Updated: August 29, 2013
We are priviledged to work with outstanding residents from over 15 of the best medical schools around the country. They reflect the camaraderie, commitment to patients, and the highest academic standards that are synonymous with Family Medicine.
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Our residents are known for their ability to create a strong and active social network. Dinners, pool, football, canoeing down the Huron, and participating in the active Ann Arbor nightlife are among the residents' regular activities. Traditions like the surgery potluck (hosted by the resident on Surg 1 due to no call and no weekends), Journal club, summer party by the lake, and shooting pool downtown with the faculty are just a few of the regular activcities that add to the camaraderie and informal environment that residents and faculty enjoy. Come meet our residents.
Jane Chargot, M.D., Rush Medical College
Hello! First, let me say how excited I am to be at U-M! I grew up in Romeo, Mich., with a healthy respect for the MSU/U-M rivalry, and it's really fun to be the U-M counterpart to all of my brothers' MSU love. I went to undergrad at Oakland University in Auburn Hills, Mich., and graduated with my BS in nursing. After graduation, I moved to Chicago and practiced nursing for the next almost seven years, and loved it. However, I felt that something was missing from my practice, and after trying NP school, decided to try for medical school instead. After years of caring for my patients in the CCU, I was pretty familiar with the need of primary care, and the more I learned about family medicine, the more I knew it was for me. The combination of strong, meaningful patient interactions and preventative medicine, with babies, kiddos, and adults, keeps me excited every day. Being able to train at U-M is the icing on the cake.
In my free time, I spend time with my new husband, my family and friends, going out to try new restaurants, reading good books, and crossfit/running/yoga when I get the chance (so that I can try out more new restaurants).
Drew Cunningham, M.D., University of Michigan
Hi, my name is Drew Cunningham. I grew up close to Ann Arbor in Tecumseh, Mich. I began my career as a University of Michigan lifer as an undergrad where I received a degree in Biomedical Engineering. I decided four years in Ann Arbor wasn't nearly enough and went to the University of Michigan Medical School. I'm not sure I even knew what family medicine was when I began medical school, but as I progressed through my clinical rotations I realized it was the field that I most gravitated to for a number of reasons.
I choose the University of Michigan Family Medicine Residency Program because it was the place that most matched my personal goals. I felt that the collegial environment of the department and their commitment to clinical and research excellence were unique and unmatched. I can say with all honesty that I am so excited to be staying in Ann Arbor for another three years!
In my free time I like running, golfing, and spending time with my family at the lake. If you are looking for someone to talk Detroit or Michigan sports...look no further.
Laura Heinrich, M.D., Loyola University of Chicago
Hi! My name is Laura Heinrich, and I hail from Ludington, Mich.—a beautiful town on the shores of Lake Michigan. I attended the University of Michigan for my undergraduate education, where I majored in psychology. For medical school, I graduated from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in the Chicago area, but always knew that I’d love to come back to Ann Arbor.
I chose the University of Michigan for family medicine because of the many great resources and the quality of the education, not to mention the caliber of the residents and the camaraderie among them. I liked that there was a blend of academic and community medicine, and with that and through my clinic site in Ypsilanti, I can see a variety of patient populations. In my spare time, I am enjoying exploring the Ann Arbor I didn't get to know in undergrad (so many restaurants!), spending time outdoors, and reading. And when time allows, I love to travel.
Priya Kalapurayil, M.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
Hi, everyone! My name is Priyanka (Priya) Kalapurayil. I was born in Chicago but grew up in Lincolnwood, Ill.—a small north suburb of Chicago. I went to the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and majored in Neuroscience with a minor in Sociology. I stayed at UIC for medical school and for my Masters in Public Health. Throughout medical school, I knew I wanted to work in primary care, but did not come to the decision to pursue family medicine until after my third year. I realized that many of the physicians I most admired were family practitioners because they were actively engaged in their patients’ lives on both medical and community health levels, and I wanted to emulate them.
I love Chicago, but when it came time to apply for residency, I knew it was time for a change since this might be my last chance to live somewhere else. I remember interviewing at the University of Michigan in late November and falling in love with it from the very beginning. Seeing the hospital shine against the contrast of the morning sky the day of my interview; meeting the warm and welcoming faculty, staff, and residents; and learning about the curriculum which provides training in both the academic/university and community settings all made me realize how great this program is and I knew I wanted to train here.
