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About Us

Get to Know Us

Prior to 1959, UTMB had no social organization through which its house staff and their spouses could socialize.


Recognizing the need for friendship and diversification while in Galveston, L’Nell Starkey initiated the formation of a group which was to become Resiterns.


Although the organization has changed somewhat from the small group which met in the student lounge of the Ashbel Smith Building in July 1959, its basic purpose is still the same: to offer a support group for interns, residents, fellows, their spouses/significant others and families throughout their years of training at UTMB.

Meet Our 2022-2023 Officers



Gery Dempsey

Spouse: Ben Greiner

Gen Surg PGY-2


Technology Chair

Alex Dzeda

Spouse: Kristen Dzeda

Psych PGY-1


Social Chair

Ana Garcia, MD

Spouse: Jose Ortiz  

Gen Surg PGY-1


Social Chair

Maria "Duda" Povoas DDS

Spouse: Juliano Lentz Carvalho

Gen Surg PGY-3


Social Chair-Family

Kayla Koceja

Spouse: Justin Koceja



Care and Concern

Emma Spath

Spouse: Derek Spath



Care and Concern

Jessica Johnson

Spouse: Austin Johnson



Inside Galveston Editor 

Sarah Cegelski, Ph.D

Spouse: Jeff Cegelski

Pain Fellow


Inside Galveston Editor

Gery Dempsey

Spouse: Jacyln Dempey

Gen Surg PGY-1

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ALUMNItern Chair


Donations and Alumni Relations

The medical journey can be long, arduous, and sometimes lonely. We are here to support, understand, and encourage you!

Our Mission

Our Mission

For more than 60 years, Resiterns’ mission has been to support UTMB residents, fellows, their spouses and significant others, and their families. Resiterns provides social events for singles, couples, and families with children; offers service opportunities; and serves as a support system during the ups and downs of life during the medical training journey. We are committed to ensuring our members feel seen, known, understood, and supported during their years of graduate medical training at UTMB.


Our Vision

Resiterns is a valuable asset to UTMB graduate medical education and a highly respected group in the Galveston County community. Looking to the future, we desire to grow our membership; to adapt to the needs of the people we serve while staying true to our purpose; and to continue to represent and serve UTMB with integrity. We are honored to continue the legacy of this longstanding and treasured organization.

We Would Love To Have YOU
As Our Member!

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