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Some of our current interns!


 

 Post-Graduate Year (PGY1)

 

 Paola Roldan (left)

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico / Guatemala City, GuatemalaPRoldan.jpg

Undergrad/Medical School: University of New Mexico / Universidad de Sevilla; University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Why did you choose University of Colorado Denver for residency? UC Denver encompasses everything I want in a residency program. 1) A diverse population of patients with interesting pathophysiology and medical conditions, 2) Training at various hospital sites with different populations (ie. Veterans at the VA, homeless individuals at DH, critically ill patients with unique disease at UCH), 3) Attendings who love to teach and are dedicated to building residents into culturally competent, respectable and "thinking" doctors, 4) A housestaff that is diverse, patient with each other (and other health care professionals) and willing to help each other out (at any time of the day/night).

What do you want to do after residency? Perhaps pursue a fellowship in Cardiology, Critical Care, ID. Also, interested in getting involved with global health and international medical work.

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver? In Denver, I enjoy salsa/swing dancing, doing yoga and Pilates, trying new coffee shops (Guatemalans love good coffee), riding my bike, playing volleyball and walking/running around parks (especially Wash Park)!

Where is your favorite place to eat? I have yet to try many places, but I am a fan of Los Chigones and Steubens.

Did you move here by yourself or with family? By myself!

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Physician assistant, physical therapist, or a yoga/Pilates instructor!

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 Geoffroy Fauchet

Hometown: Born and raise in a small town in France.GFauchet.jpg

Undergrad/Medical School: I went to Brandeis University in MA and then University of Colorado School of Medicine

Why did you choose University of Colorado Denver for residency? I originally came to Colorado to work for Americorps' Healthcorps and I have never wanted to leave the state. Plus as a third and fourth year medical student I was amazed at how awesome all the faculty from Hospitalist Medicine Group were and really wanted to continue learning from them.

What do you want to do after residency? I am in the Hospitalist Training Track and want to eventually work as a hospitalist somewhere in the Western Slopes, maybe Steamboat Springs where I recently got married, and also focus on reducing harm and waste for our patients.

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver? Going out to eat and drink at some of new and upcoming restaurants and breweries in Denver! Catching a Rockie's game or a Bronco's game. Oh and my favorite is Red Rock concerts and movies!!

Where is your favorite place to eat? Really just one place? I can't decide there are so many good options. We have Thai Street Cafe right by campus which is amazing authentic pad thais, there is Uncle up in the Highlands for delicious Korean Fusion, Root Down also in the Highland and a classic, Jax Fishhouse in Boulder is outstanding, Sushi Den is the best sushi in Denver and we saw Maroon 5 last time we ate there. So yea, lots of awesome places.

Did you move here by yourself or with family? So far I am by myself but my wife who works as a Cardiology Physician Assistant in Cheyenne, WY will be joining me at the end of summer!!

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? A contestant on Master Chef so that I can win and get my name out there. Then I would open my own restaurant and serve all my guest amazing food. I did bake my roommate's and our wedding cakes so it's a slow but good start.

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 Maria Amaya (left)

Hometown: Miami FLMAmaya.jpg

Undergrad/Medical School: Undergraduate school at University of Florida and medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University

Why did you choose University of Colorado Denver for residency? It is great medicine program, but also the people are pretty nice and awesome. It's also an amazing location, and there's so much to do in Denver. I'm also into hiking and skiing so it is the perfect place for that.

What do you want to do after residency? To stay here for heme/onc fellowship!

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver? My favorite thing to do in Denver is eating. The food is great and there's lots of different restaurants all around the city.

Where is your favorite place to eat?So far, Linger in the highlands.

Did you move here by yourself or with family? I moved here with my boyfriend. He does research and is doing his post-doctoral fellowship here at University of Colorado, in one of the research buildings.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Definitely a researcher!

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 Angie Budgin

Hometown: Crown Point, IndianaABudgin.jpg

Undergrad/Medical School: I did undergraduate at Indiana University and med school at Indiana University School of Medicine

Why did you choose University of Colorado Denver for residency? My husband (fiancé at the time) had already moved here for school, and when I visited him I fell in love with the area. I also felt like I made a good connection with the residents here on interview day and when I did an away elective. I just felt like it was the place for me, which is a nice feeling.

What do you want to do after residency? I hope to pursue a fellowship in Infectious Diseases.

What is your favorite part of living in Colorado? There is always something to do on the weekends or your days off, whether it be in the city, the nearby towns, or the mountains. You can basically find a new place to go to every weekend to explore, and many cool places aren't far away at all.

What is your favorite thing to do in Colorado? Alpine hikes...they're just so beautiful no matter where you go.

Where is your favorite place to eat? Lucille's, an awesome Cajun breakfast/brunch place. A close second is basically any of the restaurants along the Main Street in Golden--amazing pizza, authentic Cuban, Mexican with great margaritas. So good.

Did you move here by yourself or with family? I moved here with my husband. He's pursuing a PhD at the Colorado School of Mines in Chemistry, focusing on biomass and renewable energy. We're both from Indiana, so it's weird not being around corn fields all the time, but we're getting used to it.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Probably a microbiologist. Gotta love those bugs...

