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Chief Residents

Chief Residents provide leadership and support to residents in the combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency program. They serve as mentors and advocates for the residents and set a positive tone for the program.

2022-2023 Chief Residents

Libby Rourke

I'm from Ozark, Missouri and went to University of Missouri - Columbia for both undergrad and medical school. I was lucky to get to work with some great Med-Peds attendings and residents early in med school and it was a great fit. The people I met and the mix of adult and pediatric medicine, particularly in primary care, along with the equal training time on both sides had me sold on Med-Peds. 

When I began looking into IU for residency, it was clear that they had everything I wanted: large patient volume, wide variety of acuity on both IM and Peds, a well-established Med-Peds presence at the academic health center, and a huge Med-Peds graduate base both locally and elsewhere. Being the largest and one of the oldest Med-Peds programs in the country is such an advantage for our residents - the opportunities for mentorship and professional support within the Med-Peds community here is one of the top reasons I'd recommend the program to others matching this year. The community on the personal side among our residents is the other driving reason to look at IU. Our large program is like a big quirky family, and the size means that even if multiple people in my class are on call or busy on any given night, it's still easy to get a group together to hang out.

After graduation I'll be pursuing a career in combined primary care potentially with some pediatric hospital medicine mixed in. As chief residents this year, Ishani and I are excited to support our residents as they grow both personally and professionally at IU and to have a bigger part in shaping the educational experience for our program this year!

 

Ishani Shah

Born and raised in metro-Detroit, I went to the University of Michigan for undergrad and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine for medical school. I never imagined that I would one day end up in Indianapolis, but once I came to IU for my interview, it was settled for me. The program had everything I had been looking for – from an educational standpoint, this included strong categorical training on both sides with a wide range of clinical acuity and pathology, a diverse patient population, a commitment to resident education, as well as the opportunity to explore a career in global health (I am thrilled to say that through our AMPATH program, I had the opportunity to live and work in Kenya for 6 weeks)! Being the largest Med-Peds residency program in the country, we also have a huge Med-Peds presence on campus – which means that the support and mentorship from your co-residents, fellows, and attendings is endless. Whatever your career aspirations may be – we can help you achieve it! Personally, I look forward to pursuing a career in academic medicine as a Med-Peds Hospitalist, with some global health work sprinkled in.

The most valuable asset of our program, however, is the people here. From the moment my interview day started, I was greeted by the warmth of the IU Med-Peds family. I have so much admiration and appreciation for my colleagues, and I know that I have formed bonds that will last a lifetime. Whether it is getting through a tough night shift together, attending one of our Med-Peds social parties, bouldering after work, or gathering for ‘The Bachelor’ & wine nights, the memories are endless. As chiefs this year, Libby and I look forward to continually shaping and improving our residency program, helping our residents achieve their full potential while contributing to the family-like atmosphere. We invite you to come learn more about our program and why we think IU is so special! 

Class of 2026 - PGY1

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Heather Andrade, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 1
University Of Missouri-Columbia School Of Medicine

Hometown: Quincy, IL

Medical School: University of Missouri- Columbia

Professional Interests: Medical education, global health, POCUS

Hobbies: Cat mom of two kitties - Minerva and Albus, trying new restaurants and coffee shops, reading, watching all sports, playing pickleball/sand volleyball/softball, yoga/mindfulness, traveling

Why IU Med Peds? I was super excited about coming to IU Med-Peds because of the program size and knowing that I would have 13 new friends coming into residency and plenty of support around me! I was also really happy to match into a program that had strong and stable categorical programs. After being here for only a couple of months, I can honestly say that IU Med-Peds is a big family and there are always wonderful people here to support you, help you, and encourage you to keep working hard and be the best version of yourself! Indianapolis is also a super fun city to live in - I live in the suburbs and can get downtown in under 15 minutes, but live equally close to state parks, nature preserves, and green space to provide a great balance!

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Emily R. Coleman, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 1
Indiana University School of Medicine

Hometown: Peoria, IL

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Medical Education, Combined Hospitalist, Combined ID

Hobbies: Hanging out with my 2 dogs, cooking, spending time with family and friends

Why IU Med-Peds? Attending IU for med school, I knew a lot of the residents and could see how supportive the program was. IU gives residents endless opportunities because the system is so large; no matter what I decide to do with my career, I know I'll have endless options and support here at IU!

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61933-Corlett, Dexter

Dexter Corlett, MPH, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 1
University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Hometown: Vancouver, WA

Medical School: University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Professional Interests: Intensive Care, NICU, long-term outcomes, anything hospital-based, public health/epidemiology

Hobbies: Running, cooking, eating, rock climbing, audiobooks, my dogs, my cat, my TV

Why IU Med-Peds? Everyone likes to emphasize the size of our program and I have to agree - it's the perfect size. We're still small enough that I can connect with everyone in my class, but big enough that I get to work with other med-peds people everywhere I am- so far a majority of my attendings, seniors, and co-interns on service have been Med-Peds! This is a place that "does Med-Peds" very well. Indianapolis is also great! Coming from the PNW, I was worried about the flatness of the horizon but quickly realized that what Indiana lacks in mountains, Indianapolis makes up for with cool urban trails, neat neighborhoods, and affordable stuff to do. Overall, this felt like an ideal city to do residency- and more specifically- a fantastic place to do a Med-Peds residency.

