PGY - 3

Kristin Andres M.D.

Kristin Andres

Program: Combined Medicine and Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Kentucky

I grew up in Lexington, KY and received my undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky where I majored in Biology with a minor in Psychology. After college I stayed at the University of Kentucky for medical school. Despite this, I decided to break the mold and venture north to Ann Arbor for residency! When I'm outside the hospital I enjoy snuggling with my dog Nutmeg, baking (especially cupcakes and homemade ice cream), board games, a good book/film and trivia nights. I plan to focus on transitional care of patients with congenital heart disease in the future either through Pediatric cardiology or dual fellowship in Peds and Adult Congenital cardiology.

 

Michigan Difference:  I was searching for a program that combined high caliber Internal Medicine and Pediatrics training programs, a high volume of patients with congenital heart disease, and strong research mentors. U of M checked all my boxes! However, it was truly the friendly residents and approachable faculty that brought me to Ann Arbor.

Carissa Sawyer, M.D.

Carissa Bunke, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: Pennsylvania State University

I grew up in the suburbs of the Twin Cities and did my undergrad at University of Wisconsin-Madison (On Wisconsin!) where I studied biology & psychology. I then went to medical school at Penn State (did not convert to a Nittany Lion fan) and dragged my high school boyfriend (now husband), Mitch along for the ride. Approximately one month into intern year we decided that it’d be a good idea to get a high energy German Shepherd/Aussie puppy, named Maizee. Luckily, Mitch works from home so we were able to swing it! Outside of work I enjoy running, biking, camping in northern MI, brewery hopping, and hanging out with my co-residents and our dog pack. We have grown to love Ann Arbor (but again, once a Badger always a Badger) and hope to stay as I pursue a career in Pediatric Emergency Medicine. 

 

Michigan Difference:  Aside from wanting to continue my tour of BIG10 schools, I chose Michigan because I knew I wanted to go to a larger academic institution with a group of close-knit, supportive and welcoming co-residents and faculty and Michigan checked all those boxes! Also, major shout out to the resident assistants here, they are the bomb and make your life so much easier. I am a midwest girl at heart, so I truly felt at home when I visited Ann Arbor.

Katharine Epler, M.D.

Katharine Epler, M.D.

Program: Combined Medicine and Pediatrics
Medical School: University of New Mexico

I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I attended the University of New Mexico where I majored in chemical engineering. I enjoyed research, and worked on a project involving the development of a targeted drug delivery platform prior to starting medical school at UNM. I enjoy inpatient medicine, and likely plan to complete a fellowship (to be determined) after residency. Some of my hobbies include hiking with my dog, cooking, baking, and yoga. I love travel, and want to ultimately visit all seven continents!

 

Michigan Difference:  It's difficult to articulate exactly why I chose Michigan, but it had a lot to do with how I felt after my interview day. I enjoyed meeting the residents and faculty; I didn't meet anyone that was not upbeat and friendly. The predominant attitude seemed to value competency and scholarship, with some humility also, which contrasted to some of the other programs I visited. So far, I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to train here- it has surpassed all of my expectations!

Jacqueline Fisher, M.D.

Jacqueline Fisher, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Illinois

I grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and received my undergraduate degree in Genetics from University of Wisconsin- Madison (go badgers!). I then went to medical school at the University of Illinois - Peoria where I met my fiance Thaddues who is an electrical engineer. About 2 years ago, we got an aussiedoodle named Otis during a winter blizzard, so potty training started off to a rough start. He has loved traveling with us around Michigan to go hiking and flailing around in all the lakes.

 

Michigan Difference:  I was looking for a supportive and strong pediatric program where I would be able to stay to continue fellowship training if I desired to specialize. When I came to Michigan to interview it felt so comfortable and welcoming. I am a true midwestern so I loved the feeling of home when I visited Ann Arbor. Thaddeus and I are loving to live here and have created so many wonderful memories and friendships here. This program has allowed me to explore all different future career options and I am so excited for my continued training in Endocrinology Fellowship.

