Internal Medicine Residency Program Residents

Chief Residents

Internal Medicine - UMN Medical Center

Kellen Albrecht
albre147@umn.edu

Shannon Boyle
boyl0109@umn.edu

Medicine Pediatrics

Tiffany Albrecht
wangx480@umn.edu

Global Health - UMN Medical Center

Tsige Gebreslasse
tgebrela@umn.edu

Internal Medicine - Regions Hospital

Courtney Burnett
burne264@umn.edu

Abby Peterson
aepeters@umn.edu

Internal Medicine - Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Matthew Hooks
books010@umn.edu

Steph Joppa
joppa@umn.edu

Eloy Ordaya
eeordaya@umn.edu

Ethan Stortz
stortz@umn.edu

Quality Improvement - Minneapolis VA Health Care System

Jake Jasurda
jjasurda@umn.edu

Medicine Dermatology G1-G5

Internal Medicine Residents

PGY 1

Nermine Abdelwahab

Nermine AbdelwahabHometown: Minneapolis, MN

Undergraduate School: Carleton College 

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Languages spoken other than English: Arabic

Furthest you've traveled from home: I was born in Egypt so probably immigrating to America! 

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Dedicated outstanding faculty, diversity in sites, strong global health pathway, close to family

What do you enjoy about the program? Support from both formal and informal advisers, IMED (educational half day), vacation policy flexibility, pathways, my clinic site at the Center for International Health

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Undecided- Hospitalist vs Pulm/CC w/ global health involvement 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Walks around the lake ( Recommend Lake Harriet and Bde Maka Ska)

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: The way to my heart is via spicy food 

Your first job: Camp counselor

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Teacher or social worker

Malik Ahmed

Malik AhmedMedical School: University of Minnesota

Paul Brungardt

Paul BrungardtHometown: Topeka, Kansas

Undergraduate School: Kansas State University

Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine

Languages spoken other than English: Terrible Spanish

Furthest you've traveled from home: Spain

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? The program seemed to have excellent training, and the residents were genuinely excited and happy about their life here. 

What do you enjoy about the program? The residents have been excellent, a lot of fun to be around. Attendings and fellows alike have been very invested in my learning and very understanding in helping resident development.

Medicine interests and plans after residency: I enjoy most all specialties, right now I would really like to pursue a hospitality track.

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Not sure but I’m really looking forward to enjoying the snow with my kids!

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I have read the entire Wheel of Time series 5 or 6 times

Your first job: Grounds maintenance 

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... An architect 

Kevin Chang

Kevin ChangHometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Undergraduate School: University of California, Davis

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Languages spoken other than English: Mandarin Chinese

Furthest you've traveled from home: Considering Taipei is my hometown, that makes Miami the furthest I have traveled from home (8633 miles according to google map).

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? The unbelievably supportive environment of the residency program, the 4+4, the diversity of patient population across the three sites and the Twin Cities.

What do you enjoy about the program? My amazing co-residents, the supportive program leadership, the three hospital systems (University Hospital, County Hospital, and VA Hospital) and the 4+4 schedule.

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Cardiology, Critical Care

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Haven't done it yet, but I am looking forward to ice fishing this winter.

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: Got certified in bartending during my year off before starting medical school.

Your first job: Research Assistant.

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Any job that would allow me to travel the world.

Donna Coetzee

Donna CoetzeeHometown: Eden Prairie, MN

Undergraduate School: University of Minnesota

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Furthest you've traveled from home: South Africa -- to visit my dad's side of the family

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? I love Minneapolis and I had nothing but great interactions with the residents and attendings that I worked with here as a med student!

What do you enjoy about the program? My co-residents are definitely the best part, but I also like the IMED days, the multiple hospital sites, and the 4+4 schedule, and how supportive the program is of both academic and personal interests.

Medicine interests and plans after residency: academic hospital medicine

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: State Fair

Your first job: Barista at Caribou Coffee

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... working in public health, which was my plan before I decided to go to med school.

Alexander Dayton

Alex DaytonHometown: Indianapolis, IN

Undergraduate School: Hanover College 

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Languages spoken other than English: R, Python

Furthest you've traveled from home: Middle Earth

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? great location, great people

What do you enjoy about the program? my co-interns

Medicine interests and plans after residency: nephrology

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: people say the state fair is fun

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: most things about me are geeky

Your first job: Starbucks

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... dead

Alberto Del Valle De Laosa

Alberto Del Valle De LaosaHometown: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Undergraduate School: University of Puerto Rico

Medical School: University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine

Languages spoken other than English: Spanish/some French

Furthest you've traveled from home: Turkey

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Interested in a multi-center academic program with a legacy of heterogeneous practitioner backgrounds and multiple fellowship opportunities. The aspect of co-residents and the inviting environment were also very persuasive in making a final decision. 

What do you enjoy about the program? sense of community, inter-relatedness and camaraderie 

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Hematology, oncology, cardiology, neurology, autoimmune disorders. Undecided about future plans.  

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: live music/theatre/bar hopping

Your first job: waiter at a French Patisserie/Boulangerie 

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Radio station owner/record producer

Alisson Estrada Roman

Hometown: Lima-Peru

Medical School: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

Languages spoken other than English: Spanish

Furthest you've traveled from home: MN

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Although it is located far away from home, I really felt welcome by the people working here. The  UMN culture is awesome, great teaching and a supportive environment.  

What do you enjoy about the program? Support, support, support! You will always have someone looking after you. Especially on the hardest days.

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Cardiology fellowship 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Walking around the city during summer. Yes, there is summer!

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I love dancing.  

Your first job: Worked as a physician-general practitioner 

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... I would be a travel influencer

Elizabeth Fairbairn

Elizabeth FairbairnHometown: Plymouth, MN

Undergraduate School: Creighton University 

Medical School: UMN

Furthest you've traveled from home: Thailand

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? mixture of inpatient and outpatient is balance, 4-4 schedule, 3 hospitals providing different environment and patient populations

What do you enjoy about the program? great supportive attendings, IMED half days provide community building and great learning

Medicine interests and plans after residency: primary care, outpatient focus 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: state fair, snowshoeing 

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: watching all the top 100 movies of the 20th century 

Your first job: nanny

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... house designer reconstructing old houses

Ellen Gardner

Ellen GardnerHometown: Alburnett, Iowa

Undergraduate School: University of Iowa

Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine 

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? During my interview day, I felt like the faculty and residents were great people that I could see myself happily working alongside. The program prioritized wellness while still offering top-notched internal medicine training. Also, the Twin Cities is a great place to live!

What do you enjoy about the program? I could not have asked for better co-interns and senior residents! Also, I enjoy rotating at the three different hospital/clinic settings and the patient diversity that comes with this. 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Anything that involves being outdoors during the nice summer weather!

Your first job: Raking hay on my family farm

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... an engineer.

Andres Gonzalez Coba

Andres Gonzalez CobaHometown: Barranquilla, Columbia

Medical School: Universidad del Norte

Languages spoken other than English: Spanish

Furthest you've traveled from home: Minneapolis

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? This was the most awesome program I found!

