Class of 2020


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Ioana Bocirnea, MD

Hometown: Rochester, NY
Undergraduate: Saint John Fisher College- Rochester, NY
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine – Dominica
Stats: Single
Hobbies: Cycling, movies/music, shopping, traveling and spending time with family and friends
What I did before medical school: I am a traditional student, attending medical school right after my undergrad. During my undergraduate years, I worked as a pharmacy technician.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I choose UT-Jackson because I wanted to train at a program where people were passionate about going to work every day. During my interview, I had the great pleasure of meeting some of the kindest residents, enthusiastic faculty and welcoming staff. Simply put, I fell in love with the southern hospitality! The family medicine program at UT-Jackson was the program that I felt most comfortable at continuing my training. UT-Jackson caters to a broad range of patients in Jackson, TN and surrounding counties which makes it a great training program. As an unopposed training program there is ample opportunity to learn how to manage both rare and “bread and butter” cases. Coming from the northeast, I couldn’t be more excited to leave my winter coat behind, as I start to call Jackson, TN my new home for the next few years.

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Tatevik Minasyan, MD

Hometown: Yerevan, Armenia (but practically a Memphian since I have spent the past 17 years in Memphis, TN)
Undergraduate: University of Memphis
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
Stats: Engaged to my amazing fiancé, Ian. Very close with my parents and sister. Have a one-year-old nephew and a Malti-poo with an attitude to keep me busy
Hobbies: Playing the piano, painting, cake decorating, traveling with my fiancé who is in the Air Force
What I did before medical school: I worked as a server at a local restaurant and office manager for a clinic. Then I traveled to Europe to visit family. 
Why I chose UT-Jackson:  There are a multitude of reasons but the most significant was wanting to work with such amazing faculty, residents and staff. I had the pleasure of doing several medical school clinical rotations there and fell in love with the friendly atmosphere. During my time at UT Jackson, I also saw what a strong program it was and I wanted to train at an unopposed, well-rounded program, which would adequately prepare me for a full-spectrum practice in the future.  Also, my family lives in Memphis and I wanted to be close to them and be able to witness my nephew growing up. 

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 Justin Ryan Turner, MD


Hometown: Huntingdon, TN (via Newellton, LA)
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis
Stats: Married to my wonderful wife, Barbara. We have one dog, Roxie, a miniature pinscher.
Hobbies: Fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, and other outdoor activities. Volunteer Football (GBO). Video gaming.
What I did before medical school: While at UT, I worked as a student assistant in the Sports Medicine department with several different sports teams. I immediately entered medical school following undergraduate.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time at UT-Jackson. I did research following my first year in medical school here, and I did two months of rotations as a third year, as well as one month as a fourth year student. Overall, I could not ask for a better group of people to train with for the next three years. UT had everything I was looking for in a residency: unopposed, fellowship opportunities, University-affiliated, and strong physician role models. 

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Ethan Hundley, MD

Hometown: Bastrop, LA
Undergraduate: Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA
Medical School: LSUHSC Shreveport School of Medicine
Stats: I have type 1 DM. I have a wife named Lacey, and we will have been married for 4 years on May 18, 2017. We don’t have any kids YET…but we have one dog named Finley. 
Hobbies: Running, Cycling, playing guitar, movie-going, reading, listening to music, camping, and hiking
What I did before medical school: I worked as an office technician for an ophthalmologist in Ruston, LA while my wife was working on her masters in speech language pathology at LaTech.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose UT Jackson because the program felt like “home.” Everyone was so friendly and welcoming, and that made it very easy to see myself living there, working with, and learning from everyone and really enjoying it. It’s a smaller town with a large community hospital and that was something I was looking for specifically. During my interview and second look, I got the impression that training here would more than fully prepare me for any type of practice I’d like to pursue in family medicine. I’m also very interested in the EM fellowship and training opportunities in Jackson. 

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Anastasia "Stacy" Timpone, MD

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergraduate: Providence College, Providence RI
Medical School: St. George's University
Stats: Married with a puggle.
Hobbies: Running, yoga, traveling and playing with my pup!
What I did before medical school: I lived in Albany NY and NYC working as an embryologist in an IVF lab.
Why I chose UT-Jackson
: I loved the idea of an unopposed residency and having the busiest ED in Tennessee.  I also liked the idea of an EM fellowship.  My interview trip to Jackson was great and everyone at the program was so friendly and welcoming.  I am excited to have the chance to learn at such a great hospital and become part of the UT-Jackson family. 


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Chloe Williams, DO

Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergraduate: Baylor University, Waco, TX
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Carolinas campus
Stats: In a relationship
Hobbies: Cooking, Yoga, traveling, and taking naps!
What I did before medical school:  During the year between undergrad and medical school, I worked full time as a medical scribe in the ER.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: During the application season, I was looking for a program I knew would prepare me for life after residency! I loved that UT-Jackson offered an unopposed environment, great exposure to procedures/hands on learning, and a diverse curriculum! I also appreciated how welcoming the residents and staff were I was able to meet during my interview, and quickly became interested in the ER fellowship opportunity! Overall, it was obvious UT-Jackson had everything I was looking for and more! I'm so glad I'll be able to train here!

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Pei “Mimi” Bellor-Yeh, MD

Hometown: Millbrae, CA
Undergraduate: University of California, Davis
Medical School: Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine
Stats: Married to my husband, William who is an attorney.  We have two turtles named Sandy and Vito and a cat named Minya.  We are hoping to get a puppy soon!
Hobbies: Tennis, kayaking, traveling, cooking/eating, video games, music, and movies
What I did before medical school: I was a research associate at University of California, Davis Medical Center studying pancreatic cancer precursor cells and worked at Taco Bell to earn money for the family. 
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose this program because I want to be a well-rounded physician that can face any new challenges right after residency. I know that UT-Jackson will prepare me well for that.  During my interview, I met some of the faculty, staff and residents and truly thought that they were amazing!  Most of my husband's family live in Memphis too so this was the perfect opportunity for us to move closer to them. We are very excited to finally be able to leave Michigan and all that snow behind!

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Jordan "Jake" Pueschel, MD

Hometown: Claremont, CA by way of PA, NY, CT, NH, KS, MA, and, for the past 13 years, Silver Spring, MD.
Undergrad: University of Maryland, College Park
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Stats: Single
Hobbies: Comic books, SciFi/Fantasy novels, SCUBA diving, Kansas Jayhawks Basketball, live music, and spoiling my nieces and nephews.
What I did before medical school: Before I went back to school to finish my bachelor's degree and move on to medical school, I spent a few years working as a chef in Boston and Washington, DC. 
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose UT-Jackson because this program will give me the kind of quality experience in Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, and Hospital Medicine that I won't find anywhere else, and, as an unopposed program, I will get as much procedural experience as I could want. On top of all that, the hospital is amazing, and the faculty and other residents are bright, kind, straightforward, and easy to get along with. I could not ask for a better program.