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 2017 - 2021

Group photo of 2017-2021 Med-Peds Residents

Interns 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, maybe heme-onc?

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: Worked as a phlebotomist and specimen processor for one year.

Medical School: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career direction: It's still early, but I enjoy hospitalist work! In particular I like working with patients from diverse backgrounds - global is local is very true in the Twin Cities!

Hobbies: I play golf, bowl, love to rollerblade, cook and go to farmers' markets.

Languages spoken: A little Spanish

Furthest I've traveled from home: Scotland

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

Why I chose this program: I'm from MN and I love it here! 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, I could not ask for better co-interns, residents, and faculty!

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!

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), Laura 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-interns and residents 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: complex primary care, transition clinic, hospital medicine, genetics and metabolism, oncology

Hobbies: writing, calligraphy, reading fiction, riding my bicycle, yoga

Languages spoken: Mandarin Chinese, Spanish

Furthest I've traveled from home: I've lived in Shanghai, China as a child. As an MS4, I realized a lifelong dream and took a trip to Europe, where I fell in love with Paris.

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: My favorite activity in any city is eating.

Why I chose this program: My interview day convinced me this was the program for me. The punch line is that the residents and administration I met seemed to really say what they mean and mean what they say and seemed more concerned that I find a program that made me happy, whether or not it was UMN. It was clear then that I would work hard but that I would be supported and cared for here and that it is the norm to be invested in your colleagues.

Everything else feel into place. My husband (with whom I couples matched) loved a program in St. Paul, and this program had all the logistical parts that I wanted in a program: relatively large size, different types of institutions (VA, county, private, and academic), underserved care experiences, association with a medical school so I can work with students, and a city that offers year-round outdoor activities. I'm in love with how bikeable Minneapolis is!

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 Hem/Onc. Whatever I do, I hope to be involved in policy work that addresses the social determinants of health.

Hobbies: Playing with my dog, hosting dinners, long conversations, exploring new cities and being outdoors

Languages spoken: English, Polish

Furthest I've traveled from home: China, Thailand, Tanzania, Romania, a few places in Europe

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Dog Parks! And trying new restaurants

Why I chose this program: I fell in love with the program's obvious dedication to social justice and the relaxed, embracive culture the residents foster. The people who are drawn to this program valued a dynamic training environment, a commitment to advocacy, and invest in rich friendships with plenty of socialization. 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 medpeds presence and the diverse patient population, and I believe we have one of the best coordinators I've ever met.  On my interview day I was excited to hear about the writing group 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 definitely feel at home here.

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: Primary care and hospitalist in both adult and pediatric medicine. Hoping to incorporate community engagement/advocacy and, you know, take care of peoples' 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, spending too much money at the Gap, contemplating living a more minimalist life, listening to audiobooks, starting and never finishing real books, wondering what I should eat next

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 interview day 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.

Class 2016 - 2020

Group photo of 2016-2020 Med-Peds Residents

PGY2s 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

Medical School: University of Iowa

My medical interests and career direction: So many! Global health, Hospital medicine, Critical care...

Hobbies: Photography, biking, reading, finding new restaurants, being outside, traveling- I made it to Niger, Peru, Italy, England, and Switzerland this last year and hoping to keep up the travel trend in residency!

Languages spoken: Spanish

Furthest I've traveled from home: Niger

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Stand-up paddle boarding on Lake Calhoun!

Why I chose this program: I could tell from my interview that the University of Minnesota had a tight group of residents. I was also very interested in all of the global health opportunities both in Minnesota and abroad.

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 dual hospitalist or heme/onc fellowship with a focus on transitional care.

Hobbies: Cooking, eating, traveling, being outside.

Languages spoken: Conversational French

Furthest I've traveled from home: Tanzania

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: So far, biking on all the city's great protected bike paths and trying out the local craft beer selection on various patios around the city.

Why I chose this program: Loved the people, loved the global health opportunities, excited to practice with such a thriving med-peds community both in the hospital and out.

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

My medical interests and career direction: I'm not sure 100% right now but want to possibly pursue hospitalist in medicine and pediatrics (50/50). I also want to do some international work too.

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: I haven't been able to explore a lot since I moved a month ago but love trying different restaurants and breweries. Love to try stand-up paddle boarding.