What do you enjoy about the program? Faculty, chiefs, structure, quality, co-interns

Medicine interests and plans after residency: pulmonary fellowship

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: outdoors activities

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you:  I like anime

Your first job: MD

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Physicist

Lisa Grundtner

Lisa GrundtnerHometown: Maplewood, MN

Undergraduate School: University of St. Thomas

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Furthest you've traveled from home: Hawaii

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Location, 4+4 schedule, the 3 different hospitals, program size

What do you enjoy about the program? Awesome co-interns

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Undecided

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: State Fair

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: Have seen every episode of all 38 seasons of Survivor

Your first job: Criminal investigations intern

Alma Habib

Alma HabibMedical School: University of Kansas, Wichita

Alexandra Hall

Hometown: Princeton, KY

Undergraduate School: Boston College

Medical School: University of Kentucky

Languages spoken other than English: Spanish

Furthest you've traveled from home: Southern India

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? I had an extremely positive interview experience, really enjoyed my away rotation here, and fell in love with Minneapolis! 

What do you enjoy about the program? Can't say enough about my fellow interns-they are great co-workers and friends. Program faculty are professional, knowledgeable, and compassionate. Finally, the schedule is wonderful. 

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Still considering lots of options at this point, but I really love cardiology!

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: biking around the lakes

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I love things set in space: books, movies, TV shows, graphic novels, etc. 

Your first job: Vineyard worker-lots of pruning

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... astronaut

Susan Kenzie

Susan KenzieHometown: Minneapolis, MN

Undergraduate School: St. Olaf College

Medical School: Des Moines University 

Furthest you've traveled from home: Uganda 

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? I love Minnesota and the Twin Cities and I was looking for a strong academic program with good people. Also a big fan of the 4+4 schedule and the care taken by the program to support resident wellness! 

What do you enjoy about the program? 4+4 schedule, my wonderful resident class, great leadership from seniors, thoughtful attendings, and a little time for vacation 

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Endocrine

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Twin Cities Marathon (spectator or runner!) 

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I'm a former gymnast and I love winning handstand contests 

Your first job:  I was a grocery bagger at Lunds & Byerly's 

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... working in news or fashion

Christina Lee

Christina LeeHometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Undergraduate School: University of Michigan

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Languages spoken other than English: Korean, German

Furthest you've traveled from home: Korea, Japan

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? As a medical student transitioning in, I knew I wanted to stay at the UofMN for residency, because I loved the importance placed on teaching as well as the overall friendly environment of the program.

What do you enjoy about the program? The supportive atmosphere of the program, the high value placed on resident teaching, and the camaraderie among the residents are all the aspects of the program that I enjoy. 

Medicine interests and plans after residency: I am very open and want to use these next couple of years to see where my passion is within medicine, but I have been very interested in GI.

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Minnesota State fair is always fun to visit each year! Embracing the winter months and snow, with outdoor activities!

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I can tell which piano keys are played without looking, called perfect pitch?

Your first job: research assistant during undergrad. 

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... animation voice dubber/actor

John Leonard

Hometown: Stillwater, Minnesota

Undergraduate School: The University of St. Thomas

Medical School: University of Dublin, Trinity College 

Furthest you've traveled from home: Slovakia 

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? After spending several years outside of Minnesota I decided it was time to move home. As a large academic program with a good reputation the U of M was the natural choice. 

What do you enjoy about the program? I really enjoy working at three different hospital sites, the 4+4 model, and my amazing co residents.

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Undecided

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Mountain Biking in Duluth 

Your first job: Bruegger's Bagels 

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Park Ranger or Trail Builder 

Katherine Marichal

Hometown: Appleton, WI

Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point 

Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science 

Languages spoken other than English: French, badly 

Furthest you've traveled from home: Japan

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? I decided to come to UofM because of the people. Everyone at my interview seemed extremely smart but they were also so laid back and really seemed like people I would want to spend time with. I knew that I would get exposure to so many aspects of medicine here and learn from exceptional faculty, but I also knew that I would get along with people here and be supported in life outside of the hospital as well. 

What do you enjoy about the program? Everyone here has a team mentality and I feel extremely supported by my fellow residents, chief residents, faculty and administration. We are all working together to learn, take care of patients, and also have fun. There is flexibility when it comes to time off and having guaranteed weekends every other month helps to stay sane. 

Medicine interests and plans after residency: No idea yet! I like Infectious Disease but maybe Hospital Medicine, maybe Palliative or even Geriatrics. 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Go to the lakes. It’s seriously so beautiful here and many of the lakes are surrounded by trails. Lake of the Isles is my favorite lake so far. 

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I am waiting until I finally have a real house and can make my own rules so I can FINALLY own a couple of backyard chickens. 

Your first job: Bagger at Piggly Wiggly

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Probably a high school science teacher. My high school biology teacher, Mrs Hoffman, inspired me to peruse science and be curious about the world around me. As a young woman, that was so empowering to have someone to look up to. I would love to help make science fun for young people and spark that same curiosity in someone! 

Thomas Meehan

Thomas MeehanHometown: Hartford, CT

Undergraduate School: Colby College

Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School

Furthest you've traveled from home: Ireland

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? I wasn't sure what I looking for going into the interview cycle and ended up applying broadly all over the country. I learned I preferred medium-larger sized, urban, academic programs with multiple training sites. My significant other works in pediatrics so we needed children's hospitals nearby. Ultimately, my interview day sold me on U of M and I couldn't be happier with my decision to come here. I love our 4+4 schedule, my co-residents are a blast to work with, and the faculty and program leadership are supportive. Wellness and quality of life are strongly emphasized here too. For me that means getting out of work at a reasonable hour and playing basketball at the U a few times per week.

What do you enjoy about the program? I love the food at the VA, the complexity of patients at the U, and the culture of efficiency at Regions. I've also had really great senior residents on each rotation so far and the chiefs at each site are immensely helpful.

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Fellowship in Pulmonary/Critical Care or GI, hospital administration/leadership, quality and value improvement

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Kayaking up North

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: Talk to me about anyone in the ESPN Top 100 of high school basketball. I got facts.

Your first job: Videographer for GKess Films. I used to make highlight videos for high school kids hoping to get recruited to play college sports. Those were scary days! I'm never climbing up a filming perch again.

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... the owner of a sports mixtape company. I would compete directly with GKess Films until I ran them out of business, and then go after hoopmixtape.com and ballislife.com. I could watch highlight videos and college selection videos all day.

Leslie Pensa

Leslie PensaHometown: Hartselle, AL

Undergraduate School: University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Medical School: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Furthest you've traveled from home: Scotland

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? I loved the spirit of the program, the residents, and the overall feel of Minneapolis! There were also a lot of Biomedical Engineering job opportunities to support my husband's career!

What do you enjoy about the program? My co-interns are truly amazing. I feel at home with them even though I'm very far from my home and family.

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Academic Hospitalist... I think 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: The North Shore

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I had a golf scholarship all 4 years of college, but have never played golf.

Your first job: Hostess

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... An interior designer!

