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​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 is a Colorado native who grew up outside of Denver and attended CU Boulder, earning a degree in Chemical Engineering. He went on to complete a Master's degree in Narrative Medicine at Columbia, and brings his passion for medical humanities to bear on his clinical work and curriculum development. He attended medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. 

Mark lives with his wife and three kids, and loves living in Denver, writing, building things, and working the small-time (very small-time) "farm" in their backyard. 

Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine:

I picked CU because I was excited to help build a leading Med-Peds program and was (and continue to be) deeply impressed with the residents and faculty here at Colorado. We have great people. Colorado is a fantastic place to live and train, full of opportunities for leadership and innovation.

​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.


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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 was born in Peru, and lived there until she was 11 years old. She then moved to Texas with her family, and established a new home in America. She graduated from Texas Woman's University, and then went to UT Southwestern for medical school. Residency was finally the time to leave Texas, and she chose the mountains for the next chapter of her life. 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 being outdoors, finding new places to explore, and spending time is with family and friends. She is really excited to be a part of the amazing team that is Colorado Med-Peds.  

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 looking for a change of scenery when I left Dallas, and the mountains were quite understandably at the top of the list. One of the most appealing aspects of this program is 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.

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University of Colorado 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 and yogi; on her days off, you can find her hanging out on a mountaintop with fiancé Max, playing fetch with her pup Lola, 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!


Bilaal Ahmed

Pennsylvania State College of Medicine
About Bilaal: 
Bilaal grew up in the Bay Area of Northern California. He attended UC Berkeley for undergrad where he majored in public health with a concentration in infectious diseases.  He continued pursuing his public health education earning an MPH in Epidemiology and International Health from Boston University after which he worked on international HIV/AIDS programs based out of Washington, DC.  After a couple years in DC and a good amount of international work travel he wanted to do more hands-on clinical work and decided it was time to go to medical school. 

Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine?
Bilaal loves Med-Peds because it creates a large skillset allowing physicians to treat people of all ages with complex medical issues which will be invaluable for his international health ambitions. He’s also loved the Med-Peds faculty and residents wherever he’s been and hopes their knowledge rubs off on him. He looks forward to providing primary care to underserved populations in the US as part of the National Health Service Corps. In the long-term, he hopes to do international global health advocacy based on public health research, while continuing to provide clinical care.  

He enjoys traveling, reading, playing most sports, snowboarding, and adding more countries to the list of places he’s been.


Amy Beeson

University of Colorado School of Medicine

About Amy:
Amy claims the southwest (western Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico) as home. As an undergraduate at Harvard College, she sang in choir, majored in Social Studies, and wrote a thesis about Peruvian political parties. She then moved to Lima, where she worked for Partners in Health before returning home to Colorado for medical school. During medical school, she spent a year as a Doris Duke International Clinical Research Fellow in rural Tugela Ferry, South Africa.

When not in the hospital, Amy can be found in Rocky Mountain National Park, roasting local vegetables with her awesome housemates, or reading novels about faraway places.

After residency, Amy hopes to work to improve patient-centered healthcare delivery for communities affected by HIV and tuberculosis.

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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

About Jessica:
Jessica grew up in a small town in northwest NC before fulfilling her dream of becoming a Tarheel and completing undergrad and medical school at UNC-Chapel Hill. Because of her rural background, she has a specific interest in under-served populations and spent time in medical school working at a mobile clinic in a refugee community. In addition to learning medicine and cheering on the Heels in Chapel Hill, she worked in an immunology lab and spent many weekends in the NC mountains. After finally experiencing a national championship on Franklin Street, it was time to experience something new so she moved to the land of rockier mountains with her husband, Joe. In her free time, you can find her running through a local park, hiking or climbing with her husband, or enjoying one of the many awesome restaurants in Denver. Hopefully soon you will find her doing all three with a new pup! 

Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine?
This place has it all - strong categorical programs, excellent leadership, awesome residents, outstanding continuity clinic, and unbeatable location. The diversity of training sites, including a county hospital system, the VA, and tertiary care centers, allows for the depth and breadth of training I desire. Given my relatively undecided career interests, I was confident that I could experience all aspects of medicine and pediatrics here and mold my career under mentors in pretty much any field imaginable.

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University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

About Jennifer: 
Jennifer was born in Montreal, Canada, but moved to Tampa, Florida at the age of 6. After high school, she decided to stay in Tampa, where she completed the seven year accelerated BS/MD program at the University of South Florida (Go Bulls!). During that time, she did research in organic chemistry and developed an interest in medical education. She would like to be an academic combined medicine-pediatric hospitalist. Jennifer is a self-described nerd who loves Harry Potter and comic books. She enjoys boardgames, movies, and reading fiction.

Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine?
I feel really lucky to have been matched a residency program that not only has nurturing and brilliant faculty members but also co-residents who genuinely care about each other and motivate me to be a better physician/human being everyday. 
In addition, the Southwest Med-Peds clinic was one of the most well-designed clinics that I visited on the interview trail, and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to work with such a diverse population, ranging from veterans to refugees. After living most of my life in Florida, I knew I was ready for something new, and I loved the vibe that I got when I visited Denver. The city was big enough without being overwhelming, multicultural without losing its unique identity, and forward-thinking without forgetting the value of nature, not to mention simply downright friendly. It had all the perks of Florida sunshine without the humidity or the summer downpours! 

I am looking forward to experiencing four seasons and exploring the mountains... and the good restaurants!


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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

About Rob: 
Rob grew up in Nashville, TN before moving to Chapel Hill, NC to attend both college and medical school at UNC. Prior to medical school, he spent a year working with maternal and child health programs in Haiti. During medical school, he spent time doing HIV research in Malawi, visiting homes of frequently hospitalized patients in Chapel Hill, and took extra time to get a MPH at UNC (and see another Tarheel National Championship). He is interested in practicing medicine, pediatrics, and public health in low resource settings both domestically and internationally. Outside of work, he loves fly fishing, trail running, biking, and playing just about any sport.  

Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine?
I was looking for a program with diversity in training opportunities, focus on caring for the underserved, and opportunity to work with both local and global public health programs; UC absolutely fits that mold. Being relatively undecided in terms of career interest, the ability to work in a county hospital, university hospital, VA, phenomenal children’s hospital, and outpatient clinic with a large underserved population seemed just about perfect. I loved the residents I met when I came to interview and immediately felt like these could be my people. It certainly didn’t hurt that Denver is so close some of the best rivers and trails in the country! I couldn’t be more excited to live and train in such a vibrant place.

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University of Michigan Medical School

About Andrew: 
Andrew was born in New York City, but moved at a young age to the Garden State and continues to consider himself a proud New Jerseyan! He then brought his East Coast upbringing to the West Coast, attending the California Institute of Technology, majoring in Biology and Chemistry. After graduating, he decided to return to the Eastern Time Zone, and wintertime, for the MD/PhD program at the University of Michigan. He completed his PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology studying the development of the small intestine. He’s excited to be in Colorado, where he can have both gorgeous weather and snow! He fell in love with Med Peds because of the ability to incorporate two fields in a unique and special way to help improve the lives and health of his patients, and is looking forward to a career combining both research and patient care, possibly in Adult Congenital Cardiology. When not in the hospital, Andrew most likely will be making some home-cooked Italian food or trying out a new restaurant around town with his partner, Jose.

Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine?
The University of Colorado was always somewhere that my mentors at Michigan mentioned as having strong categorical medicine and pediatrics programs, along with an amazing faculty in the field of Adult Congenital Cardiology! When I visited for my interview, I was struck by the kindness and openness of the community here. There is amazing collaboration and collegiality pervasive throughout the campus, and I am amazed by the strong emphasis on individualized mentorship. Additionally, coming from a combined program for med school, I found it was important to have a well-integrated Med Peds administration to navigate the unique challenges that there are in bridging two worlds. Even though the program is “young”, there is absolutely amazing buy-in from both categorical programs, and the resident support network is amazing.
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Sarah Reingold

Emory University School of Medicine
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Mi Tran
University of Colorado School of Medicine

About Mi: 
Mi was born and raised in the beautiful state of Colorado and attended college at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she earned a BA in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology.  Unable to part with picturesque mountains and 300 days of sunshine, she stayed at the University of Colorado to complete medical school and to earn a Master’s in Public Health in Epidemiology and Health Equity at the Colorado School of Public Health. During her free time, you can find her exploring new mountains, rock climbing, mountain biking (poorly), and stealing puppy cuddles from her dog, Oliver. 
Why the University of Colorado School of Medicine?
The people! The faculty and residents at the University of Colorado are not only great teachers and mentors but are also incredibly kind, compassionate, and inspiring people.  In conjunction with strong categorical programs on each side, exposure to a variety of clinical sites, and an awesome continuity clinic, I knew I would be well supported in pursuing whatever career I decide upon after residency (all while having the opportunity to bike/camp/ski on my days off!).