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: Oncology and Medical Education.

Hobbies: Playing guitar, riding my motorcycle, brewing beer, listening to music, reading to my kids, walking with my wife, cooking, grilling, building furniture.

Languages spoken: Poquito Espanol

Furthest I've traveled from home: Canada

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Bicycling with my friends and family.

Why I chose this program: Awesome people, great town, diverse patient population, endless opportunities to explore medicine.

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 with Global Medical Training to work in clinics in rural villages, got my M.A. in Medical Sciences, and spent quality time with my family in California.

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine (Go Spartans!)

My medical interests and career direction: I'm interested in global health and working with underserved communities. I'm contemplating a med-peds fellowship but mostly leaning towards being a med-peds hospitalist with some global health woven in.

Hobbies: Cooking, eating at ethnic restaurants, trying new breweries, Netflixing, hanging out with my big orange cat Charlie.

Languages spoken: Cantonese, Mandarin (though very very poorly)

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: Hiking in the many beautiful parks, taking walks in Downtown, checking off places on my 50 Best Restaurants in the Twin Cities list (just 40 more to go!) I haven't experienced a winter in Minnesota yet but I'm looking forward to learning how to ice fish!

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 came by and 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: Running around Lake Calhoun with my wife and dogs.

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

PGY3s 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.

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

College: 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: Transitions of care population specifically Heme/Onc or Pulmonology.

Hobbies: Basketball with Matt Nguyen, running, watching anything sports-related, binge watching on Netflix, Hulu, HboGo, Amazon Prime, etc., and spending time with my fiancé.

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: Jamaica.

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 as a research assistant 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. I also took the opportunity to hike through portions of Yunnan and Sichuan, China.

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 includes working as a medicine-pediatrics clinical educator 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 a wide array of 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 activity in the Twin Cities: My favorite activity recently has been biking down to the Lyndale Farmer's market to grab lunch and buy delicious, local foods.

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 increasing importance of social medicine and the social factors surrounding health.

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

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.

Class 2014 - 2018

Group photo of 2014-2018 Med-Peds Residents

PGY4s L to R in front: Lan Luu, Ellen Overson, Claire McNeil, Thuy Le, Adriana Dhawan. PGY4s L to R in back row interspersed with sig others: Anthony Williams, Caroline Lochungvu, Spencer Morse, Jonna Maas, Tori Bahr. Cameo appearance by current Global Health Chief and MedPeds alumnus, Benjy Katz

Tori Bahr

Tori Bahr

Hometown: Brainerd, Minnesota

Undergraduate: Augsburg College

Between undergrad and medical school: Medical scribe, PCA for a woman with SMA, and global traveler.

Medical School: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

My medical interests and career direction: I am hoping to practice transition medicine (the care of complex young adults with diseases from childhood) somewhere in the Twin Cities.

Hobbies: Making ridiculously long to do lists. Watching documentaries. Hiking. Traveling (I am currently on a kick to see all 58 national parks). Remodeling and upcycling. Hosting parties. Designing sets to take adorable pictures of my daughter in.

If I were not a physician I would: Flip houses or be an architect.

Furthest you've traveled from home: According to Google, approximately 7,468 miles to Hong Kong.

Favorite activity in the twin cities: Taste testing the newest restaurants and breweries with my co-residents.

Why I chose this program: Well-respected med-peds program with incredible residents that I enjoyed working with as a medical student. The opportunity to have Med-Peds trained attendings on many different services, including inpatient wards. Variety of hospital sites and mentors. A well established program with many alums in the area means I never have to explain what Med-Peds is. Added bonus - an awesome city near our families and a great place to raise our first baby, set to arrive in November 2016.

Adriana Dhawan

Adriana Dhawan

Hometown: Socorro, New Mexico

Undergraduate: New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology

Medical School: University of New Mexico School of Medicine

My medical interests and career direction: At this point, I would like to split my time between med-peds hospitalist gigs and develop a portion of my career abroad involved in underserved and immigrant/refugee populations.

Hobbies: Traveling, trying new foods and breweries, drinking coffee, road-biking, football and soccer.

Furthest you've traveled from home: Far. Ask me sometime :)

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Anything with my fabulous co-residents, but breweries with patios are one of my favorites.

