Emma Albert-Stone, M.D.
I grew up in the suburbs of Boston before venturing south to William & Mary for college where I majored in Neuroscience. After graduating, I worked as a medical scribe in Washington, DC. I moved back to Massachusetts for medical school where I found my love for Med-Peds and discovered my interest in caring for complex patients throughout their life. In my free time I can be found playing ultimate frisbee, tubing down the river in Ann Arbor, making breakfast burritos, and frantically trying to keep all of my plants alive.
Michigan Difference: I chose Michigan because of the “feel” of the program! I left my interview day feeling confident that I would be happy and supported here at Michigan. The Med-Peds community is like a big family within two incredibly strong categorical programs, so it is truly the best of both worlds. I’m so excited to have joined the team!
Katharine Asta, M.D., MS
I grew up in Virginia and completed my undergraduate degrees at Virginia Tech, where I studied Biochemistry and Nutrition. Following a spark for the intersection of food/sustainable agriculture/health, before medical school I worked on organic farms, served three years in the Peace Corps in Guatemala and Panama, more farms, then worked in clinical research. My husband and I met when we were assigned to the same village as Peace Corps volunteers and intentionally moved to the Ann Arbor area when we returned. We have fallen for Michigan and find new gems to appreciate every year. While I attended medical school here at University of Michigan we lived on a farm, which was challenging and completely rewarding. We love the joy of growing our own food, cooking, and fermenting; I also love baking, knitting, and hiking.
Michigan's program checked all the boxes. Professionally: exposure to clinical volume, supportive atmosphere, faculty that truly care about the wellbeing and success of their learners, and research opportunities (particularly the PPSTP). Personally: Small city with vibrant local businesses and the ability to live on a farm within commuting distance to the hospital.
Aidan Berry, M.D.
I grew up in Boone, a small town in the western mountains of North Carolina. I attended the University of North Carolina for undergrad where I majored in Biology and Psychology and cheered on the Tar Heel men’s basketball team to several victories against Duke. After graduation, I spent a summer working at a camp for kids with special health needs, where I met my boyfriend, Dustin. I then returned to my hometown where I worked as a medical assistant for two years before heading back to Chapel Hill for medical school. While in medical school I was part of a longitudinal medical Spanish program and traveled to Iquitos, Peru to conduct infectious disease research and improve my Spanish. Other highlights of my time in med school include rushing Franklin Street after UNC won the 2017 National Championship (GO HEELS!), volunteering regularly at the student-run free clinic, discovering my interest in Quality Improvement, and delving into medical education research. At this point, I’m considering a career as a general Med-Peds hospitalist with an emphasis on underserved patient populations and QI research. In my spare time, I enjoy running, hiking, hanging out with my co-residents, traveling, podcasts, cooking, trying out new restaurants, and lounging with my two cats, Quincy and Celia.
Michigan Difference: I was initially attracted to Michigan for the stellar reputation of the institution and the Med-Peds program. I couples matched with Dustin (Pediatrics), so it was important to find a program that was balanced and couples-friendly. At my interview, the kind and dedicated program directors and the driven, passionate (and somewhat goofy!) residents won me over. Michigan Medicine provides excellent opportunities to learn and grow in a supportive environment while having a little bit of fun throughout the process. I also love working with the diverse patient populations both in the hospital and at my continuity clinic in Ypsilanti. Ann Arbor has also been a wonderful place to live – plenty to do and with a familiar college town vibe. I am so excited to spend the next four years here with my amazing co-residents (even Melissa, and the many other Duke alumni that I’ll be cheering against during basketball season!)
Megan Friedli, M.D.
I grew up in Michigan and have lived here my whole life! I studied neuroscience and psychology at Michigan State University, where I met my husband Joe (now a family medicine resident). I attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, where my interests in pediatrics and neurology led me to pursue Child Neurology residency. Outside of medicine, Joe and I enjoy being outdoors, especially in northern Michigan (Sleeping Bear Dunes are an absolute favorite). We have a rescue dog named Calvin, who keeps us on our toes and is constantly learning new tricks! I also love golfing, skiing, attending college sporting events, and spending time with family & friends. After residency, I am looking forward to a career in pediatric neurology.
Michigan Difference: The people, interview day experience, and training opportunities here were all outstanding and immediately felt like a great fit for me. I love all four seasons in Michigan, and Ann Arbor always has something fun going on. I also get to stay close to home and my family!
Anne Boldt, M.D.
