Chief Residents

Elise Merchant, MD is a chief resident in the department of medicineElise (Elisabeth) Merchant, MD

Hometown: Billings, MT 
Undergraduate: Brown University
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Trying out new restaurants around the city, seeing shows (theatre and movies) 
Why I chose Tufts MC for residency: I love sub-specialty services – learning about each patient from the expert subspecialists (with whom we also work very closely) is amazing! Also, the small size of the program makes it so tightly knit and collegial – we are all know every other resident in the program (not just the other residents in our year), and we hang out together all the time. Residency sometimes means long days in the hospital, and it’s nice to be surrounded by friends! Plans for the future: I am applying into ID fellowship for next June, and I also want to stay heavily involved in medical education in my career.

Laurie Pearson, MD is one of the internal medicine chief residentsLaurie Pearson, MD

Hometown: Yakima, WA
Undergraduate: Boston University
Medical School: Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Favorite thing to do in Boston: I love that Boston is a city that is entirely accessible by foot! I like planning long runs and seeing how many neighborhoods I can possibly run through.
Why I chose Tufts for residency: I love that Tufts is a tertiary, academic medical center that has an intimate feel which allows for strong mentorship relationships and a collegial learning environment. The residents are all people who function well on teams, and there is a culture of feedback, both of which I feel are essential to success (and enjoyment) in residency.
Plans for the future: I am applying for a Hematology/Oncology fellowship.

Will Whalen, MD is a chief residentWilliam Whalen, MD

Hometown: New London, CT
Undergraduate: University of Connecticut
Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine
Favorite thing to do in Boston: Going to see live sporting events at Fenway and TD Garden.
Why I chose Tufts for residency: I like the level of autonomy that the residents have within the program; this allows us to lead a clinical team along with the attendings and empowers residents to make decisions. Over the course of the years I have also learned to value how receptive the programs is to resident feedback in areas such as wellness initiatives, educational conferences, and resident call schedules.
Plans for the future: I am pursuing fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care. Eventually I would like to practice in a tertiary academic medical center with a focus on ECMO and medical education.