|Kamran Aghaie, MD
Pursuing further academic training, seeking different experience and being adventurous by nature, took me from my historic country, Iran, to the capital of silicon valley, San Jose where I did 2 years of research in Stanford university. Then I felt the need to come back to clinical medicine after this research experience and set my foot on interview trails.
The moment I came to KU for interview, I felt a bond with the people I met. Their friendliness and values for family life reminded me of people back home. I could see attendings who had done their training in this institution and had decided to continue working in KU. This was the best sign for me that people have been satisfied with their training in KU and this left me no doubt to join KU.
Being trained in a different system and trying to adjust to a new life was challenging in the beginning. But again, the people whom I was working with in KU, helped me to survive and prosper. Now when I look back, I am thrilled by the fact that I came to KU for my training.
I was honored to be selected as a chief resident and have truly enjoyed this job so far. I hope to be able to step into academic medicine in future where teaching and learning never stops.
|Jennifer Fink, MD|
|Collin Lovitt, DO
I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, but headed out west to California for my undergraduate and medical educations. When I was finishing medical school and it was time to decide where I wanted to be for residency, there was no question in my mind that I wanted to be back in the Midwest. Looking at KU, I was very interested in the message that they advertised on the website, mainly, “He who laughs, lasts”. On my interview day I also experienced for myself that KU has a strong culture of camaraderie and integrating fun into their education. My years at KU are unforgettable and the friendships I created as a resident will be lifelong. Now, after completing 3 years of training, I have joined the administration as a chief resident to be a part of this educational culture that inspired me when I was a fourth year medical student.
|Laura Thomas, MD
Although I was born in Houston and grew up in Chicago, I would consider Kansas City to be my hometown. I went to high school in Kansas City, then went to Baylor University in Waco, Texas for undergrad, where I majored in Religion. I returned to Kansas City for medical school at the University of Kansas. Kansas City is a great city, where people are incredibly friendly, the restaurants are delicious, and there are always plenty of things to do. One of the best things about the Midwest is having all 4 seasons during the year, so that you can truly enjoy the spring and fall. My husband and I live on the Kansas side of the state line (Jeremy is a diehard Jayhawk and has converted me as well). We also recently had a baby boy, James, who brings smiles and laughs into our lives.
When choosing a residency, I was always told to look at how the residents interact with each other and the faculty. I think that our program provides an excellent balance of fun and learning, which makes residency as exciting time. Pursuing excellent patient care requires hard work and study, but is much easier to do when surrounded by supportive faculty and colleagues. I have very much enjoyed my time here at KU and am currently applying for a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care.