Elizabeth Christian, MD
PGY 4 - CHIEF RESIDENT
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Undergraduate: Wellesley College
Medical School: Rush Medical College
Interests / Hobbies: Dancing, baking, reading
Medical interests: Infectious disease
Favorite Maine activity: Picking apples and then making apple pie
What did you do before medical school: Research assistant and EMT
Why Maine Medical Center: My awesome co-residents, the great teaching, our wonderful patients
Celebrity I most resemble: America Ferrara (per Dr. Gunnoe)
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a…young adult novelist
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Pai Men Miyaki
Drew Long, MD
Hometown: Pulaski, VA
Undergraduate: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia
Medical Interests and Career Direction: Part of the beauty of med-peds is the near limitless options it holds. Like so many who go into this field, I am completely torn about my future direction. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to become the ultimate generalist, but I am also drawn to critical care medicine, rheumatology, and GI. An eclectic mix, I know. I’m very thankful to have the next 3 to 4 years to figure it out.
Why Maine Medical Center: So many reasons! After growing up in rural Virginia, I wanted a residency program that would give me opportunities to experience rural medicine to see for myself if it’s something I would like to do with my career. I also wanted a program with a wide catchment area so I could train in a place that sees a diverse range of pathology (serving the entire state of Maine and neighboring parts of New Hampshire, MMC has this in spades!). However, I think the most important factor for me was the people that make up this program and the hospital at large – everyone is so open and inviting! I could not have asked for a more supportive environment.
Favorite seafood joint: Susan’s Fish and Chips. A bit off the beaten path, but SO worth it. I recommend the fried scallop basket – it is a ridiculous taste explosion!
Favorite place to see live music: Thompson’s Point. With a litany of excellent bands playing the outdoor stage all summer and very affordable tickets, what’s not to love?
Laura Onderko, MD
Hometown: Glastonbury, CT
Undergraduate: Bowdoin College
Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
Medical Interests and Career Direction: cardiology, hospital medicine
Why Maine Medical Center: I did an away rotation in my fourth year with Pediatric Genetics at MMC and loved it. Everyone was so friendly and I learned so much. There is a great sense of community here and everyone is always happy to help out in any way they can. I think MMC has the perfect balance between being an academic and community hospital. Living in Portland is a great bonus too!
Favorites: Gelato Fiasco, Wolfe’s Neck State Park, Reid State Park, hiking in the White Mountains, exploring all the nearby places to hike and spend time outdoors
Allison Fluke, DO
Hometown: Ambler, PA
Undergraduate: Virginia Tech
Medical School: Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: running, spinning at Rêve, paddle boarding, snowboarding, fishing, college football (Go Hokies!), and playing with my dog
Medical interests: Pulmonology, Critical Care, Hospitalist Medicine, academic medicine
Favorite weekend destination: Peaks Island or Higgins Beach
Favorite Maine activity: paddle boarding on the Eastern Promenade or snowboarding after work
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: Before medical school, I taught middle school science in North Carolina- definitely one of the best and hardest jobs. Craziest job- in college, I was on the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad. Running EMS calls was so much fun!
Why Maine Medical Center: MMC is a wonderful place to train during residency. The people are welcoming and the attendings genuinely want to teach. Also, the proximity to outdoor activities makes for an excellent quality of life outside of the hospital.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would... own a dog rescue!
Favorite restaurants in Portland: Portland Lobster Company, Empire, The Front Room, The Honey Paw, Street and Co. I could go on and on because there's so much good food in Portland!
Jarrod Tembreull, MD
Hometown: Becker, Minnesota (Small town USA)
Undergraduate: Winona State University, MN
Medical School: University of Minnesota
Medical Interests & Career Direction: In typical Med-Peds fashion I’m hoping to carve myself a little piece of everything. A few of my mentors back home have been able to do hospitalist medicine in both medicine and pediatrics so I am hoping to take a leaf out of their book and maybe throw in a little bit of outpatient at the same time just to mix things up a little more.
Why Maine Medical Center: One of the Med-Peds residents that I worked with as a student in Minnesota was from Maine and spent a lot of time as a student at Maine Med so she was the first to pique my interest about the area. I’m a strong believer that as a resident you will get excellent training almost everywhere. The most important thing for me when interviewing was to find a place that was supportive and would allow me to have a life outside of residency. The first thing that struck me was the laid back atmosphere of the residents and the cordial interaction with faculty. In just my brief time here so far I’ve come to appreciate the incredible faculty we have and I think you would be hard put to find better teaching. As a resident you are treated as a colleague and the focus is on learning. Not to mention, the area is incredible. In a fortuitous twist of events, Portland was actually the only place that I ended up spending an extra night at during my interview adventures and I loved every second. The city is great, the other residents are fun, and the teaching is excellent. What more could you ask for?
