Ali AneiziAli Aneizi

Hometown: Pennington, NJ

Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh

Medical School: University of Maryland

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Undecided

Why did you chose Maryland? I wanted to be at a program with great operative training, mentors, and camaraderie amongst the residents - so Maryland was the perfect fit for me!

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Basketball, spending time with family/friends

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Vancouver

Advice to Applicants: Keep your head up, have a great attitude, work as hard as you possibly can, and trust the process. Whatever happens during the cycle is the best thing for you. Just go with it!



Brian De PalmaBrian De Palma

Hometown: Fair Lawn, NJ

Undergraduate: Lehigh University

Medical School: Rutgers University, Robert Wood Johnson

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Working on narrowing that down

Why did you chose Maryland? The people, from faculty to residents and all the rest that we work with and alongside. Could not have asked for a better team to be a part of.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Soccer is my game but all sports really, hiking and other adventures, good food and company

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Hvar, Croatia

Advice to Applicants: Surround yourself with people willing and able to push you. That is the best way to move forward.



Tyler Edmond

Tyler Edmond

Hometown: Coopersburg, PA

Undergrad: Colgate University

Medical School: University of Maryland

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Undecided

Why did you chose Maryland? Maryland provides a great, all-around clinical experience with a group of residents and attendings that are second to none. The program has a great team atmosphere and our program directors are always looking for new ways to support and advance our education.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Hiking, hunting, fishing, rock climbing, skiing, obstacle course racing

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Wyoming

Advice to Applicants: Work hard, learn all you can learn and, above all just be yourself.



Kalin FisherKalin Fisher

Hometown: Wheeling, WV

Undergraduate: West Virginia University

Medical School: West Virginia University

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Trauma, spine, joints, sports

Why did you chose Maryland? I chose Maryland because I felt like it was the best mix of a blue collar hard working environment and high research output.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Hanging out with friends and family, traveling, outdoors stuff

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: San Diego

Advice to Applicants: Work hard and be nice to people. Good things will come if you do those two things.



JessaJessa Fogel

Hometown: Bow, NH

Undergraduate: Dartmouth College

Medical School: Vanderbilt University

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Undecided

Why did you choose Maryland? Maryland's program offers incredible training and learning opportunities in a variety of practice settings. But more importantly, there is a strong culture of teamwork, support, and respect amongst residents and faculty. The people here are truly fantastic!

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Running, skiing, hiking, art, travel

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Spain

Advice to Applicants: Work hard, be yourself, and approach applications/interviews with a positive mindset. The match can be really stressful, but everything will work out in the end!



Jake HartlineJake Hartline

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Undergraduate: Rhodes College

Medical School: University of Tennessee

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Patient and procedural factors influencing operating room efficiency, Factors affecting outcomes in RTSA, Disparities in healthcare utilization

Why did you chose Maryland? I was impressed by the incredibly collegial and supportive atmosphere here. Attendings, fellows, and senior residents are approachable and eager to teach. Maryland also provides you with exposure to a broad range of pathology and practice settings.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Running, backpacking, Memphis Grizzlies basketball, and currently looking forward to hopping on the Baltimore Ravens bandwagon

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Peru and Bolivia

Advice to Applicants: There are lots of great programs out there. Pay attention to how the residents interact with each other and faculty. Find an environment you can thrive in, both professionally and personally.



Leah Henry

Hometown: Arnold, MD

Undergraduate: The Catholic University of America

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Sports

Why did you chose Maryland? I chose Maryland for residency because of my experience here as a medical student. The residents and attendings were always eager to teach and were absolutely excellent surgeons. The residents were very friendly and frequently saw each other outside of work, which is important to me. The culture is extremely welcoming and overall a great fit for me. I also really appreciated how well rounded the operative experience is at Maryland, particularly compared to many of the other programs where I interviewed. I know that I will be an excellent surgeon at the end of residency because of the training I will receive here at Maryland.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Quilting/sewing, hiking, reading, going to see Broadway musicals/live theater, spending time with family and friends

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Rome/Assisi, Taos, NM, Sanibel Island, FL

Advice to Applicants: I think the best thing you can do for your application particularly early in medical school is finding good mentors. I had medical students in the years ahead of me who were going into ortho, ortho residents at Maryland, and a few attendings who were invaluable resources. It is great to find attending mentors early on in medical school who will be willing to advocate for you and make phone calls for you when the time comes for residency applications. I would not be where I am today without all the mentors who helped me along the way.



