The Class of 2000 turned out in good numbers for our first reunion, with slightly under 20 percent of the class in attendance. While most attendees were from the Northeast, we had a few long-distance travelers as well. Not too bad considering many are still in training. The weekend offered fine weather for the traditional New England clambake on Harkness Lawn, and a spectacular dinner hosted by the 50th reunion class at the Graduate Club. Our class has embarked on a wide range of paths since leaving Yale five years ago.
Jen Dorosz was on an East Coast swing, having finished her first year of cardiology fellowship at the University of Michigan. She spent an extra year in Seattle as chief resident at the University of Washington. Arvind Venkat is now an emergency medicine attending at the University of Pittsburgh. He was accompanied by his wife, Veena, who is finishing a pediatric GI fellowship, and their 6-month-old daughter. Jonathan Erulkar was recently married to Dierdre Carrol (YSN ’00) and is now completing his orthopaedic training. Next year he will join the Boston crowd as he pursues a spine fellowship at New England Baptist.
The New Haven residents were well-represented. Oscar Colegio has finished a preliminary year in internal medicine at YNHH and will go on to train in dermatology at Yale next year. He is married to Stephanie Colegio-Eisenbarth, who will be going on to a residency in laboratory medicine. Dan Negoianu has completed his chief residency year at YNHH and will leave the Elm City for a nephrology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Michelle Mak and her husband came to the clambake with their beautiful baby; Michelle is practicing dermatology in Bridgeport. Andrew White is finishing his orthopaedic training, with plans to start a spine fellowship in July. John Mahoney braved the weekend with his wife and their infant son Jack, all before driving across the country to start a hand surgery fellowship in California.
Joanna Sheinfeld and her husband, Mark Paltrowitz, are the proud parents of Leila. Joanna just finished her geriatrics fellowship at Yale and will be returning to Mt. Sinai, where she was chief resident along with Dan Jacoby. Dan and his wife, Stephanie, live in New York, where Dan is pursuing fellowship training in cardiology at Columbia. Joanna will be practicing alongside Jon Ripp as part of Mt. Sinai’s Visiting Doctors Program, which cares for homebound elderly in New York City. Jon and his wife, Melissa, spent a year practicing in Alaska before returning to New York.
Other New York attendees included Keri Adelson and David Grodberg; Keri is juggling a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Columbia with taking care of Paley, an adorable toddler. Maya Salameh, having also finished a chief residency year at YNHH, will be moving to New York to practice vascular medicine at Columbia. Jodi and Elie Levine have three daughters; Jodi is completing training in dermatology and Elie is finishing his residency in plastic surgery.
Members of the Boston contingent were distressed that they had to come to New Haven to meet up. Amy Nuernberg, another YNHH chief resident, is completing a fellowship in occupational health at the Harvard School of Public Health, and will go on to a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care. John Abraham is finishing up his residency in orthopaedic surgery, and will go on to specialize in orthopaedic oncology. Karin Andersson is finishing up her clinical year in a GI fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH); she is married to Brett Cohen, who was also in New Haven for his 10th college reunion. Deborah Wexler is finishing up her chief residency year at MGH before continuing her fellowship in endocrinology. Her husband, David Friedman, is very happy to be back in the lab after finishing his training in nephrology. Carl Seashore is practicing primary care pediatrics and working in the pediatric hospitalist program at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. His son, Luke, enjoyed the time with his grandparents as well as all the festivities.
There were day trips, mountain bike rides, scenic tours and even lectures spread over the weekend for all to enjoy. It was truly wonderful to catch up with so many old friends, and see how we, as well as New Haven, have all changed in five short years. We hope to see more of you at the 10th.