Medicine Pediatric Residency Program Residents

The UMN MedPeds residency is a tight-knit, warm, supportive community. Without further ado, here are our 2017-2018 MedPeds residents.

Class of 2018 - 2022

The interns are front row, L to R: Bryan Leyva, Brenda Her, Gabriela Contino, Vidhu Pandey (and Thea!) back row: Parrisha Martelly, Alec Duffy, Alexandra Alejos, Brittany Kimball, Mahjub Hammond, Erik Anderson

Front Row, L to R: Bryan Leyva, Brenda Her, Gabriela Contino, Vidhu Pandey (and Thea!)
Back Row: Parrisha Martelly, Alec Duffy, Alexandra Alejos, Brittany Kimball, Mahjub Hammond, Erik Anderson

Alexandra Alejos

Alexandra Alejos

Hometown: Culver City, CA

Undergraduate: Tufts University

Between undergrad and med school: I was a clinical research coordinator at MGH

Medical school: University of Michigan

My medical interests and career direction: I'm still figuring out where I'm going in medicine. I really enjoy the social impact of medicine and plan to find a field where I can incorporate that.

Hobbies: Ultimate frisbee, baking, crafting and board games

Languages spoken: Spanish and a very small amount of French

If I were not a physician I would: Own a bakery with my sister

Furthest you've traveled from home: Japan

Favorite activity in the twin cities: So far I've enjoyed trying various restaurants and bringing picnics to some of the beautiful outdoor spaces.
Why I chose this program: I really appreciated the emphasis on social justice that was not just stated but was evident throughout the course of the interview day! I was also excited about the diverse group of kind, enthusiastic and generally awesome residents I met during my interview dinner and who I am now lucky to count among my friends!

Erik Anderson

Erik Anderson

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Gabriela Contino

Gabriela Contino

Hometown: Bridgeton, New Jersey

Undergraduate: Muhlenberg College

Between undergrad and med school: Road trip across the US, camping and hiking the National Parks along the way!

Medical school: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

My medical interests and career direction: Academics, Global Health, Inpatient Medicine, and possibly a Fellowship

Hobbies: Tennis, Hiking, Photography, and anything outdoors

Languages spoken: A little Spanish

If I were not a physician I would: be a National Geographic Photographer

Furthest you've traveled from home: Bangladesh (for a Sustainable Development and Climate Change class in college)

Favorite activity in the twin cities: Exploring all the parks and lakes. I especially enjoy going to Minnehaha Falls and Dog Park

Why I chose this program: It had everything I was looking for in a program! The residents I met on interview day were hands down my favorite on the trail. The program had a huge Med-Peds presence at all the hospitals. It offered a large diversity of clinical experiences, including an amazing global health track. At the end of the day, it came down to feel. I thought back on the people I met on interview day and I knew immediately they were the type of people I wanted to be my colleagues and mentors. I wanted to be a part of this Med-Peds family!

John Duffy

John Duffy

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Mahjub Hammond

Mahjub Hammond

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Brenda Her

Brenda Her

Hometown: Maplewood, MN

Undergraduate: St. Catherine University

Between undergrad and med school: I took a year off and worked as a medical scribe and nursing assistant, and volunteered at a free clinic. I went to Thailand for a month and did a road trip to the west coast visiting the national parks along the way.

Medical school: University of Minnesota Medical School

My medical interests and career direction: Medicine Hospitalist and Medicine-Pediatrics clinic in the Twin Cities

Hobbies: I enjoy reading, hiking, traveling, and capturing photos and videos of the beautiful places I travel to.

Languages spoken: English, Hmong

If I were not a physician I would be: a science teacher, chef, or photographer.

Furthest you've traveled from home: Japan

Favorite activity in the twin cities: eating at my favorite restaurants and spending time with family and friends

Why I chose this program: Training a variety of clinical sites (free standing Children's, university hospital, community hospital, VA, continuity clinic) with Medicine-Pediatric attendings and residents, each site with its own diverse patient population. Diversity in Medicine-Pediatric faculty and residents regarding life experiences and career interests. Supportive chiefs and co-residents including the categorical programs. The Twin Cities is my home and it's great to be close to family.

Brittany Kimball

Brittany Kimball

Hometown: Circle Pines, MN

Undergraduate: Augsburg University

Between undergrad and med school: AmeriCorps VISTA working with college students and community members to improve health around food insecurity, homelessness, and immigrant health and learning from nurses about truly listening and practicing radical hospitality

Medical school: Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

My medical interests and career direction: Hematology/oncology for adolescents and young adults, transitional care, cancer survivorship, health disparities, community engagement

Hobbies: Camping, gardening, listening to podcasts, Finnish things

Languages spoken: Finnish

Furthest you've traveled from home: Luosto, Finland

Favorite activity in the twin cities: Exploring all of the unique neighborhoods, checking out a new exhibit at the American Swedish Institute, eating East African food or Izzy's ice cream, walking around or paddling on one of the many lakes

Why I chose this program: This program offered the unique combination of opportunities for advocacy and community engagement as well as access to an incredible academic health center with numerous research opportunities in heme/onc. Plus, thoughtful leadership, happy, inspiring, motivated residents, multiple sites to gain a broad experience base, and an ideal location (Minneapolis/St. Paul is diverse, has great outdoor activities, plenty of good food, public events, and great arts and culture)--all of this came together to make this program the place I wanted to be for residency training.

