Name: Cheyenne Falat, MD
Class: PGY-2 EM Categorical
Hometown: Columbia, MD
Describe yourself in 5 words or less: Thrill-seeking, spontaneous, crazy, loyal
On a day off, you can find me...: Now - still trying to furnish my new apartment! But with winter coming up, either skiing, skiing, skiing, baking, or getting together with family or friends.
What's something people might not know about you?: While in medical school, I entered a 24-hr ski race in Vermont where they tracked our total vertical by RFID chip. I won the womens' division, often clocking in at speeds of 60+mph, and got a free season pass out of it!
Favorite thing about UMEM: The support system - it's really a UMEM family - and the approach-ability of every single member of this family.
Who inspires you?: My parents are my biggest heroes and inspirations. My dad embodies determination and dedication, and my mom fearlessness and loyalty. My dad's family lost everything during communist takeover of Czechoslovakia. After living as refugees for a few years, my dad's family settled in Florida when he was in his early teens. He studied hard because he knew that your mind is all you're left with if you lose everything - he ended up going to college at 16 years old and went on to get his PhD in analytical chemistry. On the other-hand, my mom studied biochemistry in Slovakia and was a successful plant manager before giving up everything and moving to the United States at almost 30 years old (not knowing English!!) after getting married to my dad. I can't imagine being blessed with better inspiration growing up.
Where was that picture taken?: On top of the Palamidi Castle in Nafplio, Greece