Class of 2019

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Richard Hayward, MD

Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Undergraduate: University of New Orleans
Med school: St. George's School of Medicine
Stats: Married
Hobbies: Yoga, Running, Applied Tactical Chakra Burrowing and SCUBA Diving
What I did before med school: Everything I could.
Why I chose UT-Jackson:  I was initially attracted to Jackson by it's unopposed program which ran it's own in-house service in the setting of a large hospital. I also like the idea of an attached EM fellowship. During my interview everyone seemed friendly, but people were friendly at all of my interviews. However, the personalities I encountered at Jackson stood out from the rest and it felt like a good fit for me. Now that I am here, I am super happy with my choice. I've lucked up and fallen in with an extremely warm and bright group of people here at UT-Jackson. 

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Brian Jones, DO

Hometown: Jackson, MS
Undergraduate: Mississippi State University
Medical School: William Carey School of Osteopathic Medicine – Hattiesburg, MS
Stats: Married
Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Outdoor Activities, Leather Working
What I did before medical school: I spent 12 years teaching high school and coaching football, track and field
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I enjoyed my month of rotation here during my 4th year. Everyone made me feel at home and welcome. I was attracted to the small town environment as well as the fact that the program was unopposed and offered an opportunity for emergency medicine fellowship training in the future. I am looking forward to being a part of the team and building strong relationships with the residents and faculty.

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Nitin Sachan, MD

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate: East Tennessee State University – Johnson City, TN
Medical School: Ross University Medical School - Dominica
Stats: Taken
Hobbies: Working out, soccer, guitar, football, and being outdoors
What I did before medical school: Attended East Tennessee State University
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I heard so many good things about the program at Jackson. The fact that it's a unopposed program appealed to me, because it will provide me with a set of responsibilities that will indeed make me a well rounded physician. The faculty also seemed to be very involved with the residents. I'm also very interested in the ER fellowship that is offered here in Jackson. The city itself is amazing, and growing. There is a vast amount of outdoor activities to do in Jackson.

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Tyler Neal, MD

Hometown: Magnolia, AR
Undergraduate: Southern Arkansas University – Magnolia, AR
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences -- Little Rock, AR
Stats: Married to my beautiful wife, Elizabeth. We have a 4 month old baby girl named Aubrey.
Hobbies: Working Out, Hunting and fishing, playing golf, hanging out with family and friends, watching movies, going to church.
What I did before medical school: I worked in the Magnolia Hospital Laboratory as a Lab Assistant for 5 years while I attended Southern Arkansas University. I also mowed yards on the side.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: During my third year of medical school, I worked with a Urology resident that went to medical school in Memphis. He told me all about the UT-Jackson Family Medicine and this really sparked my interest in the program. After much research, I knew Jackson would be the place for me since it had everything I was looking for in a residency program. Unopposed program, excellent board pass rate, vast procedure training, and the emergency medicine fellowship are a few of the things that really attracted me. During my fourth year of medical school, I did a one month rotation with the Family Medicine department. This confirmed my decision that Jackson is where I would like to be for Residency. The residents always appeared happy and you could tell they really enjoyed working with each other as well as the faculty. I know Jackson would give me the training I desire and will make me the well-rounded Family Medicine physician that I hope to be.

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Adewale Odukoya, MD

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Undergraduate: Antioch University – Santa Barbara, CA
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN
Stats: Single
Hobbies: Reading, movies, baseball, basketball, soccer, football, bowling, ping-pong, chess, traveling, spending time with friends and family
What I did before medical school: I was a Supervisor at the United Parcel Service (UPS) for a number of year. I also worked as a Laboratory Analyst for the Santa Barbara Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: This was a place that made a great impression on me during my third year clerkship. The wealth and depth of faculty knowledge and experience was second to none. I felt comfortable with the residents, faculty and entire staff. The program being unopposed was a huge factor alongside the EM fellowship program.

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Zach Dailey, MD

Hometown: Gravette, AR
Undergraduate: University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, AR
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, AR
Stats: Married
Hobbies: Camping, canoeing, golf, brewing beer, Razorback football WPS!
What I did before medical school: I started medical school immediately following undergrad. I tutored and worked in a proteomics lab in college.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I knew I wanted to go to an unopposed program to get well-rounded training and the EM fellowship seemed really appealing. My best friend did an away rotation in Jackson and was impressed with the teaching from faculty, quality of the residents, and just how nice everyone was. During my interview I was impressed by the camaraderie and candor of the residents and pleased to learn how supporting the faculty is. Everyone was warm and welcoming and I immediately knew Jackson would be a good home.

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Jean Davis, DO

Hometown: Milan, TN
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats: Married to my amazing husband, Andrew. We have 2 dogs - Stella, our Great Dane, and Leonidas, our St. Bernard.
Hobbies: Golf, Tennis, SCUBA diving, playing with my puppies
What I did before medical school: I lived in San Diego with my husband who, at the time, was stationed there with the Navy. I worked as a medical assistant for San Diego Sports Medicine and Family Health Center.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: This program is the very best fit for me and my husband. We are both from the area, and had planned to move back to West Tennessee. His family owns and operates a fish farm close by, and this residency allows us to pursue our career choices. I was also ecstatic about the excellent faculty, staff, and residents. I was afforded the opportunity to rotate here during my fourth year of medical school, and loved it! The plethora of experience and opportunity associated with this unopposed program will enable me to be a well rounded family physician for the community I've called home.

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Mary Jane Dickey, MD

Hometown: Adamsville, TN
Undergraduate: Christian Brothers University, Memphis, Tn
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis
Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, watching tv, running, and hanging with my dog, Josie
What I did before medical school: I spent a year after undergrad working at the Church Health Center in Memphis helping provide care for the working uninsured.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I have always enjoyed my time with the Jackson program, since the summer between M1 and M2 year doing research and shadowing. All the residents and faculty made me feel like I belonged with them. Being a little closer to my family is an added bonus!!

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Ray Howard, MD

Hometown: Covington, TN (Via many places, and originally Cherokee, IA)
Undergrad: UT-Martin (by way of Western Iowa Tech Community College and various military colleges)
Med School: UTHSC
Stats: Married, with children.
Hobbies: Fishing, Camping, Hiking, Family time, Hunting, and I have a hobby farm with fruits, vegetables, and animals.
Before Med school: I spent 3 years as a military medic, and then was in the workforce for several years before undergrad, with jobs that included EMT, medical assistant, construction, and hog farming. In my gap year, I managed a grocery store and had twins.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: The residents and faculty were great! I rotated in Jackson twice in my fourth year, and felt like I was home. It also had everything I wanted: rural but with good numbers, unopposed, and close to my home.