Bryan Leyva

Bryan Leyva

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Parrisha Martelly

Parrisha Martelly

Hometown: Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Undergraduate: Cal Poly Pomona

Medical school: UCLA/Drew Medical Education Program

My medical interests and career direction: Primary Care! Particularly, primary care for adolescents transitioning to adulthood.  

Hobbies: fiction writing/reading, watching an unacceptable amount of TV/movies, DIY home projects, visiting quirky places I find on Yelp

Languages spoken: Creole, some Spanish

If I were not a physician I would: Writing, teaching, or computer programming

Furthest you've traveled from home: New Zealand

Favorite activity in the twin cities: There is always so much going on in Minneapolis/St. Paul that I’m usually doing something different every week! I’ve gone to art fairs, block parties, concerts, tried tons of new cuisine, etc etc. I actually go out more now than I did before intern year, just because events are so frequent, cost of living is cheaper so I can actually afford to do stuff, and events are so much easier to get to!

Why I chose this program: So many reasons! I loved the unique patient population, the program’s focus on advocacy, and the diverse training experience. I felt like Mike and Taj (our program directors) really cared about about personal and professional development, which was really important to me. I also loved the vibe at my pre-interview dinner - it was a packed house filled with residents, spouses, kids, and pets and just felt very “homey” and down-to-earth. I felt like I could be exactly who I am and that would be welcome.

Vidhu Pandey

Vidhu Pandey

Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY

Undergraduate: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where I studied engineering

Between undergrad and med school: I worked as an aerospace engineer doing aerodynamic design at a major jet engine manufacturer for 9 years. Along the way I earned a MS in mechanical engineering from Ohio State, and met and married my wife Diana.

Medical school: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction: I could see myself going into critical care or maybe pediatric EM.

Hobbies: Hanging out with my two kids, Wally and Thea. I also like working on my car and cooking.

Languages spoken: English and varying forms of baby and toddler-speak
If I were not a physician I would: be less sleep deprived. Just kidding! I would be a science or math teacher, probably sleep deprived from having kids anyway

Furthest you've traveled from home: New Zealand on a trip with my high school orchestra (viola)

Favorite activity in the twin cities: Aside from playing with my kiddos, I like to eat and drink around the Twin Cities with my wife.

Why I chose this program: I felt that a significant majority of the people that I looked up to in medical school were graduates or residents in this program and that I really liked the diverse training opportunities, as well as the chance to stay here in town where my wife and family are already established. The interview dinner and day let me meet more of the current residents and I found that I was really at home with everyone. Finally, I really wanted my kids to grow up with adorable Minnesota accents.

Class of 2017 - 2021

Group photo of 2017-2021 Med-Peds Residents

PGY2s pictured L to R: Jenn Arnold, Emily Halverson, Deirdre Croke, Erica Ting, Hannah Lee, Megan Mehring, Tess Baril, Sharon Li, Polly Godfrey, Marta Michalska-Smith. Cameo appearance by Goldy Gopher

Jennifer Arnold

Jennifer Arnold

Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI

Undergraduate: Michigan State University

Between undergrad and medical school: 6 month long Discipleship Training School with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) including 2.5 months of outreach activities in Brazil.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

My medical interests and career direction: Hospitalist, Global health, under-served outpatient

Hobbies: Running, biking, hiking, skiing (basically anything to be outside and active!) photography, and guitar

Languages spoken: Conversational Spanish

Furthest I've traveled from home: Probably my study abroad in Spain

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Paddle Boarding on the Lakes!

Why I chose this program: There were so many reasons I was beaming ear-to-ear after I left my interview day here! I had a really great time at the interview dinner getting to know such a warm and inviting group of residents who obviously were one big family. Also, my abs hurt from how much I laughed during the night! During my interview day I was amazed by all the opportunities this program offered including amazing support for global health, diverse patient populations, and a strong med-peds presence with tons of med-peds faculty to work with and be mentored by!

Tess Baril

Tess Baril

Hometown: Minnetonka, MN

Undergraduate: Boston College

Between undergrad and medical school: I moved back home to Minnesota where I worked as a phlebotomist and specimen processor for one year.

Medical School: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus

My medical interests and career direction: I really enjoy inpatient time! Helping patients and their families through such a difficult time can be very rewarding. However, I have also grown to enjoy clinic more than I expected and love forming longer lasting relationships with adults and kids in the outpatient setting. Luckily I have some time to figure out exactly where I will end up in a few years! No matter where that will be, I know my practice will involve working with patients from a variety of diverse backgrounds - global is local is very true in the Twin Cities!

Hobbies: I enjoy playing golf, going to local farmers markets and cooking, as well as trying new restaurants with friends. I also love being outdoors - my fiance and I have spent most of our recent vacations traveling to national parks!

Languages spoken: A little Spanish

Furthest I've traveled from home: Scotland where I studied abroad in college.

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Rollerblading around the lakes in Minneapolis! Also, all the brunches.

Why I chose this program: I'm from Minnesota and I love it here! There is a huge MedPeds community in Minnesota and the MedPeds physicians in the Twin Cities have so many career options - something I realized is not true everywhere. This program is incredibly supportive of residents, the faculty and program leadership are fantastic. Most importantly, my co-residents are amazing, unique, and awesome people! If you need someone to talk to late after work, a brunch buddy, a friend to let your dog out, or a group to help you move apartments we've got you covered :)

Deirdre Croke

Deirdre Croke

Hometown: Monroe, NY

Undergraduate: SUNY Geneseo

Between undergrad and medical school: No gap year but worked for the summer as a research assistant addressing birth outcome disparities through a Healthy Start program.

