Department of Emergency Medicine
Resident Class of 2018
John Jobes, D.O.Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Undergrad:Utah Valley University
Medical School: Touro University Nevada
Favorite thing about El Paso: The thunderstorms. I love the desert, but it is fun to see the dramatic weather that happens around here.
Hobbies/Interests: Camping, hiking, and travel in general.
Plans after residency: Still deciding. Maybe an ultrasound fellowship. Probably head back to LV and work, although I like the idea of working in a smaller rural setting so I will probably aim at working at least a few shifts a month in a single coverage ED.
Something unique or interesting about yourself: I was once a taxicab driver.
Katherine Raczek, M.D.Hometown: San Diego, CA
Undergrad: University of Southern California - Los Angeles, CA
Medical School: Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine - Miami, FL
Favorite thing about El Paso: Incredibly nice people, gorgeous mountain views, and minimal humidity!
Hobbies/Interests: Dancing, reading, hiking, snorkeling, traveling, and exploring new places.
Plans after residency: Considering an EMS fellowship.
Something unique or interesting about yourself: 1st generation American, fluent in Polish.
Michael Khafi, D.O.Hometown: Los Angeles
Undergrad: University of California Davis
Medical School: MWU- AZCOM
Favorite thing about El Paso: I grew up in CA, went to Medical School in AZ, so not having to update my wardrobe for snow is pretty nice. El Pasoans are very pleasant and the patient population are respectful and thankful which makes going to work that much more gratifying.
Hobbies/Interests: Rock climbing, avid cinephile, video games, gym, sports, and beer connoisseur.
Plans after residency: If I woke up and my medical school loans miraculously vanished, definitely a critical care fellowship, but realistically work at a community hospital somewhere in Texas.
Ronald Nelson, M.D.Hometown: Oakland, CA
Undergrad: UC San Diego
Medical School: Tulane University
Favorite thing about El Paso: The pathology and tacos.
Hobbies/Interests: Backpacking, reading, cooking, and finding excuses to celebrate.
Plans after residency: Will keep changing; likely working somewhere rural, urban, overseas, or goofing off on any given day.
Something unique or interesting about yourself: I once camped with Bedouins in the Sahara desert.
Adam Villalba, M.D.Hometown: El Paso, Texas. Del Valle High School Grad. GO BIG BAD BLUE!!
Medical School: University of New Mexico
Favorite thing about El Paso: This is my home! My family, friends, the food, the star on the mountain, everything about this city is dear to my heart.
Hobbies/Interests: Huge sports fan, traveling, cooking, running, watching movies, and the occasional video game when I have some free time.
Plans after residency: General emergency medicine.
Something unique or interesting about yourself: I am a huge (crazy huge) Dallas Cowboys fan and travel to Dallas to see my boys play almost every year.
David Getreu, M.D.Hometown: Woodmere, NY
Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Albany Medical College
Favorite thing about El Paso: Tacos!
Hobbies/Interests: Video games, comics, and rock climbing.
Plans after residency: Who knows?
Something unique or interesting about yourself: The first time I had bacon was when I was 20.
Mackenzie Kamm, D.O.Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergrad: Clark University
Medical School: UNTHSC-TCOM
Favorite thing about El Paso: Most everything, the people, the weather, and the mountains.
Hobbies/Interests: Salsa dancing, swimming, running every once and a while, reading, DIY.
Plans after residency: Continue living, working, and breathing.
Something unique or interesting about yourself: I lived in Ecuador for a year and taught English.
Ashley Venegas, M.D.Hometown: Wichita, KS
Undergrad: Wichita State University, Biochemistry
Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine Wichita
Favorite thing about El Paso: The people.
Hobbies/Interests: Hanging out with my amazing kid, old cars, music, and painting.
Plans after residency: Return to Kansas for a while, probably a pediatric fellowship.
Something unique or interesting about yourself: Before medical school I used to airbrush graphics on motorcycles for a living.
Erin de la Cruz, M.D.Hometown: Lake Jackson, TX
Undergrad: Texas A&M University
Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Favorite thing about El Paso: The sunny weather.
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, writing, yoga, and reality TV.
Plans after residency: Community practice
Something unique or interesting about yourself: Lived in Norway for five years as a kid
Yasin Huque, M.D.Hometown: Pearland, Tx
Undergrad: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: Texas A&M Health Sciences Center
Favorite thing about El Paso: The views of the mountains, the opportunity to practice Spanish, and one day hoping to cross the border.
Hobbies/Interests: Hanging and eating out, watching movies, working out, sports, studies about my religion.
Plans after residency: Working in an ER but no idea where just yet.
Something unique or interesting about yourself: I can bake pretty well, and I am lactose intolerant but I still drink milk all the time. One other interesting thing about me is I have a huge sweet tooth.
Jacob Gonzales, M.D.Hometown: Hobbs, NM
Undergrad: Cell and Molecular Biology, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM
Favorite thing about El Paso: Definitely the food!
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, sport shooting, traveling, and driving on mountain roads.
Plans after residency: Practicing in the southwest.
Something unique or interesting about yourself: I once broke my collar bone as a kid thinking I was Evel Knievel. I never told anyone. Only found out years later when my pcp got a random chest xray and said, "Hey, uhh did you ever break your collar bone?"