Emily Fretz, M.D.

Emily Fretz, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: Saint Louis University

I am originally from Colorado but have been living in different states since then: undergrad in Indiana, medical school in Saint Louis, and now residency here. I love getting outside and being active and have taken advantage of floating on the Huron and driving up to Mackinac Island and Pictured Rocks Lakeshore. I also enjoy getting out and enjoying all the local breweries restaurants. 

 

Michigan Difference:  I chose Michigan as a place that has a similar culture to where I grew up. People here love going outside, farmers markets, and trying new beers. On my interview day I loved that the hospital is full of windows and that the residents remembered my name. Plus Michigan is a big referral center. I knew I wanted to do something on the gen peds spectrum and so I wanted a place where I saw everything and the hospital didn’t transfer out the interesting patients. We got patients from all over the state and some surrounding states and I loved that. Now seeing such a wide breadth of patients has helped me to choose ICU medicine as a career! I also loved the Resident Assistants. They definitely take away a lot of the grunt work of medicine and let us focus on patients. I can’t imagine a residency without them.

Jessica Hoffman, M.D.

Jessica Hoffman, M.D.

Program: Combined Medicine and Pediatrics
Medical School: Duke University

I grew up in the beautiful horse country of Lexington, Kentucky. The sport of diving made me a bit of a traitor to my hometown by bringing me down south to Duke University for my undergraduate education where I competed for the Blue Devils and majored in Psychology. I continue to cheer for both my beloved Kentucky Wildcats and my Duke Blue Devils, both of which are conveniently the same blue and rarely play each other. I stayed at Duke for medical school and was part of the Primary Care Leadership Track. My loves in medicine include primary care, prevention, caring for underserved populations, and obesity research and treatment. Outside of medicine, I like to run, bake, and eat my husband's yummy cooking because I'm a terrible cook. I love spending time outside (and also being lazy) with my husband and our very sweet and spoiled puppy princess named Sammie.

 

Michigan Difference:  I fell in love with Michigan on my interview day. The residents were incredibly friendly, down to earth, and seemed to love spending time together. The program director and faculty all seemed very supportive, kind, and committed to service, and U of M seemed to genuinely care about every resident's wellbeing, as demonstrated by the long-standing support for a house officer union. In addition, U of M has an outstanding academic reputation with very strong categorical programs along with an exceptional and well-defined Med-Peds presence that feels like a family. Ann Arbor also happens to be a wonderful place to live with so much pride in the University and hospital system. I feel so very fortunate to be here, and I can't wait to explore the beautiful state of Michigan!

Evan Holleran, M.D.

Evan Holleran, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics Medical School: University of Iowa
Program: Categorical Pediatrics Medical School: University of Iowa

I hail from the great state of Iowa and grew up in the Des Moines area. I moved eastward and called Iowa City home for eight years where I earned my undergraduate degree in Human Physiology and medical degree from the University of Iowa (Go Hawks!).  My girlfriend, Devin McKissic, and I successfully couples-matched at the University of Michigan (both into pediatrics residency). The things I enjoy most about being a doctor are my contributions to healing and wellbeing along with the relationships I’m able to build with my patients and their families. After residency, I plan to pursue a fellowship in pediatric cardiology. When not in the hospital or at clinic in Ypsilanti, I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities (Ann Arbor is a great place to kayak, fish, hike or float) with my girlfriend and our dog.

 

Michigan Difference:  Michigan’s pediatrics residency was a standout on my interview day. Like many programs, it offers exceptional academics, patient care and research opportunities, and faculty to learn from. It was the collaborative culture, close-knit community, and support (shout-out to our resident advisors and resident assistants) that made the program a top choice.

Andrea Kendall, M.D.