Medical School: University at Buffalo

My medical interests and career direction: Possibly critical care. I see myself staying in an academic setting and being involved in medical education.

Hobbies: Soccer, baking, online shopping, pretending to be good at trendy workouts, eating all the ice cream.

Languages spoken: Barely any Spanish.

Furthest I've traveled from home: Galapagos Islands

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Biking or kayaking at Lake Calhoun. And of course all the breweries.

Why I chose this program: The program here checked all my boxes, but really it came down to a gut feeling. I had so much fun on my interview day and kept comparing other programs to this one. The variety of training settings, strong med-peds presence, beautiful city, and incredible residents and faculty make for a really strong yet fun program.

Polly Godfrey

Polly Godfrey

Hometown: Oak Park, IL

Undergraduate: Emory University

Between undergrad and medical school: Completed pre-medical coursework and traveled

Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago

My medical interests and career direction: Undecided at this time but I hope to incorporate my interest in global health in whatever I decide to do

Hobbies: Gardening, travel, cooking, dogs, and any outdoor activity

Languages spoken: English

Furthest I've traveled from home: Tanzania, Mongolia

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Walking/running along the Mississippi River

Why I chose this program: The people are so friendly, supportive, and down-to-earth. Additionally, I liked the diversity offered by rotating at many different hospital sites as well as the possibility to explore global health opportunities.

Emily Halverson

Emily Halverson

Hometown: Duluth, MN

Undergraduate: Wheaton College

Between undergrad and medical school: I worked for a small solar energy company that was starting a non-profit branch to promote education in isolated, rural areas around the world.

Medical School: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction: I'm excited about global health and investing in community leaders from around the world so they can be health advocates in their communities. I'm also interested in complex care- caring for kids living with chronic disease.

Hobbies: Jamming on my violin, cross-country skiing, hiking along the rugged north shore of Lake Superior.

Languages spoken: English, Spanish

Furthest I've traveled from home: The Amazon Rainforest

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Minneapolis/St. Paul is great for outdoors lovers, foodies, art critics and pretty much everyone in between. I love getting out and exploring new restaurants and cafes with friends after a walk in one of the many parks or green spaces around town. It's my goal to get out for a mini-kayaking expedition in one of the many lakes located right here in the city! 

Why I chose this program: There's definitely a reason I wanted to stay at the U of MN after finishing medical school here!

This program has a winning combination of rigorous clinical training and a great sense of fun. I've appreciated the opportunity to work with world-class physicians who care deeply about excellent patient care & resident education but don't take themselves too seriously.

Also, the U of MN has arguably the best Med-Peds Global Health Program in the country. Many programs have opportunities for residents to travel abroad but most don't offer comprehensive pre-travel education that equips residents to hit the ground running in tropical areas of the world (i.e. it's nice to know about cerebral malaria vs. yellow-fever vs. other before it's critical you make a care decision for a patient with altered mental status in Sub-Saharan Africa.) In addition, there is a strong culture of global health here in the Twin Cities.  Residents have access to a whole community of mentors who have been involved in global, immigrant and refugee health for years and are eager to pass on their pearls of wisdom!

The Minnesota Med Peds program is exceptionally warm & supportive as residents navigate all the twists and turns that training inevitably brings. At the U of MN, residents have mentors who care, encourage, teach and who celebrate residents' successes both large and small!

Hannah Lee

Hannah Lee

Hometown: Busan, South Korea & Chicago, IL

Undergraduate: University of Chicago

Between undergrad and medical school: Was an afterschool teacher through AmeriCorps in Houston, TX & then received my Masters of Public Health at The Dartmouth Institute in Hanover, NH. I then worked with a pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the University of Chicago helping with her research before starting medical school.

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

My medical interests and career direction: Hospitalist/Public health research/Global Health

Hobbies: Running outside (not intense), reading fiction books (when time allows), hanging out with new found friends, and finding the high quality coffee and food spots in the Twin Cities!

Languages spoken: Korean and English

Furthest I've traveled from home: Capetown, South Africa - very beautiful and amazing fun! Highly recommend to anyone who loves nature and animals!

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: To be determined. I have bought a bike to try and fit in. I am currently enjoying the high accessibility of nature (was I the only one that was surprised that the Mississippi River starts all the way up in Minnesota?)

Why I chose this program: Strong Med-Peds presence in faculty, very approachable and friendly leadership (Mike and Taj), Erica is also awesome, and the global health presence was unbeatable here. Also, the strong social justice and awareness that the program exhibited to me during interview day was very memorable. Great co-residents and attendings have been more than welcoming thus far!

Sharon Li

Sharon Li

Hometown: Plano, Texas

Undergraduate: Cornell University

Between undergrad and medical school: I went from undergrad straight to medical school. However, I took some time off after my freshman year of college and got my paramedic license. Then, I worked in El Paso, Texas, and on Fort Bliss/Biggs Airfield/White Sands Missile Range as a paramedic.

Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

My medical interests and career direction: hospital medicine, transition, intensive care, genetics and metabolism, and medical education

Hobbies: I love to write, and reflective pieces are my favorite to produce and to read. Current favorite author: Frederick Backman, the tongue-in-cheek Swedish author of A Man Called Ove and the less well-known but equally delightful Britt-Marie Was Here. I've rediscovered bicycling and try to attend my flow yoga class three times a week (where I'm working on forearm stands and eight angle pose-- Google it, it's hard!). I also like to spend a few nights a week lying on my living room floor watching Netflix while scrapbooking or knitting.

Languages spoken: Mandarin Chinese, Spanish

Furthest I've traveled from home: I briefly lived in Shanghai, China, as a child. As an adult, probably the furthest I've traveled from my home Texas is Paris, which I loved.

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: My favorite activity in any city is eating. Try Tofu Village in Dinkytown if you haven't already!

Why I chose this program: I knew I wanted to train at a program that has a county hospital, a VA, and at least one freestanding children's hospital because I rotated in all of these as a medical student and came to appreciate how varied the experiences were. So six different sites? Sign me up! My interview day sealed the deal for me, though-- I appreciated how forthcoming and honest everyone felt about the ups and downs of the program.

Megan Mehring

Megan Mehring

Hometown: Muskego, Wisconsin

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire

Between undergrad and medical school: During two gap years, I traveled to Costa Rica and Nicaragua on a medical mission trip, worked as a medical scribe in Family Practice and backpacked in national parks.

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

My medical interests and career direction: I enjoy working on projects with community engagement, getting to know my patients as people and am looking forward to learning more about health advocacy. Currently, I am still exploring many directions as to where my career may be headed.

Hobbies: In my free time, I love to run with my dog, bake, spend time with family, garden, and going to new restaurants.

Languages spoken: English and very little German.

Furthest I've traveled from home: Germany with friends from medical school during a month off.

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Running the trails and parks that are everywhere! Also, how bike friendly the city is.

Why I chose this program: Plain and simple: the people.

Marta Michalska-Smith

Marta Michalska-Smith

Hometown: Statesboro, GA

Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame

Between undergrad and medical school: AmeriCorps in Humboldt Park, Chicago

Medical School: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

My medical interests and career direction: Thinking about dual hospitalist but also might be interested in Rheumatology. Whatever I do, I hope to be involved in policy work and/or medical ethics.

Hobbies: eating, cuddling with my dog, having people over, long conversations, coffee and chocolate, theater,

Languages spoken: English, Polish

Furthest I've traveled from home: China, Thailand, Tanzania, Romania,

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Dog Parks! Light festival on the frozen lake

Why I chose this program: I fell in love with the program's obvious dedication to social justice and resident wellness as well as the relaxed, embracive culture the residents foster. I felt that the people drawn to this program valued a dynamic training environment, a commitment to advocacy, and invested in rich friendships. This group is filled with genuine people who have a wide range of interests and talents, and with such a large program, there is always someone to hang out with. I really love the strong med-peds presence and the diverse patient population.  On my interview day, I was excited to hear about the writing group which I now attend and love and learned about a Harry Potter podcast from a resident that I've since fallen in love with. Orientation confirmed my choice as it was obvious that the program was very resident-centered and supportive. I'm excited and proud to be part of this program!

Erica Ting

Erica Ting

Hometown: Carmel, IN

Undergraduate: University of Chicago

Between undergrad and medical school: Set up a volunteer "Wellness Advocate" program in Kasson, MN as part of a team of designers at Mayo Clinic's Center for Innovation

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

My medical interests and career direction: Health equity. Social determinants. Primary care and hospitalist in both adult and pediatric medicine. Hoping to incorporate community engagement/advocacy and, you know, take care of people's' health as well as their sickness

Hobbies: Visiting ALL the dog parks with Scruffy and Pepper in tow on my bike, cooking food that only I really eat, finding all the brunch/patisserie places, traveling the world, learning to ballroom dance, getting lost in books

Languages spoken: English, Spanish (simple, conversational), Cantonese (enough to understand what I'm being scolded for), Mandarin (to speak to a kindergartner maybe)

Furthest I've traveled from home: China

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Biking!!

Why I chose this program: This was *the* most thoughtful program on the trail. I remember going through interview day in the middle of my interview season and just recognizing and admiring how much intention and effort was put into making our time useful and welcoming. I remember listening to Mike and Taj talk in really thoughtful ways about not just meeting GME requirements in our program but taking the time to brainstorm how to make the requirements meaningful for us as residents. This is not a program that just checks the boxes. It's clear from every interaction I had on interview day - and every day since I arrived at orientation - that this program and everyone in it cares about you, your wellbeing, and your development in becoming a socially engaged and personally fulfilled physician. This is an all-around strong program, with exposure to different clinical settings and populations, unique opportunities (global health!), and really engaged staff and leadership.

Class 2016 - 2020

Group photo of 2016-2020 Med-Peds Residents

PGY3s L to R: Alice Lehman, Margot Zarin-Pass, Ali Lerman, Tiffany Albrecht, Steve Selinsky, Jessica Gaulter, Sally Yung, Paul Park, Kevin Sullivan, Jeremy Taylor. Cameo appearance by Goldy Gopher.

Tiffany Albrecht

Tiffany Albrecht

Hometown: South St. Paul

Undergraduate: Stanford University

Between undergraduate and medical school: I worked with researchers at San Francisco General Hospital to examine disparities in access to acute health care.

Medical School: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction: Still deciding, but I hope to have a career that incorporates primary care, community health, teaching, and health equity.

