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Corrie Fletcher, DO
Hometown: Lawrence, KS
Undergrad: Seattle Pacific University
Medical School: Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: "As a resident, I feel that Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn provides all the opportunities that I was looking for in a program. The faculty genuinely wants to invest in you as a pediatrician and help you grow to reach your fullest potential. In addition, there are lots of opportunities to continue the academic side of medicine from teaching medical students to presenting research posters."
  • Personal Info: Enjoys backpacking and brewing beer
  • Scholarly Interests: PICU Singulair study for status asthmaticus, mentoring workshop, signout workshop
  • Career Goals: PICU fellowship

Patricia Notario, MD
Hometown: Bethesda, MD
Undergrad: Georgetown University
Medical School: Georgetown University

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “My favorite part of being at Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn is how interested everyone is in making sure you are learning. It’s also amazing to see how motivated the hospital staff is to make sure children get the best care. The pathology is extremely interesting and varied and the kids are just so darn cute!”
  • Personal Info: Enjoys spending time with her husband and son doing jigsaw puzzles
  • Scholarly Interests: Mentoring workshop, Signout workshop, ERCP retrospective chart review
  • Career Goals: General Pediatrics

 
Class of 2014 - PL3

Kim Arvidson, DO
Hometown: Palatine, IL
Undergrad: Miami University (Ohio)
Medical School: Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “I love the emphasis the program places on quality teaching. I am also impressed with all the interesting pathology and the diverse group of patients.”
  • Personal Info: Chicago Blackhawks, wine tasting, scrapbooking, baking
  • Scholarly Interests: Quality Improvement project on neutropenic fever and time to antibiotic start
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics

Colleen Hoehne, DO
Hometown: South Lyon, MI
Undergrad: Michigan State University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “I love the excellent camaraderie among the residents, attending, and staff. Everyone always has a smile on their face!”
  • Personal Info: Michigan State Spartans, good restaurants, trivia nights, outdoors
  • Scholarly Interests: Global Health
  • Career Goals: Pediatric Hospitalist

April Jones, DO
Hometown: Ankeny, Iowa
Undergrad: University of Northern Iowa
Medical School: Des Moines University

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn offers an amazing range of pathology, but also an extremely friendly atmosphere and attendings dedicated to resident education.”
  • Personal Info: Spending time with her pug, shopping, movies, running
  • Scholarly Interests: NICU Simulation Lab, NICU Vitamin D Study
  • Career Goals: Neonatology Fellowship

Cristina Kim, DO
Hometown: Lumberton, NJ
Undergrad: Rutgers University
Medical School: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey 

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn exemplifies dedication to resident education. There is a great amount of pathology, friendly residents, and a family-like environment”
  • Personal Info: Piano, jigsaw puzzles, Brazil soccer
  • Scholarly Interests: Research poster on intestinal atresia, Quality Improvement project on developmental screening
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics

Kacie McMahon, DO
Hometown: Frankfort, IL
Undergrad: University of Illinois at Chicago
Medical School: Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “I loved my experience as a medical student and that has continued through residency. There is a great group of people to work with and top notch teaching every day.”
  • Personal Info: Chicago sports, baking, interior design, smiling
  • Scholarly Interests: NICU continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) Quality Improvement protocol, NICU very low birthweight (VLBW) admission temperature Quality Improvement protocol, ER simulation lab
  • Career Goals: Neonatology Fellowship

Joseph O'Connell, DO
Hometown: Burr Ridge, IL
Undergrad: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: Midwestern University - Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: "As a resident, you learn by doing with a high volume of patients. You are in integral part in every patient's care and have very supportive attendings and faculty."
  • Personal Info: Basketball, Volleyball, Reading
  • Scholarly Interests: NICU very low birthweight (VLBW) admission temperature Quality Improvement protocol, PICU Powernotes Development Project, NICU Vitamin D study, ER Simulation Lab
  • Career Goals: Neonatology Fellowship

