Eleni Bucuvalas, MD

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Class of 2018


Hometown: Buffalo Creek, CO

Undergrad: Colorado College

Med school: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine


Why Albuquerque: New Mexico is beautiful, easy and inexpensive to live in, and feels like a warmer version of home to me. When I rotated here as a medical student, I absolutely fell in love with UNM’s program. The ED is packed, the patients are very sick and really need the care they are getting, the trauma volume is high, and the physicians are supportive educators and outstanding clinicians who are deeply committed to serving New Mexico’s unique patient population. It was exactly what I was looking for.

Life before med school: I was born in Boston but grew up and went to college in Colorado. After I graduated, I wanted to live near the beach. I picked a random coastal city off a map and my friend and I moved to Charleston, South Carolina. I ran neuropharmacological experiments with rodent models (rat wrangled), hung out on Folly Beach, and partook of the delicious local cuisine before trading in my public library novels for an MCAT review book.

Hobbies: Running, reading, hopefully taking up painting and drawing again. Traveling. Cooking and especially eating really good food. Training my dog, Loki, largely ineffectively.

Worst/best job: Best job: Receptionist at the welcome desk in my college’s Student Center. We were always having fun. Worst job: Probably waiting tables. It wasn’t bad actually except I used to have these awful dreams that table 17 wasn’t getting their lemonade fast enough.

Favorite movie: I like anything with witty dialogue that’s not too depressing.

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