Hobbies: Backpacking, going to the dog park with my dog Larry, finding new bike and running trails, shopping for delicious food at the local co-op and eating it.

Languages spoken: Mandarin, French

Furthest I've traveled from home: Heron Island, Australia

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Spending time at the lake all four seasons whether it's paddleboarding and canoeing or ice fishing and snowshoeing.

Why I chose this program: Opportunity to train in multiple healthcare settings including academic, county, VA, and private hospitals as well as a federally qualified health center; strong Med-Peds presence in the Twin Cities and the sense of family among faculty and residents; diversity of interests among Med-Peds and categorical residents.

Jessica Gaulter

Jessica Gaulter

Hometown: Urbandale, Iowa

Undergraduate: Creighton University

Between undergraduate and medical school: Fulbright Research Scholar in Ecuador- I researched black flies in the Galapagos and learned how to scuba dive!

Medical School: University of Iowa

My medical interests and career direction: So many! Hospital medicine, medical education, palliative care, and global health.

Hobbies: Photography, biking, reading, being outside, and traveling.

Languages spoken: Spanish

Furthest I've traveled from home: Niger

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Trying new restaurants in the Twin Cities and biking around the Chain of Lakes.

Why I chose this program: I definitely picked the program because of the people. I am now 3 years into the program and my fellow residents are my best friends. The residents and med-peds preceptors are by far the best part of the program. I also love the global health program and opportunities for advocacy.

Alice Lehman

Alice Lehman

Portrait of Alice Lehman

Hometown: Chanhassen, MN

Undergraduate: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Between undergraduate and medical school: AmeriCorps Community Health Corp - School Based health and homeless outreach in Denver.

Medical School: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

 

My medical interests and career direction: Community based Health, Healthy Equity and Disparities, Transitional medicine.

Hobbies: Running, Backpacking, Xcountry skiing, Photography, Travel, Ice Cream, Good beer and breweries.

Languages spoken: Conversational Spanish

Furthest I've traveled from home: Punta Arenas, Chile

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Afternoon at Cedar Lake and a burger at Lake and Irving

Why I chose this program: Minnesota is home and the program felt like home. Minnesota offered the whole package from the well-rounded residents to diverse academic opportunities set in both a local and global setting. The program's setting in multiple hospitals and clinics throughout the cities are unique in its ability to increase our experiences to diverse disease manifestations well as healthcare delivery systems.

Alison Lerman

Alison Lerman

Portrait of Alison Lerman

Hometown: Idaho Falls, Idaho

Undergraduate: Dartmouth College

Between undergraduate and medical school: I did research with the Neuroendocrine Department at MGH in Boston, projects focusing on metabolic processes in HIV patients.

Medical School: Tulane Medical School

 

My medical interests and career direction: Considering combined adult/pediatric rheumatology fellowship or med/peds hospitalist after graduation. Other interests include social determinants of health and international medicine.

Hobbies: Cooking/eating, running, yoga, climbing, traveling, all things outdoors!

Languages spoken: Conversational French

Furthest I've traveled from home: Arusha, Tanzania with a close second of Ushuaia, Argentina

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: So hard to pick! I'm a big fan of the bouldering/yoga/brewery combination at a local climbing gym. More generally, enjoying all the biking routes, lakes, public parks, delicious food, theater, and music that are so readily available to us Twin Cities residents. :)

Why I chose this program: It was very important to me to be part of a robust med/peds community with many dual-trained providers in both the academic and community centers. Additionally, I absolutely loved all the people I met during my interview day and felt like I couldn't wait to join the family! UMN had everything I was looking for in a program, and it has continued to deliver and bend over backwards in support of our residents.

Paul Park

Paul Park

Hometown: Augusta, GA and Seoul, South Korea

Undergraduate: Georgia Institute of Technology

Between undergraduate and medical school: No gap year but I traveled with college friends to Madrid, Geneva, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo! I'm the youngest in my class!

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia

Medical interests and career direction: I'm planning to be a hospitalist (hopefully both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics) within the Twin Cities area. I am also interested in incorporating global health to my career but I have not figured out how to do that yet. If you have any suggestions, I'm open to listen.

Hobbies: Running, snowboarding, finding local restaurants, baking, and traveling!!

Languages spoken: Korean

Furthest I've traveled from home: Thailand/Cambodia/Myanmar; Sydney, Australia

Favorite activity in the twin cities: Trying new restaurants and breweries/bars/distillery, going to many many parks in the area, running along the river, MIA, going to a lake house with friends

Why I chose this program: I love the people here (Co-interns, upper residents, faculty, Laura). Everyone is so nice and genuine. Also, I love the patient diversity here with huge refugee population and the fact that med-peds is well established and has huge presence!

Stephen Selinsky

Stephen Selinsky

Hometown: Northville, MI

Undergraduate: University of Michigan

Between undergraduate and medical school: I spent two years in the South Pacific working on community health development with Peace Corps, then another two working on the US side working with couple non-profits focused on community health workers and global health equity. 

Medical School: Michigan State College of Human Medicine

My medical interests and career direction: Social medicine and public health.

Hobbies: Biking, hiking, backpacking, canning, and brewing

Languages spoken: Fijian

Furthest I've traveled from home: South Africa

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Snowshoeing. I haven't been here for a winter yet, but I have a good feeling about it.