Molly Phillips, DO
Hometown: Tinley Park, IL
Undergrad: Augustana College
Medical School: Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “There is a strong dedication to education as exemplified by the faculty’s willingness to engage residents and explain concepts. There is great camaraderie among residents and staff.”
  • Personal Info: Softball, spending time with family
  • Scholarly Interests: ER Simulation Lab
  • Career Goals: PICU Fellowship

Julia Pickens, MD
Hometown: Chanhassen, MN
Undergrad: Wheaton College
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “Residents take a high level of responsibility for patient care and interact directly with attending and subspecialists. We have an excellent track record for fellowship placement.”
  • Personal Info: British TV shows, knitting, spending time with family
  • Scholarly Interests: Obesity task force
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics

Kristy Pilbeam, DO
Hometown: Kentwood, MI
Undergrad: University of Pittsburgh
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “The residents, faculty, and staff are great to work wtih. The hospital is very busy and sees a lot of exciting pathology. There are great opportunities for hands-on resident experience.”
  • Personal Info: Loves to travel, cook, and run
  • Scholarly Interests: Hem/Onc research project on avascular necrosis, Advocate transfusion guideline criteria Quality Improvement project
  • Career Goals: Hematology/Oncology Fellowship (Matched at University of Minnesota)

Jessica Reggi, DO
Hometown: Darien, IL
Undergrad: Northwestern University
Medical School: Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “The teaching at Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn is extremely informative and interactive. There are countless wonderful mentors willing to work closely with students and residents.”
  • Personal Info: Cooking, yoga, spending time with family
  • Scholarly Interests: Quality Improvement project on sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening and treatment
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics

Nick Staab, MD
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Undergrad: Georgetown University
Medical School: University of Southern California

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “Hope has a wide array of experiences that create a great learning environment for students and residents.”
  • Personal Info: Spending time with family, brewing beer, being outside in the sun
  • Scholarly Interests: Epidemiology, Infectious disease surveillance
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics, Public health

Alicia Lenzen, MD
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergrad: Brown University
Medical School: Brown University

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “Hope has a group of incredible attending, friendly residents, large and diverse patient population, and unlimited opportunities for my future.”
  • Personal Info: Travel, spending time with family, Chicago sports (except the Cubs)
  • Scholarly Interests: Sickle cell anemia Quality Improvement project
  • Career Goals: Hematology/Oncology Fellowship

Susan Woo, MD
Hometown: Roselle, IL
Undergrad: University of Cincinnati
Medical School: Wright State University

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “Hope has a great reputation for its diverse pathophysiology. The residents are a tight knit group and the attendings love teaching.”
  • Personal Info: Running, spending time with family
  • Scholarly Interests: NICU very low birthweight (VLBW) admission temperature Quality Improvement protocol, PICU DKA readmission project, Peripheral IV insertion skills lab, Infantile fibromyosarcoma poster.
  • Career Goals: Pediatric hospitalist then subspecialty training

 
Class of 2015 - PL2

Melissa Boling, DO
Hometown: Flushing, MI
Undergrad: Michigan State University
Medical School: Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn:“The students and residents are well supported by the faculty and staff, which creates a great learning environment.”
  • Personal Info: Running, cooking, outdoors, spending time with family
  • Scholarly Interests: Newborn pulse oximetry screening protocol for congenital heart disease
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics

Benjamin Dille, MD
Hometown: Vacaville, CA
Undergrad: Azusa Pacific University
Medical School: Loyola University

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “Everyone at Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn is amazingly kind, fun, and full of life. The class size of 13 allows you to get to know everyone well during your time here.”
  • Personal Info: Chicago sports, cooking, reading, piano
  • Career Goals: Neonatology Fellowship

Kelly Gaughen, DO
Hometown: Bozeman, MT
Undergrad: University of Northern Colorado
Medical School: Des Moines University 

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “Everyone at Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn is friendly and approachable. The program is well organized and education is a priority.”
  • Personal Info: Skiing, running, camping, cooking
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics, Endocrinology

Anna Labaro, MD
Hometown: Lancaster, CA
Undergrad: University of California - Davis
Medical School: St. Louis University

