About the Contributors

Main Contributors

Laura Ann Galdamez

Profile PicLaura Galdamez  is a fourth year medical student who will start her Emergency medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in June 2016.  While she has been interested in Emergency Medicine since the beginning of her MS2 year, she has had a passion for the outdoors since childhood.

She participated in the Wilderness Medicine Student elective in February 2016 hosted by the Wilderness Medical Society and earned her Wilderness First Responder certification while there.  During the elective, they received numerous lectures on all the various aspects of wilderness medicine including dive medicine, high altitude medicine, tactical medicine, etc.  However, they also were able to learn and practice numerous survival skills and begin building their toolkit both physically and mentally to become more comfortable in the outdoors.  She is currently a candidate for the Fellowship in Advanced Wilderness Medicine, with plans for its completion within the next year.

Why does she love emergency and wilderness medicine?  “There is nothing quite like feeling confident when you have nothing and no one around except you and your pack.  I want to know that I can take care of myself and those around me even in the most extreme of circumstances.”


Stephanie Ngyuen

936403_10150304437714960_1513054955_n10455747_10152375708660095_2317165406581168582_nStephanie Nguyen is a third year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She was born in Pennsylvania and lived in Mexico City for 7 years before moving to Texas.  A proud Texas Aggie, she graduated with a degree in Accounting and zero intentions of being an accountant. She is an avid rock climber and loves adventure. She is interested in EM because she likes the excitement and wants to be useful outside of the hospital when someone asks if there’s a doctor in the house.




Secondary Contributors

David Loyola

David Shot2.5David ShotDavid Abisai Loyola is a third-year medical student at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He was born in Juarez, Chihuahua and moved to South Texas as a child, eventually studying in UT Pan American and fostering a tremendous fascination for medicine. Having watched many intriguing television shows about emergency rooms as a child (and being a crazy enough kid to end up them frequently!), David always saw the ER as far beyond the grasp of his future. However, with a bit of help from BCM and a rotation at Ben Taub General Hospital, David knew he had found a place for his curiosity, and is now looking to apply to EM residencies in the coming Match year of 2016. He is interested in Sports medicine, Tactical medicine, and autocross racing.