Why I chose this program: I was actually surprised by UMN - it was my very first interview, and I mostly scheduled it to match up with a Vikings game! I was really impressed by the large Med-Peds presence within the University and local community. The strong Global Health Track, Tropical Medicine certification, and multitude of international opportunities through clinical work and research during residency all lined up perfectly with my career interests, and the diversity within the Twin Cities is great. The weather gets cold, but couldn't have asked for a warmer, more inviting group of fun-loving co-residents and staff.

Thuy-Tien Le

Thuy-Tien Le

Hometown: Hue & Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; San Jose, California

Undergraduate: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

My medical interests and career direction: Probably some sort of academic fellowship. I'm interested in issues that affect immigrants/refugees/children of immigrants/incarcerated populations. I also like teaching in clinical settings, mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds, and thinking about how to make Medicine better for patients and doctors.

Hobbies: Cooking, reading, writing, running, hiking, salsa dancing, nerdy podcasts, yoga.

Languages: Some Vietnamese and French, working on Spanish.

Furthest traveled: Vietnam to USA and the reverse.

Favorite activity: It's a three way tie between going to Med Peds Brewery Club meetings, wandering around farmer's markets, and running around the lakes.

Why I chose this program: My co-residents are some of the kindest, funniest, and dancing-est people I've ever met. The program leadership care about me as a person first and foremost and will advocate for us. Very strong med-peds presence amongst the faculty and greater medical community in the Twin Cities. Great cities to live in with lots of greenery and bodies of water to explore, farmer's markets, breweries, urban community gardens, street festivals, Peanuts statues, and adult-sized seesaws. Opportunities to work with a diverse patient population that is constantly changing and exposure to new cross-cultural experiences.

K. Caroline Lochungvu

K. Caroline Lochungvu

Undergraduate: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Medical School: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

My medical interests and career direction: Immigrant/refugee/global health, combination of primary care and possibly hospitalist.

Hobbies: Spending time with family/friends, trying new food, watching musicals.

Why I chose this program: The diverse communities in Twin Cities, high influx of immigrants/refugees, diverse rotation sites, supportive mentorship, strong global health program.

Lan Luu

Lan Luu

Hometown: San Francisco, California and Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Undergraduate: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Graduate: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a Masters in Public Health

Medical School: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

My medical interests and career direction: Global Health, Immigrant/Refugee Health, and Primary Care

Hobbies: I love to cook and host dinners at my house. I also love photography; so if you need a family photo, headshot, or some wall art, then let me know.

Languages spoken: Vietnamese, and some Spanish

Furthest you've traveled from home: Australia

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Trying out new restaurants and hanging out with my newborn son =)

Why I chose this program: As you can see from my track record, this is my 4th time around at the U of M. I considered leaving MN, but the Med/Peds program here is truly amazing. The people in the program makes you feel like family and I can't imagine being anywhere else. More importantly, the clinical experience and the unique patient population at all of our sites will make you a well-rounded Med/Peds provider. Also, this is a program with a real global health track with many opportunities for you to go abroad.

What I love most about the program: The residents, the many group get-togethers, and opportunities for career development.

Jonna Maas

Jonna Maas

Hometown: Walnut Grove, Minnesota

Undergraduate: University of Minnesota, Morris

Medical School: University of Minnesota

My medical interests and career: Hospital medicine, ideally with an equal combination of internal medicine and pediatrics

Hobbies: Spending time with family and friends, anything that has to do with a lake (fishing, waterskiing, taking naps in the boat), running along the gorgeous Minneapolis bike paths, eating large amounts of ice cream and scouring the Twin Cities for the perfect Bloody Mary.

Languages spoken: Does Minnesoooootan count?

Why I chose this program: I tried my best to find a program that rivaled Minnesota along the interview trail, but ultimately the University of Minnesota had everything that I was looking for. The program is well established, and as a result there is a strong med/peds presence throughout the state of Minnesota. We also have the opportunity to rotate through all of the major hospital systems in the Twin Cities, allowing us to see a wide variety of disease pathology and diverse patient populations. Most importantly, my fellow residents and the program leaders here at the University of Minnesota are some of the most personable, most intelligent people I have ever had the opportunity of meeting. Whether we're running around the hospital or exploring new adventures in the Twin Cities, there is rarely a dull moment when we're together.