Meghan HughesMeghan Hughes

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Undergraduate: Brown University

Medical School: University of Maryland

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Joints, F&A, Trauma

Why did you chose Maryland? As a med-student I really enjoyed working with the residents during events hosted by the Orthopaedic Interest Group and during my rotations. The early operative experience for junior residents is definitely one of the program's strengths that stood out to me. I also wanted the opportunity to work in a high volume trauma center, and you can't beat Shock Trauma!

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Madeira (island off of Portugal) and Lake Bled in Slovenia

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Skopje, Macedonia

Advice to Applicants: Find a program whose residents work well together and support each other. You never know what life will throw at you during residency. Having the support of my co-residents has been invaluable!



SamirSamir Kaveeshwar

Hometown: Bethesda, Maryland

Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis

Medical School: University of Maryland

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Upper Extremity

Why did you choose Maryland? I chose Maryland because it offers a program with well-rounded exposure to all subspecialties along with a great resident culture in a good location.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Basketball, golf, reading, a nice jog by the water

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Bar Harbor, Maine

Advice to Applicants: Helpfulness and interpersonal skills are important during rotations. Prepare for cases by studying anatomy of approaches. There are many different services with differing environments so adaptability is important.



Logan Kolakowski

Logan Kolakowski

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Undergrad: Wake Forest University

Medical School: University of Maryland

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Shoulder elbow / upper extremity

Why did you chose Maryland? The faculty and residents. It was the group of people I wanted to work with and learn from every day.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Tennis, yoga, travel. Otherwise you can find me and Nichole trying every restaurant in the city

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Yosemite / San Fran

Advice to Applicants: Be honest with yourself about what is important to you in residency and life. There are so many different programs out there, all with different strengths. You have to know yourself to get what you want out of the process! Ask any questions - we're happy to answer anything.



Matthew KolevarMatthew Kolevar

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Undergraduate: University of Michigan

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Trauma, joints, sports, cartilage 3D printing

Why did you chose Maryland? I chose Maryland for the operative experience and great group of residents. I wanted a work-hard program that was balanced in all the sub-specialties and where the residents seemed happy.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Brewing beer, live music, skiing, golf, Michigan football

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Zanzibar

Advice to Applicants: Pick a program where you feel comfortable with all the residents and attendings. Clinical training, research, location, and reputation are all important when choosing a program. Only you can decide what to prioritize. When it comes to making your rank list, go with your gut.



Sam LiSam Li

Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD

Undergraduate: Wesleyan University

Medical School: Case Western Reserve University

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Undecided

Why did you chose Maryland? Early and plentiful operative experience, camaraderie, being able to train at the best places for each subspecialty all the while staying in Baltimore.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Tennis, squash, hiking, home improvement, exploring new restaurants

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Cuba, Portugal, UT/AZ/NV National Parks

Advice to Applicants: Find the program you fit in with. Look at operative experience because one day you'll be operating on your own! Consider necessary travel to other cities for rotations.



Michael LiveseyMichael Livesey

Hometown: Bryn Mawr, PA

Undergraduate: University of Richmond

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Shoulder/elbow

Why did you chose Maryland? As I sub-I I was impressed by the surgical skill and autonomy of the residents. The faculty were supportive and the residents felt like a family.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Outdoors, lifting, reading, family/friends

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Key West, FL

Advice to Applicants: Be proactive. Read. Know everything, but don't come across as a know-it-all. Be respectful to all staff.



Alexandra Lutz

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University

Medical School: University of Central Florida

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Sports- but I am open to changing my mind!