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Tanner D. Corse, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 1
Hackensack Meridian School Of Medicine

Hometown: Annapolis, MD

Medical School: Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Medical Education, Combined Primary Care/Hopitalist

Hobbies: Soccer, Golf, Hiking, Spikeball, Washington DC and Miami Hurricanes Sports, Medical Podcasts

Why IU Med-Peds? Having the largest residency class means I ALWAYS have a co-resident free to hang out after a long shift/week and there’s always a senior or graduate who I can seek advice with for my career interests. As a medical podcast junkie, we have awesome weekly conferences that have featured IU Med Peds grads including “Kidney Boy” Dr. Joel Topf and Dr. Chris ”The Chiu Man” Chiu from The Curbsiders. The volume, diversity, and level of care offered from our 5 hospitals on a single campus is, in my opinion, unmatched. Our Global Health and Morris Green programs offer remarkable opportunities. Finally, I love Indy! Incredible food, drink, sports and culture, something fun to do any night of the week, it’s extremely affordable, and there’s no traffic! When evaluating programs in my residency search, I always ended up thinking back to my interview day with IU. That’s how I knew it was my dream program!

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Jordan M. Cox, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 1
Indiana University School of Medicine

Hometown: Bartlett, IL

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Combined ID or Heme/Onc, advocacy, medical education

Hobbies: Horseback riding, frequenting farmers markets, cooking, discovering new restaurants with my husband

WHY IU Med-Peds? The strength of the residents and program leadership made it difficult to imagine going anywhere else-- they set the bar very high! But beyond that, knowing that the internal medicine and pediatrics programs were both independently strong combined with the incredible diversity of patients and pathologies that you get to see given our large catchment area and multiple different hospitals made IU's program really stand out. Now having been a resident in the program, I can say the program size and Med/Peds presence at IU also makes a huge difference; no matter where you are, you are bound to run into another Med-Peds person, and it just makes the residency experience that much better.

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Eamon J. Eccles, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 1
Indiana University School of Medicine

Hometown: Jasonville, IN

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Hematology/Oncology, Palliative Care

Hobbies: I enjoy golfing, cooking, baking, listening to music, and singing. In college, I was the lead singer of a Creed cover band. I also have an adorably obnoxious cat named Moxie (short for Moxifloxacin).

Why IU Med-Peds? I had an incredible experience with the Med-Peds residents here at IU while I was a medical student. They were some of the kindest, most driven people I had worked with, and they took a sincere interest in helping and teaching the medical students while providing top notch patient care. I chose IU Med-Peds to become part of that tradition of excellent patient care with a focus on teaching and medical education.

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Jenny K. Kim, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 1
University Of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern

Professional Interests: Most likely pediatric cardiology +/- adult congenital heart disease, but I also love pulmonology and hospitalist medicine, so we will see where life takes me!

Hobbies: Hiking, camping, rock climbing, martial arts, cuddling my geriatric dog, and trying new restaurants with friends

Why IU Med-Peds? The culture, people, and strong Med-Peds presence are what initially drew me to IU Med-Peds, and are the reasons that I am proud to be a resident here. The people at IU, including my co-residents, the program leadership, and the faculty have been absolutely incredible. The supportive culture is so refreshing, and I feel fortunate to have a program director who advocates for and listens to his residents. Residency training can be tough, especially if you moved from out of state, with long work hours and a steep learning curve. Being at a program that feels like home, and having many (14 in each class so plenty of people to hang out with and lean on!) co-residents that feel like family, have been essential in my ability to adjust to residency and a new city/state so quickly. Finally, the med-peds program here is very well-established. At IU, people are excited to learn that you are med-peds, and numerous doors open up since many of our faculty across several specialties and the 5 hospital system are dual-trained as well. I could not be happier with my choice. Now that I am a resident at this program, I can say with 110% confidence that I would choose it again!

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Mac Light, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 1
Baylor College of Medicine

Hometown: Houston, TX

Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine

Professional Interests: High-value care, quality improvement, dual hospitalist

Hobbies: Soccer, running, reading fantasy/fiction, going to Torchy's and other Texas-themed things

Why IU Med-Peds? IU had all the things I was looking for in a program: great training sites (nationally ranked free-standing children's hospital, county, and VA), a strong Med-Peds presence and reputation (with some cool notable alumni), and nice people with whom I felt I got along (even over a virtual interview). How happy I was to find all of that confirmed and more upon arriving, when I was met with such kindness and support. I traded in Southern Hospitality for Hoosier Hospitality and I am proud to be a part of the IU Med-Peds fam!

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Conor Murphy, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 1
New York Medical College

Hometown: Oakton, VA

Medical School: New York Medical College

Professional Interests: Transitional care, medical education, will likely pursue a fellowship but not sure what specialty just yet!

Hobbies: Live music, soccer, basketball, vinyl record collecting, hiking, trying new restaurants

Why IU Med-Peds? IU checked all of the boxes I was looking for in a Med-Peds program -- large size, strong med-peds presence at the institution, a large academic center with the opportunity to rotate through multiple hospitals, and a standalone children's hospital. Having a lot of fellow med-peds residents also provides plenty of opportunities for socializing which has been amazing for somebody not originally from the Midwest. I ultimately chose to come to IU because of the familial atmosphere I felt on interview day and the support I have received from my (now) co-residents along the way.

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61954-Osborne, Ruth

Ruth A. Osborne, MS, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 1
Indiana University School of Medicine

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Medical School: Indiana University School University

Professional Interests: Looking forward to exploring multiple paths during residency

Hobbies: Urban agriculture

Why IU Med-Peds? As the largest Med-Peds program in the country, I knew there would be plenty of support and opportunities to make great connections!

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Alexia Parra, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 1
Indiana University School of Medicine

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Combined Hospitalist/Primary Care

Hobbies: Traveling, cycling, spending time with family, trying new restaurants/exploring coffee shops in Indy!

Why IU Med-Peds? I loved working with the Med-Peds residents as a medical student. Everyone was so welcoming and always willing to teach. I felt that that the residents all knew each other and were very close, despite the program being the largest Med-Peds program. IU has a wonderful program and the strength of the categorical programs are equal. I was looking for a strong pediatric program in addition to the medicine program and IU offered that. There is also a great Med-Peds presence at IU, which means lots of opportunities for mentorship! Overall, I was ecstatic to match with IU and am very grateful to have the opportunity to work with caring, hardworking, and admirable co-residents and staff at a variety of teaching facilities (5 total) over the next four years!

