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Eli Besser

I'd rather sleep in a sleeping bag


Hometown: Solana Beach, CA

Undergrad: Point Loma Nazarene University

Medical School: Western University


Hobbies: Surfing, skiing, fly fishing

Pets: Odie the corgi

If Not ER: Sports medicine

If Not a Doctor: Ski bum

Favorite Band: Caamp

Favorite Book: The Old Man and the Sea

Best Star Wars Character: Ewoks

Favorite Sports Team: Seattle Sounders

Best of Palm Springs: 5 hours to Mammoth, 2 hours to surf (and home)

Worst of Palm Springs: The heat


Jenna Cacchillo

I really really love colorful things and enjoy being upside down (handstands)


Hometown: Boise, ID

Undergrad: Whitworth University

Medical School: Pacific Northwest University


Hobbies: Outdoor things (skiing, biking, hiking), exercise, yoga/pilates, reading, cocktails, photography, plants, shopping

Pets: Cooper (dog)

If Not ER: Surgery (gen surg vs ortho)

If Not a Doctor: Athletic trainer? Basketball coach? Personal trainer? Something with sports and/or exercise

Favorite Band: I genuinely cannot answer this question - I love alllllll music!

Favorite Book: When the Crawdads Sing

Favorite Sports Team: Seattle Seahawks!!

Best of Palm Springs: Nice weather year-round to be outside all the time

Worst of Palm Springs: Such hot weather I don't even want to be outside


Coleman Cowart

I had my frenulum clipped in 5th trade because I couldn't get peanut butter off the roof of my mouth


Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Undergrad: Auburn University

Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Auburn


Hobbies: Ping pong

Pets: 1 year old pup, Magnus

If Not ER: Anesthesiology

If Not a Doctor: Coffee Shop Owner

Favorite Band: The Avett Brothers

Favorite Book: The Sun Also Rises

Best Star Wars Character: What is a star war?

Favorite Sports Team: Die hard Auburn fan, NFL: Carolina Panthers (Cam Newton era), NBA: Houston Rockets

Best of Palm Springs: No humidity, close proximity to J Tree and Idyllwild, the chance I'll learn to hit a golf ball straight, Mexican food...

Worst of Palm Springs: The time zone gap between our families, having to keep our dog shaved


Dakota Ruiz

I was in a commercial when I was little


Hometown: Yucaipa, CA

Undergrad: CSU San Bernardino

Medical School: Western University

Hobbies: Playing with my daughter, coffee, hiking, jogging, strength training, indoor rock climbing, eating, wine-tasting

Pets: An Australian Shepard named Indy

If Not ER: Cardiology

If Not a Doctor: An actress

Favorite Band: Does Beyonce count?

Favorite Book: The Couple Next Door, The Bible

Favorite Sports Team: Lakers

Best of Palm Springs: Sunny So-Cal weather, staying close to my family, no traffic

Worst of Palm Springs: Stepping into my car in July


Kate Fleming

A guy once offered me $20 to touch my feet... I politely declined


Hometown: Youngstown, OH

Undergrad: Youngstown State University

Medical School: Lake Eerie College of Medicine


Pets: A quirky little mutt names Ichabod

Hobbies: Writing, travel, photography, yoga, exercise, kayaking, hiking, craft beer, baking, and since the COVID quarantine… crocheting

If Not ER: Pediatrics

If Not a Doctor: Detective

Favorite Band: Elton John

Favorite Book: The Great Gatsby

Best Star Wars Character: The Ewoks!

Favorite Sports Team: I have a love-hate relationship with all Cleveland sports, but nonetheless, go Brownies!