In the coming years when I have some free time, I look forward to running around the many trails here, checking out the restaurants and shops downtown, and going to games at the Big House!
Lydia Lee, M.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
Hi everyone! I'm Lydia and I am thrilled to be starting residency here at the University of Michigan! I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Wellesley College where I majored in political science. Although I had originally intended to go to law school, I had an epiphany during my senior year, which ultimately led me down the path to medicine. After graduating from college, I completed a post-baccalaureate program at the University of Pennsylvania and spent three years doing liver disease research at Indiana University. I then attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University, where I realized early on that family medicine, with its emphasis on relationships and continuity of care, was the perfect fit for me.
I was torn between choosing an academic program vs. a community program while applying for residency. I was elated to learn that I would not need to choose at U-M, where I would get to practice underserved community medicine through its clinics in Ypsilanti and Chelsea and at Chelsea Community Hospital and still receive the rigorous training and emphasis on education afforded by a large academic institution. The biggest selling point for me, however, was the quality of the residents and faculty, whom I found to be not only competent and knowledgeable, but also extremely genuine, compassionate, and down-to-earth.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Ran, and my family. Other interests include dogs, high thrill roller coasters, scary movies, shopping, and reading. I also love trying new and different foods and am excited that Ann Arbor offers a plethora of fabulous restaurants to try over the next few years. I play piano and tennis, and am always looking for people to hit with—any takers? I love Christmas and you’ll see me driving around with reindeer antlers on my car come December!
Kristine Martel, M.D., University of Michigan
Hello everyone! My name is Kristine Martel. I grew up in Trenton, Mich., which is about 20 miles south of Detroit. I attended the University of Notre Dame (Go Irish!) for my undergraduate education. My next move was out east, where I earned my Ph.D. in biology at Boston University. After six fun years in the city, I decided to head home for medical school here at U-M. I love living in Ann Arbor, and being close to my amazing family is a huge plus.
I chose the U-M Family Medicine program because of its balance of community and academic medicine, outstanding reputation for producing highly competent and sought after physicians, and the amazing faculty, staff, and residents that are part of the department. From my rotations as a medical student, to my residency interview day, to starting as an intern, I have always felt as if every single person I encounter is interested in positively contributing to my education.
In my free time, I am an avid runner and love to participate in races of all lengths. I also enjoy cycling, hiking, camping - anything that gets me outdoors. I am a huge college sports fan and tend to get pretty fired up about Notre Dame football, which is a tough position to take in A2! Sports allegiances aside, I am very happy and proud to be part of the U-M Family Medicine program.
Heather McGovern, M.D., Wayne State University
Hi there! I am originally from Grand Rapids, Mich., and attended Michigan State University for college, majoring in Human Biology. I then attended Wayne State University for medical school. I chose family medicine after falling in love with obstetrics and women’s health, outpatient psychiatry, and pediatrics. I saw family medicine as the opportunity to do it all!
I chose the University of Michigan Family Medicine because of the program’s strong educational commitment. I felt that the faculty and residents were committed to delivering the latest evidence based care and constantly improving care delivery, while not losing the compassionate, patient-centered focus of great family medicine. I felt that the opportunity to work at the University Hospital as well as the Chelsea Community Hospital was a great balance of community and academic medicine. I am interested in practicing rural medicine, and I felt that Chelsea clinic had a touch of that as well!
Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Sam, and our corgi Winnie Cooper (whose namesake you may recall as a character on The Wonder Years). I also like making desserts, camping and hiking (S’mores required!), and reading a great novel.
Niyati Shah, M.D., Yale University
Hello! I grew up on the west side of Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating from high school I moved out to the east coast for 11 years. I went to Tufts University for undergrad where I pursued my interest in public health and health policy. Although I enjoyed this very much, I craved patient interaction. I then moved to New York where I completed a post-bac pre-med program, and later attended Yale University of medical school.
I was drawn to family medicine because I have a strong interest in patient advocacy and working with adolescents. The University of Michigan Family Medicine program was the perfect choice for me because it offers a well-balanced education by emphasizing care for underserved communities in the context of strong clinical and academic training. Given my special interest in adolescents and reproductive health, I was very excited to discover Corner Clinic.