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61937-Soncasie, Victoria

Victoria Soncasie, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 1
Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Medical School: Saint Louis University

Professional Interests: Undecided

Hobbies: Bicycling on the Cultural Bike Trail, running, buying plants, reading, brewing kombucha, bouldering

Why IU Med-Peds? IU was my first interview of the season, and quickly became the program I compared all others too. The residents are down-to-earth and are equally comfortable pulling out clinical pearls as kicking back and enjoying a drink at a local brewery or tearing up the soccer field. The size of the program inherently attracts people with diverse interests within Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, and IU has enough resources to facilitate all of our career goals. Plus, when life happens, multiple people step up to help each other out, which has been great in a new city!

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61938-Thomas, Emily

Emily E. Thomas, PhD, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 1
Rice University

Hometown: St. George, UT

Medical School: Vanderbilt University

Professional Interests: Medical Genetics

Hobbies: Reading, writing, doing puzzles, playing boardgames, and spending time with my husband

Why IU Med-Peds? IU offers diverse training opportunities and great mentorship opportunities as the largest med-peds program in the country. The five hospitals we work at are within a mile for each other, making commuting and living in Indianapolis easy. IU is supportive of diverse career goals and supports you wherever your Med-Peds training takes you.

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Alaina Turchi, MS, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 1
Drexel University College of Medicine

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Adolescent Medicine and Transitional Care

Hobbies: Sports have always been a big part of my life; I love watching and playing any sports I can. I played lacrosse in college at IU. I am a huge Philadelphia sports fan #gobirds. I binge watch a fair amount of reality TV, or at least have it on in the background while I'm reading a book.

Why IU Med-Peds? You really can't beat having such a strong faculty presence of Med-Peds doctors, whether you're on the medicine or pediatrics side. Both faculty and residents alike, are well integrated amongst their peers. I also think IU is unique because there are so many opportunities for research and advocacy that are well integrated into the curriculum. Additionally, we have the ability to work with faculty on projects even with busy resident schedules. It was an easy decision to stay at IU!

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Class of 2025 - PGY2

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Grace Arias, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 2
University Of Missouri-Kansas City School Of Medicine

Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Medical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Undecided, but excited to see all Med-Peds has to offer!

Hobbies: Running, cycling, hanging out with my co-residents and exploring Indianapolis

Why IU Med-Peds? I wanted a large program with strong Internal Medicine & Pediatrics components to learn the most I possibly can over the next 4 years! It was also important to me to have good camaraderie amongst residents and a family feel. So lucky to have found my place here at IU!

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Lauren M. Carpenter, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 2
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Hometown: Denver, CO

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Primary Care, Adolescent Medicine, Community Outreach

Hobbies: Trying new restaurants, yoga, skiing, hiking, beer tasting and reading

Why IU Med-Peds? Everyone was so welcoming on interview day and I got the sense that everybody was really close-knit and supportive of each other! We also have a leadership team that does an amazing job advocating for us as residents and encouraging us to find out own niche in the Med-Peds world!

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Gretchen Goble, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 2
State University Of New York Upstate Medical University

Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

Professional Interests: Advocacy, Refugee and Immigrant Health, Child Protective Services, Geriatrics

Hobbies: Musical theater and hiking

Why IU Med-Peds? Although large, IU is a very supportive program with every clinical and professional opportunity you could possibly want! There is also a strong Med-Peds presence on campus with encouraging faculty.

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Emily A. Hentz, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 2
Indiana University School of Medicine

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Primary Care, obesity medicine, and care for legally marginalized patients

Hobbies: Aerial silks & sling, cooking, baking, gardening and dancing

Why IU Med-Peds? I knew I wanted to be able to work at a continuity clinic with a bilingual Med-Peds provider, train in multiple settings (including abroad in a Spanish-speaking country), have opportunities to create my own electives, and be part of a large cohort. IU has all of this and more! It is also conveniently located in Indianapolis, which I've grown to love while living here for medical school.

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Cydney Nichols, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 2
New York Medical College

Hometown: Washington, D.C./Los Angeles Medical School: New York Medical College

Professional Interests: Heme/Onc (hoping to bridge the gap between pediatric and adult patients with leukemia/lymphomas)

Hobbies: Traveling and Hiking with my partner, and I am also an aspirational dog owner

Why IU Med-Peds? You can’t go wrong with Med-Peds, but I felt especially understood and advocated for in the interview process even before coming to IU. Connections were made so that I could speak with potential future mentors, and I felt my interviewers reflected my interests within Med-Peds. The program truly showed me that I would have the support system and opportunity to reach all of my goals. Also, you can never have too many fellow Med-Peds Residents and we have such a big presence across all of the hospitals. It’s nice having a friend and co-resident within reach at all times!

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Will Northquist, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 2
Indiana University School of Medicine

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Primary Care, Cardiology

Hobbies: Outdoor activities like hiking, camping and fishing, reading and exploring breweries

Why IU Med-Peds? I had the opportunity to work with the IU Med-Peds residents during medical school and they left a great impression on me. During recruitment I was searching for a program with a friendly culture that was committed to excellent patient care, education and teaching - I found it at IU!

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60259-Parulekar, Jaya

Jaya Parulekar, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 2
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Hometown: Woodridge, IL

Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Nephrology, transitional care, medical education, advocacy

Hobbies: Running/working out, checking out new restaurants/coffee shops/breweries, traveling and listening to music or podcasts

Why IU Med-Peds? I loved that the program was large and well-established, with exposure to a wide variety of patient populations and many opportunities for research (with the Morris Green Physician Scientist program) and advocacy (through established programs and being in the state capitol). I enjoyed my virtual interview day, and felt like I connected with all of my faculty interviewers and residents. Everyone was so genuine and enjoyed each other's company. I really felt like I would receive the support and mentorship I was looking for to achieve my academic and career goals in Med-Peds. Now that I'm here in Indianapolis, I couldn't be happier and feel very lucky to be surrounded by colleagues who are so welcoming, inspiring and always happy to get together! These truly are my people and I couldn't imagine a more ideal place to train for the next 4 years. Plus, I'm only 3 hours from Chicago if I ever got homesick!

