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PGY-4 Residents

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Cassidy Cooper, DO

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus

Program Chief Resident, Chief Resident in Psychotherapy

Academic Interests: Psychodynamic psychotherapy, resident education, women's mental health and community mental health

Personal Interests: I love eating at local restaurants with my friends, hiking and swimming in the area, doing yoga and traveling locally and abroad.

I visited UMass for an away rotation as a medical student in women's mental health and fell in love with the warm and welcoming culture among the residents and faculty members. I was struck by how highly the program valued mentorship and variability in training experience.

Favorite thing about central MA: My favorite thing about central Massachusetts is how convenient it is to travel to so many different beautiful places. When I want to be in nature, I frequently go on day-trips to eat oysters at the beach, swim in lakes, ski in the winter, hike in the fall leaves. When I want to visit a city, we are so close to Boston and Providence for day-trips or dinner, and I also go to New York, Burlington and Portland, Maine for the weekend.

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Kendra Kobrin, MD, PhD

Boston University School of Medicine

Chief Resident in Addiction Psychiatry, Co-Chief Resident of Ambulatory Psychiatry

I applied to UMass because of The broad array of experiences offered by the program, from forensics to neuropsychiatry to college mental health.

Academic interests: Substance Use Disorders

Personal interests: Singing, dancing, restaurants, outdoors/being on the water.

Favorite thing about central MA: The convenience to nature as well as creature comforts and fun outings. Also affordability!

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Mariko Shimizu, MD

University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine

Chief Resident in Geriatric Psychiatry, Co-Chief Resident of Ambulatory Psychiatry

Academic interests: Geriatric psychiatry, cultural psychiatry, community psychiatry, consultation-liaison, ethics

Personal interests: Japanese literature, cooking, baking, going to grocery stores, teas, exploring used bookstores, visiting parks and gardens, going to museums and historical buildings

I was interested in UMass because its strong training in public-sector/community psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, and therapy, and the opportunities for medicine electives.  Also, the "Selective" block in PGY-2 was appealing (I chose to gain more experience in geriatric psychiatry, cultural psychiatry, and eating disorders).

My favorite thing about living in central Mass is the nature. Each season has its own beauty. I particularly like autumn.

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Taylor Young, MD, MA, Neuropsychiatry

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Academic Interests: Schizophrenia, epilepsy, psychosis, multiple sclerosis, dementia, movement disorders, inflammation and immunology, psychotherapy, genetics/genomics and neurodevelopment disorders, language and natural language processing, biological and artificial neural networks, computational and clinical research

Personal interests: Spending time with my family and dogs (hiking, weekend road-trips, relaxing), gardening/yardwork, playing guitar, watching really bad reality TV

Aside from the UMASS neuropsychiatry residency being the oldest and most well-established of the combined neurology and psychiatry training programs, a major draw for me was Dr. B: it was clear he had created something special and that his passions for education, neurology, and psychiatry had been thoughtfully applied to the program's structure and that the residents were equally curious and passionate about neuropsychiatry. Aside from clinical education, UMASS has extensive and broad research opportunities. Even as a medical student, I found excellent support and mentorship for research programs across several departments.

What I like about Central Mass: There is a low cost of living, excellent local food, art, music, etc., easy access to larger cities like Boston, Providence, and New York, and easy access to nature and outdoor activities.