Christopher Podgorski

Chris PodgorskiHometown: Denver, CO

Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame

Medical School: Creighton University

Furthest you've traveled from home: Australia, Greece

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Academic center with multiple, very different training environments in a great midwestern location

What do you enjoy about the program? my co-interns

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Wildly undecided! Interests ranging from cardiology to rheumatology, but likely some specialty. 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Juicy Lucy's

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: brew my own beer

Your first job: soccer coach

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... beer brewer and dog whisperer 

Clark Robinson

Clark RobinsonHometown: San Antonio, Tx

Undergraduate School: University of Texas

Medical School: Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine

Furthest you've traveled from home: China

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Strong academic reputation with supportive environment

What do you enjoy about the program? The leadership

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Heme/onc

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Thursday Nights at The Walker Art Museum 

Your first job: Jimmy John’s Delivery Driver

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Writer

Paula Rote

Paula RoteHometown: Wadsworth, OH

Undergraduate School: Duke University

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University 

Languages spoken other than English: basic Russian and Spanish

Furthest you've traveled from home: Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines to visit my best friend's hometown

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? I loved the combination of patient-centered care and commitment to research. 

Medicine interests and plans after residency: I am interested in keeping patients out of the hospital throughout outstanding primary care

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I had a pet squirrel as a child (I have photos, ask me to show you!)

Your first job: Dippin' Dots at the Oak Court Mall in Memphis, TN

Adnan Shaaban

Adnan ShaabanMedical School: Lebanese University

Nuttavut "Nath" Sumransub

Nuttavut SumransubHometown: Nonthaburi, Thailand

Undergraduate School: Siriraj Hospital Faculty of Medicine

Medical School: Siriraj Hospital Faculty of Medicine

Languages spoken other than English: Thai, Japanese (basic)

Furthest you've traveled from home: Here!! (8,000 miles from home actually)

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Academic atmosphere and value in diversity

What do you enjoy about the program? Working with friends, seniors, and people in the program

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Hem/Onc fellowship

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Spend the whole day at Mall of America

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: Let's talk about soccer. I'm a Liverpool fan for almost 20 years.

Your first job: Physician at a government hospital in Thailand

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... a pilot

Alex Tsai

Alex TsaiHometown: Eden Prairie, MN

Undergraduate School: University of Minnesota

Medical School: University of Maryland, Baltimore

Furthest you've traveled from home: Taiwan 

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? I am from MN originally and also participated in the Couple's Match. The U was a good fit for both of us.

What do you enjoy about the program? The ability to gain exposure to a wide variety of fields

Medicine interests and plans after residency:  PSTP. Heme/Onc. Medical oncologist conducting research in cancer immunotherapies.

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: The fair, multiple times per year.

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: Love to bake

Your first job: Host at a restaurant

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Chef/Restaurateur

Joshua Trujeque

Joshua TrujequeHometown: Albuquerque, NM

Undergraduate School: University of New Mexico

Medical School: University of New Mexico SOM

Furthest you've traveled from home: Minnesota

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? great supportive program, nice people, to promote personal and professional growth

What do you enjoy about the program? 4x4 schedule, supportive program, various training sites

Medicine interests and plans after residency: hospital medicine +/- critical care

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: lake fishing

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I'm a powerlifter

Your first job: tutor

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... chef

Iboro Udomon

Iboro UdomonHometown: Owerri City, Nigeria 

Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin - Madison 

Medical School: Meharry Medical College 

Languages spoken other than English: French 

Furthest you've traveled from home: Recently visited Denmark! I definitely recommend it. 

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? I decided to come to U of M because I could tell they were very supportive of their residents and care about our well-being. I was also interested in the numerous pathways they offer, particularly the clinician-educator pathway. I feel like there are lots of opportunities here and you can become involved in several activities (research, educational conferences, activism etc) as much as you desire. 

What do you enjoy about the program? A lot of things. It is a friendly atmosphere that is conducive to learning. I particularly enjoy IMED which is our Internal Medicine Educational Day. It provides the opportunity for all interns to get together and learn and it is also a great opportunity to socialize with other interns. 

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Still deciding between hospitalist or specializing. The great thing about our program is that you get exposed to both wards and outpatient equally and early on, which helps with the decision making process. 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: So many breweries to visit! 

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I've lived in about 9-10 different cities! And, no, my dad was not in the army. :) 

Your first job: Tutor for the Madison Metropolitan School District 

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Make-up artist or personal trainer

Daniel Vanderhoef

Daniel VanderhoefHometown: Seattle, WA

Undergraduate School: Marquette University

Medical School: Creighton University

Languages spoken other than English: Spanish

Furthest you've traveled from home: Ireland

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? The diversity of training at three different sites. The program also has extensive learning experiences through the pathways that I know will make me a well rounded doctor!

What do you enjoy about the program? The faculty are very excited to teach and they take their mentorship role very seriously. This creates a great learning environment at work!

Medicine interests and plans after residency: I like seeing a little bit of everything...for now I am interested in hospital medicine or critical care.

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Biking around the lakes of the twin cities, and stopping at a brewery!

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I like to bake bread from scratch/by hand.

Your first job: Bussed tables.

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... A high school biology teacher.

Nicholas Wilson

Nicholas WilsonHometown: Iowa City, IA

Undergraduate School: Dordt College

Medical School: University of Iowa

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? I knew it would provide great training, program leadership cares about resident wellness, and the people are genuine.

What do you enjoy about the program? I like the diversity of patients, medical problems and co-workers we are exposed to during our training at three unique sites.

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Unsure; I may decide to do hospitalist medicine or primary care medicine because I like everything!

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Biking along the Mississippi River.

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I embarrassing watched roughly 30 seasons of Survivor during my fourth year of medical school.

Your first job: Valet

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... A teacher

Mirit Yacoup

Mirit YacoupHometown: Stillwater, Minnesota

Undergraduate School: University of Minnesota 

Medical School: Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Languages spoken other than English: Arabic

Furthest you've traveled from home: Egypt

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? I chose to come here for residency because I had a great interview day and felt like it was a very supportive environment for residents. It was also clear that this program was equipped with all resources I would need to prepare me for any path I were to choose after residency (which was helpful because I'm not sure yet what I want that path to be!)

What do you enjoy about the program? Best part of this program are my co-residents! I also really appreciate that resident feedback is taken seriously and that changes are implemented based on the feedback that we give. 

Medicine interests and plans after residency: I'm not sure yet! I am leaning towards becoming a hospitalist but I also have learned I have an interest in primary care so possibly a combination of the two. I'm also still pretty open to other possibilities! 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Basically any activity on/around the lakes especially during the summer time! 

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I'm a terrible singer, but I love karaoke and I own my own karaoke machine (thanks to my lovely med school friends who bought one for me!) 

Your first job: Teacher's aide at a daycare center 

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... I'd probably be a high school teacher!

PGY 2

Solomon Amare

Solomon AmareHometown: Los Angeles, CA

Undergraduate School: Loyola Marymount University

Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago

Languages spoken other than English: 

Furthest you've traveled from home: Ethiopia

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? I really felt at ease when I came to the pre-interview dinner and met all of the residents.  

What do you enjoy about the program? I most enjoy the camaraderie amongst the residents, the complexity of the patients, and how approachable our attendings are.

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Hospitalist medicine

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: If you are a Prince fan (which you should be), then Paisley Park is worth the visit.

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I've been listening to the Harry Potter audiobooks on repeat for years.  

Your first job: Chemistry Tutor

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Engineer

Natthapon "Mint" Angsubhakorn

Natthapon AnsubhakornHometown: Nakhon Pathom, Thailand

Medical School: Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand

Languages spoken other than English: Thai, Japanese

Furthest you've traveled from home: Minnesota!

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Strong academic reputation. Friendly environment

What do you enjoy about the program? Caring faculty. Awesome co-residents. Well-balanced and thoughtful schedule.