Andrea Kendall, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: Wayne State University

I grew up in Metro Detroit and remained in the area to complete undergrad at the University of Michigan where I studied Evolutionary Anthropology and French and medical school at Wayne State University in Detroit. Outside of work, you can find me spending time with my husband and our two black cats, trying out different foods, listening to true crime podcasts, thrift store shopping, watching trashy reality TV, and floating down the Huron River during the summer. After residency, I look forward to continuing to pursue my interests in preventative health and medical education as a primary care pediatrician.

 

Michigan Difference:  As someone who wasn’t sure what she wanted to do within pediatrics, I wanted to be in a program that would expose me to the various specialties as well as a diverse patient population with both common and complex diagnoses. It was clear from my interview day that Michigan would provide me with these desired clinical experiences, but what really sold me was the intellectual curiosity and friendliness of the residents and faculty, who genuinely seemed to enjoy spending time together both inside and outside of the hospital. Since matching, I’ve been so lucky to build lifelong friendships with my co-residents, who truly are the best part of the program!

Blair Lenhan, M.D.

Blair Lenhan, M.D.

Program: Combined Medicine and Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Texas

I was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. I went to Austin College, a small college in Texas, where I studied biochemistry and spent a semester abroad in London, UK. After college I worked at a community hospital and did an internship with Girls Inc doing public health outreach and teaching. When I am not working, you can find me outside either napping in a hammock, gardening, running, walking my dog, or enjoying a drink and some trivia at one of Ann Arbor's many wonderful restaurants and breweries.

 

Michigan Difference:  Coming from the south where internal medicine-pediatrics is not well known, it was important for me to go somewhere where MedPeds is established and recognized. At UM, it is near impossible to go through a rotation without encountering at least one attending or fellow who is MedPeds trained. On top of this, the general friendliness and hospitality of everyone I encountered at UM was remarkable and made a huge impression on me. Hospital work and residency aside, Ann Arbor is a wonderful place with tons of outdoor activities, an astounding number of bars and restaurants, and so much to do.

Devin McKissic, M.D.

Devin McKissic, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Iowa

I’m from Seattle but went to college in Atlanta at Emory and medical school at the University of Iowa (so I’ve almost lived in every time zone)! I met my boyfriend Evan Holleran in medical school and we couples matched into pediatrics here at the University of Michigan. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with Evan and my dog, Kimba, biking (outside when it’s nice and on the Peloton when it’s not), running, hiking, gardening, and eating. I’m applying to neonatology fellowships now and thinking about a possible palliative care fellowship after I’m done as well!

 

Michigan Difference:  Evan and I knew that we wanted a larger program with good research and fellowship opportunities and high patient volume. Michigan checked all those boxes, but it was the interview day that really sold us; everyone was so approachable and easy to talk to! Given this, it’s not surprising that we’ve made some lifelong friends here in our class. Also, the resident assistants here are AMAZING; they make your life so much easier and help provide some much needed support on tough days!

Sandra Ngo, M.D.

Sandra Ngo, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Texas

I grew up in Texas around a huge Vietnamese family. I studied biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin (hook ‘em horns!) then went to medical school at UT Southwestern in Dallas. I couples’ matched with my significant other, Tim. While I was on NICU nights (oops), we got a goldendoodle named Finnegan who loves exploring the abundant trails and lakeshores of Michigan with us. Shout out to my class for collectively parenting him and helping us keep our carpet clean!

 

Michigan Difference:  Tim’s mom grew up outside of Detroit, so having family nearby really motivated us to apply to U of M, where we knew both the pediatrics and anesthesia programs are strong. We met so many people during our interviews that made us feel at home. I was most impressed by one of my interviewers who connected me with the Division Director of the Hematology/Oncology program, so we could meet and discuss my research interests… before I had even matched! Since being here, I’ve been so grateful for the continued support of my co-residents and the mentorship of our faculty. They've literally kept me warm through the Michigan winters!

Mara Nydes, M.D.