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 Ashley Ullrich (right)

Hometown: Casper, WYAUllrich.jpg

Undergrad/Medical School: Washburn University (Topeka, KS) - home of the ferocious Ichabod's / University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

Why did you choose University of Colorado Denver for residency? I grew up in Wyoming, and spent a lot of time in Denver as a kid and teenager (playing soccer, visiting family, or coming to the "big city" to go shopping or to concerts). Before learning about the residency program, I already knew that I liked the city and the friendly people in Colorado. This plus a top tier internal medicine residency program made my decision for residency easy. I liked the structure of the program, the multiple hospital system, and the support from colleagues and mentors. The teamwork approach to medicine offered at Colorado was appealing to me.

What do you want to do after residency? I'm still undecided right now. Hospital medicine appeals to me, but I'm also interested in a few specialities. I'm hoping that intern year will help me to sort out things I like from things that I love.

What is your favorite thing to do in Colorado? My husband and I love to fish! We do a lot of fly fishing and Colorado (and even the Denver area) has a lot of rivers and lakes. After a long week in the hospital, nothing beats standing waist deep in the middle of a river, surrounded by sunshine and wildlife.

Did you move here by yourself or with family? I moved to Denver with my husband Matt and our dog Ryder. Matt works in the oil and gas industry. His schedule can be a bit unpredictable but we make a point to make each other a priority and it works out well! He is the most supportive and understanding person on this planet. He loves the outdoors - hunting, fishing, camping, and snowboarding are some of his favorite things to do. He also loves to cook (and is AWESOME) and I really love that! :-)

Do you have any pets? Ryder is our boxer. He just turned five (we have a birthday party for him every year), has a face full of gray hair, but still acts like a puppy. He loves making new friends at the dog park and doggy daycare near our house.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? I really love to bake. If I weren't in medicine, I would have loved to open a bakery with my mom (I picked up my love for baking from her - she's awesome!) For me, baking is relaxing and a way for me to express my creativity. The problem is, with baking comes extra sweets so I try to give most things away. I also like to try our new recipes and bake dog treats for Ryder. (If you can't tell by now, he's spoiled!)

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 Cameron McGuire

Hometown: Baltimore, MDCMcGuire.jpg

Undergrad/Medical School: Undergrad - Trinity College in Hartford, CT Med School - Tulane University

Why did you choose University of Colorado Denver for residency? 1) On interview day every resident I met was friendly, enthusiastic about their work, and extremely intelligent. I felt like I had found the perfect teammates to train amongst and learn from. 2) Understanding how healthcare is delivered from multiple different perspectives and in multiple different systems was very important to me in my residency selection. Having the opportunity to work at 4 very different hospitals perfectly fills that need. 3) It was clear from Dr. Brandenburg and the APDs that there is a strong emphasis placed on the role of teaching in medicine at CU. Wherever I land in my career, I want teaching to be an integral part of my daily practice and I want to begin developing those skills as early in my training as possible.

What do you want to do after residency? I am hoping to do a pulmonary/critical care or hematology/oncology fellowship.

What is your favorite part of living in Colorado? I can't pick a single favorite. The top few are: sunshine, clear air, friendly people, delicious beer, and the outdoors.

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver? Catch a ballgame at Coors Field or go to Jazz at City Park.

Where is your favorite place to eat? So far Root Down or Beast and Bottle but I still have a ton of places to try.

Did you move here by yourself or with family? I moved here by myself, though I consider my DVD collection to be sort of like my family...

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Either a movie critic or a history professor.

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 Clare Prohaska

Hometown: Atchison, KSCProhaska.jpg

Undergrad/Medical School: The University of Kansas/The University of Kansas School of Medicine

Why did you choose University of Colorado Denver for residency? Colorado had the academic strength I wanted for residency, as well as good mentoring opportunities, research potential and the chance to practice in different types of hospital settings.

What do you want to do after residency? At this point I am most interested in a Pulmonary/Critical Care fellowship, but I am also interested in Heme/Onc, Rheumatology and Geriatrics.

What is your favorite part of living in Colorado? I am so happy to be in a major city with many different things to do, whether it is to enrich myself culturally or to spend time outdoors.

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver? Beer. Major sports teams, I am also a foodie so always looking for new places to try.

Where is your favorite place to eat? Vine Street Pub so far.

Did you move here by yourself or with family? My boyfriend moved to Denver with me, and he is an electrical engineer.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Geologist or Astrobiologist

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 Erin Bredenberg

Hometown: State College, PennsylvaniaEBredenberg.jpg

Undergrad/Medical School: Undergraduate -- Penn State. Medical school -- Emory University

Why did you choose University of Colorado Denver for residency? I wanted a program that was academically rigorous but also valued general medicine. I found that many residencies were very specialty-oriented, and was attracted to the unique Hospitalist Training Track at UC-Denver, which fit perfectly with my interests. At the same time, I knew that, if I did change my mind and decide to specialize, I would be in a good position to do so.

What do you want to do after residency? Academic hospital medicine

What is your favorite part of living in Colorado? The mountains, of course!

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver? In Denver, I like exploring local hiking trails with my pup, and exploring local places to eat with my mouth.

Where is your favorite place to eat? Snooze is pretty delicious -- I'm a sucker for a good brunch place.

Did you move here by yourself or with family? I moved out here with my favorite husband, Peter.

Do you have any pets? I have a 7-year-old mutt, Kirby, and two cats, Freddie and Fannie. I take no responsibility for the cats' names, that is all on my husband.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Professional Peace Corps Volunteer. Just keep bouncing around the world until I found a spot I liked.

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