I am very excited to get to know my classmates and Ann Arbor. After 11 years of bouncing around the east coast, I am happy to be back in the midwest. I love eating, cooking, and all outdoor activities including biking, swimming, kayaking, camping, and hiking. Between its wonderful restaurants, farmers markets, and beautiful park systems, Ann Arbor offers opportunities for all of my interests.
Greg Shumer, M.D., Georgetown University
My name is Greg Shumer. I hail from Farmington Hills, Mich., a suburb of Detroit. I attended the University of Michigan for undergrad (go blue!), where I majored in Biology and minored in Asian Studies. After college, I decided it was time for an adventure and moved to Japan for a year, where I taught English in rural Japanese elementary and middle schools through the JET Program. After one amazing year in Japan, I moved to Washington, D.C. to start my medical education at Georgetown.
I have been interested in primary care since the start of medical school, but it wasn't until my third year that I decided to specialize in family medicine. I was attracted to the culture of family medicine, with the focus on forming long-lasting and meaningful doctor-patient relationships based on trust and respect. I also enjoy taking care of patients of all ages – from newborns to the elderly. I love the program at U-M and am so happy to be here for my training. The residents and faculty provide a warm and collegial learning environment, and the training environments at the University Hospital and Chelsea are top-notch.
My interests outside of medicine include playing soccer and basketball, closely following the ups and downs of the local Detroit and University of Michigan sports teams, hiking and spending time outdoors, and hanging out with my family and friends.
Katherine Van Drunen, M.D., Loyola University
Hi! I'm Katie. I couldn't be more excited to be part of the residency here at Michigan! I grew up in a combination of Utah; New Jersey; Tokyo, Japan; and London, England...spending my summers in rural Iowa...and my immediate family is now settled in Grand Rapids on the west side of the state. Ijust graduated from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago and am happy to be moved into our new apartment in super-cute Chelsea, Michigan.
I loved this residency program because it had great balance; it is rigorous without compromising on resident support, and also manages to balance academic medicine in a nationally-recognized tertiary care hospital with community hospital experiences at Chelsea community. It is also full of amazing faculty and residents, located in a fun and diverse area, and has some great curricular tracks and opportunities.
When not doing medical things over the next three years, I intend to spend time with my husband, and enjoy some of the things I have come to love about the state of Michigan - camping and hiking in the spring, summertime with a good book and a microbrew at either great or small lakes, apple picking and football in the autumn, and snuggling during the rest of the year.
Angie Wang, M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
I grew up in Taipei, Taiwan, and came to the States for college when I was 18. I went to Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., for undergrad, then spent two years in New York City doing basic science research on Alzheimer's Disease. I then migrated south for medical school at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) in Dallas, Texas. I met my husband, who was in the M.D./Ph.D. program at UTSW, the day after I moved to Dallas. We now have a little boy who was born at the beginning of our fourth year of medical school.
During my third year clerkships, I felt increasingly drawn to primary care. I enjoy building relationships with patients and I enjoy taking care of both adults and kids -- family medicine is a perfect fit for me! I chose U-M because of opportunities to train at both a large university hospital and a small community hospital. I am excited to be amongst mentors, staff and colleagues who are passionate about family medicine!
Outside of medicine, I enjoy cooking, baking, and more importantly, eating! I like trying new recipes and new restaurants, so please send recommendations along!
Hetal Choxi, M.D., Thomas Jefferson University
Hi, I am Hetal. I grew up in Dover, Del., and went to Carnegie Mellon University for undergrad. After spending a year at the NIH in Bethesda conducting genetics research on schizophrenia, I attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Penn. There I contemplated going into multiple specialties in medicine before realizing that family medicine was the perfect match for me. I loved the variety with every patient and the flexibility that a career in family medicine provides.
I similarly choose to come to University of Michigan for the variety and flexibility that they provide. From the two family medicine inpatient services, one in an academic hospital and the other in a smaller community hospital, to the two very different continuity clinics, one with a more rural population and the other more of an urban, underserved population, I felt that I could get a taste of the variety that family medicine itself offers. Furthermore, the faculty, residents and support staff are very friendly, interested in our well-being, and available to discuss both career and personal interests.