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Cardiology

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Kayaking

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I think my nickname, Mint, is pretty cool

Your first job: Selling Belgian waffles at a ski resort

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Physicist or tour guide

Aaron Boothby

Aaron BoothbyHometown: Portland, Oregon

Undergraduate School: University of Oregon 

Medical School: Oregon Health & Science University 

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? After interview season I realized that most of the stats I had compiled on programs didn't matter to me as much as the "fit" of the program.  I felt most at home at U of M and so it moved to the top of the rank list.  

Medicine interests and plans after residency: I am interested in Hematology/Oncology and considering pursuing a fellowship after residency 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Ice fishing

Your first job: Sampling experimental sweetener based candy.  Age 8.  

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Fishing guide (still haven't completely decided against this option)

Claire Bourgeois

Claire BourgeoisMedical School: Texas College of Medicine

Molly Clark

Molly ClarkHometown: Grand Blanc, MI

Undergrad School: University of Michigan

Medical School: Texas A&M

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? By the end of interview season, U of Mn was the residency program to which I was comparing all other residency programs. Something in my gut told me this was the place I belonged. Also, Monica Yousseff told me I could live on a lake, which is my ultimate dream

Furthest you've traveled from home? China and Thailand

If you weren't a physician, you would be: a baker at a small town bakery

Megan Collins

Megan CollinsHometown: Gering, NE

Undergraduate School: Nebraska Wesleyan University

Medical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences

Furthest you've traveled from home: Honduras 

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? It was my last interview of the year. I didn’t really have any intention of coming to the U of M. But, I remember sitting at the interview dinner thinking “I just fit with these people.” This carried through into the interview day. Everyone I met was so welcoming. I felt like the program was just one big family. After the interview day, I remember hopping into the car my husband picked me up in and said, “I want to go to Minnesota.”

Did I mention my interview was during a blizzard? Not only is the program amazing, but the state of Minnesota is amazing! People are still out and about when it’s freezing cold outside! There is something for everyone in Minnesota whether it’s sunny, raining, or snowing.

What do you enjoy about the program? One of the things I appreciate most about the program is how much they focus on residents’ quality of life without distracting from academic rigor. They are also very open to change. For example, there have been a few rotations where residents consistently violate the 80-hour work week rule. The program recognized the problem, took resident feedback, and they made changes to address the problem. Another positive change has been the addition of IMED, which is an academic half day where all the residents or interns meet and learn about a topic. This has been great to not only take a break from clinical duties to focus on learning but also to socialize with your peers. 

Medicine interests and plans after residency: I want to be a rural hospitalist 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: All the breweries- I think we’ve tried 35 so far! Also, going up to Duluth and the North Shore is a must-do day trip!

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I had an Olympic champion rat that set the long-jump record at the ‘Rat Olympics’ at my college. I also adopted this rat afterwards. She got me through 2 years of medical school :) 

Your first job: Subway 

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Sports announcer or run my own craft brewery

Elizabeth Davis

Elizabeth DavisHometown: Minneapolis

Undergraduate School: Haverford College (Philadelphia, PA)

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Furthest you've traveled from home: Yangon, Myanmar

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? I loved my experience in medical school and it checked all the boxes for what I was looking for in a program. I also grew up in the Twin Cities and after living out east during and after college I was ready to come back home.

What do you enjoy about the program? The people - the other residents, medical students and staff are all wonderful. 

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Pulmonologist and Critical Care

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: The Minnesota State Fair. Camping in the boundary waters. Any Minnesota sports games.

Your first job: Camp counselor

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... doing biochemistry research

Blair Edmiston

Blair EdmistonHometown: Portland, OR

Undergraduate School: Lewis and Clark College

Medical School: Oregon Health and Science University

Languages spoken other than English: German (a bit rusty now)

Furthest you've traveled from home: Ladakh, India

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Large program with multiple sites, great global health program, 4+4 schedule

What do you enjoy about the program? I like the variety in patient populations that we see - in my clinic I get to see new arrival refugees, at the U we see medically complex patients, at Regions more traditional, "bread and butter" medicine, and at the VA we get to learn about veterans healthcare. The variety gives great exposure to the breadth of internal medicine.

Your first job: Commercial Fishing on the Lower Yukon River in Alaska

Ruoying Feng

Ruoying FengHometown: Northern China/San Diego 

Undergraduate School: UC Berkeley 

Medical School: Drexel 

Languages spoken other than English: Mandarin Chinese 

Furthest you've traveled from home: Scandinavia

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Husband is from the Midwest, visited the Twin Cities and fell in love. Couples matched here. 

What do you enjoy about the program? Good education. Alternating months of in and outpatient provides a good balance. People are generally nice. 

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Pulmonary critical care 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: I LOOOOOOOVE the snow. So anything in the winter is great. Snow tubing is fun if you like the catecholamine rush on a relatively safe environment

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I am a crazy cat lady who also sings Chinese opera

Your first job: Making wraps/bowls at an organic health bar

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Archeologist

Timothy Gauntner

Timothy GauntnerHometown: Rocky River, OH

Undergrad School: John Carroll University

Medical School: Midwestern University

Furthest you've traveled from home: Japan

What do you enjoy most about the program? The people. The 4+4 curriculum. The vacation policy.

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Hematology-Oncology, research

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you? I love to buy old tube guitar amps and fix them up.

Your first job? Paperboy 

If you weren't a physician, you would be: an audio recording engineer.

Christine Gruessner

Christine GruessnerMedical School: University of Arizona

Gabriel Guzman

Gabriel GuzmanMedical School: George Wahington School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Ronee Harvey

Hometown: Rochester Hills, MI

Undergraduate School: Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Medical School: Mayo Clinic School of Medicine

Languages spoken other than English: Spanish (conversational)

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? The 3 different training sites - I really wanted to have a good variety of experiences throughout my residency. 

What do you enjoy about the program? The support that I receive from my co-residents and from leadership

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Hospitalist at an academic medical center

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Exploring regional/state parks

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I own at least 9 video game systems.

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... an indie craft store owner with a Zumba studio in the back.

Fatima Hassan

Fatima HassanHometown: Kitchener, ON, Canada

Undergraduate School: University of Guelph

Medical School: Tongji Medical College, HUST

Languages spoken other than English: I speak 3 other languages.....;-)

Furthest you've traveled from home: Manilla, Philippines

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Great program, met many amazing people before matching and love this State really! People are very nice...very similar to Canadians :-)) 

What do you enjoy about the program? My co-residents, faculty, my clinic (Center for International Health, CIH) and the multi-site rotations

Medicine interests and plans after residency: I haven’t decided yet

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Hmm...I have yet to attend the State Fair so maybe that

Your first job: Tutor

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... hanging out with my grandma in Mombasa, Kenya (she would feed me and I would just enjoy the beach waves and unlimited supply of tropical fruits) 

Danielle Hron

Danielle HronHometown: Belle Plaine, MN

Undergraduate School: Minnesota State University, Mankato

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School, Twin Cities

Furthest you've traveled from home: Italy!

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? 

After getting to work with some of the residents and attendings while I went to medical school here, I was able to see that the culture and personality of the program would be a good fit for me. From my experience, I knew that the medical teams created great learning environments in which I felt comfortable to propose my own ideas and ask questions. Also, we always had fun at work. It felt easy to build connections and become friends with colleagues, which I knew would be important to my overall happiness during residency.