I was born and raised in Stillwater, MN (SKOL VIKES!) and eventually went to college in the middle-of-nowhere, Grinnell, Iowa where I played basketball and studied biochemistry. I also took a few months to study global health and tropical medicine in Costa Rica. Right after college, I decided to keep the midwest travels alive and ended up at OUWB in Michigan for medical school. I'm passionate about adolescent and young adult oncology, specifically transitional and survivorship care, which I hope to pursue after residency. Outside of medicine, I love a competitive board or card game, playing sports, and going on adventures with my husband and new puppy!
Michigan Difference: I chose the University of Michigan primarily because of how comfortable I felt during the entirety of the interview day. I felt like I fit in right away with both the current residents and also with many of my fellow interviewees (multiple of whom ended up as my co-residents!). The many opportunities to pursue almost any subspecialty in Med-Peds was also something I was really drawn to at this program. Ann Arbor is such a fun city with so much nature right outside our door!
Laura Getchell, M.D.
I have been a New Englander all my life: I was born and raised in southern Maine, attended college at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where I played softball and majored in Neuroscience, and completed medical school through the Tufts University School of Medicine – Maine Track Program. While I love New England and hope to eventually make my way back there someday, I decided to spread my wings and fly west to Michigan for my Pediatric Residency to experience a new part of the country and because everyone who has ever lived in Ann Arbor has nothing but great things to say about it. In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, running, hiking, swimming, biking, baking, crossword puzzles, and spending time with all the residency dogs, including my perfect little monster puppy, Frankie!
Michigan Difference I chose Michigan because of the people and the pride that everyone has for Michigan! The faculty and residents I met on my interview day were friendly, kind, and seemed genuinely interested in me as a person, and the pride they all displayed for the place they work and the patients they serve was contagious.
Joseph Ladines-Lim, M.D., Sc.D.
I was born and raised in Baltimore, MD. I majored in chemical engineering and biochemistry at the University of Maryland before going on to a PhD program in chemical engineering at MIT, writing my thesis on enzyme engineering and its applications to the study of reactive oxygen species. Through a series of serendipitous events, I discovered global health during my PhD and followed this new passion into medicine. Before medical school, I spent a year in South Africa, working at the University of Cape Town on case studies in health innovation across locations in Africa, Asia, and South America. I went on to medical school at Yale and took on research projects on Zika in Brazil and HIV/TB and South Africa. Most recently, I rotated in Uganda and came back home just in time before COVID19 shut the world down. In my free time, I like to run, bike, listen to podcasts, cook and eat new recipes, read magazines, watch period films, play games of all kinds, play and watch sports, and travel (when permitted to).
Michigan Difference: I was drawn to Michigan because of its stellar reputation, not only in medicine and pediatrics but also as an institution and university. The people here also made a strong impression on me; everyone seemed both brilliant and humble. I was also intrigued by Michigan’s opportunities in global health. And as a lifetime east coaster, I was excited to travel west. Since arriving, I've been delighted to find that not only are all of these things true, Ann Arbor is a lovely place to live (and so affordable!).
Stacy Lang, M.D.
I grew up in Kawkawlin, Michigan, and attended Central Michigan University for college where I majored in Neuroscience and had the opportunity to study abroad in Oaxaca and Denmark. After graduating, I spent a year of service in AmeriCorps helping students from low SES backgrounds apply to college and gain access to scholarships and financial aid. Soon after, I headed down to southeast Michigan for medical school. If my address history hasn't made it clear enough, let it be known I love the Mitten State! In my free time I enjoy low-impact cardio, binge watching Hulu, exploring new restaurants, practicing (and attempting to teach) yoga, and spending time with friends and family.
Michigan Difference: I was inspired by the culture, community, and mentorship I experienced during my away rotation at Michigan Medicine. The morning reports and noon conferences were dynamic and engaging, rounds were collaborative and intellectually stimulating, and the faculty and residents I worked with were passionate, approachable, and kind. On my interview day, I was moved by Dr. Lukela's speech about creating a community of "builders" and I could sense the program leadership was deeply committed to our success. I knew this was the program where I hoped to continue my training and was so grateful to match here. Go Blue!
Emily Masterson, M.D.
I spent the first 22 years of my life in sunny Arizona but have always had a special place in my heart for the Mitten State. Growing up, I spent summers visiting my grandparents in Northern Michigan along the Lake Michigan shoreline. I studied biomedical engineering and mathematics at the University of Arizona (Bear Down!) prior to moving to North Carolina for medical school. When I'm not working, you can find me running, hiking, playing volleyball, swimming, biking along the Huron River, riding my Peloton, rock climbing, or walking dogs. I am interested in a career in cardiology and hope to combine my background in medical device design with clinical care.
