Postgraduate Year 1

Shradha Acharya

Medical School: Institute of Medicine-Tribhuvan Nepal

Hometown:  Nepal

Hobbies:  Hiking and Trekking, Dancing, Meditation, Reading Books

Interesting Fact(s): I have fallen off a mountain and luckily survived

Sami Alkoutami

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine

Hometown: Hickory, NC

Hobbies: Soccer, Tennis, Swimming, Literature, and Podcasts

Interesting Fact(s): Swam from Syria to the Turkish border

Mridul Bansal

Medical School: College of Medicine & Sagore Dutta Hospital, India

Hometown: Agra, India

Hobbies: Soccer, F1 racing,  video games.

Interesting Fact(s): I might have become a historian or a professional gamer If I hadn’t pursued a career in medicine. During my childhood, I amassed a collection of over 200 Hot Wheels cars.

Amy Chang

Medical School: Wake Forest School of Medicine

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Hobbies: Ceramic pottery, water colors

Interesting Fact(s): My favorite part of the NC state fair is the chicken beauty contest!

Abina Chapagain

Medical School: KIST Medical College , Nepal

Hometown: Nepal

Hobbies: Playing table tennis, exercising, cooking, cycling and traveling.

Interesting Fact(s): I recently learned how to cook momo (dumplings).

Senad Fazlioglu

Medical School: Kocaeli Universitesi Tip Fakuiltesi, Turkey

Hometown: Turkey

Hobbies: chess, weight lifting and drumming

Interesting Fact(s): I love watching anime and telling dad jokes that only I laugh at. I have two little yorkies.

Sundus Ikram

Medical School: SEGi University, Malaysia

Hometown: Pakistan

Hobbies: I enjoy calligraphy, hiking and exploring waterfalls.

Interesting Fact(s):  In three decades, I have called three countries my home and can speak three languages fluently.

Saloni Rampal

Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine

Hometown: Durham, North Carolina

Hobbies: reading, running, dancing, traveling and trying new foods!

Interesting Fact(s): – I’ve helped break 2 world records – former record for the most number of people playing monopoly at once and current record for the largest skin cancer screening event!

James “Ross” Powell

Medical School:  UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Hometown: Burlington, NC

Hobbies: mountain biking, snowboarding, surfing, tennis, cooking out, and having a cold beer with family and friends bring me the most joy

Interesting Fact(s): Breakfast diner enthusiast.  Lost ‘most likely to be Forbes 40 under 40’ at UNC-Kenan Flagler by less than 10 vote

Jinye Liu

Medical School: Campbell School of Osteopathic Medicine

Hometown: Elizabeth City, NC

Hobbies: snowboarding, scuba diving, tennis, hiking, international travel

Interesting Fact(s): I know how to pick locks. I also collect vinyl records, and I have a German Shepherd mix who weighs 120 lbs (55kgs). He loves laying on laps.

Aysheh Khdeir

Medical School: Alfaisal University

Hometown: Jordan

Hobbies: Swimming, Cycling, Running

Fatima Khdeir

Medical School: Alfaisal University

Hometown: Jordan and Saudi Arabia

Hobbies: Reading and writing

Interesting Fact(s): Most of my writings are in Arabic, but when I write in English, I use Medical terminologies and facts to describe deep feelings!

Mohamed Jellazi

Medical School:  “Faculté de médecine de Monastir, Tunisia”

Hometown:  Ariana, Tunisia

Hobbies: I enjoy traveling, road-tripping, and experiencing new cultures, I’m an aviation enthusiast too

Interesting Fact(s):  if I could eat one meal for the rest of my life it would be spaghetti, credits go to my Italian ancestors

Christina Santana

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School

Hometown: St. Cloud, Florida

Hobbies:   Crafting, mainly scrapbooking which pairs well with my love for photography. I have a passion for the culinary arts, especially when I have the opportunity to travel and explore new foods.

Interesting Fact(s):  My favorite person to watch Netflix with is my cat Ellie, she snuggles under blankets and enjoys her face being combed with a toothbrush.

Hatim Saria

Medical School: Ziauddin Medical College , Pakistan

Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan

Hobbies: Soccer, cricket, watching nature documentaries

Interesting Fact(s): Being born on leap day, I age 4 times slower than the average person. I can speak 4 languages.

Roshni Soni

Medical School: G.M.E.R.S.  Medical College , India

Hometown: Vadodara, India

Hobbies:  Exploring different cuisine and restaurants, reading (autobiographies and Gujarati literature), learning tennis, and swimming.

Interesting Fact(s):  I have traveled to 13 states in a year and lived in 5 states for at least a month in last 14 months. I love doing a traditional folk dance called Garba, and back in India, my city (Vadodara, Gujarat) holds the world record for having 60,000 people doing the Garba in one place hosted by the United Way of Baroda.

Abdulazeez Swaiti

Medical School: ECU Brody School of Medicine

Hometown: Raleigh, NC

Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and exploring the great outdoors!

Interesting Fact(s): My uncles, grandfather, and great grandfather are all physicians