Hobbies: Cycling (road & mountain); woodworking; hiking; reading; beer; etc.
Favorite Saying: “Uff da!” - It’s a Minnesotan thing
Spirit Animal: Timber wolf
Stephen Pagkalinawan, MD
Hometown: North Arlington, NJ (about 30 minutes outside NYC)
Undergraduate: Rutgers-New Brunswick
Medical School: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
Medical Interests and Career Direction: As of now, I haven’t fully decided if I’ll become a hospitalist versus going for fellowship. If I were to sub-specialize, however, based on my experiences in med school, Infectious Disease and Heme/Onc interest me the most. I also have a burgeoning interest in LGBT health advocacy, so we’ll see where that’ll take me.
Why Maine Medical Center: On my interview day, I got a vibe that told me MMC was a great place to learn from supportive peers (i.e. no gunners) and faculty in an environment with diverse pathology owing to its status as a tertiary care center. Residency is stressful enough, so I wanted to find a program that had people who were easy to get along with, but challenging enough to push me to become the best doctor I could be. The city itself was also a major draw. All I knew about Portland was that it was a small city where my boyfriend had vacationed once. When I came up here for my interview, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked the city. There were tons of restaurants that appealed to my foodie side, tons of trails for running, nearby beaches to visit in the summer, and mountains for snowboarding in the winter. It was even gay-friendly and had its own awesome Pride Parade! In summary, I picked MMC because it has great medical cases to learn from, great people to work with, and great small city environment to provide me with fun stuff to do in my downtime.
Favorite place to eat: Otto’s Pizza (Holy Donuts is my runner-up)
Favorite place to grab a beer: Arcadia (videogames and beer!)
Favorite beach: Crescent Beach State Park
Erica Hidu, MD
Hometown: Hampden, Maine
Medical School: Tufts University- MMC Maine Track
Medical Interests: Just about anything, ask me next week and it will probably change. In the past I have had interests in being a generalist or specializing in infectious disease. Let's see what the future brings! I know for sure that I would like to be involved in medical education.
Favorite Thing About Portland: On foggy mornings you can smell the ocean pretty much anywhere in the city.
My Co-Interns: We are a strong group of women this year. They are supportive and have been great to get to know whether it’s during a beach workout or while grabbing a beer.
Why Maine Medical Center: I'm a true Mainer! I love serving the people of Maine, they are an wonderful combination of kind and hardy. I also wanted a program that would challenge me academically in an area where I could easily escape during any time off. MMC fit that bill with great attendings, interesting teaching sessions, and the nearest beach is a 10-15 minute drive away depending if you hit traffic lights. MMC is also a great combination of referral center and community hospital. You can easily have someone from the County come from 5+ hours away sitting next to someone who just walked in off the street. The people here are friendly and supportive, from the residents to the attendings and administration. Their commitment to teaching and their community is obvious to anyone who visits. And despite all that commitment they still manage to lead well-rounded lives.
Ariel McKenna, DO
Hometown: Billerica, Massachusetts
Undergraduate: University of Massachusetts Lowell
Medical School: University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical Interests: Not totally sure yet. I like a little bit of everything. Considering hospital medicine and maybe critical care. Also interested in medical education.
Hobbies: running, hiking, cribbage, fantasy football, cooking and eating good food
Best Job: Middle School Boys Basketball Coach
Favorite Beach: Ferry Beach
Why Maine Medical Center: I did 3rd and some 4th year rotations here. Very good experience with residents and faculty. Strong on the medicine side and the pediatric side. I love living in Maine. I get to still be relatively close to my family.
Jessica Schaumburg, DO
Hometown: Clinton, New Jersey
Medical School: Touro University California College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical Interests: As a med-peds PGY1 I am having trouble choosing, but I keep coming back to global health, infectious disease, HIV primary care, & occupational health.
Favorites so far: Higgins or Moody Beach to surf, Vientiane Market for Thai takeout after work, Salvage for trivia, the back bay to run or bike, Old Port Tavern to dance ... I just moved to Portland and am having a lot of fun exploring!
Dream job of the day: Work part of the year in the Galapagos and part of the year in the US in academic medicine
Why Maine Medical Center: The residents and attendings here are so welcoming and love to teach; this was an amazing learning environment when I came for an elective during my fourth year. I am also interested in global health and we work with a large diverse refugee population in clinic. Also, Maine is beautiful!
