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Some of our current third year residents!


 

 Post-Graduate Year 3 (PGY3)

 

 Julie Knoeckel

Hometown: Aurora, ColoradoJKnoeckel.jpg

Undergrad/Medical School: Undergrad: Colorado State University (Ft. Collins, CO); Med School: University of Colorado

Why did you choose University of Colorado Denver for residency? Well... not only could I pretty much not bear the thought of leaving my hometown and all of the wonderful things Colorado has to offer... I was really attracted by the opportunity to become part of the hospitalist training track within the larger setting of the medicine residency

What do you want to do after residency? Chief Resident and then working as an Academic Hospitalist, hopefully getting to work in medical education

What is your favorite part of living in Colorado? The laid back attitude of the people and the sunshine. I love escaping to the mountains or western slope to camp, hike, look at the stars and maybe even find a hot spring.

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver? My favorite thing to do in Denver is take a couple of laps around Wash park...unless it's football season, in which case I'd rather be at the Broncos game or watching with friends.

Where is your favorite place to eat? Park Burger. Hands down they make the best burgers in Denver, not only in my opinion, but recently voted top burger by 5280 as well.

Did you move here by yourself or with family? I live here with my husband Chris, who is working on his PhD in neuroscience at CU right now. We met on the first day of medical school and as part of his combined MD/PhD program, he will be rejoining the clinical side of things in the next year.

Do you have any pets? Just one; a 90 pound Doberman Pinscher named Rosco - he's a handful, but couldn't be sweeter.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? An event planner

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 Scott Matson (right)

Hometown: Lawrence Kansas!SMatson.jpg

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

Why did you choose University of Colorado Denver for residency? I couples matched with my wife (who is a pediatrics resident) and I loved the strong clinical reputation of the program, research opportunities and the laid-back feel of the residents we met during interviews. I remember feeling the community between residents at the interview dinner here and that has certainly been my experience in the program. Not to mention we're in Denver and the mountains!

What do you want to do after residency? After a chief residency year I will apply in pulmonary critical care.

What is your favorite part of living in Colorado? Being able to spend a weekend or day off in the mountains helps keep life balanced and keep things in perspective while working long hours at the hospital.

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver? My favorite thing about Denver is spending a day at one of the parks with friends, or riding bikes on a tour of the many local breweries in the city.

Where is your favorite place to eat? Los Chingones!! Great food, great rooftop.

Did you move here by yourself or with family? I moved here with my wife Amanda who is a pediatrics resident and our dog Emmett. Amanda will be a pediatric cardiologist after she finishes training someday. Amanda and I met in college and dated through medical school, got married right before residency, and look forward to actually seeing each other some time!

Do you have any pets? Emmett is a red-heeler/jack-russell mutt who we adopted during our psychiatry clerkship in medical school. He loves hiking in the mountains and barking at squirrels in the backyard

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Fiction writer

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 Karen Schmitz

Hometown: Savannah, GAKSchmitz.jpg

Undergrad/Medical School: Undergrad - Notre Dame Medical School - Emory

Why did you choose University of Colorado Denver for residency? I did med school on the east cost and was very attracted to the more laid-back atmosphere in Colorado. I love that we can joke on rounds, be friends with our upper-level residents, attendings, and consultants, and still take excellent care of patients. I also love the team-work approach here and the fact that everyone really works together to make life in the hospital a positive experience. I had never seen team-work like I saw here at Colorado. I couldn't be more pleased with my decision to come here.

What do you want to do after residency? I'm going to do Primary Care in Salt Lake City.

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver? I love to ride my bike everywhere around town and try new restaurants, bars and breweries. I'm also a huge fan of jazz in the park in City Park and any festivals that come this way.

What is your favorite thing to do in Colorado? Colorado - I'm a big fan of camping, hiking and exploring all of the awesome outdoors that Colorado has to offer. I really enjoy skiing too (learned during residency) but I don't think anything compares to the Colorado summers.

Where is your favorite place to eat? I love Vine Street Pub for a low-key dinner. Linger is one of my favorite "night out" spots. Snooze, Jelly and Sassafas are 3-way tied for my favorite brunch places.

Did you move here by yourself or with family? I moved here alone, but since moving here I have slowly been convincing other family members to move nearby to enjoy wonderful Colorado. I now have my sister, brother-in-law, and baby niece in Denver. Two of my cousins are planning the move as well. Let the westward migration continue!