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “I love that all the residents and staff are very friendly. Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn has a great amount of resources designed to help residents achieve their fullest potential.”
  • Personal Info: Flying kites, exploring restaurants, live shows
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics

Nga Le, MD
Hometown: Wichita, KS
Undergrad: University of Kansas
Medical School: University of Kansas

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn has a positive and welcoming environment. There is a wonderful family feel among the residents. Our program leaderships works diligently to make the residency experience a positive one.”
  • Personal Info: Painting, spending time with family
  • Scholarly Interests: Obesity Committee, Pediatrics in Review article on "Methemoglobinemia and food protein induced enterocolitis."
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics

Sarah Marzec, MD
Hometown: Dearborn Heights, MI
Undergrad: Michigan State University
Medical School: Wayne State University

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “I like the quality teaching at morning report and rounds. We always are able to directly interact with attending and learn from them.”
  • Personal Info: Swimming, Irish dancing, traveling
  • Scholarly Interests: Newborn pulse oximetry screening protocol for congenital heart disease
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics, Hospitalist

Pamela Petersen, MD
Hometown: Brookfield, IL
Undergrad: Milwaukee School of Engineering
Medical School: Chicago Medical School

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “I love the way residents, staff, and attendings interact with each other and exemplify the team approach to medicine. You are encouraged not only to learn on your own, but with the rest of your team as well.”
  • Personal Info: Windsurfing, outdoor activities, spending time with family
  • Scholarly Interests: Cystic fibrosis drug research trial
  • Career Goals: PICU Fellowship

Lisa Marie Piwoszkin, DO
Hometown: Hammond, IN
Undergrad: University of Saint Francis
Medical School: Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn has a very diverse patient population that allows for amazing learning opportunities on a daily basis. Everyone does a great job of supporting each other.”
  • Personal Info: Singing, spending time with family, running
  • Scholarly Interests: NICU feeding protocol
  • Career Goals: NICU Fellowship

Kendra Rauber, DO
Hometown: Maplewood, MN
Undergrad: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine 

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “I love how friendly everyone is and how welcome I felt from day one. I also take pride in the excellent reputation Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn has in the community.”
  • Personal Info: Exploring Chicago and traveling, movies, books
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics, Hospitalist

Amy Rouse, MD MPH
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Undergrad: Miami University (Ohio)
Medical School: Wright State University

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “The friendly learning environment paired with the great curriculum makes Hope an amazing place to work. I know I will become an excellent pediatrician at the end of my training here.”
  • Personal Info: Traveling, golfing, cooking
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics or subspecialty

Nina Santos, DO
Hometown: Santa Clarita, CA
Undergrad: University of California – Los Angeles
Medical School: Western University

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “I am impressed with the variety of pathology and the faculty’s dedication to teaching”
  • Personal Info: Cooking, running, exploring new restaurants in Chicago
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics

Sarah Vertrees, DO
Hometown: Albuquerque, NM
Undergrad: University of New Mexico
Medical School: Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “I love the strong team work and focus on learning. Everyone is striving to provide both excellent patient care and quality education.”
  • Personal Info: Horseback riding, reading, biking
  • Scholarly Interests: Obesity Committee, Medical HOME Initiative
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics

Shayla Wilson, MD
Hometown: Buffalo, MN
Undergrad: University of Minnesota
Medical School: University of Minnesota

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “It is a medium sized program with a strong focus on education and the ‘why’ behind medical decisions.”
  • Personal Info: Volleyball, piano, reading
  • Scholarly Interests: "Bevacizumab and irinotecan therapy in choroid plexus carcinoma" case report presented at ASPHO conference, Quality Improvement project on the accessibility of bike helmets.
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics, Academic medicine

 
Class of 2016 - PL1

Brett Barrett, DO
Hometown: Austin, IN
Undergrad: Indiana State University
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine – Bradenton, FL

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn was a great place to work as a 4th year student. The residents are easy to get along with, as are the attendings. My favorite aspect of Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn is the emphasis on teaching.”
  • Personal Info: Exercise, fishing, awesome TV shows
  • Career Goals: Endocrinology or General pediatrics

