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Current Family Medicine Residents

Wachs, Erika S., DO

Wachs, Erika S., DO
Program: Family Medicine
Year: PGY I
Hometown: Monroe, CT
Undergrad School: Villanova University
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Auburn Campus
Biography Information
I was born and raised in Monroe, CT, and attended college at Villanova University where I majored in Psychology and minored in Spanish. After graduation, I attended a Post Baccalaureate program at the University of Connecticut and worked in clinical research for a cardiology group. When applying to medical school I knew I wanted a change of a scenery and a chance to explore a new part of the country and get away from all the snow. While it was a difficult decision to leave my parents and siblings, I chose to attend Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Auburn, AL, and packed my bags for the big move. During medical school, I met my husband and we married in May 2019. We recently became parents to our golden retriever, Bo, and he has definitely kept us busy. I have found my niche in Family Medicine and am happy to be serving the people of MS. I can't wait to see what the next few years bring and am excited to be on this journey.

Career Interest
I see myself working in an outpatient clinic treating both children and adults.

Field Interest
Palliative Care

I'm Italian so naturally one of my hobbies includes cooking (and eating!). I also love to bake and am always looking for new recipes to try. To balance out my foodie lifestyle, I enjoy running and taking walks with my husband and golden retriever, Bo. I love a good Netflix binge series (when I can find the time!) and any mystery novel.

What do you like about the program?
UMMC is home to a diverse patient population where you are exposed to common and rare medical diagnoses. This is important to me from a training perspective because upon completion of residency I want to feel confident in treating the common diagnoses and comfortable in handling the more rare cases. The people here are also great to work with! My co-residents make the long work week not seem so tedious and the attendings challenge me to think outside the box. Everyone I have met here makes it feel like a second home. I could not be happier with my decision to pursue my Family Medicine career at UMMC.