Chief Residents

2014 OBGYN Residency Class

chiefs_14(Left to right) Sandy Niemi, Flynn LaRochelle, Darcy Broughton, Charlie Saltalamacchia, Shireen de Sam Lazaro, Liz Harrington, Katie Au

Katie Au

(Dartmouth)—Katie grew up in San Francisco and obtained her BA with High Honors in Neuroscience from Oberlin College. At Oberlin she was the starting libero on the volleyball team and captain of both the varsity volleyball and track and field teams for 2 years--her event was throwing the javelin! While at Dartmouth, Katie worked with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to promote institutional awareness of patient safety and best practices. She was one of four students in her class selected to be an Urban Health Scholar. She is conversational in Spanish and still plays volleyball. She enjoys spending time with her husband, who is a database analyst for King Arthur Flour, and their two Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.

Darcy Broughton

(Brown)—Darcy went to Mount Holyoke College where she was Phi Beta Kappa and a member of the varsity equestrian team, placing second in the national championships. She did clinical research at Massachusetts General Hospital following graduation, and her current research focuses on local public health efforts to increase awareness of emergency contraception. At Brown Darcy was Regional Coordinator for Med Students for Choice and served on the board of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health. She is AOA and a member of the Gold Humanism Honor Society, and enjoys film, travel, and boating.

Shireen de Sam Lazaro

(U Minnesota)—Shireen did her undergraduate work at U Minnesota where she graduated summa cum laude with FIVE majors! She stayed at Minnesota for medical school, where she was a member of AOA and the Gold Humanism Honor society. Shireen has a strong interest in global health, raising funds for Mano a Mano, a Minneapolis-based group devoted to improving healthcare in rural Bolivia. She also organized and led a medical student group on a service trip there. She was invited to speak at U Minn's white coat ceremony on humanism in medicine. Shireen is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. She enjoys dancing, hiking/camping, biking, and intramural soccer.

Liz Harrington

(UCSF)—Liz graduated from Dartmouth magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in geography/African studies. Liz apparently can adapt to all types of weather, since she spent a term volunteering in Zambia and was on the Dartmouth varsity cross-country ski team. After graduation she coordinated the pediatric HIV program for Partners in Health in Rwanda, then headed to UCSF for medical school. At UCSF, Liz coordinated the student-run homeless clinic, spent a year doing research on HIV and family planning in Kenya after her MS2 year, and completed coursework in medical education. She speaks French (as well as some Spanish and Kiswahili), and still enjoys hiking and cross-country skiing.

Flynn LaRochelle

(Stanford)—Flynn graduated from UCSD summa cum laude with a BS in biology and Spanish. While at UCSD she studied abroad in Mexico and completed a project on contraceptive use in adolescent mothers, also finding time to co-captain the UCSD varsity water polo team for 2 years. After a year as a research assistant in family planning at UCSF, Flynn headed to Stanford for medical school. At Stanford she served as the National West Coast Coordinator for Medical Students for Choice, and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She speaks Spanish and spent 6 weeks in Guatemala working with a pediatrician and rural health promoters, and hopes to return.

Sandy Niemi

(U Michigan)—Cassandra grew up in Tacoma but headed to the east coast to attend Harvard as an undergraduate, where she was a 4-year member of the sailing team and served as co-director of the peer health contraceptive counseling center. At U Michigan she did research at Northwestern on delayed presentation to pregnancy termination clinics. Cassandra was cochair of Medical Students for Choice at Michigan, as well as cochair of the Women's Health and Fitness Day, a community event for 250 women. While a medical student Cassandra worked at a rural clinic in India with Child Family Health International. She played bass guitar in "Med Zeppelin," an all-girl cover rock band and the classic rock cover band in med school.

Charlie Saltalamacchia

(Emory)—Charlie graduated from Emory University with a BA with honors in Religion, and spent a year teaching high school chemistry and a subsequent year volunteering with Americorps in a SE Los Angeles hospital before entering Emory School of Medicine on a full 4-year scholarship. At Emory he was co-president of Physicians for Human Rights and social chair of his class. He spent time volunteering with the Himalayan Health Exchange in India and did research in the department of emergency medicine. He will graduate with both an MD and an MPH. Charlie commutes by bike, speaks Spanish "except for obscure topics," and is a part-time assistant to a local chef.