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Lauren M. Saint, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 2
Indiana University School of Medicine

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Gastroenterology, medical education

Hobbies: Reading, yoga/pilates, hiking, college basketball and live music

Why IU Med-Peds? I was fortunate to be a student at IUSM and directly witness how special the Med-Peds program is here. I was impressed with all of the residents I had the opportunity to work with - they were kind, smart, hard-working and wonderful teachers and leaders. The Med-Peds presence on campus is impressive and I like that we are appreciated and welcomed. It is great working across multiple hospital systems and seeing Med-Peds residents, fellows and staff wherever I go! Lastly, I feel that I can explore whatever interest I have and pursue it well with IU Med-Peds, whether it be a combined specialty, research, global health, medical education or primary care. Ultimately, IU is where I thought I would be the most supported and where I could grow into the future physician I want to be!

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60260-Sharma, Hayley

Hayley Sharma, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 2
University of Minnesota Medical School

Hometown: Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

Professional Interests: Global health, disaster relief, medical education

Hobbies: trying new restaurants, learning languages, traveling, tennis/volleyball, buying houseplants

Why IU Med-Peds? IU is a powerhouse within the Med-Peds world. There is a strong Med-Peds presence on campus (read: lots of Med-Peds mentors and residents!) with equally strong Medicine and Pediatrics programs. The global health program through AMPATH is nationally-renowned. There's a good number of Spanish speakers (which is something I looked for) who live in Indy. Oh, and it's warmer than Minnesota! Overall, though, the residents are the best thing about IU: Everyone is so friendly and down to earth and always willing to help out or hang out!

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60261-Shofner, Charles

Charles Shofner, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 2
University of Louisville School of Medicine

Hometown: Lebanon, KY

Medical School: University of Louisville School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Global health, combined hospitalist

Hobbies: International travel, crime podcasts, exploring new restaurants, movies & board games

Why IU Med-Peds? I was drawn to IU for many reasons. I was impressed by the strong presence of Med-Peds at IU, offering a multi-layer support system. Everyday you get to work with Med-Peds co-residents and faculty who are intelligent, selfless and passionate. From a program standpoint, I was drawn because of the vision of global health centering on sustainable, capacity-building partnerships. Ultimately, as someone who couples matched, I feel IU has supported us remarkably along the way and Indianapolis has surprised us with its food, entertainment and Midwest hospitality.

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60262-Svorinic, Pamela

Pamela Svorinic, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 2
Albany Medical College of Union University

Hometown: Franklin, MA

Medical School: Albany Medical College

Professional Interests: Transitional care, combined Med-Peds hospitalist and primary care

Hobbies: Reading, Netflix, podcasts, music, singing, hanging out with my pup

Why IU: I love the large program size. There so many co-residents to hang out with, and with the large size comes plenty of resources and educational opportunities (not to mention it increases your chances of working on teams with fellow MP residents!). Another bonus is that Med-Peds is well known within IU so people understand what we do and appreciate our perspective. I was also impressed by the clinical training environment here. Not only do we have strong internal medicine and pediatrics programs to support us, but we also rotate at 5 different hospitals. This allows us to see diverse pathology while preparing us to function in a variety of settings. Most importantly, on my interview day I could tell how genuinely friendly, supportive, and down to earth everyone was. Now that I’m here I can definitely confirm that to be true! 

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Corinne R. Thornton, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 2
University Of Illinois College Of Medicine

Hometown: St. Charles, IL

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine - Chicago

Professional interests: Infectious diseases, maternal/child health, public health

Hobbies: Discovering new recipes, running outdoors, exploring Indianapolis and hanging out with my cat

Why IU Med-Peds? A big program means big opportunities and, more importantly, a big med-peds family! IU offered everything that I was looking for in a program- it's a residency at a public university where we rotate at multiple hospitals, including a large children's hospital, to serve diverse, vulnerable patient populations from across the state. My co-interns and the other residents are also unbelievably fun to work and hang out with. There's always a group activity happening to join in on to maintain a healthy social life during residency. I am excited for the next 4 years!

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Elliott D. Walther, MD, MS

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 2
Indiana University School of Medicine

Hometown: New Albany, IN

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Hospitalist, cardiology

Hobbies: Biking the Monon Trail, exploring new breweries, live music venues around the city

Why IU Med-Peds? I absolutely love the size of the Med-Peds classes here at IU. It's what I was looking for in a program, and the strength of the training the residents receive is incredible. The residents are well-supported on both sides and the program is very readily there to help us pursue whatever our career goals may be. I was looking for a program that would offer a very diverse and robust clinical experience by seeing a wide array of pathology. The camaraderie between the residents (and with their categorical counterparts) was very important to me in a program and I saw this as a medical student here. I'm happy to say that it's the same case for my class!

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Benjamin W. Weiner, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 2
Ohio State University College of Medicine

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

Medical School: The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Professional Interests: Combo of primary care & academic hospitalist, medical education

Hobbies: Cheering for Pittsburgh and Ohio State sports, golfing, discovering new restaurants and breweries, binge-watching Netflix

Why IU Med-Peds? I was initially drawn to the large program size and family-like atmosphere and camaraderie of IU Med-Peds, as it felt like a place where I could easily fit in yet also develop my own identity. Additionally, I felt like the program offered an equality strong training and balance in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics that would allow me to develop in primary care, general hospitalist medicine, and subspecialty care. It features a strong stand-alone children's hospital as well as multiple IM training sites and hospitals with a variety of strengths and cultures.