Janice Bitong, MD
Hometown: Woodland Hills, CA
Undergrad: University of Southern Californa
Medical School: Michigan State University

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “I first learned about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn from a surgery resident while I was a medical student in Michigan. He raved about the amazing faculty and all the incredible teaching. Everything turned out to be true!”
  • Personal Info: Ice skating, snowboarding, reading, cooking
  • Career Goals: Hospitalist or Emergency Medicine

Tiffani Cherry, MD
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Undergrad: Marquette University
Medical School: SUNY Upstate

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “I fell in love with the way all the residents and faculty are dedicated to learning. Everyone gets along and has a great time at work, even when it is busy!”
  • Personal Info: Cook, bake, spend time with family and friends
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics

Michelle Cunningham, MD
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Undergrad: University of Dayton
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn provides excellent training, a diverse patient population, and has a great reputation in Chicago!”
  • Personal Info: Watching classic movies, working out, cooking, reading
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics

Jenna Gedminas, MD
Hometown: Miami, FL/Burbank, IL
Undergrad: University of Florida
Medical School: Chicago Medical School

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn is a great place for a student to learn at. There is great camaraderie among the residents and everyone seems to enjoy coming to work every day. The faculty create a great learning environment to learn and grow as a physician.”
  • Personal Info: Florida Gator football, Chicago sports, spending time with family
  • Career Goals: Hematology/Oncology or Neonatology

Saara Kaviany, DO
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Undergrad: University of Michigan
Medical School: Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn has a wide variety of patients and disease that come through the door. I love the way everyone works as a team on a daily basis!”
  • Personal Info: Michigan football, spending time with family, eating
  • Career Goals: Undecided

Sarah Khan, DO
Hometown: Woodridge, IL
Undergrad: Benedictine University
Medical School: Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “As a student, the program dedication to resident and student education was readily apparent. I also noticed that the residents were happy even when they were busy, which you do not always see at other hospitals!”
  • Personal Info: Taking care of my parrots and cockatiel, reading, photography
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics

Sarah Klein, DO
Hometown: Beecher, IL
Undergrad: University of Illinois
Medical School: Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn has a family feel that makes me feel comfortable to come to work every day. I am very impressed with the dedication to teaching.”
  • Personal Info: Chicago Blackhawks, traveling, spending time with family
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics, International medicine

Nital Patel, MD
Hometown: Burr Ridge, IL
Undergrad: University of Illinois
Medical School: Chicago Medical School

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn has a great team environment and friendly residents. At the forefront of everyone’s mind is the patient.”
  • Personal Info: Sports, cooking, art
  • Career Goals: Critical Care or Emergency Medicine

Ivan Shatkin, MD
Hometown: Donetsk, Ukraine; Wheeling, IL
Undergrad: Loyola University
Medical School: Saint Louis University

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “I like the dedication to teaching and the broad range of patient pathology. The group of residents are very friendly and fun to be around.”
  • Personal Info: Traveling, sports, building model airplanes
  • Career Goals: General pediatrics

Renwick Taylor, MD
Hometown: University Place, WA
Undergrad: University of Washington
Medical School: Chicago Medical School

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn has an amazing family-like atmosphere that is really fun to work within.”
  • Personal Info: Running marathons, travel, hiking, mountain climbing
  • Career Goals: Undecided

Jeremy Veenema, DO
Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Undergrad: Calvin College
Medical School: Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “As a student, I was constantly impressed with the emphasis on teaching and the approachability of the residents and attendings.”
  • Personal Info: Running, biking, cooking, spending time with family
  • Career Goals: Cardiology, Neonatology, or Academic medicine

Kelly Welker, DO
Hometown: Canton, MI
Undergrad: Michigan State University
Medical School: Midwestern University – Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • What I like about Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn: “The education that all the students and residents receive at Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn is top notch. Not only are the attending invested in teaching, but the residents are committed to each other’s education as well.”
  • Personal Info: Cooking, baking, new restaurants
  • Career Goals: Undecided

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