PM&R Chief Resident, Dr. Amanda Day, spearheaded a fun initiative for the community to get to know our residents. The PM&R resident spotlight is on PGY-1, Dr. Kathy Guo.

Where did you go to medical school?
St. George’s University.

Why the University of Minnesota for your PM&R training?
I got the chance to do a brief rotation here during my 3rd year of medical school, and loved how friendly everyone was, and how much the attendings enjoyed teaching. The program is very supportive of residents pursuing whatever interests they may have, and our PD truly cares about the wellbeing of residents, and making sure our voices are heard. 

What are your favorite things about the Twin Cities and Minnesota thus far?
Farmers market on Saturday mornings, amazing local breweries, and 10,000 lakes to explore (3 down… 9,997 more to go)! 

Kathy Guo at conference event

What are your interests within PM&R?
I’m interested in pediatric rehabilitation, brain injury rehabilitation, and research. What’s great about our program is that residents have such a wide range of interests and the faculty are enthusiastic in helping residents, so it’s been really easy to reach out to seniors and faculty whether it’s for advice or to jump on a research project. 

How is intern year going thus far?
Only two months in, but I’m loving intern year so far! Our intern year is structured like a transitional year, so we get a chance to rotate with various departments that are relevant to PM&R. On my medicine rotation I had patients from the spinal cord injury unit, which allowed me some PM&R exposure as well as a chance to work with my fellow PM&R residents! I’ve also been enjoying our impromptu PM&R lunches at the VA hospital, where it’s nice to catch up with other PM&R residents, even though I’m rotating in different departments. 

PM&R resident at community event

What are some fun facts/hobbies about yourself?
In my spare time, I enjoy brewing kombucha and concocting unique flavors (mandarin orange and jalapeño was surprisingly good, although I would not try making beet kombucha again). The farmers markets here in Minneapolis are amazing, so I’ve been trying to use fresh local fruits! I also enjoy watching cheesy holiday rom-coms and have recently started dabbling in film photography again.

PM&R residents hanging out

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