Family Medicine Residency Program

PGY-1

Jeanette Cheng, MD

University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago

I chose Family Medicine because of the breadth of medical conditions (across all age ranges) that a family doc gets to manage and the depth of relationships that one gets to develop with patients. In medical school, I participated in a longitudinal program that allowed me to work with diverse patient populations and address the various socioeconomic determinants that impact their health outcomes. I chose the University of Chicago NorthShore Family Medicine Residency Program specifically for its emphasis on outpatient care and the nurturing faculty that prioritizes learning and professional development. I am interested in focusing on Women’s Health and conducting epidemiological research, which the program has resources and opportunities for me to utilize and pursue. 

Born in the States and grown up overseas in Taiwan, I came to the States for college at Duke University and earned a Masters from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Eventually, I made my way from the East Coast to the beautiful city of Chicago for medical school. If you’re interested in exploring hole-in-the-wall restaurants, dancing (e.g. African, bhangra, salsa), and traveling, please hit me up!

Sally Nahhas, DO

Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Hi everyone! I chose a career in family medicine because it aligns with my values of compassionate, holistic care, patient education, and continuity that reaches a diverse community. During my interview with University of Chicago NorthShore (albeit through Zoom), I could tell the culture fosters individual passions, inquiry, and mindfulness. I was especially excited for the opportunity to pursue training in integrative medicine. I really felt that the program would train me to become the physician I aspire to be. 

I am a Chicagoan through and through! I went to Lake Forest College for a Bachelors in biology with minors in Spanish and chemistry. I later graduated from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, studying mythology, and traveling to different corners of the world.

Tanushree Nair, DO

Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

I chose University of Chicago NorthShore because I felt that this program embodies everything that drew me to the field of family medicine in the first place. I absolutely love the emphasis on continuity of care via the “Clinic First” curriculum, the ability to serve a diverse patient population at an FQHC, and the variety of tracks available to suit all my unique interests. From the first time I interacted with the residents at the AAFP national conference to my virtual interview day, it was clear that this was a supportive environment that would not only educate me on patient care, but also provide me with an in-depth understanding of the larger community itself.

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs and I am ecstatic to be spending the next three years in training here. In my free time, you’ll usually find me curled up next to my cat, either reading a good book or catching up on the latest season of the Great British Bake Off!

Paul Saramadis, MD

University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria

I chose family medicine because I love working with patients of all ages and building relationships with my patients over time. The University of Chicago stood out as a great choice because it is close to home for me and I have lived in the North Shore area before. It is really a beautiful and exciting place to live! The 2 by 2 structure was very important to me as well because it allows residents to focus on outpatient care and graduate with more clinic experiences compared to mixing inpatient and outpatient. Finally, it was important to me to train at a program with an FQHC because a lot of these patients are otherwise turned away from the health care system and the faculty here are motivated to make change in the community.

I was raised in La Grange, Illinois, which is a southwest suburb of Chicago. Outside of medicine I enjoy playing the piano, trying out new restaurants and spending time with my friends and family.

Megan Tran, DO

Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

I chose the University of Chicago NorthShore Family Medicine program for its integration of strong academics and community focused care. I knew I would get the training and opportunities needed to help my patients further than just their medical conditions. Recognizing the complexity of how factors like literacy, food security, housing stability, and employment can shape a patient’s overall health fits unanimously with family medicine. It is surreal to be part of a warm and supportive program that shares the same values as I do – I undeniably found a community that I can call my own.

As a Google Local Guide, I love traveling and trying new restaurants to review. I also enjoy cooking/baking, nutrition, food science, running, rock climbing, hiking, trivia, and video games!

Rita Wu, MD

Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

I decided to pursue Family Medicine because of its dedication to holistic care and focus on the patient-physician relationship. I chose University of Chicago because it offered opportunities to learn and serve patients as part of a large hospital system (Northshore) and a FQHC (Erie). Most importantly, I felt that the faculty, staff, and residents created a compassionate and supportive environment for learning. 

I was born and raised in the city of Chicago, then ventured off to Ann Arbor for undergrad, and returned to the Chicago suburbs for medical school. I love arts of all mediums including graphic design, painting, and drawing; I also love to cook and read a good book!

PGY-2

Nadia Ali, DO

Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

I chose family medicine for the opportunity to work with a diverse patient population and the special doctor patient relationship that can span years. I am especially excited to start my training at the University of Chicago Family Medicine residency. The program’s unique “Clinic First” curriculum will allow me to have more outpatient experience which aligns with my interests. I could also instantly sense the strong bond between the residents. In the midst of a global pandemic and so much uncertainty, the faculty and residents have already made me feel so welcome and supported.

I was born and raised in the area, and I could not be happier that I will be starting my residency so close to home. Outside of medicine, I love cooking and trying new recipes. I am also a huge Chicago sports fan- Go Bears, Bulls and Cubs!!!

Wade Gilman, MD

University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

I chose University of Chicago to complete my Family Medicine training because of the wonderful staff and faculty, camaraderie I felt with the current residents, and for the opportunity to return to my home in the Midwest. I have spent the previous 9 years in a variety of cities in Tennessee, where I worked as a high school teacher and songwriter, and in Spartanburg, South Carolina where I completed my internship in General Surgery. I studied biology and music as an undergraduate student at Indiana University, and received my medical degree from University of Tennessee. I am very excited to join the team in Chicago and continue learning and growing as a new physician.