Mara Nydes, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: University of New Mexico

I grew up in New Mexico and spent my childhood living at the end of a mile long dirt road. I moved to California for undergrad, and fell in love with the campus at UCSC where I enjoyed the redwoods, banana slugs, and studied biochemistry and molecular biology.  After undergrad I took a couple years and worked in San Francisco, and completed a masters program.  I returned to New Mexico for medical school, and now Michigan for residency! I enjoy being outside, hiking, rock climbing, discovering new adventures, and being on the water.  The pediatrics program at Michigan had such a great feel on interview day. I liked that it was a referral center, but also provided clinics throughout the area and surrounding towns. The program is supportive and full of energetic leadership, it has been a great place for residency.

Thomas O'Callaghan, M.D.

Thomas O'Callaghan, M.D.

Program: Combined Medicine and Pediatrics
Medical School: Loyola University

I grew up as the oldest of four in Homer Glen, IL, a southwest suburb of Chicago. Throughout high school, I taught Tae Kwon Do and tutored kids in math and reading. I completed my undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish) where I decided to pursue medicine after volunteering at a free clinic and researching medical communication. I returned home for medical school at Loyola University Chicago. I enjoy traveling, going to live performances (theater and improv comedy are my favorites), and getting lost in a story.

 

Michigan Difference:  On my interview day, I immediately had "the feeling" that Michigan Med-Peds was the best program for me. I felt welcomed by the friendly and enthusiastic residents and gained a good sense of the strong community they share. The Med-Peds program maintains a unique identity and is supported by two fantastic categorical programs. Finally, Ann Arbor is a great place where I could enjoy many amenities of a bigger city while still having many options to enjoy the outdoors. All of this made my decision very easy and I am thrilled to have matched at the University of Michigan!

Maria Pliakas, M.D.

Maria Pliakas, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Michigan

I grew up in Ann Arbor and have been fortunate enough to complete all my training here. I did my undergraduate at University of Michigan with a double major in Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology with a minor in Modern Greek. I then went to the University of Michigan Medical School where I discovered my interests were in health policy and medical education. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling to see friends and family, crocheting, spending time with co-residents and their dogs, going on walks in Ann Arbor and exploring other areas of Michigan. After residency I will be staying on for an extra year to be a Chief Resident with Alex and Ben and following that, I am planning on applying into PICU.

 

Michigan Difference:  Prior to starting medical school, I knew Pediatrics was for me. By the time of my clinical rotations, my experiences with all the residents confirmed how much I loved the field of pediatrics. The residents were so inclusive, fun and seemed to really enjoy each other in a way that felt like the community I wanted to join. Throughout my interview trail, I found myself comparing every program to Michigan and at the end of the day, I knew that Michigan was where I wanted to stay. I was ecstatic when I matched here and have found this residency program very supportive during times of great clinical training and experiences.

Benjamin Pritz, M.D.

Benjamin Pritz, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Pittsburgh

I’m originally from the suburbs of Pittsburgh, PA, where I grew up with my now-wife, Laura. I studied Biomedical Engineering at Boston University before returning home to the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Outside of work, my hobbies include running, cooking, skiing, playing the piano and saxophone, listening to a vast and perpetually expanding library of podcasts, bleeding black and gold for Pittsburgh sports (Go Stillers! Go Pens!), and spending time with our three baby nieces. Following residency, I’m planning to pursue a fellowship and career in pediatric cardiology.

 

Michigan Difference:  On the residency interview trail, Laura and I felt so at home in Ann Arbor, and we were drawn to the warm Midwestern culture both inside and outside the hospital. The cardiology department here is fantastic, and I knew I would get lots of excellent clinical experience in cardiology as a resident. Living in Michigan was a huge draw for us as well: the numerous Ann Arbor parks, great restaurants in Detroit, and tons of places to explore throughout the state - Lake Michigan, Traverse City, the UP, Mackinac Island, and more!

Rachel Rannefors, M.D.