Why did you chose Maryland? The volume, breadth, and severity of cases at Maryland is hard to beat. Being able to train at a facility like Shock Trauma helps develop not only unique operative skills, but also confidence in managing complex problems. Some of the trauma we have the privilege of managing requires creative and novel surgical approaches. There is a certain element of "art in medicine" which is well maintained in the clinical planning and problem solving in these cases. I want to see everything I can while in residency so I can take the best care of my future patients- Maryland offered that to me. Not to mention, I lived in Baltimore previously and loved it. You wouldn't believe the foodie scene this city has!

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Teaching yoga, playing soccer, traveling, art history, trying out new restaurants in Baltimore, and walks with my golden doodle

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: South Africa for the 2010 World Cup

Advice to Applicants: Trust the process and be yourself! You will find somewhere that you fit in with the people if you are authentic- even when it feels very stressful. I put "curating charcuterie boards" in the hobbies section of my application and I talked about that in every single interview. It made the process more fun and allowed places to get to know me. Remember they are deciding if you are a good resident for them but don't forget you need to make sure they are a good fit for you and your passions!



Vinny MiseoVinny Miseo

Hometown: Livingston, NJ

Undergraduate: Tulane University

Medical School: Drexel University

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Spine / Trauma

Why did you chose Maryland? Maryland has a great group of down to earth, hardworking residents who are always approachable and willing to teach. The opportunity to work at a world class trauma center and the wide variety of experiences at the multiple hospitals we rotate through, adds to the diversity of procedures we see as well as the types of practices we work with.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Cooking delicious food, playing guitar, and learning to play golf

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Ecuador, Shanghai

Advice to Applicants: Take a deep breath...



Murty MunnMurty Munn

Hometown: Chalfont, PA

Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University

Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Everything!

Why did you chose Maryland? I choose Maryland because I had an awesome away rotation where I saw high level trauma, Big Ten sports, and a surgery center hand practice with residents that operated and were fun to be around. My wife's sister lives in Baltimore so we were aware of what the city was like on a practical level and felt very comfortable moving here with our daughter.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Golf, sports, hiking, family, church

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: National Parks in Utah

Advice to Applicants: Being an applicant is a tough and uncertain spot. We all remember how it feels. Be prepared and hardworking during cases, outside of that be confident in yourself and have fun.



Brittany OsterBrittany Oster

Hometown: Agoura Hills, CA

Undergraduate: University of Redlands

Medical School: Albert Einstein

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Undecided

Why did you chose Maryland? I chose Maryland because I had a fantastic experience during my away rotation. Everyone I worked with was down to earth and hardworking, and the residents get great operative experience.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Basketball, hiking, kayaking

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Peru

Advice to Applicants: Don't be afraid to reach out to people who have been through the application process. Ask a lot of questions, and try not to get discouraged. It all works out in the end!



HansHans Prakash

Hometown: Richmond, VA

Undergraduate: University of Virginia

Medical School: University of Virginia

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Undecided

Why did you choose Maryland? During my interview, I realized the residents and faculty at Maryland were the ones I could see myself hanging out with both in and out of the hospital. Additionally, the department is strong across all of the orthopaedic subspecialties, and I knew the program would set me up for success as an academic orthopaedic surgeon in whatever area I end up choosing.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Basketball, football, UVA sports, traveling, snowboarding

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Iceland

Advice to Applicants: Try to pick the program where you think you'll be the happiest. Residency is a long and hard five years, and you will want to spend it with people that will help you learn and grow while still having fun.



Michael Raffetto

Hometown: Salisbury, MD

Undergraduate: Washington and Lee University

Medical School: Creighton University

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Trauma

Why did you chose Maryland? For the people and for the training opportunities.
Maryland offers one of the most well-rounded operative and educational experiences in the country. We experience many different practice environments, with the added benefit of high patient volumes and early operative experiences. Resident camaraderie is second to none, and faculty are invested in our personal and professional growth.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Hiking, running, kayaking, snowboarding, family

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Tasmania, Australia

Advice to Applicants: Enjoy the process. Meet as many people as you can, whether co-applicants, residents, or attendings. Know what is important to you, find your fit, and trust your instincts.



