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PGY-3 Residents


Yuliya Dobruskina, MD

Eastern Virginia Medical School

Academic Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Developmental Disabilities

Personal interests: Running, hiking, swimming, board games, podcasts, documentaries, yoga

I applied to UMass because I wanted a strong academic program with a variety of clinical experiences, a focus on resident education, and a supportive culture. I found the residents to be curious, open, and down-to-earth people. This has made it a comfortable place to work, learn, and grow.

There are many beautiful nature spots within an easy drive. I also enjoy the proximity to other interesting places to explore - cities, beaches, mountains.


Emily Federo-Hungria, MD

UMass Chan Medical School

Academic interests: Geri psych

Personal interests: Reading, jogging, canoeing

The people here are great- the attendings love teaching and the residents are a friendly and fun bunch of people.

My favorite thing about central MA is all the seasonal activities: ice skating, going to the ocean, apple picking, small town craft fairs.


Julia Ann Koretski, MD

University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Academic interests: Mood and psychotic disorders, inpatient psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, psychopharmacology

Personal interests: Reading, travel, photography, gardening, wandering in nature, exploring new cities, restoring old furniture, interior design, yoga, poetry, my cat.

I applied to UMass because of its large Psychiatry Department with ample opportunity for learning and academic advancement, but warm and friendly atmosphere of the program itself.

Central MA is central location with easy access to city life, hiking trails, the ocean, and the mountains.


Derek Luzim, MD

Univerity of Vermont College of Medicine

Academic interests: psychotic disorders, substance use

Personal interests: Spending time with my partner and two sons. Cooking, gardening, reading, listening to music, baseball (NY Mets), trips to Cape Cod

I applied to UMass because of the location, program quality, focus on balanced curriculum with benefits of one of the few neuropsychiatry programs.

My favorite thing about central MA is its affordability, mix of city/suburban/even rural living, close to other major cities, 4 season climate.


Pooja Modi, MD, Neuropsychiatry

Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Academic interests: Adult ICU neuropsychiatric care, inpatient consultation/liaison neuropsychiatry, addiction neuropsychiatry, neurodevelopmental disorders, psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Personal interests: Spending time with my dog, yoga, hiking, DIY home projects, crime documentaries

I applied to UMass because it is only one of four US programs that offer a 6-year combined psychiatry and neurology residency program. Because the faculty strongly believe in understanding mental health through the neuropsychiatry lens, both the adult and child psychiatry tracks also provide a well-rounded residency training experience.

Fav thing about central MA: tons of hiking spots, Worcester winters


Alair Newman, DO, Adult/Child Psychiatry

Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Academic interests: Childhood anxiety disorders, early psychosis, and emergency mental health

Personal interests: Taking walks around the Charles in Boston, music, writing, reading and watching basketball

I was drawn to UMass because of the combined child/adolescent program and a chance to live in New England!


Sarah Palmer, MD, Adult/Child Psychiatry

UMass Chan Medical School

Academic interests: Child psychiatry, Genetics, Care of Children in Foster Care, Women's Mental Health

Personal interests: Exploring local farms for apple and berry picking, local trails for hikes and runs, trips to the Berkshires and to Boston, family time & travel (someday!)

The opportunity to get a well-rounded community psychiatry experience as well as see a variety of inpatient settings including long term state hospital, forensics, and med-psych really drew me to UMASS. Their strong program in combined child psychiatry also was a big draw!

I love the balance between the peace and quiet of a suburb and the excitement of city environments. It is easy to find natural beauty here but also easy to find a great restaurant, concert or art exhibit.