Ann Arbor is also an amazing town. Coming from Philadelphia I was not sure what to expect of a smaller town, but Ann Arbor has the ability to please anyone who comes. You can find me on a free afternoon tubing down a river across the street from my apartment, sampling the amazing restaurants, wandering around the citywide festivals in the summer, and attempting to run on the many paths around the city. If you have any questions about University of Michigan or just residency in general, feel free to email me.
Julie Kaplan, M.D., University of Michigan
Hi, I'm Julie. I'm from Farmington Hills, Mich., about 40 minutes from Ann Arbor. I lived there my whole life until I went away to college at Washington University in St. Louis. At Wash U, I majored in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology (one major, long name). I then moved to Ann Arbor to go to med school here at the University of Michigan. After doing my third year family medicine clerkship, the philosophy of family medicine really resonated with me and I became energized by the continuity and variety it would allow me.
I am so excited to stay at the University of Michigan because of the nurturing and collegial environment here, both within the family medicine department and throughout the hospital system. As residents, we get great training in both community and academic settings which leaves the doors open to so many diverse post-residency opportunities. Not to mention, Ann Arbor is an amazing place to live.
When I'm not at work, I like to run around campus and take advantage of the local music, food, and sports scenes. I love to travel, spend time with family and friends, and snuggle with my new cat, Hazel.
Kyle Smith, M.D., Wayne State University
I grew up in Ada, Mich., which is a suburb of Grand Rapids. I went to Forest Hills Northern High school, where I participated in cross country, track and field (pole vaulting), and marching band. For undergraduate, I attended Hope College in Holland, Mich., where I majored in chemistry and French—which allowed me to spend a semester studying in Nantes, France. I continued pole vaulting for the Hope men's track and field team. Between undergrad and medical school, I was fortunate enough to spend a winter skiing and working in Colorado, followed by several weeks learning Spanish and traveling around Guatemala. I went to medical school at Wayne State University.
I had a difficult time selecting a specialty, because in every area of medicine I found something I liked. I chose family medicine because, for my patients, I want to be seen as "my doctor" as opposed to "one of those doctors I see." I place an enormous value on communication, compassionate care, wide breadth of practice, and an evidence based approach to medicine. Needless to say, the University of Michigan family medicine residency program embodies all of those aspects. As soon as I interviewed here, I knew that I had found my #1 choice of where I wanted to further my training. Outside of work, I enjoy running, traveling, reading, skiing, trying new foods and traveling. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the program.
Trevor Shull, M.D., Ohio State University
Hi, my name is Trevor Shull, and I grew up in Macomb, Mich. I spent my college years at Hope College in Holland, Mich., where I studied Biology. I went to Ohio State University for medical school and decided that the unparalleled variety and continuity of Family Medicine made it the perfect specialty for me.
I love the residency program here at U-M, which provides an excellent balance of academic and community medicine. There are opportunities and faculty guidance in every area of Family Medicine, from Obstetrics to Geriatrics to Research. I am particularly interested in Sports Medicine, and I know that I will get great training in this as well as the many other areas that make a complete family physician. The residents and faculty of U-M Family Medicine are some of the most intelligent and caring people I know, and I really feel like part of a family here.
For a smaller city, Ann Arbor has fabulous food and activities. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife Mary (a Pediatrics resident), watching and playing sports, bike riding, and playing the piano.
Anna (Stanczyk) Laurie, M.D., Pennsylvania State University
Hello! My name is Anna Laurie. I grew up in Sylvan Lake, Mich., and Ortonville, Mich., and went to the University of Michigan–Flint for undergrad, where I majored in Biochemistry. I decided it was time for a change of scenery for a while, and went to Penn State Med School in Hershey, Penn. I was attracted to the specialty of family medicine going in to med school, and Penn State really fostered my interest. Ultimately though, I knew I wanted to come back to my home in the Midwest for residency and beyond.
I chose the University of Michigan Family Medicine program for residency because it honestly had everything I was looking for, including a blend of academic and community medicine, research opportunities, integrative medicine, and much more. I found myself measuring other programs up to U-M, especially because the program offers so much within a nurturing and collegial environment.
In my free time I enjoy spending time with my husband, Justin, and our cat, being outdoors, doing arts & crafts projects, baking, and of course, Detroit sports (Philadelphia sports too, thanks to my husband).
