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 THIRD YEARS

Breitnauer, Nicholas 31.jpgNicholas Breitnauer

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine 

 

About Nick: Nick is from the rural western slopes of Colorado. He grew up on the ski slopes in the winter and floating rivers in the summer. Being a Colorado "lifer," both undergraduate and medical school were completed through the University of Colorado. Not desiring to move from this beautiful state, he sensed a great opportunity to be one of the first four pioneers of a Med/Peds residency.  

Spare time is spent in the mountains, with his family or with his better half. Preferably all three at the same time!

 

Hasson, Denise 32.jpgDenise Hasson

Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

About Denise: Denise grew up in the suburbs of LA, warm and content, so when it came time to choosing a college, she thought she'd try her luck as far from SoCal as possible, in wintery Hanover, NH. Denise majored in Human Biology, was in a sorority, studied abroad in Rome, and played softball and water polo for Dartmouth. After 4 very cold winters and a much greater appreciation for the sun, she returned to LA for medical school. At the Keck School of Medicine at USC, she worked in a neurosurgery lab and attended as many football tailgates as possible. She soon realized surgery was not for her, and fell in love with hospital medicine, and especially with complex disease processes. She is especially enamored by metabolic genetics, and may pursue this fellowship come the end of residency training.   

Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine? 

University of Colorado SOM provided the perfect combination of stellar location, fun and active people, with exceptional medicine and pediatric programs. I love getting to work in a large academic tertiary children's hospital one month and a public county-style hospital the next. Denver is an incredible place to live; the city is young and vibrant, and outdoor activities are just steps away. There is a brewery and a park on every other block it seems. But the best thing about this program are its people, hands down. 

 

Kamins, Rebecca 33.jpgRebecca Kamins

Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

About Rebecca:  Rebecca grew up in Connecticut, headed north to Maine for undergrad at Colby College and then started her westward adventure with a stop in Chicago for medical school. She loves to travel and explore new places and cultures, which is what inspired her to take time between her third and fourth years of medical school to work at a clinic in rural Bolivia. She really interested in Global Health and can't wait to take advantage of some of the many connections that CU has around the world. When not jet-setting, she loves cooking, baking, swimming, dancing and most importantly, exploring Denver and Colorado by bicycle and by foot with her awesome co-interns! 

Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine?  

Besides the fact that Colorado is located in the only time zone I have yet to call home, I chose CU because of the strength of the categorical programs and the general enthusiasm for the start of Med-Peds here. I am also very impressed by the level of medicine practiced and the great people that we work with. Not to mention, the 300 days of sunshine, the great city of Denver, and the general enthusiasm for taking advantage of Colorado's natural beauty are not to be rivaled!

  

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

About Aaron: Aaron grew up in a small Eastern North Carolina town ("I’m willing to bet my small town is smaller than your small town"), and then attended UNC-Chapel Hill for both Undergrad and Med School.  After eight years at Carolina, he finally decided it was time to leave Tar Heel country and headed out to Colorado with his wife, Hadley.  During his free time, he can be found spending time with his wife and colleagues at one of Denver’s many great spots to grab a beer, playing any and all sports, hiking ("the mountains around here are a little bigger than the Appalachians I’m used to") or rooting on the Heels. 

 

Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine?

My career interests include hospitalist medicine, primary care, and pretty much everything else as I’m still very much undecided.  So, during the match process, I wanted to find a program that would provide superb all around training and opportunities for great subspecialist training should I chose to go in that direction.  CU definitely fits that bill, as there are top subspecialists in any field you could name on both the Medicine and Pediatrics sides, as well as incredible hospitalists and primary care docs who are passionate about teaching.  It’s also tough to beat everything living in Denver has to offer: great sports teams, skiing/snowboarding, hiking, great music venues, great food, 300+ days of sunshine a year…it’s pretty much got it all.

While coming to a brand new program was a little intimidating, I couldn’t be more thrilled with how everything has gone so far, and am very happy to call Colorado home for the next four years.​​

  

SECOND YEARS

Eleanor Floyd

Rush Medical College of Rush University

About Eleanor:
 
Eleanor grew up in California and did her undergrad at UC Santa Barbara, where she mostly studied on the beach. After college she spent three years working at a cardiology practice, doing paperwork and managing an anticoagulation clinic. Eventually she got tired of the beach and wandered east to Rush Medical College in Chicago. While at Rush she kept busy running a school vegetable garden, learning to sew, and working for a Silicon Valley startup. She had a great time in Chicago but was excited to be somewhere with better weather for residency. Stereotypically Med-Peds, Eleanor loves everything and still doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up. Over the next four years she plans to decide what to do with her life, play in the mountains, and figure out how to grow vegetables on a north-facing balcony.
 
Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine: 
CU has everything I wanted in a residency: two equally strong categorical programs, a wide variety of training sites, a dedicated Med-Peds clinic, and (most importantly) awesome people. I wasn't sure I wanted to join a new program, but when I interviewed it was obvious the faculty had done a stellar job of preparing before the first class arrived. Now that I'm here I can confirm that it's been smooth sailing! In addition to great categorical programs, the community of Med-Peds physicians here is friendly and welcoming, and I'm thrilled to be part of expanding it.

 

Jeffrey Graham

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine​

About Jeff:
Jeff hails from a small little beach town called Cape May, New Jersey. Around the age of six he was transplanted to an even smaller, non-beach town called Williamsburg, Virginia and was raised as most Williamsburg children were—on golf and revolutionary war reenacting. In an attempt to find some excitement during his teenage years he signed up to volunteer for the local fire department. Here Jeff discovered his passion for service to others. After finishing up an EMT class he knew, without a doubt in his mind, that he had to go to medical school. He packed his revolutionary war satchels and moved to Richmond, Virginia for college and subsequently medical school. At some point he was destined to be a pediatric surgeon but his mind quickly changed during third year rotations. There were a handful of residents that stood out to him as the most intelligent, compassionate and oddly good-looking physicians in the hospital. After asking around he learned that these docs were med-peds trained and he knew he needed to learn from these people. He’s still humbled each and every day to work alongside these amazing doctors and now to be able to call them his colleagues.
Jeff is planning on pursuing a combined fellowship in infectious disease, specializing in HIV and global health. He enjoys spending his time camping, hiking, cycling, reading and playing guitar.

 
Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine:
The outdoors have always fascinated me and the possibilities of new experiences and beautiful, untouched land is truly endless in this area of the country. When I learned about the program it was clear to me that it would be near the top of my list solely based on location. After interviewing, however, I quickly realized that there was something special going on here. The faculty and residents were some of the most passionate people I had met on the interview trail. And although the idea of a new program was somewhat scary, my fears were quickly replaced by the prospect of helping shape this already amazing program into something truly unique.

Mark Kissler

Baylor College of Medicine

About Mark:

Mark grew up in Castle Rock, Colorado and attended college at CU Boulder, earning a BS in Chemical Engineering. From there, he moved to New York and completed a Master’s degree in Narrative Medicine. He went to medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. His interests are in medical humanities, fiction writing, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with his beautiful wife and (soon to be two) daughter(s).

 

Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine:

I picked CU for my residency because I was excited to help build a strong young Med-Peds program, to take advantage of all of the incredible academic resources here in Denver, and to come home to Colorado.

 

​Jonathan Schultz

University of Iowa Roy and Lucille Carver College

About Jonathan: 
Jonathan was born and raised in the great state of Iowa. He completed his undergrad at Iowa State University in Chemical Engineering, however not wanting to work in a chemical factory, he did the opposite and he joined the Peace Corps. He served in Burkina Faso where he lived in a mud hut in a remote rural village teaching math and science in French at a middle school on the edge of the Sahara desert. There he became interested in infectious diseases and healthcare in low resource countries. After completing Peace Corps, he travelled around West Africa and then ended up in Atlanta where he obtained a MPH from Emory University focusing in Global Epidemiology. He then worked with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) STOP Polio Program in Senegal. He returned to his roots to complete medical school at the University of Iowa. His career goals are to continue to work in global health and infectious diseases, so Med-Peds was a perfect fit!
 
Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine:  
Both categorical programs are top notch! The faculty and fellow residents have a work hard / play hard mentality. The location is ideal; awesome weather and abundance of outdoor activities are hard to beat. Denver is also a great place to raise a family. He enjoys spending time with his wife (who he met in the Peace Corps) and daughter by going camping, hiking, running, biking, skiing or enjoying one of the many excellent brew pubs in the Denver area.

 

FIRST YEAR

douglas.jpgClaudia Douglas

The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina
 
About Claudia:  

Claudia is from the suburbs of Charlotte, NC (Go Panthers!). She joined the Army after high school and was stationed in Europe, which allowed her to travel to many countries and explore different cultures. After her time in the military, she attended UNC-Charlotte, where she majored in Accounting. After working in the business sector for several years, Claudia found her true calling in medicine and returned to UNC- Charlotte for the necessary medical school pre-requisites. She attended medical School at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina. There, she was involved in many activities and organizations including the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship where she taught reproductive health and inter-partner violence prevention to teen males in a local juvenile detention center. Her career goals include adolescent/young adult medicine, LGBT healthcare, addressing disparities in healthcare, and women’s health. 