Why I chose this program: The med/peds community is really well established in the twin cities area and there are a ton of great opportunities for mentorship, especially in global health and refugee/immigrant health services.

Kevin Sullivan

Kevin Sullivan

Hometown: Aurora, Illinois

Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis

Between undergraduate and medical school: Post-baccalaureate in biology/chemistry (studied a lot of humanities in undergrad), worked a lot of odd jobs (tutor, server, full-time researcher, census clerk, etc).

Medical School: Loyola University in Chicago

My medical interests and career direction: I hope to stay in academic medicine (I love to teach!), either as a Med-Peds hospitalist, or practicing both inpatient and outpatient Med-Peds; also continued focus in global health and domestic health disparities. 

Hobbies: Biking, eating, exploring cities, watching movies.

Languages spoken: Spanish

Furthest I've traveled from home: Southern Chile

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: So far, bike-exploring and paddleboarding on Lake Calhoun!

Why I chose this program: Incredibly strong global health program, fantastic leadership, very robust/diverse training, CUHCC!

Jeremy Taylor

Jeremy Taylor

Hometown: Poetry, TX

Undergraduate: University of Texas at Dallas

Between undergraduate and medical school: Worked, spent time with my wife and children.

Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

My medical interests and career direction: Hospitalist and hopefully medical education.

Hobbies: Playing guitar, brewing beer, listening to music, reading to my kids, walking with my wife, cooking, grilling, building furniture. Love little projects around the house. I really, really like hotwings. They are my kryptonite. I also have an ever-expanding action figure collection.

Languages spoken: Poquito Espanol and East Texan

Furthest I've traveled from home: Canada

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Bicycling with my friends and family. My wife likes going to different breweries. The kids love The Mall of America, comic book stores and Izzy's Ice Cream.

Why I chose this program: Awesome people, great town, diverse patient population, endless opportunities to explore medicine. After being here two years, I feel that I was incredibly lucky to match here. The med/peds family is close. We are encouraged to explore and develop our own interests. The faculty and administration are very supportive. The work and life balance is unparalleled. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else for residency.

Sally Yung

Sally Yung

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Undergraduate: UCLA

Graduate: MA in Medical Sciences - Loyola University, Chicago

Between undergraduate and medical school: I traveled to Panama to work in rural clinics with Global Medical Training, received my M.A. in Medical Sciences from Loyola, and spent quality time with my family in California before starting medical school.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

My medical interests and career direction: I am not sure yet what I want to do! I am interested in global health and working with underserved communities both locally and internationally. I hope to end up doing some combination of med/peds hospital and outpatient medicine.

Hobbies: Cooking, reading, visiting new restaurants and breweries in the Twin Cities, hanging out with my troop of animals (cat Charlie, dog Minnie, and boyfriend Ryan), doing poorly at bar trivia, and watching too much Netflix.

Languages spoken: Cantonese and a little Mandarin

Furthest I've traveled from home: Hong Kong with my family when I was 14, the first time I had been to my birthplace since I was 5.

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Visiting the cities' off-leash dog parks and dog-friendly patios, taking walks across Stone Arch and Minnehaha Falls, checking off places on my 50 Best Restaurants in the Twin Cities list.

Why I chose this program: I chose this program because of 1. its emphasis on social justice and the opportunity to take part in global health both locally and internationally, 2. the strong med-peds presence and the fact that you can't work at a site without running into med-peds preceptors, which made me confident that I'd be able to find mentors for every step of my career plan (or lack thereof!), 3. the people and the strength of this community, which supports each other through monthly meetings, happy hours, switch parties, and small acts of kindness (how many interns can say their chief resident and their program director brought them a big bar of chocolate on their first day of work?) 4. the perfect size of the program (not too big, not too small) and the fact that our residents come from all over the country to train in Minnesota, making me feel at home even though I'm a California transplant to the Midwest.

Margot Zarin-Pass

Margot Zarin-Pass

Portrait of Margot Zarin-Pass

Hometown: Chevy Chase, MD

Undergraduate: Stanford University

Between undergraduate and medical school: Worked at the UCSF Breast Care Center. I helped women (and men) make treatment decisions for their breast cancers. Also did research on patient-doctor communication. Also explored San Francisco, went to boxing class, and hiked every weekend.

Medical School: UCSF

My medical interests and career direction: Not sure exactly but whatever I do I will a) take care of teenagers b) teach c) QI/Ethics research/advocacy.

Hobbies: Hiking, cooking, forcing people to like the same TV shows I like, swimming, hanging out with my wife and dogs.

Languages spoken: 4 words of Yiddish.

Furthest I've traveled from home: Krakow, Poland.

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Going to the lake with my wife and baby, stand up paddle boarding.

Why I chose this program: I was looking for a program that had a high Med-Peds-ishness quotient. What I mean is that Med Peds has a very strong presence and identity at UMN and the Twin Cities more broadly. That was really important for me coming from a school with no Med Peds program. Also I was just super charmed on my interview day - residents showed up at the dinner and knew each others' families. Neither my wife nor I had any connection to the midwest, but the Twin Cities are awesome, affordable, LGBT friendly, and have plenty of outdoorsy stuff for us to do.