Michael RoccaMichael Rocca

Hometown: Westwood, NJ

Undergraduate: Johns Hopkins University

Medical School: University of Maryland

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Sports, Trauma

Why did you chose Maryland? The orthopaedics residency at Maryland represents one of the most well rounded programs in the country. The program allows you to work and learn under well renowned faculty, while giving you an early operative experience where you understand the indications and implications of each case. Our group of residents are great to work with and spend time with. We have an extremely hardworking team environment whether it is in the hospital or on a kickball field.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Sports - both playing and watching sports (NY Giants, NY Yankees!), working out/weight lifting, pick-up basketball, traveling, spending free time with my amazing girlfriend, friends and family

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Cabo

Advice to Applicants: Find the program that feels like the right fit for you.



Alexander Ruditsky

Hometown: Sudbury, MA

Undergraduate: Northeastern University

Medical School: Boston University

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Undecided

Why did you chose Maryland? I really liked Maryland's combination of excellent resident culture, emphasis on education, and early operative experience with ample opportunity to get involved in research.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Yoga, meditation, video games, weight lifting, running, hiking/mountaineering, sailing, drones, craft beers

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: The Phoenix Islands Kiribati, I spent a semester at sea aboard a 150 sailboat

Advice to Applicants: Try to identify what you want in a program and what will make you happy while training, don't be afraid to let that change over the year.



AmilAmil Sahai

Hometown: Frederick, MD

Undergrad: University of Maryland, College Park

Medical School: University of Maryland School of Medicine

Fellowship or areas of clinical/research interest: undecided!

Why'd you choose Maryland?: Maryland was a great fit in terms of having a breadth of clinical experiences as well as research experiences - I know I'll be able to explore the nuances of every specialty within this program. Coupling that with having a tight knit group of residents made Maryland a strong choice for me!

Hobbies/interests outside of work: Basketball (go Lakers), tennis, dancing, traveling, single malt whiskey tasting

Favorite place you've traveled: Greece! (pic from Santorini - highly recommend)

Advice to applicants: take a deep breath and give it your best shot, especially during sub-I season! Make sure you really explore your home program as well as you're a-ways to get a sense of what you like in a program.



Mario Sahlani

Hometown: Chagrin Falls, OH

Undergraduate: The Ohio State University

Medical School: University of Toledo

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Sports, Shoulder, Elbow and Spine

Why did you chose Maryland? It's immediately evident how talented the faculty and residents are from the get go. The faculty love to teach, and the residents love to operate. There is no division between classes making Maryland an awesome place to train.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: 3D printing, hydroponic gardening, being business partners with my wife, cooking for friends, exercise

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: The Netherlands

Advice to Applicants: Ask yourself if you could be happy somewhere.



MatheusMatheus Schneider

Hometown: Tallahasee, Florida

Undergraduate: University of Florida

Medical School: Florida State University

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of Clinical/Research Interest: Trauma

Why did you choose Maryland? The faculty are truly invested in producing competent surgeons and the residents are a close-knit collegial group. Everyone seems happy to wake up and go to work.

Hobbies/Interest: Soccer, tennis, golf, blues guitar, and gardening.

Advice to Applicants: Trust the process and lean into the experience. It's a rollercoaster of a process but try to enjoy it!



Nichole ShawNichole Shaw

Hometown: Portland, OR

Undergraduate: California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Medical School: University of Colorado

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Spine and Pediatrics

Why did you chose Maryland? When I rotated here as a sub-I, I saw the graduated independence the residents had both and clinic and in the OR. Seeing senior residents walk juniors through cases showed just how much independence the residents get as well as showing how early operative experiences can develop into early teaching experiences.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Baking and decorating cakes, Peloton, my dogs Obie and Tinker, and eating my way through Baltimore and DC with Logan

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Maroon Bells, Colorado

Advice to Applicants: Find a program that fits YOU. As much as we are interviewing you, you should be interviewing the program to find somewhere you will thrive the next 5 years!



