When not scrubbing into OR cases at the hospital, MUA 2017 graduate Sep Karimi likes to read biographies to “broaden his vision on humanity”, and watch films that “portray the essence of the human connection”. A deep interest in the personal condition, and a person’s physical wellbeing underlies his life’s work, both as a kinesiology undergrad at York University in Toronto and now as a PGY-1 General Surgery resident at Waterbury Hospital in Ct. Upon graduation from York University, Sep chose to enroll in the Pre-Med program at MUA to complete his science requirements, missing the necessary organic chemistry and recommended english requirements for Med 1. “I loved the Pre-Med program. It really helped me transition to Med 1 seamlessly. We played soccer and tennis; we had study groups and I learned so much. We were so close to the Dean at MUA who really helped guide us. All the resources were there for you. It was so great”. When I did my surgery rotation at Chabert Medical Center I fell in love with it, so from there I picked my electives wisely. I picked out places where I could potentially match, doing an infectious disease rotation, a cardiology rotation and a vascular surgery rotation at three different hospitals. I got several letters of recommendation, and then came to a general surgery rotation at Waterbury.” Sep knew this was his big chance to make an impression and have the chance for a general surgery match, and he put his all in it. A general surgery match is a difficult feat for any medical student, so impressing the attending physicians and others is paramount. “I had 6 weeks to shine and impress these guys, and show them that I really wanted to be here. I showed them I was interested, and after six weeks I was already going to Christmas parties with the team!” Sep’s hard work payed off and he matched into his number one spot, as a categorical general surgery resident at Waterbury Hospital. He operates frequently at Hartford Hospital, the biggest trauma center in New England. “My goal is to do cancer surgery, perhaps of the colon and pancreas. There are so many advances now, with minimally invasive and intraabdominal cancer surgeries.”
Sepehr Karimi, M.D.
Sepehr Karimi, M.D.
General surgery resident at Waterbury Hospital
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Kara Roncin, MD
Residency: Pathology Anatomical and Clinical
Growing up in small town in central Canada, Kara Roncin was used to a world where everyone knows your name. At Medical University of the Americas, she thrived in the atmosphere of community and hard work that helped propel her to a pathology residency at Case Western Reserve University. Kara Roncin grew up in Allan, Saskatchewan, an hour’s drive from Saskatoon. She always knew she would become a doctor. “I knew from an early age that medicine was where I wanted to spend my career, no matter how long and grueling the road to get there was.”
Areef Kassam, MD
Residency: Psychiatry, Community Health Network, Indianapolis
Trained as a psychiatrist and devoted to children, Areef Kassam is in the wonderful position of combining two of his passions. While completing his psychiatric residency in Indianapolis, this 2014 graduate of Medical University of the Americas is also working in the city’s juvenile court system, serving as a special advocate for children.