Class 2015 - 2019

Group photo of 2015-2019 Med-Peds Residents

PGY4s L to R in front row: Matt Nguyen, Laura McCarthy, Nasreen Quadri, Brinda Desai, Megan Gubichuk. PGY3s L to R in back row: David Flood, Justin Lockrem, Andrew Wu, Chris Kobe. Not pictured: Tony Liebhard

Brinda Desai

Brinda Desai

Hometown: Jersey City, NJ

Undergraduate: Rutgers University

Between undergraduate and medical school: I spent my time living in the real world. I worked in research exploring some of my interests in molecular biology. I also spent a great deal of time focusing on my love for dance. I started training in a form of Indian Classical dance.

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

My medical interests and career direction: Transitional care/ ICU setting. I would also like to spend some time practicing medicine either internationally or working with immigrants and refugees in the United States. Ideally, I would like to stay within an academic setting and participate in education at some level.

Languages Spoken: Gujarati, Hindi, Urdu, some Spanish

Furthest you've traveled from home: Singapore

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Way too many to choose from but probably trying one of the many many amazing restaurants (especially for brunch).

Hobbies: Bollywood/Classical Indian Dancing, reading, cooking during my days off, exploring the amazing food options in the Twin Cities. Bouldering and Yoga at the Minneapolis Bouldering Project with an amazing climbing community.

Why I chose this program: I chose this program for many reasons, but the most important factor was how comfortable I felt around everyone I met during my interview. In addition to "the gut feeling," I had, this program offers the option to explore global and tropical medicine, social determinants that impact health care, and enjoy living in one of the best cities while training as a resident.

David Flood

David Flood

Hometown: DeWitt, MI

Undergraduate: University of Michigan

Between undergraduate and medical school: Completed a graduate degree in health policy. Finished pre-med requirements. Lived and worked in Peru with Partners In Health.

Medical School: Harvard Medical School

My medical interests and career direction: My career goal is to work as a global health physician, researcher, implementer, and teacher. After residency, my dream job would be to work in an academic medical center and split my time between the U.S. and Guatemala.

Hobbies: Languages, running, commuter biking, thinking about Guatemala, reading (there's always time to time to read The New Yorker no matter how busy the month).

Languages: Spanish, Mayan Kaqchikel

Furthest traveled from home: I'm not sure. I'm going to re-interpret this question as "most beautiful place you've traveled away from home," which for me, is the Waipiʻo Valley in the Big Island of Hawaii.

Favorite activity in Twin Cities: This isn't exactly an "activity," but I love being able to ride my bike to work in the morning to any of our hospitals on safe, well-maintained paths or bike lanes. I also really like going on walks to the lakes and parks in South Minneapolis.

Why I chose this program: I admired the tight-knit the nature of the residency program, the very strong Med-Peds presence in this community and the diverse hospitals and clinics in which we rotate. I also think the Twin Cities are really cool.

Megan Gubichuk

Megan Gubichuk

Hometown: Attica, Kansas

Undergraduate: Wichita State University

Between undergraduate and medical school: I worked as a nurse in an Otolaryngology clinic and spent my free time renovating our first home.

Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine

My medical interests and career direction: Still undecided at this point, but considering Med-Peds hospitalist.

Hobbies: Traveling, Baking, Reading, Playing Volleyball and Watching College Basketball.

Furthest I've traveled from home: Ireland

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Eating! My husband and I like trying new restaurants, and the Twin Cities are full of amazing options.

Why I chose this program: This was my second interview, and the program I couldn't stop comparing other programs to afterward. Primarily, it was the interaction amongst residents and between residents and faculty. It felt like a family, which was important to me. Additionally, I wanted the ability to train in variety of clinical settings with access to as many med-peds trained mentors as possible.

Christopher Kobe

Christopher Kobe

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate: Duke University

Between undergraduate and medical school: Research on the application of endothelial progenitor cells for vascular implant remodeling.

Medical School: Ohio State University

My medical interests and career direction: Working for 1-2 years before applying for Hem/Onc fellowship

Hobbies: Spending time with my fiance, working out, and binge watching

Languages spoken: English

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Spending time on a beach by one of the lakes.

Why I chose this program: This is a family!

Tony Liebhard

Tony Liebhard

Hometown: Belle Plaine, MN

Undergraduate: Minnesota State University, Mankato

Medical School: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction: I enjoy hospital and clinic medicine. Teaching and precepting is also fun. Career direction is somewhat up in the air, but thankfully there are many options!

Hobbies: Hanging out with my wife and son, watching Netflix, writing, exercising, playing guitar, fantasy football, craft breweries

Why I chose this program: The different training sites allow exposure to a lot of bread and butter cases, and zebras. There's a big med peds presence in the community and you will train alongside med peds docs in many settings. The work life balance is good. And the faculty and residents are awesome.

Justin Lockrem

Justin Lockrem

Hometown: Woodbury, MN 

Undergraduate: University of St. Thomas

Between undergraduate and medical school: I was a college football coach at the University of St. Thomas and taught MCAT courses for Kaplan.

Medical School: University of Michigan

Medical interests and career direction: Primary care, Preventative Medicine, and Sports Medicine. I hope to teach, motivate, and grow with my patients in a community or academic setting.

Hobbies: Anything outdoors: Hiking, kayaking, camping, golfing, out on the lakes...pretty much anything but running.

Furthest I've traveled from home: Iceland.

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Spending time around the lakes.