Amy Kreykes, M.D., University of Colorado
My name is Amy Kreykes. I grew up on a farm in northern Colorado and attended the Univeristy of Colorado School of Medicine for medical school. I had the unique opportunity to be paired with an amazing family physician as my preceptor for the entirity of medical school (she also happens to be a Univerity of Michigan Family Medicine Residency graduate). Working with her made me realize that there really wasn't anything but family medicine for me. I loved all of my other rotations, but when I was away from my continuity patients, I really missed them. I decided to check out the University of Michigan and see what they have to offer. As it turns out, the program was all that I had heard and more! We have an amazing faculty and an excellent blend of community and academic medicine. We have a multitude of opportuniities to pursue areas of medicine that interest us. We also have an amazing group of people that are a joy to work with and foster an environment of learning and comraderie. But perhaps most importantly to me, when I interviewed at U-M I saw that the residents here are really sharp. It is obvious that residents here are excellently trained and some day I hope to serve my community as well as my preceptor does.
Outside of medicine I am a stereotypical Colorado kid....I love hiking, camping, skiing/snowboarding, biking, etc. I recently purchased an inflatable kayak that I keep in my car and I hit the river whenever possible. I LOVE to travel and spend golden weekends exploring Michigan since I am new to the state. I love spending time with friends and family. Hope to see you at the University of Michigan for interviews and your residency in the future.
Belsam Saif, D.O., Michigan State University
Hi, my name is Belsam. I was born in Iraq and moved to the U.S. at age 6. I call Michigan home because that is where I have spent most of my life. I went to undergrad at Wayne State University, and medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. After that, I did a transitional rotating intern year at Henry Ford Hospital. I knew I wanted to see patients of all ages and various medical problems and family medicine is all that and more.
I decided to come to U-M for many reasons, too many to list. It was the one interview where I left excited and could not stop talking about how much the program had to offer and all of the friendly staff I met. I think we have every kind of fellowship there is, but I am mostly interested in academic medicine and teaching.
In my free time, I love to spend time with my family. My two brothers and I all got married within one year. Our family is growing and it is a very exciting time for all of us.
Anthony (Tony) Grech, M.D., University of Michigan
My name is Tony Grech. I am a native Michigander and proud of it! I grew up in Allen Park, one of the inner ring suburbs of Detroit. I toured the state during undergrad spending time at Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Washtenaw Community College (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Mott Community College (Flint, Mich.) and ultimately completed my degree in biology at The University of Michigan–Flint.
I am thrilled to be at Michigan for residency as I believe this program has it all! The faculty and staff are truly dedicated to teaching residents the finer aspects of family medicine. We have a fantastic mix of community and academic medicine with Chelsea Community Hospital and the U. I see myself in a more rural setting, which the Chelsea site fits perfectly. My current goal is to obtain a fellowship in sports medicine and cover the local high school events in whichever city I practice.
Outside of medicine I enjoy spending time with my amazing wife, Christie, who is a pediatrics resident here. I also enjoy, running, biking, cooking and learning about the history of baseball.
Allison Ursu, M.D., University of Michigan
My name is Allison Ursu. I grew up in Endicott, a small town in Upstate N.Y. I went to Johns Hopkins for undergrad where I majored in Cognitive Science. I worked for two years in developmental psychology before moving to Ann Arbor to start medical school at U-M. Entering med school I thought I would pursue a subspecialty in pediatrics, but during my third year I realized I was drawn to primary care because of its variety and continuity.
I chose to stay at U-M for family medicine because it really offers the best of academic and community medicine, but especially because of the fantastic faculty and residents I worked with during my third year clerkship. The Department feels like a family, with people you enjoy working and playing with. I would like to work in a small town or rural practice after residency so I chose the Chelsea site which absolutely has that feel.
Outside of medicine I enjoy cooking, trying new restaurants, going to farmers markets -- basically anything related to food. I love to be outside as much as I can whether it's walking my dog, JayJay, in the Arboretum, kayaking, playing tennis, or gardening. If I have to be inside then I love to watch old movies and read.
Bryan Vos, M.D., Wayne State University
My name is Bryan Vos. I am a life-long south-eastern Michigander. I grew up in Trenton, Mich., near Detroit. I studied Biochemistry at the University of Detroit Mercy and did three years of research in organic chemistry during my undergraduate career. I stayed in Detroit for medical school, attending Wayne State University School of Medicine. It was during this time that I nurtured a passion for primary care and prevention and decided to go into family medicine.
