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Class of 2023


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Jonathan "Andrew" Aristorenas, MD

Dr. Aristorenas's Bio

Hometown: Adamsville, TN
Undergraduate: Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Stats: Will be celebrating our 5 year marriage anniversary with my wife, Katie, in June 2020. We have two dogs, Zoey and DJ.
Hobbies: I enjoy almost anything outdoors. Including golfing, fishing, hunting, hiking, playing tennis, or going out on nearby Pickwick Lake.
What I did before medical school: I worked as a scribe in an Emergency Department in Memphis, TN.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose to complete multiple of my medical school rotations at UT Jackson, and was in love with the program from the beginning. I also participated in a summer research project between my M1 and M2 year at UT Jackson. It was very evident how close together the faculty, residents, and their families were, and I knew I could see my family here for years to come. All of this, in addition to an unopposed residency program with a great history made my choice easy.

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Christopher Bauer, DO

Dr. Bauer's Bio

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA
Undergraduate: University of Oregon
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Stats: In a relationship
Hobbies: Outdoor activities/hunting/fishing, playing piano and guitar, listening to all types of music, cars, exercising, and spending time with friends and family.
What I did before medical school: I worked as an anesthesia tech and hospice volunteer in Bismarck, ND and made mission trips to Haiti with a Mayo Clinic surgical team for earthquake relief.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I was initially drawn to UT Jackson for the full-scope training in an unopposed program with an opportunity for an EM fellowship. While visiting for my interview, the residents and faculty embraced a closely-knit family atmosphere and were enthusiastic and eager to teach others. It was immediately apparent that a residency at UT Jackson would allow me to grow as a well-rounded physician in a positive and constructive environment.

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Alexandra Burkich, MD

Dr. Burkich's Bio

Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Undergraduate: Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Barbados
Stats: I am married to the greatest person alive who is also a fellow resident, Zach Zarzour, MD. We have 3 wonderful children: Liam, Neiland, and Josephine!
Hobbies: Spending quality time with my loving family, cleaning and being outside!
What I did before medical school: I worked at a medical practice, raised my 1st-born son and studied Chemistry at Tennessee Tech University.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: While this unopposed program with stellar board scores had the most opportunity to become a well-rounded physician, it was truly the people that pushed me to rank UT Jackson #1. The people, both fellow residents and faculty, where unmatched in quality. I feel confident I will receive the best training with this program.

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Rachel Geenen, MD

Dr. Geenen's Bio

Hometown: West Bend, WI
Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin-- La Crosse
Medical School: Caribbean Medical University (Curacao)
Stats: In a relationship, and I have a pet guinea pig named Winnie.
Hobbies: Dancing, playing guitar, traveling, camping, having card/board game nights with family and friends, and I recently got into home brewing.
What I did before medical school: While in undergrad, I worked as a CNA at group homes for adults with disabilities. Also, I studied abroad in Spain for a semester and then stayed an extra month to travel all over Europe, where I visited a total of 17 countries. After undergrad, I went straight to medical school.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: There are so many reasons why I chose UT-Jackson! I wanted an unopposed program that was well rounded in all aspects of family medicine and would prepare me for any situation after residency. Plus, while interviewing here, I fell in love with the atmosphere of this program! All the residents and faculty were so friendly, welcoming, and supportive of each other.

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Bradley McMillen, MD

Dr. McMillen's Bio

Hometown: Ocala, FL
Undergraduate: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Stats: Married for 3 years.
Hobbies: I seem to remember having hobbies at some point, but it’s been so long it’s hard to remember. Now days, I’m happy to find time to go for a run or hit the gym.
What I did before medical school: I joined the Army during high school and was a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. After college, I took a few years off to provide security for the US State Department overseas. Prior to all that, however, I was a busboy at Cracker Barrel!
Why I chose UT-Jackson: The two things that immediately stood out about the Jackson Program are its unopposed status and the EM fellowship. After interviewing here, I believed I would have the opportunity to develop my skillsets and knowledge base to practice both Family and EM effectively. Most importantly, the Residents seemed to genuinely enjoy what they are doing!

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Rabia Osman, MD

Dr. Osman's Bio

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Stats: Single
Hobbies: Reading, Painting, Hiking
What I did before medical school: Gap year postbac program
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose UT Jackson because I felt that this program would provide the content I need to complete my medical training. The large community hospital guarantees that I will see a variety of patients and pathology, and a high volume of patients for excellent clinical expertise. The underserved population that I will care for here are also the ones that I ultimately want to serve after residency. I am interested in the EM fellowship. The residents and program were welcoming, supportive, and felt like ‘my people’. I am within driving distance of Nashville, and can be close to my family. I couldn’t really think of a reason not to!

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Glynn Alan Riels Jr, DO

Dr. Riels's Bio

Hometown: Hamburg, AR
Undergraduate: Arkansas State University,-Jonesboro, AR
Medical School: NYITCOM-Jonesboro, AR Campus
Stats: I am married to a fellow resident! Her name is Madelyn and we met during medical school. We have no children yet but we have a dog named Polo that I’ve had for 9 years now.
Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, and Sports
What I did before medical school: I worked for my father who owns a trucking company then I attended graduate school for a year.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose UT Jackson because everyone there felt like family. My wife and I did a Sub-Internship our fourth year and we couldn’t believe how much we enjoyed it. Everyone was friendly and welcoming while still holding us to a standard that they expected us to follow. I also chose this program because it is an unopposed program at a large community hospital with all the pathology I needed for my training. I plan on being a rural physician either in the hospital or ED setting so I need to know how to do many procedures and this program showed me it can provide that. I’m also very interested in the EM fellowship.

