CN year 1
Ivan Sanchez Fernandez
I am currently a PGY-3 resident in the adult year of neurology. My path to the pediatric neurology residency is somewhat different from the typical candidate. I graduated from medical school in Spain in 2004, completed four years of pediatric residency, and two more years in pediatric neurology fellowship in Barcelona. I moved to Boston in 2011 and since then was busy as a research fellow in Boston Children Hospital conducting research in epilepsy, writing many articles, completing an MPH thorough Harvard School of Public Health, earning a Master’s in Biomedical informatics from Harvard Medical School, and completing an ACGME-accredited training in pediatric epilepsy at Boston Children’s Hospital. Going back into a five-year residency program in child neurology to become a board-certified child neurologist was not an easy decision, but I knew that this was the best option for my long-term career goal. I am thankful for the opportunity that BMC gave me and I hope that my previous training and experiences will allow me to give back both in clinical care of our vulnerable population and in teaching to my colleagues in my field of expertise.
I am a PGY-3 currently in my adult neurology year. I completed my pediatric training in the Boston Combined Residency Program and was a part of the Urban Health and Advocacy Tract. I participated in Health Equity Rounds, a resident-led case conference series that looks at the impacts of implicit bias and structural racism on patient care and health outcomes, and this year am working on bringing the conference to the adult neurology department! I am interested in a career in pediatric neurocritical care. When not at work, I love hiking, skiing, and exploring New England.
CN year 2
I am Yasmine Elhefnawy, a fourth-year pediatric neurology resident. I joined BMC after finishing my pediatric residency in Flint, Michigan, where I was involved in the development and the uprising of an underserved community. I decided to join BMC to continue the same vision to provide excellent medical care to all kids with no exception. I am impressed with the passion and the dedication of the staff and faculty to serve the community and advocate for the challenged patients who face a lot of barriers and obstacles to proper health care. I also feel so proud of the diversity our department carries and the equal opportunities to all. After I finish my training, I plan to be a general neurologist and an advocate for underprivileged kids.
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Wilson
I am a fourth-year pediatric neurology resident planning to apply for a neuroimmunology fellowship this year. I have been at BMC since I was a medical student at Boston University School of Medicine and fell in love with the mission to serve the underserved. Training at BMC has provided such unexpected opportunities to become a part of our patients' communities and truly advocate for our patients at the individual and state level.
CN Year 3
Dayra Licier Oquendo
I am a fifth-year pediatric neurology resident who will pursue a neurophysiology fellowship with the goal of focusing on pediatric epilepsy. I completed my pediatric residency program in Puerto Rico and then decided to pursue a career in child neurology. Training at BMC has allowed me to be part of a diverse team and patient population.
I am a fifth-year pediatric neurology resident with a clinical interest in headache. I am grateful for the highly supportive and engaging faculty, residents, and staff at BMC, and for insights learned from caring for our diverse patient population. From my experiences at BMC, I’ve gained a greater appreciation for the impact of collaboration and creativity. Coming from Texas, I am endlessly delighted by snow and fall/winter fashions.