I am delighted to be a part of the University of Michigan Family Medicine program. I particularly like the dedicated staff, who are committed to teaching residents and helping us become excellent practicing physicians. The program offers a seemingly endless array of opportunities to explore unique areas of interest within primary care. Perhaps most importantly, the staff and fellow interns are great and they create a positive and supportive atmosphere for their collegues and patients.
In my spare time I enjoy the company of my wife, Stephanie. We love to travel and enjoy the outdoors by camping and hiking and playing with our dog, Scout.
John Breck, D.O., Michigan State University
Hello everyone! My name is John Breck and I very honored to be a part of this amazing program. I grew up in the small town of Laingsburg, just outside of Lansing, Mich. I attended Michigan State University for my undergraduate years and graduated with a bachelors of science in economics with a focus on healthcare economics. GO GREEN! After college I took a year off to coach soccer, travel around Argentina, and recharge. Next, I attended medical school at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. I chose family medicine after much bouncing around and just love the variety of patients, procedures, and medical issues.
I knew U-M was the place for me after the fun dinner with the residents and the great interview day. I felt right at home and knew the combo of a large, highly respected university hospital and the great community hospital and clinics could not be found anywhere else. Currently, my interests in family medicine are broad but I would like to focus on sports medicine and wilderness/travel medicine in the future.
Outside of medicine I love spending time with my wonderful wife, Charlotte, and our dachshund, Hank. We cannot get enough of being outdoors, especially rock climbing, snowboarding, playing soccer, and ultimate frisbee. Food and travel are also passions of ours.
Christina Li, M.D., University of Michigan
Hi! My name is Christina Li. I was born Toronto, Canada, but by now, I'm practically an Ann Arborite. After wandering through various schools and countries during grade school, I came to University of Michigan for a B.S. in Biology. I stayed on at U-M for medical school, and I'm thrilled to still be here for residency! It's not uncommon for people to be won over by the excellence of the U and the charm of the town, so you'll hear that story more than once.
U-M's residency program gives me a chance to treat underserved populations, both locally and overseas, and it exposes me to both small-town community medicine and national-powerhouse tertiary care. For a specialty that interacts with so many aspects of medicine, I can't think of a better educational setting. Even better, it's been warm fuzzies since the first handshake with the people of our department.
When not in clinic or on the wards, I enjoy doting on my pet cat, checking out new restaurants, replenishing myself through music, and devouring books like it's going out of style.
Weyinshet (Winnie) Gossa, M.D., University of Maryland
My name is Weyinshet, but I go by Winnie. I grew up in western Ethiopia in a small town called Dembi Dollo. My grandparents are farmers, so I spent a lot of time on their farm. I moved to the United States in July of 1999 at age 14 and lived in the Washington, D.C./Maryland area for the past 12 years. I went to Loyola University in Maryland for undergrad where I majored in Biology/Chemistry with concenteration on Molecular Biology. After graduating from undergrad, I directly went to medical school at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. I was in the dual degree program with MD/MPH.
I chose family medicine because I enjoy taking care of both children and adults and dealing with diverse medical problems. I also have an added interest in public health and global health and I think that family medicine is the best speciality to foster and practice these interests. I chose to come to University of Michingan because of the quality of the program and the people who work here. I was interested in a University-based program, but I also wanted to get community experience and this program does this best. I selected the Yspilant clinic site because I am interested in working with urban, underserved and immigrant populations.
Outside of medicine, I enjoy cooking and trying different types of food, reading inspirational books, going to church on Sundays and traveling.
Kathryn Shaffer, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin
Hello, I am Kate Shaffer. I grew up in rural Minnesota, Monticello to be precise, roughly an hour outside of the Twin Cities. I went to the College of St Catherine in St. Paul, Minn., where I studied Chemistry and Theology. I knew from the beginning of medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin that primary care was from me. I chose U of Michigan for several different reasons. I wanted a program that would train me to be the best that I could be as a Family Physician. When interviewing here it was clear that this was a place of excellence, and more importantly, a place of friendly and caring individuals. From medical assistants at the clinics to the attendings, everyone truly cares about you and wants to help you develop into the best physician. I am excited to work in Chelsea, back to my rural roots from my childhood. When not working I enjoy being active (cycling, hiking, jogging, and swimming, and walking my dog Hattie), photography, dinner's out with friends and family, and going to my favorite independent band concerts. I cannot wait for you to come to Ann Arbor and try the food, meet the friendly faculty and residents, and I hope you fall in love with the program as I did.