Brian Shear

Hometown: Trumbull, CT

Undergraduate: George Washington University

Medical School: Central Michigan University

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Undecided

Why did you chose Maryland? I was looking for a well-rounded program that once finished Id have no doubt in my abilities to tackle just about anything. Coupled with the great culture and location near friends and family in Washington, D.C., it was an easy choice.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Peloton, Brewing Beer, video games, hockey

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

Advice to Applicants: Pay particular attention to the current residents and don't underestimate the importance of the culture of the program. Applying is incredibly stressful but at the end of the day you'll end up exactly where you should.



Chris ShulCraig Shul

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Undergraduate: University of Nevada Las Vegas

Medical School: University of Nevada, Reno

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Trauma and Joints

Why did you chose Maryland? When considering my rank list, the camaraderie among residents was incredibly important to me - going to work every day should be enjoyable. Also, the Shock Trauma experience on my sub-internship was very unique. I wanted elite trauma training whether I end up in that field or not. Another important factor was stable leadership who valued the opinion of the residents. I found all 3 at Maryland.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Lifting, golfing, fishing, family time

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Skopje, Macedonia

Advice to Applicants: Take a deep breath and enjoy this process. Take the opinion of others lightly, follow your intuition, rank where you feel that you will be well trained, will be welcome, and can enjoy grinding with your colleagues.



Andrew Tran

Andrew Tran

Hometown: Fountain Valley, CA

Undergrad: UCLA

Medical School: Georgetown University

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Sports and joints

Why did you chose Maryland? A great early operative experience combined with the most down to earth residents I had met on my away rotations led me to choosing Maryland for residency. The resources and educational opportunities devoted to residents here are unparalleled, and the attendings always make resident learning a priority.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Live concerts/music, vinyl collecting, photography, traveling, gaming

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Bali, Indonesia

Advice to Applicants: Applying for residency can be a challenging time, but just remember to be yourself and work hard during sub-I season. Pick a place where you feel like you would be happy to spend the next 5 years!



Serge TzeutonSerge Tzeuton

Hometown: Silver Spring, MD

Undergraduate: University of Maryland, College Park

Medical School: University of Maryland

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Upper Extremity

Why did you choose Maryland? I knew that at Maryland I would extensive operative experience and be able to work with a great, down-to-earth group of residents and faculty. The autonomy that residents have here is something I always placed highly on my list of things I sought in a residency program.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Basketball, gaming, cooking, weight training, and spending quality time with loved ones

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Paris, France

Advice to Applicants: Try your best to learn about the programs you're interested in. Otherwise, enjoy the process. Work hard, be positive, don't beat yourself up to hard, and things tend to work out. Good luck!



Ugo UdogwuUgo Udogwu

Hometown: New York

Undergraduate: Princeton University

Medical School: Icahn SOM at Mount Sinai

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Undecided

Why did you chose Maryland? Maryland has excellent hands on experience with hybrid of team based services and apprenticeship learning which gives the residents the best of both worlds when it comes to education. Advanced practitioners help out a ton, allowing early operative experience.

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Biking, hiking, visual arts, tennis, basketball, wine, being outside as much as possible

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Thailand

Advice to Applicants: Be yourself and be honest.



Tina ZhangTina Zhang

Hometown: Gaithersburg, MD

Undergraduate: University of Maryland

Medical School: Georgetown University

Fellowship (chief) or Area(s) of clinical/research interest: Biomechanics, Materials Science

Why did you chose Maryland? The program is filled with fantastic people who I absolutely looked forward to working with!

Hobbies/Interests Outside Work: Video games, martial arts

Favorite place you've traveled during residency: Tokyo, Japan

Advice to Applicants: Find a program that fits you in terms of personalities, work ethic, and culture. Do your best to adapt to this strange interview season!