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Sarah Ackah, MPH, MD

St. George's University

Lauren A. Ray, MD

University of Louisville School of Medicine

Rita Saroufim, MD

Pediatrics, PGY 1
American University of Beirut

Ala Ustyol, MD

Erciyes University

Fellow Life

Fellows’ favorite places and activities

Indianapolis Children's Museum
Indianapolis Zoo
Conner Prairie
Visiting local breweries and wineries
Kayaking on Eagle Creek Reservoir
Biking paved trails
So many festivals!
Colts, Pacers, and Indians games
Going out to restaurants downtown and in Broad Ripple
Indianapolis Museum of Art/Newfields
Hiking in local parks (Holiday park, Eagle Creek, Avon park)
Indiana State Fair
Indiana Comic Con
Fall activities: Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, apple picking
Snow tubing in the winter



Erica Eugster leads Riley Tuesday morning yogaYoga is offered every Tuesday from 8:30-9:45 which allows you to get to the 10 AM Division meeting just in time! Class is taught by Erica Eugster, MD, who is a certified yoga teacher. It is a modified Ashtanga Primary Series open to all levels. The same poses are performed in the same order every week, allowing you to deepen, refine and discover the many layers of this scientifically based ancient practice. While being physically vigorous and generating internal heat, yoga also emphasizes breathing and a balance of strength and flexibility that leaves you incredibly energized and profoundly relaxed. The benefits of yoga go far beyond the physical experience, however. You will quickly discover that your entire day is more peaceful and more productive when it begins with yoga! This is a fantastic opportunity for you to engage in stress management and wellness right here at Riley during your fellowship.


Community Involvement

American Diabetes Association camp
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walks
La Plaza, an organization preparing Latino students for educational success and connecting Latino families to health and social services
Indy Urban Acres, an organic farm used to empower and educate people by providing equitable access to free, high quality produce


Life in Indianapolis

Endocrinology fellowship get togetherRanked nationally for its livability, Indianapolis is a fantastic city to explore and enjoy, and its remarkably low cost of living offers our fellows and their families endless opportunities to do just that. Foodies and craft beer connoisseurs find themselves overwhelmed with thriving restaurant and craft beer scenes. Sports fanatics can experience the largest single-day sporting event in the world at the Indy 500 or take in the atmosphere while cheering on any one of many our professional sports teams, from the Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers, to Indy Eleven soccer games, minor league baseball and hockey games. When it comes to music, Indy draws everything from national headliners to local indie acts. The city also offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation, from enjoying any of our many running and biking trails to kayaking at Eagle Creek Park to making the short trip to nearby Brown County to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The options for family fun include visiting the largest children’s museum in the world to enjoying a walk on Indy’s beautiful cultural trail or exploring any one of the city’s beautiful parks. Learn more on Visit Indy



Endocrinology fellows in office group photo

We prioritize the health and wellness of our fellows. IU School of Medicine has one of the best mental health services department among medical schools and offers unlimited, free counseling services for all trainees.  There are many options available, including in-person visits, telemedicine, group counseling, and evening hours, and couples counseling. All IU School of Medicine medical and graduate students, residents and fellows can access confidential and free of charge personal counseling and treatment.

  • All individuals are treated with respect regardless of age, color, counseling concern, ethnicity, gender, marital/parental status, national origin, race, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation or veteran status.
  • Mental health services are a confidential resource in accordance with state laws and ethical guidelines.
  • Medical records are maintained in an EMR that is separate from hospital and clinic EMRs and cannot be accessed by faculty, staff, administrators, or medical trainees. A release of information is required for sharing of health information.

Please visit the Department of Mental Health Services website to find out more about what we have to offer.