Having multiple sites was another draw for me. Rotating through 3 unique sites ensures plenty of variety. I wanted my training to be well rounded so I could be prepared for anything, as my specific career plans were still undefined while applying for residency. This program definitely keeps future career opportunities open- hospitalist, fellowship, research, primary care, global health, etc.

Additionally, the University of Minnesota has some significance in my family. One of my aunts received a transplant here, so it was special to me to continue my training with the program that had impacted my life and my family in such a meaningful way. Speaking of family, they all live here in Minnesota- to add another reason why I chose to stay. "

What do you enjoy about the program? 

1. Our schedules are reasonable.
2. I enjoy the company of my co-residents.
3. The attendings are enthusiastic about teaching and mentoring.
4. The program is open to some customization- I feel like my interests are taken into account with scheduling, rotations, and extra activities.
5. Our program has a growth mindset, always looking to improve. Administration typically follows through on feedback regarding what needs improvement.
6. I enjoy the variety of the different sites- academic, private, VA
7. Frequent program social events
8. Location- Minneapolis is a very fun place to be a young professional. "

Medicine interests and plans after residency: I will most likely be a hospitalist- I like EVERYTHING too much to narrow my future plans any further, at this point. 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: The Minnesota State Fair! But throughout the rest of the year, there is still plenty to do! There are tons of great restaurants here. The lakes are beautiful and fun year-round (paddle boarding, kayaking, running, ice skating). The individual neighborhoods within Minneapolis and St. Paul are fun to explore- each with a unique culture and feel with shops, restaurants and breweries. 

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I was in the top three in the Miss Minnesota competition- twice! Also, I am an enthusiastic advocate for fanny packs; I believe them to be both fashionable and functional. 

Your first job: I worked at an apple orchard called Emma Krumbee's during The Scarecrow Festival in my home town.

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... an influencer.

Zalaya Ivy

Zalaya IvyHometown: Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Undergraduate School: Montclair State University

Medical School: Meharry Medical College 

Languages spoken other than English: Enough Spanish to struggle through a conversation 

Furthest you've traveled from home: Thailand 

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Diverse patient demographic with unique exposures 

What do you enjoy about the program? My co-residents of course, but also the quality of training that has allowed me to grow immensely as a physician. 

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Benign Hematology-Sickle Cell Disease 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Riding electric scooters 

Your first job: Selling sneakers in a skateboard shop

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Ballerina

Sarah Jones

Sarah JonesHometown: Minneapolis/West Chester, PA

Undergraduate School: Carleton College

Medical School: Jefferson

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? I love the Twin Cities. And I was impressed with the all-woman leadership team.

What do you enjoy about the program? Supportive co-residents, diverse training environments (3 sites), the right amount of autonomy, engaged faculty

Adinan Kanda

Hometown: Accra, Ghana

Undergraduate School: St. Cloud State University 

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School 

Languages spoken other than English: 3 Ghanaian dialects 

Furthest you've traveled from home: Moving to the United States for college

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? The amazing experience I had working with medicine residents as a medical student, a rigorous academic program, desire to stay local. 

What do you enjoy about the program? Diversity in the patient populations we work with, 4+4 schedule, amazing co-residents 

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Cardiology 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Biking along scenic trails 

Your first job: PCA in a group home 

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... a mechanical engineer

Sean Legler

Medical School: Harvard

Bryant Megna

Bryant MegnaHometown: Waukesha, Wisconsin

Undergraduate: University of Wisconsin - Madison

Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency: Gastroenterology fellowship, clinical research, and education.

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? The U of M is a great academic program with a rich history, it puts forth a truly meaningful effort to respect resident wellness and protect life outside of the hospital, the 4+4/50-50 schedule is a game changer and maintains work-life balance, it has a very strong gastroenterology department, the Twin Cities are a wonderful place to live, and Minneapolis is super close to my wife's lake house!

What do you enjoy most about the program? Easy answer; the people. The chiefs, senior residents, co-interns, staff, and administration are all incredible. It truly is a community. After that, I would have to say the diversity of the three training sites.

Furthest you've traveled from home? Rome or Stockholm

Favorite Minnesota activity to try? Eating Scandinavian food. I should probably cross-country ski at some point too.

Your first job? Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee

If you weren't a physician, you would be: an anthropologist.

Morgan Mensink

Megan MensinkHometown: Preston, MN

Undergraduate School: Minnesota State University, Mankato 

Medical School: University of Minnesota 

Furthest you've traveled from home: South Africa

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? The University Cafeteria food -- just kidding! As a medical student here it was easy to tell that the IM residents really enjoyed their jobs and had a healthy work/life balance. I knew I wanted to be at a university program and the wonderful residents and educators here really sealed the deal on me staying in Minnesota! 

What do you enjoy about the program? I love how each of the hospitals we train at provides a unique patient population to care for and learn from. 

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Hospitalist or GI fellowship

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Cross country skiing

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I have my pilots license! 

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Farmer or airline pilot

Edith Nyangoma

Edith NyangomaHometown: Fortportal, Uganda

Undergraduate School: Makerere University

Medical School: Makerere University

Languages spoken other than English: 3 local Ugandan languages and a little french

Furthest you've traveled from home: Burma/Myanmar

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Was attracted to the strong global health component/pathway that aligns well with my background and future career plans.

What do you enjoy about the program?  Supportive and collegial faculty.

Medicine interests and plans after residency: General internal medicine/ infectious disease with global health work. 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: I recently learnt how to ride a bike- so riding around in my neighborhood is new thing. 

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I love to travel to new places and interact with new cultures, food, music and anything ; been to all continents except for Antartica/Australia and South America.

Your first job: Briefly worked in a massage parlour! 

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Doing some public health or environment conservation type of work.

Joshua Owen

Joshua OwenMedical School: University of Illinois

Zoe Rammelkamp

Zoe RammelkampHometown: Baltimore, MD

Undergrad school: Johns Hopkins University 

Medical school: University of Maryland 

Furthest you've traveled from home: India

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Environmental sustainability initiatives

What do you enjoy most about the program? The people!

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Probably primary care 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Cross country skiing 

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: Geekiest thing is that I recently memorized all of the flags of the countries in the world for fun

Your first job: Babysitting

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Planting trees in deforested areas around the world 

Onyi Uchime

Onyi UchimeMedical School: Albert Einstein

Kornpong Vantanasiri

Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand

Medical School: Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency? Gastroenterology Fellowship

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Well-known and respected program with amazing colleagues and super supportive staffs

What do you enjoy most about the program? There are tons of great things about this program but if I have to pick one, I would say my lovely co-interns, residents, and attendings.

Furthest you've traveled from home? Minnesota for sure!

Favorite Minnesota activity to try? Kayaking

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you? I'm a die-hard Liverpool fan and soccer is my life!

If you weren't a physician, you would be: probably helping my family run a home-based business.

Ardiana Vuljaj

Ardiana VuljajHometown: Detroit, MI

Undergrad School: Wayne State University

Medical School: Wayne State University

If you weren't a physician, you would be: an urban planner.

Furthest you've traveled from home? Vietnam

Favorite Minnesota activity to try: The State Fair!

