Dr. Tanja Zanin


Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Undergraduate Institution:

Virginia Commonwealth University


Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine


I'm drawn to any outdoor activity, particularly hiking and skiing. I like exploring areas where I've never been to - just sit in my car and drive. See where I end up.

Past life:

I grew up in Europe and always thought I would become a journalist covering world affairs. I studied journalism and political science, both of which I was very passionate about. However, after some travel abroad (mainly south of the equator) I discovered medicine. I love what I do now but am also thankful for having had the opportunity to study and explore other areas of academia and life.

Academic Interest:

Global Health

Favorite activities in New Haven:

Hamden dog park for those who have doggies. Exploring the beaches, sunsets at the summit, and lots of cool hiking around here.

Why Yale’s Emergency Medicine Program:

It's certainly a strong program and the graduates leave here being able to handle virtually any volume of patients or pathology that may present to them. The residents and faculty are very close and there is a lot of support for residents who want to gain more experience in certain areas of emergency medicine. Having that support and having great mentors who have a lot of experience in sub specialties was a definitely something that drew me to Yale.

Random factoid:

When I was six, I was chosen to perform a classical guitar piece for a visiting communist general in Bosnia. I still know how to play that song.

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