Jennifer Hill, MD

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

I decided to pursue a career in family medicine after my experiences as a member of the National Health Corps-Chicago, through which I became passionate about patient education, preventative medicine, and forming enduring patient relationships. I chose the University of Chicago NorthShore program for the exceptional training opportunities, particularly at Erie Evanston/Skokie Health Center, as well as the nurturing environment created by the residents and faculty.

In my free time, I love hanging out with my loved ones and pets. I have played violin since the third grade and I am an avid orchestra participant. In addition, I am a former collegiate swimmer and have nearly a decade of swim coaching experience!

Ann Kim, MD

Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

I chose family medicine because I valued continuity of care and the patient-physician relationship above all else. I also loved the fact that I could be involved in all stages of my patients’ care. I knew University of Chicago was the right fit for me when my career interests, being slightly unorthodox, were met with great support and enthusiasm from faculty and residents. I felt that the program would offer excellent training and a supportive learning environment.

I am originally from California, but went to medical school in Chicago and felt like I wasn’t done with the city yet! I consider myself an avid traveler, spending most of my free time planning my next big trip. I also enjoy watching movies, playing my ukulele, and exploring the town!

Juliana Molosky, MD

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Hi everyone! I graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Kinesiology and then took post-baccalaureate classes at Georgetown University before attending Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. After the AAFP conference in Kansas City, my interaction with the University of Chicago representatives stuck with me through the following months. During my interview, I found an environment that matched who I am as a person, a 2×2 curriculum that will enhance continuity of care, and faculty that are supportive of my varied interests in Sports Medicine, Palliative Medicine, medical education, and actively serving the community.

Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, walking my dog, keeping current on Athletic Training practices, and watching documentaries/docuseries.

Tyler Williams, MD

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to grow and learn as a Family Medicine Resident at The University of Chicago Northshore Family Medicine Program.  I chose this program due to its excellent academics, emphasis on providing high quality evidence based medical care to all and caring for the diverse community in Evanston and the surrounding areas.  The faculty, staff and residents exude positivity that inspires inquiry, constant improvement and growth.

Originally from small-town Ohio, I am looking forward to living in the big city and continuing to try new foods, explore new areas, find cool places to run and meet new people.

PGY-3

Jennifer Ahn, MD

Medical College of Georgia

I was attracted to UChicago’s family medicine program because it offers a variety of tracks and has a very strong academic background with a community focus. Family medicine is an important piece of improving patient care in the US health system and I wanted to be part of a program that was going to give me as much support as possible to be in the forefront of change and growth in primary care.

I am originally from Georgia and am looking forward to exploring Chicagoland and its food! my hobbies outside medicine include Pilates, piano, baking, cooking, and shopping.

Maryam Ahmad, MD

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

I chose Family Medicine because of the diversity of patient population I get to interact with and the long-term relationships I get to build. I fell in love with family medicine during my medical school rotation at an FQHC and was ecstatic to hear that this program has one too! I also love the emphasis on working with the underserved population and the pediatric experience. On top of that, I had a great time at my interview as everyone was super welcoming!

In my free time I enjoy baking, trying new restaurants, and spending time with my loved ones. I am really looking forward to exploring the city of Chicago, enjoy the lakefront, eat amazing food and create new memories.

Kevin Chang, MD

University of Illinois College of Medicine

One of the reasons that I chose the University of Chicago Northshore program was because I felt that it would give me excellent training and a diverse range of experiences to help develop me into the physician that I hope to become. Additionally, during my visit I felt that the faculty and residents were all very nice and supportive.

I am originally from California but came to Chicago for medical school and decided I wanted to stay for residency. Outside of medicine, I enjoy weightlifting, spending time with friends, and exploring new restaurants.

Rebecca Lambert, MD

Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

I chose to pursue family medicine because I enjoy the long term relationships you can form with patients, the emphasis on preventative care, the community feel, and the variety of pathology and patient populations. I am specifically interested in women’s health and working with the underserved populations and UofC seemed like the perfect place to pursue these interests. The program is so supportive of its residents and the variety of tracks allow residents to tailor their education to their individual interests. In my free mie, I enjoy trying new foods, exploring Chicago, doing Crossfit, and hanging out with friends and family.

Vanessa Seng, DO

Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Family Medicine is my dream job, I love talking to patients about their goals in health, and using their strengths and supports to help them achieve their goals. I was excited to choose University of Chicago because I knew that my goal of pursing full spectrum family medicine would be supported. I am thrilled to joined this program for its blend of academic rigor with the down to earth, supportive environment.

Outside of work, I love animals, traveling, trying new restaurants, and spending time with friends and family. I am originally from Minnesota (Skol Vikes!), but after college made a second home in Chicago.

Wala Tout, MD

University of Michigan Medical School

I chose this program for the great resident culture, the availability of academic tracks, and the opportunity to train at an FQHC. I’m interested in narrative medicine and adolescent health. In my free time I enjoy writing and crafting, cooking and getting way too invested in TV shows.

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