I am continually impressed by the intelligence, humor, and kindness of my co-residents. As a part of the University of Michigan community, Michigan Medicine has incredible access to multidisciplinary collaboration, research, and community engagement. The easy access to both nature and the big city of Detroit make Ann Arbor a great place to live and work!
Melissa Ross, M.D.
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, where I spent my summers admiring my neighbors alpacas and getting sunburned at our neighborhood pool. I attended college at the University of Richmond, where I studied Biology, swam on the Women's Swimming & Diving team, and fell in love with my first city built on a river. After college, I moved a few hours down the road to attend medical school at Duke. During my time in Durham, I developed a passion for North Carolina barbecue, camped out in KVille to watch Zion Williamson dunk in Cameron, and met incredible MedPeds mentors who helped me realize my passion for caring for adolescents and young adults. While the differential for my ultimate career plans remains broad, I hope to create a career that combines my dual interests in high acuity medicine and providing longitudinal care for people of all ages living with chronic childhood conditions. Outside of work you can find me relaxing in the nearest body of water, finding a new state park to camp in, catching up with family and friends, or getting just a little bit too invested in whatever Duke Basketball game is on.
Michigan Difference: What really set Michigan apart to me was the people I met during my interview; I left Ann Arbor feeling like I had just met ten of my future closest friends. When I combined that feeling with exceptional clinical training on both sides, the academic opportunities of a large research institution, committed and experienced program leadership, and Ann Arbor's charm (and river!), it became clear that UM was the program for me. My first few months here have only confirmed that feeling, and I am so excited for the next four years with my MedPeds family (even my co-intern Aidan, who was wearing a UNC mask when we first met).
Averey Strong, M.D.
I grew up in southern Idaho where I enjoyed the outdoors, camping, and skiing. I moved just a few hours away from home to attend the College of Idaho where I received a degree in Biology with minors in Spanish and Psychology. During college, I really enjoyed studying abroad in Ecuador and comparing the health care system there to our own. I grew up dreaming of becoming a doctor because I loved both people and science. I was fortunate enough to attend Washington University in St Louis for medical school. While there, I was deeply involved in student government and medical education. I wish to continue administration and education in my future role as a physician. In my free time, I like to stay active with my partner and friends, enjoy cooking or eating a meal at a new restaurant, and am always on the hunt for the best made Manhattan.
Michigan Difference: To be honest, Michigan was a last minute addition to my application. I had been to Ann Arbor just one time for a football game but otherwise didn't know much about the area. After interviewing here, I was blown away by the caliber of both the Internal Medicine and Pediatric training. Above all though, the Med-Peds program's commitment to values and constant improvement for the betterment of their trainees and patients is what really sealed the deal. An educationally rigorous yet fully supportive program in the midst of a vibrant, friendly, and lively town - what more could I ask for?
Xanthia Tucker, M.D.
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, the daughter of two French and American seismologists. In pursuit of my dream to become William Carlos Williams, I studied comparative literature at Harvard, where I also acted, sang, wrote poetry, and led outdoor backpacking trips for incoming students. After graduating, I worked as a freelance writer and brief baker before enrolling in a pre-med post-bac program at Bryn Mawr College (plot twist!). I grew my first Midwestern roots in medical school at the University Chicago, and I am so happy to now be in Ann Arbor with my previously long-distance boyfriend, an EM intern, and our two cats. Outside of work, I try to maximize my time outdoors, running or biking on the beautiful “B2B” trail, floating down the Huron, napping with the aforementioned trio, reading, painting, and inhaling ice cream at least once a week at Blank Slate. I am not sure exactly what my future career holds, but I hope to combine my love of general medicine, education, women’s health, adolescent medicine, and care of underserved patients in the pursuit of a more equitable future.
Michigan Difference: I chose Michigan for its equally strong Medicine and Pediatrics programs, and for its pervasive culture of kindness, humility, and excellence. I was looking for a place where I would be challenged and supported to become the best doctor I could be, while also having the structure and resources available to nurture a life outside of medicine. The University of Michigan offers me the things I need to bring my best self to the challenging and rewarding job of being a very new doctor: a tight-knit, vibrant, and diverse community in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, ready access to nature, delicious food, inspiring friends and colleagues, complex patients from near and far, and top-notch medical educators who are invested in my development. It is also a HUGE deal to be part of a house officers association (the HOA). Please ask me everything you want to know about this program – especially if you are new to the Midwest, are couples matching, or are interested in any of the things I mentioned above!