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Class of 2024 - PGY3

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Steven W. Clapp, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 3
Indiana University School of Medicine

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Professional Interest: Primary care, cardiology

Hobbies: Spending time with my family, hiking, and running

Why IU: I chose IU for many reasons. My wife and I are both from Indiana, so we knew we would have a strong support system throughout residency. I also have a strong interest in pediatric and adult congenital cardiology, and the faculty that I worked with during medical school were outstanding. 

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Connor N. Hannon, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 3
Indiana University School of Medicine

Hometown: Bloomington, IN

Undergrad: Indiana University - Bloomington

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine - Indianapolis

Professional Interests: Critical care, racial disparities, medical education

Hobbies: Playing disc golf with friends, competing in pub trivia, hiking around different lakes in the area, going to the local combined dog park/brewery with my co-residents’ dogs!

Why IU: I am so happy I matched at IU for several reasons. First, of course, is the people. The Med-Peds residents I met during medical school were genuine, hardworking, and kind. And that only became more obvious as I met more of them throughout interview season. Second, the diversity of clinical training sites was very important to me as I was looking at different programs. As IU Med-Peds residents, we rotate at several different hospitals including the VA, the county safety net hospital, and tertiary and quaternary referral centers. The catchment area of these hospitals is massive — the entire state of Indiana — so we have the opportunity to see and manage a wide variety of pathology. Lastly, Indianapolis is a fun place to live! It is a younger, growing city with plenty of fun things to do within the city, and plenty of nature to explore within just a short drive. I am so glad to be staying here at IU for residency!

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50214-Iyengar, Meera

Meera F. Iyengar, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 3
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Hometown: Houston, TX

Undergrad: University of Texas at Dallas

Medical School: UT Southwestern

Professional Interests: primary care with a slight interest in GI or endo, global health

Hobbies: cooking/baking (and eating everything), yoga, traveling, and hiking

Why IU: The sense of community, supportive environment, and mentorship. I clicked with the residents at my interview dinner, and knew I wanted to be a part of that community. I could tell the residents worked hard and received good training, but were also happy and supported by each other and the staff. IU has an extremely supportive environment, starting from the medical school all the way up to fellowship, and my rotations so far have only confirmed this. Additionally, because IU is such a large institution, it is able to support a diverse set of interests and set you up for success with the appropriate mentorship, which can be hard to find! From a city standpoint, I moved from a relatively big city, and Indianapolis was the perfect balance of big-city living and nature for me. I have been pleasantly surprised at the diversity of the city too. In short, it's a great program with great people in a great city.

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50215-Johnson, Sean

Sean C. Johnson, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 3
Brody School Of Medicine At East Carolina University

Hometown: Winston-Salem, NC

Undergrad: UNC at Chapel Hill

Medical School: Brody SOM at East Carolina University

Professional Interests: Critical care, cardiology, endocrinology, hospitalist

Hobbies: In my free time I enjoy hanging out with my better half, Emma, and our new pup Meeko! Also, I enjoy basketball whenever I get a chance and I recently picked up volleyball.

Why IU: There are multiple reasons why I chose IU. For one, the IU med-peds family has a great vibe (and when I say family, I am referring to residents, significant others, leadership, all of the above!). Second, I was incredibly impressed with not only the med-peds program, but also the categorical programs. Lastly, Indianapolis is a cool city with a strong foodie scene and a balance of big-city and outdoor activities for everyone. I have only been here a few months, but I have a blast on all of my off days and the city lends itself to be a relaxing place to live amidst our busy lives!

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50251-Makaroff, Katherine

Katherine M. Makaroff, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 3
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Hometown: Oxford, Ohio

Undergrad: Miami University

Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Professional Interests: Currently leaning towards combination of hospitalist and outpatient primary care.

Hobbies: Trying new restaurants and breweries with friends, cooking, various sports (soccer and flag football are my favorite)

Why IU: One of the first things that drew me to IU was the noticeably strong and independent Med-Peds identity the program has, as well as being supported by very strong medicine and pediatrics categorical programs. I knew that through the variety of hospitals and diverse patient population, I would be set up for success no matter what avenue of Med-Peds I chose to take after residency. Like I am sure many others have said as well though, the thing that sold me the most was the people. On my interview it was clear that the residents and their significant others were one big family, one of which I am so happy to be a part of now!

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50171-Mutke, Katie

Katie M. Mutke, MD, MS

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 3
University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Undergrad: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center

Professional Interests: Medical Education, Critical Care

Hobbies: SPORTS! Go Huskers!, trying new restaurants (Indianapolis has not disappointed), and running (so I can try all the new restaurants I want)

Why IU: I love how large the program is; it’s like one big happy family here. No matter what day of the week it is, if you are in need of some wellness and friends, there is always someone who is ready to hang out!

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50216-Parker, Connor

Connor P. Parker, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 3
University Of Iowa RJ & L Carver College Of Med

Hometown: Colfax, IA

Undergrad: University of Iowa

Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Professional Interests: Cardiology, Nephrology, Infectious Disease

Hobbies: Golfing, lifting weights, finding the best local BBQ

Why IU: Coming from a program that does not have med-peds, the culture and program presence at Indiana blew me away. You’ll find yourself working alongside med-peds faculty and residents on nearly every rotation, and our residency’s strength and reputation has made med-peds a way of life at IU. The opportunities here are endless, and no matter how broad or narrow your interests, there is someone to guide you along the way. I also think it goes without saying that the people make the program. The best part of my week is hanging out with my co-residents exploring Indy, catching up at noon conference, or just chillin’ out on call. Dr. Brady has created an environment that set the bar for my residency search. He is heavily invested not only in our training and education, but the overall well-being of each resident. Our residency program is truly special, and I couldn’t be more excited to spend my next 4 years at IU.

