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Harris Fedman, PGY2
Born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, Harris spent his childhood at the ice hockey rink and around the Chesapeake Bay. He went to Towson University where he studied biology, worked as an RA, played club hockey, and was involved in various ecological research projects. After college, Harris spent a year working at a gastroterology practice at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore as a medical assistant and research coordinator conducting a QI study in hepatitis C screening. He attended medical school at University of Maryland School where he was inspired by the kindness and brilliance of his med/peds trained mentors and fell in love with the practice of taking care of both adults and children. During medical school, he conducted research in the field of gastroenterology including studies in both IBD and hepatology. Harris also became involved in the Baltimore community by coaching an inner-city ice hockey team for adolescents living in high risk neighborhoods. He immediately felt at home during his UMass interview day, and was most drawn to the camaraderie, humor, and diverse hobbies of the Med/Peds residents. Harris’ long-term career interests include GI/hepatology, with a focus on transitional care for adolescents, combining both inpatient and outpatient care of his patients, and staying in an academic system to teach and conduct clinical research. In his free time, he enjoys paddle-boarding around Lake Quinsigamond, playing adult league ice hockey, road-biking, skiing the northeast mountains, learning new recipes, playing the piano, Karaoke nights, and trying to read as many “non-medical” books as possible.

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Philip Picard-Fraser, PGY2
Philip was raised in Acton, MA and spent most of his summers growing up in the beautiful province of Quebec, where most of his family stills resides. He attended Emory University for his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology where he also played varsity basketball. After college he served as an AmeriCorp member with City Year, supporting students and schools to create more welcoming and effective learning environments for children within Boston Public Schools. The experience of working with young people from communities that are cyclically and systemically disadvantaged ignited his passion to eliminate negative social determinants of health, and crystalized his view that this work is an ethical and moral obligation of physicians. While attending the University of Massachusetts Medical School, he continued these efforts through programs such as Kelley Backpacks which organized and delivered donated backpacks filled with personal items to children being discharged into DCF custody as well as academic inquiry in this field with Dr. Heather Forkey of the Child Protection Program by validating a screening tool for childhood trauma. He is proud to be staying at UMass for Med-Peds training because of the unmatched community he found here during medical school. While not working, he enjoys exploring the (actually) great restaurants and breweries in and around Worcester, going for runs that are way longer than anyone actually enjoys, and then indulging in nutritious and non-nutritious foods.

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Sarah Rajanek, PGY2
Sarah was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin.  She attended the University of Notre Dame for undergraduate (Go Irish!), where she double majored in Biological Sciences and Psychology.  She enjoyed the Hoosier state so much she decided to stay and attend medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where she first discovered her love for all things Med-Peds.  After starting her intern year at the University of Rochester Med-Peds program, she transferred to UMass to be closer to her husband. She is incredibly excited to join the Med-Peds family at UMass and explore what New England has to offer! Sarah is still undecided on her career path (classic Med-Peds problem), but she is mostly considering hospitalist work, transitional care and medical education. In her spare time, she enjoys doing crafts, traveling, listening to Disney music, eating good food, and cuddling with her two cats, Luna and Lily.

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Adam Wray, PGY2
Adam grew up in East Tennessee. He went to the University of Tennessee where he quickly realized that medicine was the career for him. After graduating he attended med school at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. With the help of some excellent clinical experiences and some great mentors, Adam realized that adult medicine alone was not going to cut it and decided to pursue Med-Peds. He ultimately would like to subspecialize and the wide-open and ever-evolving world of fellowship available to Med-Peds residents was particularly appealing. When not in the hospital, Adam can usually be found at the gym playing pickup basketball, but really any game will do.