Nicha Wongjarupong

NIcha WongjarupongHometown: Pattaya, Thailand

Undergraduate School: Fun fact: We do not do undergrad in Thailand :)

Medical School: Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand

Languages spoken other than English: Thai

Furthest you've traveled from home: Here, Minneapolis! We are 12 hours timezone apart from Thailand.

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Alternating 1:1 inpatient/outpatient rotation is very nice for the learning and work-life balance. Also, I've always been interested in global health and diversity in medicine which U of M and Health Partner has been doing lots of work in this field. 

What do you enjoy about the program? My co-intern are super nice and all have "I-am-here-to-help-and-support-you" attitude which I'm very appreciated it. Also, I think our program is very flexible with rotation and vacation schedule (thanks to Duane and Sandra!). 

Medicine interests and plans after residency: GI- Hepatology fellowship, quite open currently about plan after that. 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Paddle board. I tried it last year, and we ended up stuck in the middle of the Lake Minnetonka with a rescue from the passing by yacht. But, it was a fun experience...  

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I love drawing people from their character. I am a card making machine for most of the birthday and anniversary :)

Your first job: General practitioner in Chiang-Rai, Thailand. It's the best fun year of my life!

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... A tour guide. Always dream to travel around the world, eating and exploring.

Diana Zychowski

Diana ZychowskiHometown: Elmhurst, Illinois

Undergraduate School: University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Medical School: Virginia Tech 

Furthest you've traveled from home: Agra, India

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? UMN was my first choice for many reasons. I was looking for a program in a large city that served a diverse population. It was important to me to find a program that genuinely cared about resident wellness and had happy residents. I also wanted to be a close car or flight home. 

What do you enjoy about the program? I love working at the Center for International health! There are many global health opportunities and leaders on campus who also spend time abroad. Throughout my clinic and the three hospitals we serve, I've seen the very common to very rare diseases. I love that we have the flexibility to schedule individual vacation days. Lastly, my coresidents are wonderful!

Medicine interests and plans after residency: After residency I'll apply to Infectious Diseases and thereafter consider the CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS)

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Running around lake Harriet

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I own a metal detector that has yet to yield any treasures. 

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Detective

PGY 3

Kellen Albrecht

Kellen AlbrechtHometown: Hallock, MN

Undergraduate School: University of North Dakota

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Medicine Interests and Plans After Residency: I plan on pursuing a fellowship in cardiology with focus on cardiac critical care. 

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? I picked the U of M after my experience here in medical school. I love living in Minnesota and feel that the people here are incredibly supportive and kind. Additionally, having the opportunity to work at 3 completely different sites was highly appealing as I explored opportunities for my future career. 

What do you enjoy most about the program? I enjoy the feel of the 3 different hospitals, each of which are completely different from each other. I also enjoy the various inpatient services in that their case load, patient case diversity, and staff/fellows you work with are variable which keeps things dynamic. 

Furthest you've traveled from home: Although hard to say why you'd ever want to leave, I have made a trip to Mexico as well as some other to the southern US

Favorite Minnesota activity to try? Get up north. Would recommend fishing on Lake of the Woods or heading up to the boundary waters. 

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you?  Probably file this under geekiest. I was a TA for 3 years in chemistry during undergrad and occasionally like to nerd out about general chemistry topics when they come up on rounds.

Your first job? Laying blacktop for Kittson County (my hometown county)

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Tough question. Feel like I've always said a chef so I'll stick with that. 

Erin Batdorff

Erin BatdorffUndergraduate School:
Michigan State

Medical School:
University of Toledo

Shannon Boyle

Shannon BoyleUndergraduate School:
University of Minnesota

Medical School:
University of Alabama

Courtney Burnett

Courtney BurnettHometown: Minnetonka, MN

Undergraduate School: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency: I'll be spending the year after residency as a chief resident at Regions Hospital. Following this, I plan to work in hospital medicine with a focus in medical education. 

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Amazing co-residents, collaborative learning environment, excellent training, multiple training sites, and dedicated teaching staff. It's a fantastic program!

What do you enjoy most about the program? I enjoy working at a variety of hospital sites, the 4+4 schedule, and working with amazing co-residents!

Furthest you've traveled from home? I love to travel. I'm spent quite a bit of time exploring Europe and plan to travel to Thailand with the global health department this year.

Favorite Minnesota activity to try? Hiking, boating, eating (great food scene!)

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you? I'm a crazy dog mom. My rescue pup is so spoiled. 

Your first job? Movie theater concession stand

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... A teacher

Supavit "Mac" Chesdachai

Mac ChesdachaiHometown:
Bangkok, Thailand 

Medical School:
Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency:
Fellowship, infectious disease but still open for others

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program?
Wonderful people, super friendly working environment, nice city, strong academic/research and work life balance

What do you enjoy most about the program?
Fantastic friends, variety of three difference sites and summer in the Twin Cities

Languages spoken other than English:
Thai

Furthest you've traveled from home?
Minnesota !!

Favorite Minnesota activity to try?
Canoeing, winter sports

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you?
Nick name "Mac" from MacGyver, my parents favorite TV series

Your first job?
Doctor

If you weren't a physician, you would be ______________:
Biologist, teacher

Christopher Choo

Christopher ChooUndergraduate School: Carleton College

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Languages spoken other than English: Korean

Furthest you've traveled from home: Vietnam

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? I decided to stay at the U for residency after having a great experience as a med student. 

What do you enjoy about the program? Great camaraderie among residents, excellent clinical rotations, receptive and responsive leadership 

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Biking the Chain of Lakes

Your first job: Ice cream peddler

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... A behavioral economist

Ifna Ejebe

Ifna EjebeHometown:
Plymouth, MN

Undergraduate School:
Harvard University

Medical School:
University of Wisconsin Madison

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency:
University of Wisconsin Madison

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program?
I love the Twin Cities, the patient population, and the friendly environment of the residency program.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
Patient population and my co-interns.

Furthest you've traveled from home?
I am from Nigeria, the farthest from Minnesota I have traveled.

Favorite Minnesota activity to try?
Going to all the lakes.

If you weren't a physician, you would be ______________:
TV producer

Joel Fuchs

Joel FuchsHometown:
Columbus, NE

Undergraduate School:
Creighton University

Medical School:
Creighton University

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency:
Undecided, but leaning towards Rheumatology, Infectious Disease, Primary Care

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program?
The residency community is so supportive! That along with the breadth of training sites, career opportunities, 4+4 schedule, and diversity in the Twin Cities made it an easy decision.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
Definitely the people. From intern appreciation days to lighthearted morning reports, everyone takes what they do seriously but doesn't take themselves too seriously, which makes for great times

Languages spoken other than English:
some Spanish...

Furthest you've traveled from home?
I can't say I've ever crossed an ocean, but the Dominican Republic.

Favorite Minnesota activity to try?
Kayak-camping the boundary waters

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you?
I taught myself (Youtube) how to sew to make gear bags for my bike.

Your first job?
Like many unfortunate children in Nebraska, Corn Detasseling.

If you weren't a physician, you would be ______________:
A National Park Ranger with a really robust mustache

Tsige Gebreslasse

Tsige GebreslasseHometown:
Nebelet, Ethiopia

Undergraduate School:
Wheaton College

Medical School:
University of Illinois college of medicine at Chicago

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency:
Unsure but definitely global health related

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program?
Strong global health residency program

What do you enjoy most about the program?
The patients and the schedule. I think the 4+4 is great.