Rachel Rannefors, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Kentucky

I was born in California but spent the majority of my childhood in Louisville, Kentucky.  I attended the University of Virginia (go Hoos!), where I majored in Global Development Studies - with a public health concentration.  After college I moved to San Francisco where I worked in healthcare quality improvement, explored the beautiful Bay area and also met my now husband, Chris.  We then moved back to the Bluegrass State to attend medical school at the University of Kentucky.  I am excited to be finishing my pediatrics training at University of Michigan and making Ann Arbor home! I spend my free time hiking with Chris and my rescue dog Francis, traveling, working on DIY projects and spending time with family.  After residency I plan to work in general outpatient pediatrics.

 

Michigan Difference:  We love Ann Arbor for the beautiful green space, walking trails, and vibrant community. The farmers market in Kerrytown, Nichols Arboretum and Aventura are some of my favorite spots I’ve found in town!

Lily Rodgers, M.D.

Lily Rodgers, M.D.

Program: Combined Medicine and Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Kentucky

I was born and raised in Edgewood, KY which is a suburb of Cincinnati, OH. I went to University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!!) for undergrad where I studied Biology and International Peace Studies and then came back to KY for medical school at University of Kentucky. I enjoyed running track and cross country in high school and briefly at Notre Dame, and am hoping to keep training and racing during residency. Ann Arbor has the most beautiful trails and river to run along! In my free time I enjoy making crafts, hanging out on porches with friends, trying new restaurants, eating ice cream, and seeing live theatre. I'm still feeling out where my interests lie in med/peds, but I know I enjoy the inpatient world and working with underserved populations.

 

Michigan Difference:  At the interview day, I was impressed by how the program leadership spoke about challenging residents to be leaders in the local and global communities as well as being excellent and compassionate clinicians. It was clear that people here truly care about their patients and their colleagues. The residents seemed genuinely happy to be together at the dinner and it felt like a big family!

Annemarie Rompca, M.D.

Annemarie Rompca, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: Indiana University

I grew up in northwest Indiana and went to Indiana University for my undergrad, master’s and medical school education. I plan to pursue a fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology with a specific focus in celiac disease and functional abdominal pain. I am obsessed with my dog Archer, a Great Dane, and spend a great deal of my free time with him. I also enjoy running, yoga, floating down the Huron with my friends/co-residents, and frequenting one of the local breweries, Homes.

 

Michigan Difference:  It sounds cliche, but I fell in love on interview day. All of the residents seemed truly happy and got along well, the hospital is beautiful, and I had wonderful interviewers. I am also a true Midwesterner, and did not want to stray too far from home.

Eman Sahloul, M.D.

Eman Sahloul, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: Oakland University

I was born and raised in Chicago and studied BioChemistry and Global Affairs at Benedictine University. I went to medical school at Oakland University and decided to stay in Michigan for residency for the year-round great weather (not!). I got married the day before residency started (don’t try this at home, folks) and it has been a journey ever since. In my free time, I enjoy running, baking, reading and re-reading Harry Potter, visiting my family in ChiTown and floating down the Huron with friends. After residency, I plan to be a pediatric hospitalist. 

 

Michigan Difference:  Although staying in Michigan was never on my radar since I wanted to go back home to Chicago, I knew that Mott was the place to be after my interview day. Despite its size and patient load/acuity, the relationships I have developed with co-residents, attendings and many patient families were both unexpected and so incredibly tangible - something that I felt was really important when applying to residency. The Ann Arbor food scene and nature trails aren’t too shabby either.

Elizabeth Scruggs, M.D.

Elizabeth Scruggs, M.D.

Program: Combined Medicine and Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Michigan

I was born in Tucson, Arizona and survived a childhood in the Sonoran Desert where I only fell into a prickly pear patch once. I attended the University of Arizona for my undergraduate degree and majored in Women's Studies. I then spent several years working in the Center for Creative Photography in their exhibition department and helped to preserve the Ansel Adams archive housed there. I went on to join the Peace Corps and spent three years in Peru as a Youth Development Volunteer, focusing on sexual health education in a small town on the northern coast. I returned to Tucson to complete my post-baccalaureate coursework and attended medical school at the University of Michigan. In my free time I enjoy bicycling, walking, reading, going to the movies, spending time with friends, and traveling back to Peru as often as possible.