Best of Palm Springs: 

Worst of Palm Springs: Being a pasty ginger in the desert and three years of perpetual sunburn


Ulysses Garcia

I've been an extra in a movie


Hometown: Hemet, CA

Undergrad: UC Riverside

Medical School: Western University

Hobbies: Whatever my kids want to do, running, swimming, boxing, watching movies, eating junk food

Pets: Mimi half shih tzu/mix, Ivy full shih tzu

If Not ER: I have never given it much thought. I have always told everyone “I have had no plan B since 2005”

If Not a Doctor: Probably some sort of a teacher but I defer to the previous question

Favorite Band: The Offspring

Favorite Book: Time Flies, A Father Who Keeps His Promises

Best Star Wars Character: Baby Yoda

Favorite Sports Team: The Angels

Best of Palm Springs: The beautiful mountain view!!

Worst of Palm Springs: Hoping my shoes don’t melt from the parking lot to the hospital during the summer


Samuel Kotran

I am Lebanese and my brother is a pasty white ginger…..same parents (my parents look like me)


Hometown: Akron, OH

Undergrad: Ohio State University

Medical School: Lake Eerie College of Medicine

Pets: Black cat named Maxwell AKA: Mr. Black, Maxy Pad, Big Boi, Maxy, Max, Shamwow

Hobbies: Skiing, Climbing, drums, computers, movies and shows, petting my cat, using a new towel every time I shower

If Not ER: Anesthesia

If Not a Doctor: An Istari from Lord of the Rings…..or a teacher

Favorite Band: Dave Matthews Band

Favorite Book: Holes

Best Star Wars Character: The Sand People

Favorite Sports Team: Ohio State Buckeyes

Best of Palm Springs: - Ability to get a comprehensive residency training while being able to stay mentally healthy through nature and extremely nice people

Worst of Palm Springs: Possibility of an earthquake and landing in the middle of the Pacific


Jaymes Lonzanida

I’ve been to the ED three times as a patient: eyebrow laceration, partial fingertip avulsion, and dislocated elbow


Hometown: Pearl City, Hawaii

Undergrad: University of Hawaii at Manoa

Medical School: University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

Pets: A mixed Terrier named Wolfie

Hobbies: Weightlifting, hiking, cooking

If Not ER: Interventional Radiology, GI

If Not a Doctor: A pilot, firefighter, or contractor

Favorite Band: Journey, Backstreet Boys, Coldplay

Favorite Book: 1984

Best Star Wars Character: Boba Fett

Favorite Sports Team: Seattle Seahawks

Best of Palm Springs: 

Worst of Palm Springs: Dat heat tho


Shelby Roberts

I’m half Armenian and went to Armenian Summer Camp for 15 years as a camper and on staff and taught Armenian dance


Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA

Undergrad: USC - Fight on!

Medical School: California Northstate College of Medicine


Pets: Sophie (labradoodle), Charlie (cat), Abby (beagle, sister’s dog)

Hobbies: Traveling, running, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, surfing, tennis, camping, playing guitar and piano, Amazon shopping


If Not a Doctor: Marine biologist

Favorite Band: Kygo, Odesza, Gryffin, OneRepublic

Favorite Book: Harry Potter

Best Star Wars Character: Chewbacca and Rey

Favorite Sports Team: I don’t watch sports but if I do, I LOVE Steph Curry’s 3 pointers!

Best of Palm Springs: Lots of outdoor activities, hiking, swimming pools everywhere, can learn to golf, close to music festivals

Worst of Palm Springs: The heat


Jessica Vittorelli

I have a lightning shaped scar on my face from white water rafting with too many beers and not enough “rescue” knife sheaths


Hometown: Saco, Maine

Undergrad: University of New England

Medical School: University of New England College of Medicine


Pets: One day I will have a dog named Henrietta

Hobbies: Rock climbing, ice climbing, hiking, running, yoga

If Not ER: Pediatrics

If Not a Doctor: Journalist

Favorite Band: The National

Favorite Book: The Alice Network

Best Star Wars Character: Yoda, obvi

Favorite Sports Team: ...Tommy Caldwell

Best of Palm Springs: The landscape= paradise for all (most) things outdoors

Worst of Palm Springs: What even IS 125 degrees Fahrenheit ???

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