Do you have any pets? I have a cat named kitty (actually it's Helen but that is a terrible cat name so we call her kitty) who is 18 years old.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? I would 100% be an event planner. That's actually what I thought I was going to be in college until I got side-tracked with this whole medicine thing. They did let me plan a bunch of corporate parties and even a car-show once - it was definitely an experience.

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 Jackson Turbyfill (right)

Hometown: Asheville NCJTurbyfill.jpg

Undergrad/Medical School: Undergrad- UNC-Chapel Hill (GO HEELZ); Med School - Wake Forest

Why did you choose University of Colorado Denver for residency? I wanted to go to a program that challenged me both clinically but also personally. When I first visited Colorado I met so many people that were doing an unbelievable array of interesting things clinically and professionally, and these were just the interns!

What do you want to do after residency? I hope to become an Academic Hospitalist

What is your favorite part of living in Colorado? 1) Ski season, 2)Bike Season, 3) Camping Season and that all those are available right outside the city

What is your favorite thing to do in Colorado? In Colorado I would say that a nice day at "the Beach" at A-Basin skiing cannot be beat.

Where is your favorite place to eat? Kassai Sushi in Lowry, its a little jankity but on point

Did you move here by yourself or with family? Moved here with my wife who is a pediatrics resident.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? A stay at home son

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 Kelli Delay (left)

Hometown: Norfolk NebraskaKDelay.jpg

Undergrad/Medical School: University of Notre Dame/Rush Medical College

Why did you choose University of Colorado Denver for residency? The people

What do you want to do after residency? GI fellowship

What is your favorite thing to do in Colorado? Skiing and hiking. Love the weather here

Where is your favorite place to eat? Highland Tap and Burger

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

Do you have any pets? Charlie - a cat

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? Janet Jackson back-up dancer. Beyonce would be okay too.

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 Nate Schomaker

Hometown: Columbus, OhioNSchomaker.jpg

Undergrad/Medical School: Undergrad at The Ohio State University, Medical School at University of Cincinnati

Why did you choose University of Colorado Denver for residency? Despite the downside of leaving behind the beautiful Ohio weather, I was drawn to Colorado primarily by the positive and progressive environment of the IM program that I felt while interviewing.

What do you want to do after residency? Gastroenterology fellowship in the midwest.

What is your favorite part of living in Colorado? I really enjoy going out to the mountains to hike or just explore, although this doesn't happen as much as I'd like - a close second, and a temporary fix, is just occasionally looking at the mountains through the hospital windows.

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver? Going out to the various brewpubs around the city.

Where is your favorite place to eat? Lowdown Brewery in Capitol Hill

Did you move here by yourself or with family? Solo.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? I would have almost certainly become a failed guitarist/musician, playing in mediocre cover bands while working on solo projects on the side, waiting for that elusive "big break" into my mid-50s.

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 Sarah Wirth

Hometown: Grand Island, Nebraska.SWirth.jpg

Undergrad/Medical School: I did my undergraduate at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, then I went to Loyola University Chicago for medical school.

Why did you choose University of Colorado Denver for residency? When I interviewed at the University of Colorado, I really clicked with the residents. Everyone was very nice and friendly, and I could see myself being friends with them outside of work. At the same time, I could see that the faculty and residents were all incredibly smart and motivated to provide excellent patient care. To me, I found the perfect combination of a group of people with whom to work, learn, and have fun.

What do you want to do after residency? I am doing a chief resident year next year, after which I plan to do primary care. I hope to find a job where I can be a bit of a "traditionalist" and do inpatient work as well.

What is your favorite part of living in Colorado? The outdoors!! When I moved here two years ago, people asked if I liked the outdoors. I said "I can learn to.... right?" It turns out that I definitely learned to. As someone who was never outdoors-y before, I've learned to ski, and now I love hiking and camping. It's awesome that if you only have one day off per week, you can spend that time in such a beautiful environment.

What is your favorite thing to do in Denver? In Denver, I love spending time in one of the many public parks here, whether having a barbecue, playing kickball, running, etc.

Where is your favorite place to eat? My favorite local place is Angelo's Taverna on sixth street. As far favorite place I've been to in Denver so far, that would be Acorn.

Did you move here by yourself or with family? I moved by myself, which was actually pretty easy given how many other co-residents were doing the same thing.

If you were not a doctor, what would you be? A news anchor. I've always wanted to be Diane Sawyer. I think it would be neat to meet so many famous and influential people, travel the world, and get to speak my mind on television.

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