Medicine Pediatric Residency Program Residents
The UMN MedPeds residency is a tight-knit, warm, supportive community. Without further ado, here are our 2018-2019 MedPeds residents.
2019 - 2023
Mary Katherine Shoemaker
Mary Katherine Shoemaker
Class of 2018 - 2022
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!
Hometown: Appleton, WI
Undergraduate: Gustavus Adolphus College
Medical school: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
My medical interests and career direction: Still unsure about my career direction, but some of my interests include palliative care, transition medicine, cardiology, and public health
Hobbies: Where to start!? Just a few of the things I enjoy include hanging out with friends and family, running, photography, sitting on pontoons up north, napping for hours on end, following Wisconsin sports, and singing along to a good Disney song or two.
Languages spoken: English
If I were not a physician I would: Probably be a high school teacher
Furthest you've traveled from home: India
Favorite activity in the twin cities: Spending time on or around the lakes. Can't get enough of the lake life here!
Why I chose this program: While there were a lot of things that attracted me to this program (e.g. strong categorical programs, opportunity to train at multiple sites, etc.), the biggest things were the friendly and welcoming nature of everyone I met, and the program leadership's commitment to community engagement and social justice. It was clear from my interview day that Mike and Taj (program directors) aim to create a strong sense of community wherever they go, both within our program and in the surrounding Twin Cities area. The opportunity to be a part of such a program - where the focus was not only on learning medicine, but on how to be an active member of the community - was really important to me, and I couldn't be happier thus far.
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!
Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Undergraduate: University of Utah
Between undergrad and med school: I worked for a year at an acupuncture clinic with a doctor of Chinese medicine in Salt Lake City, then did a postbac at New York Medical College.
Medical school: New York Medical College
My medical interests and career direction: I am pretty undecided. I've thought about med-peds hospitalist, cardiology, primary care, other. I know I want to teach and have pediatric and adult patients.
Hobbies: Climbing, yoga, running, ukulele (I can play one Moana song and half of the whistling intro from Robin Hood)
Languages spoken: English
If I were not a physician I would: Teach, I will probably do this anyway.
Furthest you've traveled from home: Christchurch, New Zealand
Favorite activity in the twin cities: I like climbing at Minneapolis Bouldering Project and trying new restaurants.
Why I chose this program: I was looking for a program with strong categorical programs and big med-peds presence (there is med-peds faculty all over the place here) with residents that I got along with. I found all of those things here, plus the program leadership has been very supportive. Also, I was previously unaware, Minneapolis is amazing.
Hometown: Chadds Ford, PA
Undergraduate: University of Pittsburgh
Between undergraduate and medical school: I spent a few weeks in my father's home country of Ghana with him and my sister!
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
My medical interests and career direction: I'm interested in hospital medicine and primary care and currently hope to practice a combination of the two. However, I also really enjoyed working in both the MICU and PICU in medical school, so I may alternatively choose to pursue critical care.
Hobbies: I love rock climbing, going to the movies, listening to/discovering new music, dancing, attending theatrical performances (i.e., plays, musicals, ballets, etc.), hiking, visiting museums, and spending time (including doing all the above) with family and friends!
Languages spoken: English
If I were not a physician I would: Be a veterinarian for sure—I love animals!
Furthest you've traveled from home: Iran in the summer of 2000
Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Bouldering at the Minneapolis Bouldering Project!
Why I chose this program: Minnesota was my favorite program on the interview trail for so many reasons but primarily because of the people and location. Fairly early into the pre-interview day dinner, I could already tell from both the residents and other applicants that the kinds of people this program attracts are ones with whom I would love to make friends and work alongside; my interview day only reaffirmed that initial impression. I was also attracted to the city of Minneapolis for being a mid-sized city located in the Midwest, new to me, and with everything to offer that larger cities do without being too expensive or overly crowded. Furthermore, I was attracted to the unparalleled Med-Peds network here; the opportunity to train at virtually every type of clinical setting there is; and Mike and the program's emphasis on social justice.
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.
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.
Hometown: Providence, RI
Undergraduate: Boston College (Go Eagles!)
Between undergrad and med school: Public health research (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard School of Public Health & The National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health)
Medical school: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
My medical interests and career direction: Health equity; maybe primary care or hospital medicine, maybe oncology or infectious disease
Hobbies: Food. Food. Food. Also, travel, dancing, painting, hanging out with friends, exercise and sports
Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Portuguese (basic)
If I were not a physician I would: I'd become a social scientist or policymaker, while regretting that I didn't go into a field like Finance that makes a lot of money.
Furthest you've traveled from home: Brazil
Favorite activity in the twin cities: Hitting the club (j.k. Going hiking at Minnehaha Regional Park or going to the various festivals in the area)
Why I chose this program: The various clinical sites, and the program director's focus on family, community, advocacy, and equity.
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.
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
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!
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 :)
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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: Currently, I am interested in general practice either inpatient or outpatient or some combination of the two.
Hobbies: In my free time, I love to trail run with my dog along the Mississippi. I also enjoy baking and going to new restaurants as well as gardening (both veggies and flowers).
Languages spoken: English and very little German.
Furthest I've traveled from home: Germany with friends from medical school during a month off, but will be heading to Australia next year!
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!
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
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.
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.
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: Health Equity and Policy, Community Based Organizations. Considering Rheumatology for fellowship.
Hobbies: Running, Backpacking, Xcountry skiing, Photography, Travel, Ice Cream, Good beer and breweries.
Languages spoken: Conversational Spanish
Favorite Activity in Twin Cities: Riding bike through Greenway, Minnehaha trail and enjoying live music and good food at Sea Salt Eatery.
Why I chose this program: 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. The MedPeds family is supportive and actively engaged in making our community a better place. The advocacy curriculum is unique, timely, and an exciting thing to be a part of.
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.
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.
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!
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: Winter NOS. There is a wonderful mentality that a little chill is no reason to get stuck indoors; no bad weather, only bad clothes. With a great community of fat tire bikers and four-season commuters, as well as cross-country trail winding through the cities and outdoor festivals throughout January and February, there is always something to do outside.
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.
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!
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.
Hometown: San Diego, CA
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.
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.