 

Michigan Difference: I chose to go to Michigan for medical school because I was drawn to the supportive, collaborative environment and commitment to social justice in medicine. I stayed because that environment both nurtured me and helped me choose Medicine-Pediatrics. When I met the residents in Med Peds at UM I felt at home, and saw in them the kind of determination, flexibility, and clinical intelligence with compassion that I wanted to develop in residency. Ann Arbor has also been a wonderful place to live; I have made some of my closest friendships here!

Shayan Sengupta, M.D.

Shayan Sengupta, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Michigan

I grew up in Troy, Michigan about 30 minutes north of Detroit but truly consider Ann Arbor to be my home at this point. I first moved here for undergrad to study Industrial Engineering and cheer on Michigan sports. After graduating I set off to work for a management consulting company in Chicago, then found my way back to Ann Arbor for medical school. Michigan Medicine is where I developed a passion for taking care of kids and pediatric medicine. Outside of work I enjoy running, backcountry camping, swimming, road biking, photography, cooking and spending time with my friends and family.

 

Michigan Difference:  I stayed at Michigan after medical school because of the supportive culture of the program, the educational opportunities afforded by working at a large academic children’s hospital and the opportunity to take care of kids in the community that I am from.

Meredith Sharp, M.D.

Meredith Sharp, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Virginia

Hi everyone! I am from the great state of Virginia and went to UVA for undergrad and med school – wahoowa! I wanted to venture outside my home state and luckily ended up here in Michigan.  I wanted a program that blended excellent training with a focus on wellness and Michigan was the perfect fit. Ann Arbor is an incredible place to call home.  On my days off I love to get outdoors and hike, bike, and obviously enjoy Michigan beer with my amazing co-residents. Our downtown scene is awesome (even in covid times!). Good luck with interviews and please reach out if you have any questions!

Jordan Sill, M.D.

Jordan Sill, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: Temple University

Born and raised in the Washington DC area, I moved to Ann Arbor for my undergraduate education for the big college experience (i.e. football games) and met my wife.  After graduate school in nutrition in New York and medical school in Philadelphia (go birds!), we returned to Ann Arbor for residency.  After residency, I plan on a career in Pediatric Cardiology.

 

Michigan Difference: During the application process, I knew I wanted a program with great academics that would also provide exposure to many subspecialities.  The University of Michigan Pediatrics Program fit that perfectly and had a warm, family-like atmosphere that I instantly felt comfortable in.  Also, I knew coming back to Ann Arbor meant more football games.  Aside from Saturdays at the Big House, I enjoy the food scene, golfing, and taking my dog Oliver to all the great local hiking spots.

Alex Sliwicki, M.D.

Alex Sliwicki, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

I grew up in Neenah, WI, a city about 45 minutes south of Green Bay renowned for producing a majority of the nation’s manhole covers. I went to the University of Wisconsin for my undergraduate degree where I studied Biochemistry and then went to medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin. In my free time, I like to run the many trails of Ann Arbor, fish on the Huron, go camping/backpacking (shout-out to the UP), cheer on the various Wisconsin sports teams and explore the restaurants/breweries of Ann Arbor and Detroit. After residency, I am hoping to pursue a fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

 

Michigan Difference: Throughout the interview process, I knew I was looking for a larger, academic medical center to continue my training and Michigan was a perfect fit! As someone who was unsure of what my post-residency career path would be, at Michigan we are able to rotate through both general pediatric and sub-speciality services early during our intern year, which proved vital in helping to figure out my career path. Ann Arbor is a fun, vibrant college town with an excellent mix of restaurants, cultural events and outdoor activities while also having all the benefits that a large university offers (i.e. I can still watch the Badgers live occasionally!). Also, the close proximity to Detroit makes short trips manageable, even just for the evening.

