA in Newark. Chandler was co-president of the Student National Medical Association while in medical school and created outreach and educational programs for the community. Chandler is interested in urban, underserved medicine and adolescent medicine. He speaks basic Haitian Creole. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, reading, playing basketball, and really any activity as long as it is spent with family and dear friends.
Katrina Ciraldo – Boston University School of Medicine
Katrina grew up in Miami Beach and studied History and Anthropology at Columbia University, where she was a leader of the Student Global AIDS Campaign. After graduation, she worked at an infectious disease lab at Columbia’s Mailman School of Public Health while finishing her pre-med requirements. Before staring medical school at Boston University, she worked in Kampala and Nairobi alongside civil society leaders who were advocating for more accountability in the health system, especially around HIV and maternal health. At BUSM she helped teach the student-run Global Health Equity elective. She spent a year in Kisoro, a district in southwestern Uganda, teaching village health workers and working in a chronic disease clinic at the local government hospital. Katrina was a co-chair of Family Medicine Interest Group and founder of Boston Student Health Activism Community. She also co-chaired the AIDS Advocacy Network of the American Medical Students Association. She speaks basic Spanish and Italian and can exchange pleasantries in Rufumbira. Outside of medicine, she enjoys spending time with her husband Andrew, an elementary school teacher and having sing-alongs with friends in Jamaica Plain.
Mateo Eckstat – Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine
Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Mateo completed his undergraduate degree at Tufts University in 2009. He then spent a year teaching English in Madrid before coming back to the U.S. He joined a combined MD/MPH program at Northwestern Medical School in 2012 to further his interests in both medicine and public health. During his time at Northwestern Mateo was involved with the Community Health Clinic Student Group, where he served as both student group treasurer and as a clinic coordinator. For his MPH he conducted a study that looked at the effect of neighborhood violence on birth outcomes in Chicago. Mateo was drawn to Family Medicine by the challenging breadth of the specialty, the opportunity to develop long-term relationships with patients, and the dedication to underserved medicine that he saw in his mentors. He plans to practice full spectrum family medicine, and is especially interested in obstetrics and teaching. Mateo is fluent in Spanish. He enjoys riding his motorcycle, gardening, visiting family in Spain, watching Premier League soccer and spending time with his wife Ashley and their child.
Madeline Haas – Albany Medical College
Madeline grew up in Cambridge and stayed to attend Harvard College, where she majored in History. She first became interested in family medicine as a volunteer with Health Leads at BMC, working with families to help meet their social needs. After college, Madeline worked for two years at The Bridgespan Group, helping nonprofit and philanthropic organizations achieve their strategic goals. She attended Albany Medical College, where she was involved in advocacy at the state and national level with Students for a National Health Plan, as well as medical Spanish and the medical humanities through her blog, The Med School Cookbook. She speaks some French and basic medical Spanish. In her free time, Madeline enjoys running, cooking, reading, and writing. When she has a lot of free time, she likes to hike and travel. She is so excited to be returning to Boston Medical Center where her love for family medicine began!
Khai-El Johnson – Meharry School of Medicine
Khai-El completed her undergraduate degree in Biology at Spelman College then went on to Meharry Medical College to pursue her Medical Degree. Khai-El worked as a Health Science Specialist with the Department of Veteran Affairs in Houston, Texas analyzing the effectiveness of Patient Centered Medical Home in the VA system. During her time in medical school, she and a group of peers founded Meharry’s student-run clinic, 12 South Community Clinic, and went on to serve on its Board of Directors. She is a proud member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and dedicated volunteer with multiple health and education centered programs. Khai-El’s deep interest in geriatric care led her to become involved with organizations such as the Geriatric Education Center in Nashville and the Tennessee State Veterans’ Home. She also served on the Executive Board of the Meharry Family Medicine Interest Group, which was honored by the AAFP as a Program of Excellence. In her spare time Khai-El enjoys watching classic films, learning to cook, traveling, indoor rock-climbing, and spending time with friends and family.
Julia Randall – University of Massachusetts Medical School
Julia is joining us from University of Massachusetts. There she co-founded two correctional health groups. Correctional Health Educators is a student group that teaches health education classes in Massachusetts Youth Detention Centers. The Correctional Health Enrichment Elective is a multidisciplinary learning experience exposing health professionals to various incarcerated populations and their unique health needs. Additionally, Julia was an outreach education coordinator for Ecuador HIV clinic initiative. She completed her undergraduate degree at University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she majored in Latin American Studies and International Relations. Between college and medical school, she was a research assistant and rowing coach for athletes with disabilities at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Community Rowing of Boston. Julia speaks Spanish and basic French. Outside of medicine, she enjoys teaching, dancing, reading, travel, bee-keeping, lake swimming, gardening, and hosting dinner parties.
Adi Rattner – John Hopkins School of Medicine
Adi studied Biology and Spanish, obtaining her undergraduate degree at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Before medical school, she worked as a women’s health case manager at a Boston community health center. She pursued her Medical Degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in her home town of Baltimore. As a medical student, Adi was involved in the leadership of the Latino Medical Student Association, in which she developed curricula on Latino Health in the medical school and taught mental health and sex education workshops in an afterschool program. Passionate about advocating for universal health care, she co-founded a new chapter of Students of a National Health Program at the medical school. She served as the Maryland Student Delegate at the American Academy of Family Physicians National Conference, and as the Student Representative on the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors. She worked on the primary care curriculum reform committee to design Johns Hopkins’ new Primary Care Leadership Track. Adi speaks Hebrew and Spanish. She enjoys dancing salsa and bachata, spending time outdoors, running, hiking, camping, hosting dinners and finding and building community.
Milan Satcher – The Warren Alpert Brown School of Medicine
Born and raised in the Hudson Valley of New York, Milan joined the undergraduate and medical school community at Brown University through the 8-year Program in Liberal Medical Education. As an undergraduate, she studied Human Biology alongside courses such as cultural anthropology in an effort to raise her consciousness on societal and systemic forms of privilege and oppression. In medical school, she built upon her social justice studies by exploring the intersection between social marginalization and access to medical care, particularly among refugee, transgender, and minority communities, and learned to use curriculum development as a tool to increase her classmates’ consciousness. During a two-year sabbatical from medical school, Milan earned an MPH in global health and conducted research as a UCLA SAPHIR fellow on HIV/STI prevention among transgender women in Lima, Peru, where she continues ongoing research focused on transgender health & rights. In addition to general care of the underserved, Milan is especially committed to furthering her expertise in primary care for transgender individuals, Latino health, international research, and medical education. Milan speaks Spanish and basic Haitian Creole. Outside of medicine she enjoys singing, relearning the guitar, photography, the New England outdoors, and spending time with her parents, younger siblings, and the friends who have become family.
Katherine Standish – Yale School of Medicine
Katherine completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Latin American Studies at Wesleyan University and her medical degree at Yale School of Medicine. After college Katherine worked in community-based public health research, studying harm reduction efforts among injection drug users, first in New York City at the New York Academy of Medicine and then in Tijuana, Mexico as a Fulbright Scholar. She then moved to Nicaragua, where she managed pediatric dengue studies at the Sustainable Sciences Institute. Back in her hometown of New Haven for medical school, she served as director of the student-run HAVEN Free Clinic, which provides primary care in a mostly immigrant neighborhood. While at Yale, she helped design a community health orientation to the city of New Haven for incoming medical students, and participated in redesigning the public health and cultural competency components of the medical school curriculum. Katherine is particularly interested in maternal-child health, lactation, immigrant health, and the ethical dimensions of global health and community health endeavors. She speaks Spanish fluently. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with her husband and son.