Yasir Afzal, M.D., Eastern Virgina Medical School
Hi everyone! My name is Yasir Afzal. I grew up in Karachi, Pakistan. I came to the United States in 2003 for college at Boston University and majored in Biochemistry/Economics. My interest in medicine stemmed from working as an EMT at Boston University and eventually led me to Eastern Virginia Medical School. I chose family medicine because every other residency program seemed to provide too narrow a variety of patients. The vast breath of patients seen in family medicine will insure that I am never bored with my work!
When interviewing at the University of Michigan I was really impressed with the camaraderie among the residents and the close knit teams in the clinics. The staff really cares for its residents here and takes that extra step to help us in overcoming any challenges encountered during the course of the residency. The aspect that really sold me to the University of Michigan was the Chelsea clinic and community hospital. This site mirrors the full spectrum care of family medicine that I would like to practice. I consider myself an old school generalist and plan on seeing all types of patients and doing a combination of inpatient/outpatient medicine in the future.
Outside of work, I am an avid biker and was very excited to come to Ann Arbor which is a very bike-friendly city. I love watching ice hockey (Go Bruins!), reading science fiction novels and listening to symphonic rock music.
Annelie Ott, M.D., University of Michigan
Hi, I am Annelie. I grew up in a small town called Malchow in former East Germany. It is located halfway between Hamburg and Berlin. In 1998 I came to the U.S. as an Au Pair and just by chance I ended up in Ann Arbor. I met my husband here and a few years ago we added a wonderful little boy to our family.
I graduated from U-M with a degree in psychology. I loved U-M and the Ann Arbor community and so applied and was accepted to the U-M Medical School. I now continue to be a happy resident of both the U-M Family Medicine department and the Ann Arbor community. From my first contact with U-M family physicians here as a medical student, I felt right at home. Furthermore, there is such a variety of people here that you can always find someone to advise you and who shares your interests.
From my first few weeks in Ann Arbor to this day I love this town. What I like most is the diversity of people. It is hard for a day to go by without passing by people conversing in another language. It is not a big town, but you can almost find anything you might want to do. I like traveling, good food, engaging novels, going for a run, taking hikes and going to the lake with my husband and son.
Ravi Rao, M.D., Penn State College of Medicine
My name is Ravi Rao and I grew up in Thornton, Penn. (southwestern suburbs of Philly). I studied Neuroscience and Economics at Penn State main campus for undergrad (I bleed blue & white) and then went on to the medical campus in Hershey, Penn., for medical school. I chose family medicine after bouncing around between neurosurgery, ENT, peds, and EM, before finally realizing family medicine gives me everything I want and nothing I don't. I plan to pursue a sports medicine track during residency as I love playing, watching, and covering sporting events.
I chose the U of Michigan for a lot of reasons, but mainly because after my interview here I just knew it was the right program for me. The residents and faculty were the type of people I knew worked hard and would be excellent teachers and role models but also fun to be around outside the hospital environment. Most importantly, I felt this program helps you pursue your individual goals with the perfect balance of support and autonomy. I chose the Ypsilanti site for similar reasons -- I felt drawn to the more urban, underserved, younger population it offers; and saw it as the type of practice I hope to pursue after residency.
Outside of medicine I enjoy anything outdoors, be it kayaking, hiking, skiing, or IM/team sports. I'm also really into cooking and Ann Arbor is an awesome place for that with great local grocers and a surprisingly robust restaurant/bar scene.
Resident Honors and Achievements
Residents of the program have a very impressive record of scholarly and educational achievements. Accomplishments include:
Jake Bryan was selected to serve as the AAFP Resident Alternate Delegate Representative to the AMA House of Delegates for 2009-10.
Tammy Chang, M.D., M.P.H., was selected to serve as the Academic Department of Family Medicine appointee to the AAMC Organization of Resident Representatives from 2008-2010.