PGY-4 Class

Michael Langley-DeGroot

Michael is a graduate of the UCSD School of Medicine. During medical school, Michael was the Co-President of the UCSD Psychiatry Student Interest Group. He has also enjoyed participating in research studies at UCSD that focused on Geriatric and Palliative Care issues. His hobbies are antiquing, historic home renovation, herpetoculture, social justice, outdoor activities, rooting for the Green Bay Packers (sometimes while wearing a cheesehead).

Mian Jan

Mian is a Drexel University College of Medicine graduate. He was the founding member of the youth board of the Sonia Shah Foundation, a charity honoring his cousin, Sonia, whose untimely death disrupted her dream of educating and empowering women of Pakistan in underserved areas. Through this Foundation, her dream lives on. In 2013, Mian received the Award for Student Body Development. Hobbies and interests include computer building and technology, digital art design, photography, creative writing, snowboarding and film analysis.


Yash Joshi

Yash comes to us from Temple University School of Medicine where he received both his MD and PhD degrees, the latter in Pharmacology. His research focus has been the cellular basis for neurodegenerative disorders, using cross-species models. In his spare time, Yash enjoys reading, running, cooking/trying new cuisines, traveling, fencing (saber), beer brewing, pub quizzo/trivia and rock climbing (indoor bouldering).

Samantha Friend

Samantha comes to us from the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where she received her MD, and her PhD in Immunology. Her Doctoral thesis focused on T cell regulation, and her current research interests include the role of immune function in the pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental disorders. During her spare time she enjoys cooking, hiking, photography and running.

Reem Abu-Libdeh

Reem comes to us from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she received the Classroom Educator Award in 2013 and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2014. Interested in reducing inner city health disparities, Reem was selected for the Multicultural and Underserved Pathway and was awarded a travel stipend to study Spanish and work with a physician in rural Guatemala. Her hobbies and interests include traveling, reading, writing, cooking and yoga.

Jaclyn Joyce

Jaclyn is a graduate of the Western University of Health Sciences/ College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific in Pomona, California. No stranger to service, Jaclyn was awarded “gold” level recognition for over 100 hours of volunteer service during the 2012/2013 year and “silver” level recognition for over 50 hours of service during the 2013/2014 year. A few of Jaclyn’s many hobbies are surfing, yoga, cooking, hiking, camping and spoiling her 2 dogs.

Benjamin Carron

Benjamin is a graduate of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Benjamin co-founded the MCW Warrior Partnership Program, which focused on PTSD in veterans and aimed to improve clinical skills and understanding of Veteran population needs among students. In 2012 he was honored with the Civilian Appreciation Day Award by the Clement J. Zablocki Medical Center, for his work and dedication toward Veterans in the creation of this program. Benjamin is an active downhill skier, hiker and fisherman, plays acoustic guitar and has a passion for traveling.

Natassia Gaznick

Natassia received her PhD in Neuroscience and MD at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. She has a strong research background in addictive disorders, impulsivity, neuroimagery and nicotine/tobacco use. Hobbies include Biking, belly dancing, reading British and early-mid 20th century American literature and Sighthound Lure Coursing.