Languages spoken other than English:
Amharic
Tigrina (spoken by people in northern Ethiopia and Eritrean people)

Furthest you've traveled from home?
Cape Town South Africa

Favorite Minnesota activity to try?
Biking and hiking along the Mississippi River and beautiful farmers markets

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you?
I got bit by a cheetah and it still remains one of my favorite animals.

Your first job?
White Castle

If you weren't a physician, you would be ______________:
Journalist/story teller and writer and a massage therapist

Elliot Graziano

Elliot GrazianoHometown:
Syracuse, NY

Undergraduate School:
Tufts University

Medical School:
University at Buffalo

Sophie Hapak

Sophie HapakHometown: Casa Grande

Undergraduate School: University of Arizona

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh

Furthest you've traveled from home: Berlin, Germany 

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? The GI fellowship program here is amazing, as is the U of M's department of immunology.

What do you enjoy about the program? I really enjoy the fact that we rotate at three different hospitals w/ different patient demographics.

Medicine interests and plans after residency: GI fellowship and research!

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: boating on one of the lakes 

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I love star trek the original series 

Your first job: pet sitting for my neighbors

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... a marine biologist

Matthew Hooks

Matthew HooksHometown:
Chanhassen, MN

Undergraduate School:
University of Notre Dame

Medical School:
University of Minnesota Medical School

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency:
My mind seems to change based on the day, today its cardiology!

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program?
Great camaraderie between the other residents and interns. The staff is amazing. I enjoy having 3 sites which provides a lot of diversity. Lots of research opportunities.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
The people!

Languages spoken other than English:
Trying to learn Arabic, residency is getting in the way.

Furthest you've traveled from home?
Krakow, Poland

Favorite Minnesota activity to try?Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you?
Definitely kayaking the lakes on a summer day

Your first job?
Selling shoes at Sports Authority (before it went bankrupt)

If you weren't a physician, you would be ______________:
Definitely a professional athlete (A teacher or professor is more likely)

Carlos A Jaramillo IV

Carlos JaramilloHometown: Mexico City & Madison WI

Undergraduate School: Boston College

Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

Languages spoken other than English: Spanish, Italian, teaching myself French

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? The good vibes - friendly, happy, down-to-earth; The program - 3 very different hospital systems, opportunity to care for a diverse patient population, lots of opportunities to tailor your training; The Cities - large, urban but very livable.

What do you enjoy most about the program? The people. I feel blessed to be in a program where everyone is genuinely kind, thoughtful, and concerned for each other - where character and integrity are valued just as much as knowledge.

Furthest you've traveled from home? If home is where the heart is, then I try not to wonder too far - there are too many complications.

Favorite Minnesota activity to try? Exploring the lakes

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... well, it is my job, so I guess I would be unemployed. 

Jake Jasurda

Jake JasurdaHometown: New Lenox, IL

Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Medical School: Des Moines University

Furthest you've traveled from home: Slovenia

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? I loved the people and the atmosphere of the program. The faculty seemed incredibly supportive and engaged in resident well being and education. 

What do you enjoy about the program? The culture between residents and faculty and the ability to rotate through multiple sites

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Gastroenterology

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: I'm hoping to give ice climbing a try...

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I grow way too many spicy peppers 

Your first job: A small landscaping company

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Either researcher or science teacher 

Stephanie Joppa

Stephanie JoppaHometown:
Rochester, MN

Undergraduate School:
University of North Dakota

Medical School:
Imperial College London

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency:
Cardiology Fellowship

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program?
I enjoyed the flexibility in the program, the autonomy of the residents, and the residents seemed genuinely happy! I also loved the global health track.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
The other interns and residents are great! I also enjoy the dedication to teaching and continual learning with some great cases.

Languages spoken other than English:
French

Furthest you've traveled from home?
New Zealand

Favorite Minnesota activity to try?
Kayaking

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you?
I have lived on a farm in New Zealand and had to corral cows on occasion.

Your first job?
Subway Sandwich Artist

If you weren't a physician, you would be ______________:
Teaching English in France--I nearly quit my job in London after medical school and contacted a foreign language program and nearly applied!

Erica Levine

Erica LevineHometown:
Owatonna, MN

Medical School:
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency:
Currently looking towards general medicine with some combination of inpatient and outpatient, with a focus on clinical education.

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program?
I loved the multi-site component and getting to learn from a variety of attendings and patients. I really liked the education focus of the program. And Minneapolis is a blast!!

What do you enjoy most about the program?
How excited most of the staff is to teach. Also how close knit my residency class is - there is always someone wanting to try a new place or get together to decompress.

Furthest you've traveled from home?
Beijing, China. Traveling is the best!!!

Favorite Minnesota activity to try?
There are some amazing hiking trails in the state parks. Also anything that includes sitting by a lake - especially if i'm on a patio by the lake.

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you?
My cat's name is Potato, and I own a Bulbasaur stuffed animal.

Your first job?
I was a housekeeper at a conference center. I vacuumed and dusted for, like $5 an hour.

If you weren't a physician, you would be ______________:
Probably international business or something that would allow me to travel a lot. The world is the best adventure.

Hima Mamillapalli

Hima MamillapalliHometown:
Cheshire, CT

Undergraduate School:
University of Connecticut

Medical School:
University of Connecticut

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency:
Global health, fellowship, medical education

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program?
Great camaraderie between residents and faculty, the global health opportunities, and venturing off the east coast to experience the midwest.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
The residents in the program are some of the smartest and most genuine people I have ever met.

Languages spoken other than English:
Telugu

Furthest you've traveled from home?
India

Favorite Minnesota activity to try?
Rock Climbing at Taylors Falls, kayaking at Lake Calhoun. Camping at the Boundary Waters is high on my list of activities to try.

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you?
I played inner tube water polo as part of intramurals in college.

Your first job?
Waitress

If you weren't a physician, you would be ______________:
A barista. I love coffee and pastries so I probably would have opened up a small coffee shop.

Carlos G. Moscoso

Carlos MoscosoHometown:
Concord, CA

Undergraduate School:
University of California, Davis

Medical School:
University of Washington, Seattle

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency:
Gastroenterology vs. Cardiology fellowship

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program?
Awesome program, vast research opportunities, great people and a collaborative attitude

What do you enjoy most about the program?
The friendly residents, attendings and staff really make every day an enjoyable learning opportunity, not to mention the close relationships you build with your colleagues

Languages spoken other than English:
Spanish

Furthest you've traveled from home?
Thailand and Japan

Favorite Minnesota activity to try?
Still exploring, but really want to find a cool fishing spot

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you?
I really like birdwatching‚ and chasing my 2 year old around the house

Your first job?
I had a paper route when I was 12 years old, those were the days

If you weren't a physician, you would be ______________:
Probably some geeky biochemistry basic sciences researcher

Naoko Onizuka

Naoko OnizukaUndergraduate School:
Keio University

Medical School:
Keio University

Eloy Ordaya-Espinoza

Eloy Espinoza OrdayaHometown:
Lima, Peru

Undergraduate School:
Colegio Sergio E. Bernales

Medical School:
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency:
To do an ID fellowship to work then as a Transplant ID attending

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program?
Immigrant friendly, well-rounded, top tier program

What do you enjoy most about the program?
Three hospitals, broad clinical exposure, approachable attendings, great chiefs.