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50217-Partyka, Katie

Katie Partyka, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 3
Rush Medical College of Rush University

Hometown: Plainfield, IL

Undergrad: Benedictine University- Lisle, IL

Medical School: Rush Medical College

Professional Interests: Transitions of care, medical education

Hobbies: Indoor rock climbing/bouldering, trying new coffee shops, reading and watching movies

Why IU: I got along really well with all of the residents on interview day! I was looking for a larger program with a strong med peds presence. I’m interested in fellowship and a lot of the residents have gone on to do combined fellowships. Also, there is no traffic in Indy, which is life changing coming from Chicago.

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50222-Perry, Kelsey

Kelsey A. Perry, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 3
University of California, San Diego

Hometown: Danville, CA

Medical School: UC San Diego

Professional Interests: Medical education, allergy & immunology

Hobbies: Horseback riding, exploring Indianapolis, and I am on a never-ending quest to determine my favorite Peloton instructor

Why IU? I loved the people at IU! My conversations with all of the residents on interview day were fun and easy, and I could tell how much everyone loved IU and their co-residents. It was also really important to me to have an equally balanced program, with a standalone children's hospital + a wide variety of clinical sites and patient populations. The large Med-Peds presence & program is also a big plus (no one asks "What is Med-Peds?) -- and having 13 built-in BFFs is making the transition to residency much better!

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50223-Ramchandani, Juhi

Juhi Ramchandani, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 3
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA

Undergrad: Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA)

Medical School: Eastern Virginia Medical School (Norfolk, VA)

Professional Interests: Currently unsure. Leaning toward Cardiology, Heme/Onc, or dual hospitalist with a focus on underserved populations.

Hobbies: I'm a huge foodie and have tried over 12 new restaurants in my first 1.5 months here (hoping to try at least one new restaurant every 2 weeks)! Indianapolis offers multiple restaurant options for almost every cuisine, which is a huge perk (especially great for Riley hospitalist night shifts). I also love board games and exploring nature. There are some great trails not too far from the city, and the canal area in downtown Indianapolis is beautiful for a quick scenic walk after work or on days off.

Why IU: As cliche as it sounds, the main reason was the people - our residents seemed like some of the happiest residents I had met across my entire interview trail. One thing I remember the most was that my interview guides were also dressed in suits to help us feel like we blended in. I absolutely love my intern class and am so thankful every day that I matched here. Faculty are very interested in teaching and do a great job of balancing autonomy with support and guidance. Also, IU offers a little bit of everything - from global health opportunities, to research, and even opportunities to focus on academics/teaching through the Clinical Educator Track in addition to the normally embedded teaching opportunities in each rotation. It's a great place to go if you have interests in a little bit of everything and want to further explore your career options.

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50224-Schultz, Lauren

Lauren M. Schultz, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 3
Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

Hometown: Homer Glen, IL

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

Professional Interest: Undecided; possibly combined outpatient and/or inpatient; medical education

Hobbies: Exploring Indianapolis restaurants, classic cars, binging Netflix, group fitness classes

Why IU? For so many reasons, IU was the program I compared all others to while I was on the interview trail. It was evident the strong presence Med-Peds had at IU on my interview day, and it has become even more apparent in my first few months of residency. Not only is the program well-respected amongst categorical sides, but the integration is seamless. With such a large program, it is also easy to find a Med-Peds colleague anywhere you go. The diversity of educational opportunities that are present from the five hospitals we rotate at is incredible. Although I am currently undecided in what I want to pursue in the future, I am confident that I will be set up for success no matter what I end up choosing. Additionally, the people here are some of the brightest (yet modest) individuals I have had the pleasure to meet and work alongside. Everyone is dedicated, passionate and kind; it is true that we are one big family who looks out for one another and I am so happy to say that I am part of it.

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50225-Tepper, John

John W. Tepper, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 3
University of Ireland, Galway

Hometown: Lombard, IL

Undergrad: University of Michigan

Medical School: National University of Ireland, Galway

Professional Interest: Cardiology vs critical care vs hematology-oncology

Hobbies: Running, biking, traveling, watching The Great British Bake Off, and going on hikes with my fiancée.

Why IU: My favorite part about this program is the people. During my interview day it was clear to me that the residents are friends outside of the hospital and have a close relationship. Since I have begun my training at IU I have been welcomed into the Med-Peds family and now I look forward to working with my friends every day. The size of the program at IU is a benefit as we have our own identity but still seamlessly integrate with our categorical colleagues. Med-Peds also has a huge presence within the IU health system, which is an asset as there is a system in place to support residents with whatever their goal may be. Indianapolis is also a great town to live in with lots of running trails, it is very bike-friendly, and the nightlife scene has something for everyone. I wish you all the best this interview season and I hope that you find your perfect fit just like I did here at IU!

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50226-Warren, Kyle

Kyle F. Warren, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 3
University of Missouri, Columbia School of Medicine

Hometown: Farmington, MO

Medical School: University of Missouri

Professional Interests: Primary care, global health, academic medicine

Hobbies: Exploring local restaurants and microbreweries, boating and waterskiing, audiobooks, and smoking foods

Why IU? Looking at objective measures for Med-Peds programs, IU has many desirable qualities - HUGE Med-Peds presence, diverse training locations (urban county hospital, university hospital, private hospital, VA hospital, and a free-standing children's hospital!), and the ability to pursue just about any passion in medicine that one's heart could desire. What sold IU though, was the people (I know every program says this, so here is some evidence). During my interview, it was easy to see that IU Med-Peds is a group of intelligent, humble, fun, and - most importantly - kind humans. Since I have been here, that initial impression could not be more true. From the daily visits from upperclassmen (and our PD!) during our first week of residency, the eagerness of my Med-Peds superiors to take me under their wing in continuity clinic, to the clinical skills of the Med-Peds senior residents and attendings with whom I've already worked, my experiences have only reinforced that IU is a phenomenal place to train for Med-Peds.