 
Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine?
I was blown away by my interview day. The categorical programs are top-notch, and being a part of a new med-peds program gives me the opportunity to be an integral part of shaping the future of the program. The leadership here is fantastic and my co-residents are down to earth, fun, and really, really smart! Colorado is amazing; on my days off, you will find me hiking with my dog Charli, biking, snowboarding, exploring new breweries, watching sports of any kind, or taking in the local cuisine. 

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University of Texas Southwestern Medical School  
 
About Carolina:
Carolina is a native of Peru (not Lima or Machu Picchu). She moved to Texas at the young age of 11, and that was home for undergrad (Texas Woman's University) and medical school (UT Southwestern). She decided it was finally time for an adventure when it came time to choose her residency and chose the mountains for her next stop. She really enjoys working with underserved populations (in particular the Hispanic patient population). She worked closely with the student run free clinics during medical school, and was also involved with the office of global health at UT Southwestern. During medical school, she was able to work in hospitals in India and Peru, and a clinic in Ecuador. She loves exploring and being outdoors, but her favorite way to spend time is with family and friends. She is really excited to start this new chapter, and is looking forward to everything Colorado has to offer.
 
Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine? 
I believe the strength and quality of both the medicine and pediatric programs in Denver speak for themselves. I was also definitely looking for a change of scenery when I left Dallas, and the mountains were at the top of the list for my husband and me. One of the most appealing aspects of this program was the opportunity to work with the underserved Hispanic population at Denver Health. I'm excited about joining this amazing group of people, and getting to shape the future of this program.  

newton.jpgTimothy Newton

University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine  
 
About Tim:
Tim grew up in Anchorage, Alaska and had the incredible opportunity to explore “the great land” throughout his childhood. He then went to Westmont College in Santa Barbara, where he studied Cellular & Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, and Spanish. He met his wife on a 12-day backpacking trip through the High Sierra of northern California — there is no better place to forge life long friendships than in the mountains! After for working for two years as a research assistant in drug development for breast and colon cancer, Tim headed to medical school at CU, where he pursued a variety of basic science and clinical research interests. He became interested in Med-Peds because loved the idea of managing complex diseases among all ages, and when he was able to work with the residents and faculty in Med-Peds at CU, it sealed the deal. Tim spends his free time with his family, brewing beer, biking, backpacking, playing guitar, and trying any kind of new food!

  

Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine?

I chose CU because of the strength of the categorical programs, the quality of the combined med/peds clinic, and — most of all — my interactions with the Med-Peds faculty and residents. I was so impressed by their talent and motivation, and they also happened to be some of the most genuine and friendly people I encountered in medical school. Additionally I am interested in academic medicine, and I wanted to be at a place that would provide robust opportunities in research and medical education. Not to mention being close to the mountains, rivers, and nearly 200 breweries of Colorado! 

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Baylor College of Medicine
 
About Diana: 
Diana grew up in the Pacific Northwest, Northern California, and Texas before high-tailing it eastward to Vassar College, where she majored in psychology (and minored in cross-country running). After college she spent a year in Nepal helping rural farmers access medical care in Kathmandu (she speaks fluent Nepali) before doing her post-bac at Tufts, in Boston. In medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, she learned how to throw pottery on a wheel, taught Bhutanese refugees how to navigate the healthcare system, and became a Schweitzer Fellow, teaching self-defense to Houston-area homeless women. After completing her residency, she might pursue her interest in rural/global health, do more work in public health, or work in transitional ID. She is an avid runner; on her days off, you can find her hanging out on a mountaintop, walking her foster pup, or enjoying a cold microbrew in the sun on her back porch! 

 

Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine?
Apart from the opportunity to be outside in a beautiful place year-round (a top priority for me), it had all the makings of a great Med-Peds program: two robust categorical programs, a diverse patient mix at multiple training sites (a county hospital, academic teaching hospital, top-notch children’s hospital, and a VA), an exciting new Med-Peds clinic site that serves a diverse and underserved community in Southwest Denver, and amazing (read: smart, fun, passionate, kind) MP co-residents! And, I was particularly excited by the prospect of helping grow and build a new MP program. Most importantly, though, it just felt like a good fit!