Anne Kornkven, MD
Hometown: Laramie, WY
Undergraduate: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Medical School: Loma Linda School of Medicine
Interests / Hobbies: Soccer, hiking, reading, x-country skiing
Favorite place in Maine: I really like Baxter State Park, but I haven’t visited Acadia yet so I’m withholding my opinion
Medical interests: global health, rural medicine
Favorite weekend destination: usually somewhere in the mountains, although I’m starting to love going to the ocean too!
Favorite Maine activity: sea kayaking, but I’m loving most of the things I’ve done in ME so far!
What did you do before medical school: taught math, math education research, surgical coordinator at an ortho clinic and LOTS of odd jobs!
Personal goals: do a mini triathlon, climb Denali
Why Maine Medical Center: I wanted a place that I’d love to live with awesome outdoor opportunities and cool people.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be… an archeologist
Favorite restaurant in Portland: brunch at Bayside or Hot Suppa, but I still have a lot to explore
Eliott Morgan, MD
Hometown: Woodbridge, CT
Undergraduate: Bates College
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Interests / Hobbies: Skiing, Mountain Biking, hiking, travel, exploring Portland with my new wife and new pup, IPAs, yard games, and breakfast sandwiches
Favorite place in Maine: Baxter State Park
Medical interests: Hospitalist Medicine/Primary Care. Although I’m still following the common Med-Peds trend of indecisiveness, I would prefer to stay on the generalist side of medicine, combining medicine and pediatric hospitalist work and/or a blend of inpatient and outpatient.
Favorite weekend destination: Still yet to be discovered…but I’m hoping to explore more of the White Mountains, enjoy skiing weekends in Maine, NH, and Vermont, and explore the Canadian border.
Favorite Maine activity: Skiing
What did you do before medical school: Waited tables and installed irrigations systems in Jackson Hole, Wyoming while volunteering in the local hospital and free clinic
Why Maine Medical Center: Maine was always on my radar since growing up in New England and going to college in Lewiston. I went to medical school at a large institution in a decently sized city and I was looking for something a little smaller, more intimate, but still with the same diverse pathology with a similarly diverse patient population. When I came for my interview, I felt like I had struck gold. I instantly connected with the faculty and residents, recognizing a similar passion for both patient care and teaching. The attendings are all approachable, patient, and eager to teach which sets a wonderful environment for learning and interacting with patients. Also, even in just my first few rotations so far, I have been exposed to huge variety of bizarre cardiac cases in addition to classic acute complaints down in ED. It also doesn’t hurt that the hospital is a stone’s throw from the beach, a quick drive to the mountains, and not far from my family.
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a: ski patroller
Favorite restaurant in Portland: High Roller for Lobster Rolls, Otherside for Breakfast burritos, El Corazon for quick Mexican, Fore Street when I’m not paying
Bhavini Prajapati, MD
Hometown: Clifton, NJ
Undergraduate: The College of New Jersey
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University
Interests / Hobbies: Hiking, running, binging Netflix, painting
Favorite place in Maine: haven’t got a chance to discover all that much, but eastern prom has been great to sit and watch the sunset
Medical interests: cardiology, hospital medicine
Favorite Maine activity: biking around the city
Why Maine Medical Center: There’s a good balance of autonomy and supervision. All the residents here are approachable and readily available to help. The location’s great - never too far from the water.
William (Bill) White, MD
Hometown: Kaneohe, Hawaii
Undergraduate: Carleton College / Northfield, MN
Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School / Minneapolis, MN
Interests / Hobbies: Cooking, hiking, biking, dance, learning useless languages
Favorite place in Maine: Mackworth Island
Medical interests: Dual hospitalist, critical care
Favorite weekend destination: Crescent Beach
Favorite Maine activity: Kayaking! Or hiking! Or paddleboarding!
What did you do before medical school: Two years working in basic science research on evolution + behavioral ecology. Carried guppies in a backpack through river valleys in the northern mountains and forests of Trinidad. Caught and bred butterflies on the plains in MN. Later helped start a prospective, action-oriented detection system for less serious safety events in a PICU.
Personal goals: Read in three foreign languages!
Craziest / Best / Worst Job: Guppy Butler. Carried guppies (and a lot of water) on my back through river valleys in the northern mountains and forests of Trinidad. Caught, hauled, anesthetized, identified, posed, photographed, tagged, and brought them back to their streams. Skipped gingerly around Fer-de-lance and Bushmasters.
Why Maine Medical Center: Warm, engaged, passionate community of residents and attendings in a beautiful corner of the world.
Celebrity I most resemble: Billy Zane (on a good day)
If I wasn’t a doctor, I would be a… Chef! Masseuse! Physical therapist! Dancer! Actor!
Favorite restaurant in Portland: Duck Fat