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50227-Watty, Stephen

Stephen Watty, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 3
Paul L. Foster School Of Medicine Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso

Hometown: New York City

Medical School: Texas Tech University

Professional Interest: Health Disparities; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice; Medical Education

Hobbies: Spending time with my wife and daughter, listening to music and audio engineering, board games and video games

Why IU? I chose IU Med-Peds for a number of reasons. Firstly, coming from a medical school without a Med-Peds program, I was blown away by how strong of a presence Med-Peds has within the community here. The diversity of the patient population was also a very strong draw for me. As someone who had never lived in Indiana before, I was surprised just how multi-cultural of a city Indianapolis is and getting to treat patients from a variety of different backgrounds has been incredibly fulfilling! What's more, the wide array of clinical environments we get to work in and the large catchment area that our hospitals cover offers unparalleled clinical diversity as well. Coming to IU, I knew I would get exceptional training regardless of what type of career I wanted to pursue and that I would be able to do so in a city, community, and program that provided the best opportunities and support for me and my family.

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27233-Bosma, Christopher

Christopher B. Bosma, MPH, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 4
Fairbanks School of Public Health

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Undergrad: Purdue University

Medical School: IU School of Medicine

Hobbies: Exploring the restaurant scene in Indianapolis and watching British crime dramas

Why IU: I spent my summers during undergrad in Chambrun, Haiti, which inspired an interest in global health and healthcare for underserved populations.  I went through the MD/MPH program at IU School of Medicine and was impressed by the quality of the Med-Peds program and its residents, as well as the incredible global health opportunities available through IU. These factors made the IU Med-Peds program a perfect fit for my residency training, and I look forward to the next four years! 

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41012-Cooke, Alyssa

Alyssa Cooke, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 4
Indiana University School of Medicine

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Undergrad: Purdue University

Medical School: IU School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Combined Primary Care + Hospitalist

Hobbies: Pilates, hiking, spending time with friends, spending time with Bear (my German Shepard puppy)

Resident Reflection: The med-peds presence here at IU is remarkable. Every step of the way, I found a med-peds attending performing each of the career options I had considered, including combined subspecialties and hospitalist. These connections helped me figure out what I wanted to do with my career while I was very much undecided. I also have felt incredibly supported here at IU - both by our program leadership and my incredible co-residents.

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44070-Desai, Roshani

Roshani R. Desai, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 4
University Of Missouri-Kansas City School Of Medicine

Hometown: Carol Stream, IL

Undergrad: University of Missouri – Kansas City

Medical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City

Hobbies: eating food, writing about food, watching food shows, and of course, spending time with my friends and family

Why IU: I was drawn to IU Med-Peds because the large program size, strong presence in the community, variety of training sites, and diverse patient population make it the full package. IU Med-Peds facilitates my professional growth by allowing me to learn from the best of the best; however, it also supports my personal growth, as it has connected me with co-interns who already feel like family. I am a proud new Hoosier and beyond grateful to be here. I wish you all the best this interview season and hope you find your perfect fit program like I did. 

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44072-Emerson, Alexander

Alexander G. Emerson, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 4
University of Louisville School of Medicine

Hometown: Ft. Wright, Kentucky

Undergrad: University of Kentucky

Medical School: University of Louisville

Professional Interests: Allergy & Immunology

Hobbies: Spending time with my wife and our pups, going camping and taking hikes, reading as much as I can, and playing games of all kinds

Residency Reflection: IU Med/Peds has ample resources to provide us with opportunities to explore multiple career paths, which helped guide me in my career goal of becoming an allergist. Our program is large enough that we often find ourselves crossing paths with multiple Med/Peds residents, in addition to allowing us to be seamlessly integrated with our categorical counterparts. We have multiple attendings on campus that are Med/Peds trained to help educate us on evidence-based medicine. I feel confident that my time here at IU has made me a better physician and prepared me for a successful career in both academia or private practice.

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44071-George, Alex

Alex George, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 4
University of Louisville School of Medicine

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Undergrad: University of Notre Dame

Medical School: University of Louisville

Hobbies: sports (especially college football and basketball), running, trying new restaurants and breweries with my fiancée (tons of new ones in Indy since we are new to the area), hanging with our dog, and playing video games (mainly sports and Mario games)

Why IU: There were many aspects of IU that attracted me to the program, but the one that immediately caught my attention during my interview was the close relationships of all the residents. Even with the size of the program, it was readily apparent that all the residents were close both in their respective classes and in the program as a whole. I also cannot say enough about the program leadership and staff! Dr. Brady and company are all amazing and actively support the residents in every way. Other aspects I have enjoyed since starting my intern year are the collaboration between attendings and residents and the interactions between Med-Peds residents and our categorical colleagues. Feel free to reach out if you have questions about the IU program, moving to Indianapolis, or anything else!

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44073-Johnson, Morgan

Morgan B. Johnson, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 4
University Of Nebraska Medical Center College Of Dentistry

Hometown: Kansas City, MO

Undergrad: University of Iowa

Medical School: University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Hobbies: sports, my pup named Oliver, board games, paddle boarding (yes there's water in the Midwest) and gardening

Why IU: The IU Med-Peds program is the full package, giving you great training in both peds and medicine, in a city that has everything you could want (yay sports), and surrounds you with people to enjoy the ride with.  I couldn't think of a place I would want to be more!

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40714-Kamath, Aneesha

Aneesha Kamath, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 4
Indiana University School of Medicine

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Undergrad: Indiana University - Bloomington

Medical School: IU School of Medicine

Hobbies: spending time with pets, travel

Why IU: As a student here, I had the good fortune of working with many Med-Peds residents and staff on several rotations, and I loved seeing how flawlessly integrated they appeared on both sides. I also loved rotating through multiple hospital systems - not only do we get exposure to a variety of cultures of medicine but also a diverse patient population from across the state.  Furthermore, as an intern, it has been amazing to feel so welcomed into a supportive and kind group. I wish you the best in finding your ideal match like IU has been for me!