Languages spoken other than English:
Spanish

Furthest you've traveled from home?
Madrid, Spain

Favorite Minnesota activity to try?
Good question, maybe skiing in the snow in the upcoming winter

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you?
I do love teaching!

Your first job?
PCP for the Peruvian Navy in a rural area

If you weren't a physician, you would be ______________:
Math teacher or soccer player

Jenny Ouchveridze

Jenny OuchveridizeHometown:
Plymouth, MN

Undergraduate School:
Brandeis University

Medical School:
Tufts University School of Medicine

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency:
I am uncertain about plans after residency, but excited to explore all the many subspecialties during my training here.

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program?
I was impressed by the number and the types of opportunities offered by the residency program, as well as the strong support system and the fantastic co-residents!

What do you enjoy most about the program?
All of my co-residents have been incredible, as well as the staff who I have worked with so far in my training. Everyone is so approachable and helpful.

Languages spoken other than English:
Russian, French

Furthest you've traveled from home?
I'd have to say Moscow, although I didn't travel there so much as moved from there when I was a baby.

Favorite Minnesota activity to try?
Swimming in your great many lakes!

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you?
I went on a 3 week backpacking trip last spring in Utah where I learned wilderness medicine.

Your first job?
Camp counselor for toddlers

If you weren't a physician, you would be ______________:
I'd be a pilot.

Abby Peterson

Abby PetersonHometown:
Rockford, MN

Undergraduate School:
University of Nebraska

Medical School:
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program?
I love the twin cities, I liked that the program emphasized resident wellness and the 4+4 scheduling allows me to have a life outside of medicine. Residents seemed to enjoy each other’s company.

Languages spoken other than English:

Furthest you've traveled from home?
Thailand and Vietnam after medical school

Favorite Minnesota activity to try?
I really want to try cross country skiing

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you?
I went on a 3 week backpacking trip last spring in Utah where I learned wilderness medicine.

Your first job?
Scooped ice cream at a cafe and spent the summer sticky up to my armpits

If you weren't a physician, you would be ______________:
Travel agent. I could spend hours online planning trips!

Malvi B. Savani

Malvi SavaniHometown:
Brentwood, TN

Undergraduate School:
Vanderbilt University

Medical School:
University of Tennessee College of Medicine

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency:
Hematology-Oncology

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program?
The current residents were so happy to be here and Minneapolis is such a great city!

What do you enjoy most about the program?
My co-residents! And the staff here have been incredible.

Favorite Minnesota activity to try?
I'm excited to try ice-fishing and see the frozen waterfalls!

Ethan Stortz

Ethan StortzHometown: Rochester, MN

Undergraduate School: University of Wisconsin-Madison

Medical School: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University

Furthest you've traveled from home: Vietri, Italy

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? Minnesota is home to me, and I was impressed by the many wonderful people at the U! I also went to UW-Madison for college and figured I could atone for that by doing my residency at UMN. 

What do you enjoy about the program? All of the great people, obviously.

Medicine interests and plans after residency: Chief residency and Endocrinology fellowship.

Favorite Minnesota activity worth trying: Frozen lake mini-golf

Coolest/geekiest/most random thing about you: I brew the best kombucha west of the Mississippi

Your first job: Host and waiter at Victoria’s Ristorante in Rochester, MN. Go there! 

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... Science teacher and struggling podcaster. 

Mouaffaa Tello

Hometown:
Damascus, Syria

Medical School:
University of Kalamoon

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency:
Hematology Oncology / Primary Care / Global health

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program?
The unique training environment in 3 hospital settings and the diverse patient population. The global health care track. The inpatient/outpatient block system . The City!

What do you enjoy most about the program?
The training environment, and the diversity that is present here. The program is very supportive of their residents and takes pride in how inclusive it is.

Languages spoken other than English:
Arabic and German

Furthest you've traveled from home?
Minnesota

Favorite Minnesota activity to try?
Snowmobiling

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you?
I make my own cheese

Your first job?
I worked at a fast food restaurant

If you weren't a physician, you would be ______________:
Painter

Karl Tjerandsen

Karl TjerandsenHometown:
Seattle, WA

Undergraduate School:
BA in Philosophy and in German Language/Literature from Whitman College. JD from the University of Washington.

Medical School:
Oregon Health & Science University

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency:
Before medical school, I worked as a health care attorney. I'm interested in hospital medicine and palliative care, but hope to find a role that blends my clinical interests with my legal background.

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program?
I connected instantly with the people I met during my interview day. That, and I was excited about the three different training sites, the curriculum, and the opportunity to explore the Twin Cities.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
My co-interns/residents are supportive, hard-working, and fun to be around. The 4+4 schedule makes life a bit more predictable and much more enjoyable. Having 3 sites to learn from is a major asset.

Languages spoken other than English:
A little German (quite rusty), less French (rustier yet), even less Spanish (I have to ask elementary school children to slow down for me)

Furthest you've traveled from home?
St. Petersburg, Russia

Favorite Minnesota activity to try?
Cross-country skiing. Maybe ice fishing?

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you?
Before medical school, I worked for three and a half months as an EMT on Wake Island (a remote atoll in the Pacific Ocean)

Your first job?
Worked on a construction crew, pouring concrete, digging holes, and sweeping. A lot of sweeping.

If you weren't a physician, you would be ______________:
Still practicing law

Prowpanga "Peow" Udompap

Peow UdompapHometown:
Phuket, Thailand

Medical School:
Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency:
Will pursue the fellowship. I'm falling in love with hepatology.

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program?
I have heard tons of great things about the program and would like to experience it myself. Also, 4+4 schedule is the best.

What do you enjoy most about the program?
Awesome class and colleagues.

Languages spoken other than English:
Thai

Furthest you've traveled from home?
Minneapolis, MN

Favorite Minnesota activity to try?
Paddle boarding in the lakes and biking

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you?
I hate seaweed but I love Japanese food.

Your first job?
Physician

If you weren't a physician, you would be ______________:
a paperie store owner!

Mahima Vijayaraghavan

Mahima VijayaraghavanHometown:
Darien, IL

Undergraduate School:
Northwestern University

Medical School:
Tufts university school of medicine

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency:
Undecided for now! The best part of a medicine residency is being able to explore and learn lots of different organ systems and how they interact.

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program?
I wanted to try something new and move to a new city (knew nobody here when I first moved)! Loved the program and the fact that there are three sites you can train at!

Favorite Minnesota activity to try?
Would love to experience this State Fair everyone speaks of  

Monica Youssef

Monica YoussefHometown: Roseville, MN

Undergraduate School: University of Minnesota

Medical School: University of Minnesota

Medicine Interests and Plans after Residency: Hospitalist Medicine

Why did you decide to come to the U of M Residency Program? concentration on resident well-being, global health opportunities, close to home, site variety

What do you enjoy most about the program? 50/50 schedule, International Health continuity clinic, staff, and focus on well-being

Languages spoken other than English: Arabic, Spanish and a little Greek

Furthest you've traveled from home? Lusaka, Zambia

Favorite Minnesota activity to try? anything on the lake, but fishing especially

Coolest/Geekiest/Most Random thing about you? I was a pseudo DJ in med school

Your first job? Babysitting

If you weren't a physician, you would be ... psychologist or teacher.