 

Christina Sloan-Heggen

Christina Sloan-Heggen, M.D.

Program: Combined Pediatrics-Genetics
Medical School: University of Iowa

I’m originally from Boise, Idaho where I lived until college. I did college in Iowa and then went to University of Iowa for my MD and PhD. I studied the genetic causes of deafness and worked to optimize molecular genetic diagnosis. I’m in the combined Pediatric-Medical Genetics training program and plan to pursue even further genetics fellowship after my residency. I spend my free time with my partner and our dog. We enjoy the farmer’s market in Ann Arbor and the delicious food we make from their wares. Living near Ypsi has also been a great place and we’ve enjoyed their slightly smaller town feel. At conferences you’ll often find me knitting. 

 

Michigan Difference: One of the things I loved while I was in Iowa was the “midwest nice” which I think extends into academica as a natural collaborative nature that pervades the institute. When I visited, I got the feeling Michigan had that essential element for me; within the pediatrics, genetics, and research realms.  It was a feeling that I didn’t find many other places. I felt a huge amount of support both from Dr. Burrows and Dr. Katy Keegan (in Genetics) that everyone was invested in making sure that my training was the best for ME. This was also a comfortable place for my partner to move since he’d never lived outside of Iowa before.

Cecilia Suarez, M.D.

Cecilia Gallego Suarez, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: Universidad Valle de Mexico

I was born and raised in Mexico where I completed my medical education. My medical education included 5 years of med school, 1 year of undergraduate internship which I completed in the American British Cowdray hospital in Mexico City and 1 year of social service where I served as the primary care physician for an underserved community. During my internship, I fell in love with Pediatrics. Since med school, I was interested in Academic Medicine, specifically, to be involved in clinical and QI research. I moved with my husband to the United States in 2015 with the goal of pursuing a career in Pediatrics and Academic Medicine. Michigan has been our home over the last 5 years and is an incredible place to live. We have a very handsome and funny 5 year old corgi, Matador, who brings joy and adventures to our family. In my free time, I enjoy walking Matador, working out (crossfit, running, biking, swimming), reading, gardening and sleeping of course. I am hoping to pursue a career in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 

 

Michigan Difference:  When I first moved to the US, I focused on finding a program where I could find excellence. I knew I wanted to train in a large academic center, but I also knew I wanted to be part of a supportive team. I was lucky enough to do research at U of M for a couple of years before applying to residency and I saw the joy, collaboration and friendship within the Pediatrics Residency family and I knew that was the perfect fit.

Samiksha Tarun, M.D.

Samiksha Tarun, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: Saint Louis University

I was born and raised in Chicago. I went to Saint Louis University (SLU) for my undergraduate studies where I majored in Biochemistry and Philosophy. Before starting medical school at SLU, I did my Master’s of Science in Global Health at Duke. During medical school, I took a year off and did research at the NIH (...I met Dr. Fauci while I was there! Ask me about it!) in immunotherapy. In my free time, I love spending time with family and friends, running and sleeping (lol). 

 

Michigan Difference:  I loved my interview day at Michigan. I felt such a sense of community among the residents. The attendings I interacted with were brilliant but down-to-earth, which is such a rare combination. Now as a resident here, I can attest to all of that. Residency is hard but having such a wonderful community of program leadership, residents, attendings, and medical students eases the burdens. Also, Ann Arbor is such a wonderful place!

Sheri VanOmen, M.D.