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Madelyn Riels, DO

Dr. Riels's Bio

Hometown: Fayetteville, AR
Undergraduate: High Point University - High Point, NC
Medical School: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University
Stats: I am married to my bff and colleague, AJ. We have a puppy child named Polo and he is perfect in every way!
Hobbies: Cooking, baking, hiking, playing and watching sports, traveling, reading, watching scary movies/shows
What I did before medical school: I worked part time as a perfusion assistant in cardiovascular surgery while also working part time as a referral specialist at a rural health clinic.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose UT Jackson because, after spending a month here for a sub-internship, I truly felt at home. All of the residents and staff welcomed me like family and I instantly felt as if I fit in with the team. I know that this program will prepare me for any situation and my practice in the future, which I was drawn to. I hope to go to a small rural town and be well-versed in all aspects of family medicine. The UT Jackson program was perfect for me!

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Thomas Rick Sanders, MD

Dr. Sanders's Bio

Hometown: West Monroe, LA
Undergraduate: University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, LA
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, St. Maarten
Stats: I married my middle school sweetheart, Alexandra, in August of 2013. She is a labor and delivery nurse. We had our little girl, Vivian, during my final semester of medical school. We also have a dog named Lola.
Hobbies: Mostly hanging with family and watching football. I also enjoy hunting and fishing when I have time.
What I did before medical school: While attending undergrad, I was a scribe in a local ER.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: UT Jackson was a clear choice for me. I wanted to attend an unopposed FM residency, and UT Jackson is considered one of the best in the nation. During my interview and second look, I could tell how much the current residents loved working and living in Jackson.

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Caitlyn Roma Trostel, MD

Dr. Trostel's Bio

Hometown: Jessieville, AR
Undergraduate: University of Central Arkansas - Conway, AR
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Stats: I’m a small town southern girl who isn’t married and doesn’t have kids, other than my big fur child, Bandit, who is a Siberian Husky! My family means everything to me and I love spending time with them. Even though I’m the baby of four and my siblings might say I’m the spoiled one, we are all still thick as thieves. They’re my best friends, always!
Hobbies: Running, Cycling, Bowhunting, Dove Hunting, Concert-going, Camping, Riding ATVs, Tending to the farm and cows, Spending time with family and friends
What I did before medical school: I worked as a Patient Care Technician in the Emergency Room at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, AR.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: I chose UT Jackson because the program really felt like my home away from home. It was immediately evident how close everyone was and how strong of a support system they were for one another. The people didn’t feel like just coworkers, they were a big happy family. They truly made me feel so comfortable and like I had been friends with them for years. I also really love the area and am so excited to have the opportunity to be here. Some of my great grandparents, grandparents, and parents grew up in Jackson, TN so it is a very special place for me to be and have things come full circle! I love that Jackson is a smaller town with a large community hospital because that was something I was specifically looking for in a program. Jackson’s program is extremely impressive with even more impressive faculty. I knew the training I would receive here would be invaluable. I felt confident I could graduate from their residency and be more than capable to practice full scope Family Medicine or be able to take whatever route I wanted to with my specialty. In my gut, everything just felt right about Jackson and I couldn’t be more blessed to be here!

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Victoria Summer Watson, MD

Dr. Watson's Bio

Hometown: Camden, TN
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Medical School: University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Stats: I was gifted one square foot of Scotland, so my official title is “Lady Watson.” I have a yellow lab mix named Holmes whom I accompany on long investigations for tennis balls. I am a first generation college graduate.
Hobbies: Walks with Holmes, scrapbooking, antiquing, outings on the Tennessee River, playing Mrs. Pacman, cooking, event planning
What I did before medical school: I was a professional Vols fan for 4 years - Go Big Orange!
Why I chose UT-Jackson: My dream is to open a family medicine practice that cares for folks ranging from birth to childhood, adolescence, adulthood, motherhood, and end-of-life care in my hometown in rural Northwest Tennessee. The breadth and depth of UT-Jackson’s residency training and the opportunity to get a head start on working with the greater West Tennessee community made this choice a no-brainer for me.

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Zach Zarzour, MD

Dr. Zarzour's Bio
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Undergraduate: Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, TN
Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine
Stats: Happily married to my soul mate (fellow resident Alexandra). We have 3 children, Liam, Neiland and Josephine.
Hobbies: Wrestling my children, spending quality time with my wife, working out and coaching my children in sports.
What I did before medical school: I studied and played D1 baseball at Tennessee Tech University while caring for first my son Liam.
Why I chose UT-Jackson: Alexandra and I were looking for a program that has high quality people that care for their residents. We instantly felt the warm southern hospitality offered by the amazing staff and administration at UT-Jackson. They went above and beyond more than any other program we interviewed with to make us feel comfortable during our 1st and 2nd looks. The positive interactions between the staff and residents was easily noticed and very encouraging. I was very impressed with the board scores of the Jackson residents as it shows that there is a high level of expectation as well as a high degree of knowledge and expertise that is offered to the resident physicians.

Last Published: Jul 28, 2020