Spencer Morse

Spencer Morse

Hometown: Jonesboro, Arkansas

Undergraduate: University of Central Arkansas

Between undergraduate and medical school: Work, Travel, Play. 

Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

My medical interests and career direction: Global health, infectious disease, hospital medicine.

Hobbies: Camping, photography, bicycling, water sports, computers.

Furthest I've traveled from home: Kenya

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Bicycling

Why I chose this program: Med/Peds strength, global health, Twin Cities, best park system in the nation.

Ellen Overson

Ellen Overson

Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota

Undergraduate: Saint Olaf College

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

My medical interests and career direction: Either hospitalist medicine/pediatrics or primary care in medicine/pediatrics.

Hobbies: Cycling around the lakes, finding Farmer's market produce for home cooking, exploring new restaurants, travel, eating dark chocolate, hanging out with family and friends.

Languages spoken: Spanish

Farthest I've traveled from home: Peru, Ecuador, and the Galapagos Islands.

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Running and biking around the lakes.

Coolest/geekiest thing about me: I know how to knit scarves, mittens, and socks. I also like logic puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, and Sudoku.

My first job: Hostess at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery.

If I were not a physician I would be: A teacher or maybe I would find any job that would pay the bills and I would live somewhere warm and beautiful like Hawaii.

Why I chose this program: As a native Minnesotan I knew I would love to stay in MN for residency. I also loved all the Med-Peds people I met during my rotations through medical school and during interviews I learned that the University of Minnesota program was very strong and stood out among the rest.

What I love most about the program: I love how connected the Med-Peds residents are with one another and also how welcome Med-Peds residents are in the categorical programs. I also love that Med-Peds faculty are very prominent in the Twin Cities and how appreciated Med-Peds residents are to both Medicine faculty and Pediatrics faculty.

Claire Petersen

Claire Petersen

Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota

Undergraduate: Georgetown University

Between undergraduate and medical school: I spent a year volunteering in coastal Ecuador in an Ecuadorian pediatric surgical clinic and community clinic.

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

My medical interests and career direction: I am interested in Primary Care and Hospital Medicine, particularly in the care of underserved populations, as well as Global Health.

Hobbies: Travel, cooking, biking, yoga, spending time with family and friends.

Languages spoken: Spanish

Furthest I've traveled from home: Mbale, Uganda

Favorite activity in the Twin Cities: Exploring the many green spaces/parks of the city.

Why I chose this program: I was interested in returning to my home state and was thrilled to find an extremely supportive and welcoming Med Peds community. The residents I met were excited about their future careers and opportunities available in the program. The global health opportunities and chance to serve diverse populations in the Twin Cities was another big draw. The residency community was very welcoming of residents' families and significant others.

Anthony Williams

Anthony Williams

Hometown: Arlington, Texas

Undergraduate: University of Oklahoma

Between undergraduate and medical school: Worked for 2 years at an engineering company in Tulsa, OK.

Medical School: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

My medical interests and career direction: Hospitalist medicine in both IM and Peds. I am also intrigued by the ever increasing role of bedside ultrasound.

Hobbies: Reading Scifi/Fantasy. Writing Scifi/fantasy. Binge watching Game of Thrones. Any sport that involves projectile motion and is not played on some phase of water.

Furthest I've traveled from home: Austria, Germany, Switzerland.

Favorite activities in the Twin Cities: Eating a Juicy Lucy. Hipster spotting (in Uptown you can observe them in their natural habitat). Avoiding getting too close to all 10,000+ lakes in Minnesota. Pedal Pubs.

Why I chose this program: Because it is awesome! The residents are outgoing, close knit, and extremely supportive. The training is fantastic and offers a wide range of hospital cultures thanks to the variety of sites. And then there's the fact that you couldn't throw a bar of homemade granola in the Twin Cities without hitting at least 3 Med-Peds staff who are super excited to work with you. As a native Texan I did not think I would survive the winters, but after the first two I realized I didn't really need all my fingers and toes anyway! I embraced the hardy winters, the beautiful summers, and the challenge of counting in base 8 as so many out-of-staters have before me. Now all I have to do is convince my wife (who moved here from LA) that Minnesota is just a cheaper version of California that catches on fire less frequently. #MedPeds4life