Why I chose this program: The people. Hands down, the people of Minneapolis and St. Paul are the hardest working, most genuine, and most passive aggressive people you'll ever meet. People are happy here and the sense of community is hard to beat. In addition, to have the opportunity to train at Academic, Private, Community, and County hospitals, in an innovative program that prides itself on supporting residents and work-life balance is pretty incredible.

Laura McCarthy

Laura McCarthy

Hometown: Maple Plain, MN

Undergraduate: Duke University

Between undergraduate and medical school: I was involved in a variety of activities from working and studying to volunteering and traveling. I was employed doing research at the Yale School of Medicine and the Yale School of Nursing. I spent several months attending Proyecto Linguistico Quetzalteco de Español (PLQ) in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala where I studied Spanish. Right before starting medical school, I traveled to China to visit my Chinese host family that I had lived with during college when I attended Yunnan Teaching University. I also hiked through portions of the Himalayas.

Medical School: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction: I am specifically interested in a global health career that combines elements of medicine and public health. My dream job is to be a medicine-pediatrics clinician who engages in medical capacity building to improve health infrastructure in resource-poor areas of the world.

Hobbies: I enjoy salsa dancing. I also love outdoors activities including biking, hiking, and skiing (downhill and cross country). When I have the opportunity, I love traveling, learning new languages, and trying new foods, especially spicy dishes.

Why I chose this program: I chose this program because of the vast opportunities it offered to engage in global health. The residents that I met were enthusiastic about the program and the staff were passionate about med/peds. I also appreciated that residents were exposed to a diversity of hospital settings as I wanted to see a broad array of systems during my training given my interest in medical capacity building.

Languages spoken: Spanish and Chinese

Furthest that I've traveled from home: Kunming, China

Favorite activities in the Twin Cities: I love spending time out on the lakes paddle boarding during the summer. I also enjoy biking down to the Lyndale Farmer's market to grab breakfast and buy fresh, home-grown local foods. During the fall, I love going with my son and husband out to an orchard just outside the city where we pick our own apples, buy treats, and picnic.

Matthew Nguyen

Matthew Nguyen

Portrait of Matthew Nguyen

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Undergraduate: Seattle Pacific University

Between undergraduate and medical school: I met the love of my life and best friend, Patricia, and worked in the inpatient pediatric psychiatry unit at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Medical School: Oregon Health and Sciences University

My medical interests and career direction: Caring for the underserved in an urban setting.

Hobbies: Basketball with Chris Kobe, Volleyball, Hip Hop Dancing, Bouldering, Biking, Dance Dance Revolution, Movies, Music, Piano, Video games, Puppies, Food, Family and Friends, Pokemon Go, Craigslist, and spending time with my Roots church community and neighborhood.

Why I chose this program: 1. Wonderful program with caring, compassionate, awesome peers that come from unique backgrounds; strong and encouraging med-peds community in the twin cities; diversity of training experiences and sites; and local global communities that remind me daily that the world is bigger than myself. 2. The vibrant, healthy culture in the Twin Cities. 3. A beautiful place to start a new chapter in life with Patricia. 4. The only other place outside of Portland where I've seen a four year old with dreads and a Kombucha growler.

Furthest you've traveled from home: Vietnam, Snow Planet Hoth, Azeroth.

Nasreen Quadri

Nasreen Quadri

Hometown: Wilmette, IL

Undergraduate: University of Missouri - Kansas City

Between undergraduate and medical school: I completed a combined 6-year BA/MD program after high school.

Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City

My medical interests and career direction: I am interested in the intersection between public health and global health. I love clinical medicine and working closely with individuals and families to attain health goals in a primary care setting. I hope to find a balance between clinical medicine and involvement in larger organizations aimed at improving large scale population health. I have a passion for underserved medicine and the recognition of the increasing importance of social medicine and the social factors surrounding health. I will be the medicine global health chief for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Hobbies: I am notoriously known for my FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out). I will attend every event we are invited to. I have recently picked up playing the ukelele with no previous instrumental background or musical talent. I enjoy learning about different cultures and love salsa dancing. In my free time, I like to explore the great outdoors and soak up some sunshine.

Languages spoken: Urdu, Spanish

Furthest I've traveled from home: India

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Scenic drives north of the Twin Cities.

Why I chose this program: The Med-Peds program at the University of Minnesota has much to offer in my training as a globally-conscious physician. My interview day here really stuck out as unique because of the residents that comprise the program. We genuinely enjoy spending time together and are known amongst the training programs as some of the best and brightest. The accessibility to Med-Peds trained physicians on many clinical rotations during residency is a huge plus. What ultimately drew me into the program was the unique emphasis on social medicine and development of resident physicians as whole individuals through their training.

Andrew Wu

Andrew Wu

Hometown: Germantown, TN

Undergraduate: Vanderbilt University

Medical School: Vanderbilt University

My medical interests and career direction:

  • Global health (especially in southeast and east Asia)
  • Critical care/Public Health
  • I will be the Pediatric Global Health Chief for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Hobbies:

  • Swing dancing
  • Rock climbing
  • Guitar/harmonica/violin
  • Cooking
  • Magic card tricks
  • Finding places to eat fried chicken

Furthest I've traveled from home: China

Languages spoken: Chinese (Mandarin)

Favorite Activity in the Twin Cities: Eat an ultimate burger with truffle fries at Red Cow.
Why I chose this program: It's one of the most extensive and robust global health programs in the country for Med-Peds; the people are super laid back; the city is exciting; wife loves it too; Mike/Taj are awesome.