Sheri VanOmen, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: Michigan State University

I grew up in West Michigan (Holland/Zeeland area) and went to University of Michigan for undergrad (Go Blue!), where I studied Cell & Molecular Biology. I went to Michigan State College of Human Medicine for medical school (although always remained a loyal Wolverine fan) and was at the Grand Rapids campus. There, I met my fiancé Spencer, and we couples matched at Michigan for Pediatrics & Psychiatry. We were happy to move back to Ann Arbor and have loved being here for residency. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we decided to postpone our wedding to May 2021 and also adopted our dog Maya (a 2-year-old spaniel mix), who we are absolutely obsessed with. We love traveling around Michigan (both our families are spread out around the state) and all over the country/internationally, although this is currently on pause. We also love to hike, run, bike, go to trivia, and hang out with family & friends. After residency, I am hoping to stay here/nearby for a NICU fellowship! 

 

Michigan Difference:  As my fiancé and I were couples matching and applying all over, we both came to love our respective programs at Michigan. For pediatrics specifically, I loved the people I met and felt very welcomed on my interview day. I knew this was a strong program that would prepare me for any field I would choose in pediatrics (I was unsure of my career choice at the beginning of residency, but have now chosen NICU). We also loved all there is to do in Ann Arbor and how accessible it is to other cities (Detroit, Chicago, etc)!

Becca Warwick, M.D.

Rebecca Warwick, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

My family is from Wisconsin.  I got a degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, where I also completed medical school. I couples’ matched with my wife, Katie, who is an OB-GYN resident!  We are total cat people and have two furry children named Olive and Boone.  I am hearing impaired and lip-read, so if you are trying to get my attention or talk to me I promise I am not ignoring you! I just exist in a state of blissful unawareness.

 

Michigan Difference:  My wife and I were looking for programs where our co-workers and attendings were welcoming and supportive.  We were showered with acceptance and met so many nice people during our interviews.  This is absolutely reflective of the people I have worked with over the past couple years!  Also, I want to provide gender-affirming care and Michigan Medicine’s Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic and Comprehensive Gender Services Program sent the message that Ann Arbor was the place for me!

Scarlett Woodrick, M.D.

Scarlett Woodrick, M.D.

Program: Combined Medicine and Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Michigan

I was born and raised in Michigan. As an undergraduate I studied Neuroscience at Oberlin College then took a few years off before deciding to apply to medical school. During my time off I lived in New York City and worked in a genetics lab at Columbia University where I worked on a lot of cool projects but pretty quickly decided that basic science wasn't for me. I came back to Michigan for medical school because I loved my interview here, wanted to be close to family, and loved the in-state tuition! I'm not sure yet what I'll do with my Med-Peds training, but I'm excited to be staying here at Michigan while I figure that out. In my free time I like to hang out with my family and friends, read, craft, and watch The Bachelor.

 

Michigan Difference:  Having spent time in medical school getting to know the Med-Peds program at Michigan, I suspected early on that Michigan would be one of my favorites, and interview season only solidified that for me. I knew residency would be challenging and that what mattered most to me was the people I would be working with, and I feel pretty strongly that the people here are Michigan's biggest strength. The residents, the program leadership, and all of the faculty and staff on both sides make the environment feel supportive and welcoming. By the end of interviews it was clear that for me Michigan offered the best balance between the quality of clinical training I'd receive and the quality of people I'd be training with.

Amy Wu, M.D.

Amy Wu, M.D.

Program: Categorical Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Texas

I spent my childhood in Baltimore, MD, where I discovered my love for Maryland Blue Crabs; I then spent my middle school and high school years in Vestavia Hills, AL, where I realized that sweet tea is the best tea and even the possibility of snow meant a snow day. I studied Biochemistry at Yale University and worked in New York City for two years after college. I then moved to Dallas, Texas, attending the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where I met my husband Dustin. We were excited to couples match to Michigan for Pediatrics and Internal Medicine. In my free time, I like exploring new restaurants, trying new recipes, traveling, and watching romantic comedies. 

 

Michigan Difference:  I was looking for a pediatric residency program that served a diverse patient population and had strong inpatient and outpatient training. I knew that at Michigan, I would be well prepared for any future career within pediatrics. During my interview day, everyone I met was incredibly welcoming. Ann Arbor is also a fun place to live with great restaurants.