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Dr. Joy Emko

Dr. Joy Emko


I'm an associate clinical professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. I grew up in Florida, went to the University of Florida and double majored in chemistry and microbiology, then went to the University of Miami School of Medicine. I didn't think I would stray from the East Coast but after interviewing for residency in San Antonio, I knew I'd found my new home! I stayed on as faculty in the DFCM after graduating in 2004. I've enjoyed working with medical students in MS1 and MS2 Synthesis small groups, in the clinic and hospital settings, and of course with VERITAS; I have been a VERITAS mentor since 2009, and it has been a pleasure getting to know the medical students whom I have mentored throughout their four years of medical school. My work focus and passion is Adolescent Medicine, specifically the high-risk population at the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Center where I am the main physician. In my free time, I love spending time with my husband and two sons, online shopping, staying active, and reading fiction, mysteries, and urban fantasy (you probably won't have a whole lot of free time to read for pleasure, but let me know if you have any good suggestions - I'm always looking for new authors and books!).

Mentors in Medicine/MiMs (MSIV)

Gary Duncan

Gary Duncan


Hello! I was born and raised in Longview, Texas. After high school I attended Abilene Christian University where I ran track and cross country and studied Biochemistry. After college, I got married and moved down to San Antonio for medical school. I plan to go into Family Medicine and leaning toward a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine. My hobbies include watching the Spurs, going on hikes/walks with my wife and dog, playing board games, and (not as much as I'd like to since med school started) running.

Molly Jenner

Molly Jenner


My name is Molly Jenner and I am excited to be a MiM this year! I am from Houston, Texas, and graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Biomedical Engineering. After college, I move back to Houston and worked for a year at Texas Children’s Hospital doing clinical research in pediatric neurology before coming to med school here. I was undecided between a few different specialties for the longest time, but finally decided to apply for residency in OB/GYN! Outside of medical school, I like spending time outdoors and cooking/eating with my friends. (3 years later.... still on the hunt for the best queso in San Antonio so let me know if you find it!). I am looking forward to the upcoming year; please feel free to contact me with any questions!

Zachary Tran

Zachary Tran


Hey everyone! My name is Zack and I was born in Warner Robins, Georgia. I moved to Texas when I was ten years old, did my undergraduate at UT Dallas (Whoosh!), and started medical school soon afterwards. During my first three years, I tutored anatomy, mentored many MS1s and MS2s, and was involved in the Community Health Education Organization (CHEO) where we taught anatomy at an interactive anatomy table to patrons at the Witte Museum of San Antonio. I intend to pursue a residency in cardiothoracic surgery with the goal of doing congenital cardiac one day. When I’m not studying, in the OR, or catching up on sleep, I love to cook and experiment with new recipes, weightlift, listen to podcasts, and travel.

The best MiM advice I can give you is this: every day, write down something new you learned or something notable someone said to you. Whenever you feel frustrated, clueless, or depressed (and let me assure you, you'll naturally feel this way pretty often as a medical student), I want you to look through it and remind yourself that you’re growing so much and the challenges you’re experiencing are helping shape the physician you’ll become someday.

It’s a privilege to be one of your MiMs and I can’t wait to help kickstart your medical school journey!

Chloe Woodington

Chloe Woodington


Hello! My name is Chloé Woodington and I am an Air Force Brat who has started claiming San Antonio as home. I went to Davidson College (home of 2x NBA World Champion and MVP) and majored in Anthropology. Two years before attending medical school, I worked across the street at Methodist Hospital in the Adult ED as an Emergency Medicine Tech. During my first 3 years here at UTHSA, I held membership and leadership roles in many student run organizations, travelled to Ethiopia twice with the global health elective, and was a member of the 2x Powderpuff Football championship team. I am planning to apply to a residency in Emergency Medicine and use these dual MD/MPH degrees to dispel health disparities on the front lines. I am a huge college basketball and football fan, love BBQs, and travelling. I am very excited to be a MiM and look forward to getting to know each of you! Please feel free to reach out.

Veritas Peer Advisors/VPAs (MSII)

Mitchel Faulkner

Mitchel Faulkner


I grew up in Orange County, California (a beach baby). I graduated with a Baccalaureate of Science in Neuroscience from Brigham Young University. In my gap year before starting school, I served a medical mission with my wife (a nurse) in the mountains of Haiti. When we got back, I began working as a critical care technician in the Shock Trauma ICU at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. My time spent in critical care has fueled my passion for emergency medicine. I'm pursuing emergency medicine residency followed by a fellowship in critical care.

I'm a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner at a local Gracie school in San Antonio (and I love my team) so that occupies a decent amount of my free time. I also love indoor rock climbing (bouldering). I've been married for over 5 years and my wife Nancy and I had our first boy December 2016. His name is Reeve and he is our world. I am a Latter-day Saint (Mormon) and have been since High school. I love my church, my family, and my colleagues here at UTHSCSA - In short, I love my life. Hit me up anytime if you want to chat or go do something fun!

Natalie Tips

Natalie Tips


Hi everyone! I am a San Antonio native and love being back! I attended Vanderbilt University majoring in Human and Organizational Development with a track in Health and Human Services and graduated in 2015. I took a gap year before med school and used the time to tutor high school math and science during the week and travel on the weekends around the country. I am in the MD/MPH program but I have not narrowed down what I want to do in my career yet. I have a 2 year old black lab who keeps me busy and entertained, and I love to play sand volleyball, piano, and paint in my spare time. I also love cheering on the Spurs whenever I get a chance! I am honored and excited to be a VPA next year and look forward to meeting everyone!

Cody Carnes

Cody Carnes


My name is Cody Carnes, and I grew up on a small farm in Castroville, Texas. I went to undergrad at UT San Antonio where I majored in Biology. Now attending UTHSA, I appreciate the proximity of home which allows me to enjoy my mother's cooking, go to church with my family on Sunday, or grab lunch with my parents or siblings after class. I am primarily interested in pediatrics, family medicine, and Ob/Gyn. However, I am very open to other specialties and find myself enjoying almost every specialty I shadow. On my less busy weekends, I enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, and attending one of the many neat events this city has to offer. I have lived in the San Antonio area for just about all of my life and still have quite a bit of exploring to do.