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41223-Krause, Katie

Katie Krause, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 4
Indiana University School of Medicine

Hometown: West Lafayette, IN

Undergrad: Northwestern University

Medical School: IU School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Hobbies: playing the flute, cooking

Resident Reflection: I feel fortunate to have trained in an institution that is so welcoming to Med-Peds residents and understands the value of our dual training. As I'm interviewing for fellowship, I'm also realizing what unique opportunities I had here at IU, such as the Clinician Educator Training Pathway. Of course, I can't forget the amazing co-residents I had, who have encouraged me every step of the way.

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44074-Needleman, Joseph

Joseph S. Needleman, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 4
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Hometown: Boston, MA

Undergrad: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Medical School: Penn State College of Medicine

Professional Interests: I am interested in a career in pediatric cardiology that includes clinical practice, research, and medical education

Hobbies: hiking, biking, cooking/baking/brewing, gardening, sharing good music, and hanging out with my wife and friends

Residency Reflection: The recognition and integration of Med-Peds residents into the IU community has been an incredible boost to my growth as a physician and my dream to become a pediatric cardiologist. Beyond the excellent categorical training I’ve received, countless faculty have sought to highlight how my clinical experiences can translate to the care of patients of all ages. I am overjoyed to be a part of this program, and confident that IU has guided me to become the physician I want to be.

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44075-Rourke, Libby

Libby Rourke, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 4
University Of Missouri-Columbia School Of Medicine

Hometown: Springfield, MO

Undergrad: University of Missouri

Medical School: University of Missouri

Professional Interests: Combined Primary Care + Peds Hospitalist

Hobbies: hanging out with co-residents!

Resident Reflection: Being the largest and one of the oldest Med-Peds programs in the country is such an advantage for our residents - the opportunities for mentorship and professional support within the Med-Peds community here is amazing, and I have sincerely enjoyed my training at IU. In addition to the excellent training, it is such a positive in having the largest Med-Peds program; we’re like a big family, and there is always someone available and willing to hang out or explore the city!

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44076-Shah, Ishani

Ishani M. Shah, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 4
Oakland University William Beaumont School Of Medicine

Hometown: Canton, MI

Undergrad: University of Michigan

Medical School: Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine

Hobbies: dance, cooking & baking, exploring all the foodie places in the city, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with my amazing co–interns/residents

Why IU: I was drawn to the residency program at IU because along with the large Med-Peds presence on campus amongst two strong categorical programs, the people were wonderful. I felt so comfortable talking to everyone that I met on interview day! The residents were an incredibly fun and cohesive group of people, and I haven't been disappointed! From our super supportive Program Director to my fabulous co-residents, I feel like I have found my family here. I'm very grateful to be a part of the IU Med-Peds family, and I hope you're able to get a sense of what it’s all about when you visit us! 

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44121-Sim, Don

Don Sim, MD, MPH

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 4
Northeast Ohio Medical University

Hometown: Chuncheon, South Korea

Undergrad: Cornell University

Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University

Hobbies: avid basketball fan

Why IU: Like most people, I was drawn to IU because of the strong Med-Peds presence; it’s hard NOT to see a Med-Peds resident or faculty member around campus! Additionally, not only is the training top-notch, but the quality of research being done (particularly in pediatrics) on campus really distinguishes IU from other programs. I couldn’t see myself anywhere else for residency and am truly proud to be a part of the IU Med-Peds family.

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44061-Snyder, Benjamin

Benjamin M. Snyder, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 4
University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate: Liberty University

Medical School: University of South Caroline School of Medicine (Greenville, SC)

Professional Interests: Adult Oncology - focus on adolescent and young adult oncology and solid tumor

Hobbies: Cincinnati sports, exploring new places

Resident Reflection: In the course of 3+ years now at IU, I have come to appreciate the things that drew me here even more: people, culture, and opportunity. IU is an excellent academic center with a thoughtful midwestern culture. I felt welcomed when I interviewed here and have felt a part of the community from the very beginning. The size of the Med/Peds program and the culture at IU leading many to stay on as faculty after graduation or even for fellowship has created an environment where there is always another Med/Peds person around. The culture prioritizes mentoring and education and has helped me as I have explored career interests and sought out research. The fact that so many stay after training speaks volumes to the quality of the system and the work environment here. I will be forever grateful for the relationships formed with classmates and the way we were able to support one another through training during the height of a pandemic. IU is a wonderful place with wonderful people, and I would absolutely choose it again.

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44122-Welch, Courtney

Courtney A. Welch, MD

Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, PGY 4
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School Of Medicine

Hometown: Waco, TX

Undergrad: Texas A&M University

Medical School: Texas Tech University School of Medicine

Professional Interests: Currently applying to Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, interested in research regarding the intersection of Global Health and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and transitional Pulmonary Medicine

Hobbies: spending time with friends, hiking/paddle-boarding, yoga

Resident Reflection: Both my move to Indianapolis (exactly 1,004 miles from home) and my choice in Med-Peds at IU could not have been more perfect. When I visited, I could tell that this was a place where everyone in the program was invested in helping residents meet their unique goals. Med-Peds is a wide field of opportunities, and as one of the oldest and largest programs in the nation, IU has the privilege of putting their residents on almost every path imaginable. I felt like here I could receive strong, well-balanced training in many areas without sacrificing the special interests that brought me to this field in the first place. I have participated in the Residency Track in Global Health where I learned about healthcare delivery in international settings, and I got to apply this knowledge while training in Eldoret, Kenya for two months during residency. This was a defining experience for my future career plans and one that was uniquely offered by IU. Because of my interest in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine, I have also been able to participate in rigorous research training in Critical Care Medicine focused on delirium and ICU survivorship. With the help of my mentor and IU's P/CCM department, I was able to present research at the American Thoracic Society International Conference. After 3+ years of training, I feel confident in my skills as an Internist and Pediatrician, researcher, and global health physician and prepared to face the next stage of my career. I truly hope each applicant is able to find a residency program that can meet all their needs just as IU was able to do for me!

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