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.
Katharine Epler, M.D.
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!
Jessica Hoffman, M.D.
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!
Blair Lenhan, M.D.
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.
Thomas O'Callaghan, M.D.
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!
Lily Rodgers, M.D.
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!
Elizabeth Scruggs, M.D.
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!
Scarlett Woodrick, M.D.
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.