Hometown: I was born in St. Louis, Missouri! Go Cardinals!
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern
As crazy as it sounds, I had never visited Colorado before my interview day! At the interview, I was impressed by the academic and professional environment that also had a laid back and casual feel. The program was very welcoming and I really felt like I connected with the residents. This program has more than exceeded my expectations as a place to train! It is incredibly supportive and there is an outstanding culture of working hard with optimal time for adventures and exploring. The training is absolutely incredible with plenty of autonomy to really push you to be ready for life after residency. I'm so happy to be at CHCO and to live in such an incredible place!
Plans after chief year: PICU Fellowship
Favorite Colorado Activity: My favorite thing to do in Colorado is spending time outside! Whether it is sitting on my front porch, relaxing at breweries, hanging at the Rockie’s games, or going to the mountains for hiking or skiing -- I love everything about Colorado!!
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College
Medical School: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Why Colorado? Colorado had everything I was looking for in a residency program! I wanted a program that would train me to be an outstanding clinician, offer opportunities to be involved in medical education, and foster my interest in global and immigrant health. I loved that Colorado residents train at both a community hospital – Denver Health – and a tertiary referral center – Children’s Hospital Colorado – to become well rounded, independent pediatricians. When I interviewed here, it was also abundantly clear that Colorado is leading the way in pediatric resident education with new, innovative programs like Academic Half Day and Longitudinal Small Groups. Most importantly, I chose Colorado because the residents I met were happy! No matter how trying residency can be, they seemed to truly enjoy their work, the friendships they’d made, and living in Colorado. I knew that these were my people, and Colorado was the place I wanted to be! I have had a wonderful three years, and I feel so lucky to have been a resident here!
Plans after chief year: General Academic Pediatrics. I want to do a combination of outpatient and inpatient clinical work and, hopefully, lots of medical education!
Favorite Colorado Activity: Any chance I get, you’ll find me outside! Trail running through golden aspens in the fall is my very favorite Colorado activity! I also love rock climbing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross country and downhill skiing. Organizing hikes to go on with my fellow residents is another one of my favorite pastimes!
Hometown: Chicago, IL.
Undergraduate: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
I was looking for a program that would prepare me to be a good pediatrician, provide me with the resources and networks to be able to successfully pursue my career goals and lastly be a supportive place that I'd enjoy inside and outside the hospital. CHCO checked all of those boxes and was unique in a few ways. I was drawn to the opportunity to work at both Denver Health and CHCO where I'd receive such different approaches to pediatrics, have the opportunity to speak Spanish with my patients and to be given a high level of autonomy to prepare me for life after residency. I was really impressed by the residents I met during my interview. They were clearly very dedicated and smart, but more importantly, had so many hobbies outside of the hospital. They seemed to be genuinely happy and close and chose to spend their free time together. Looking back now, this residency has exceeded my expectations. I feel well prepared, have a great foundation to build my career, and I've been blessed by so many wonderful colleagues that have supported me. I enjoy coming into work everyday!
Plans after chief year: Hospitalist Fellowship
Favorite Colorado Activity: The proximity of the mountains and the opportunity to take advantage of all the outdoor activities. One fun activity has been skiing. A few of us had never really skied prior to coming here. We had many eager coworkers who took the time to teach us, and now I have a season pass and get to go ski on free weekends/weekdays.
Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergraduate: University of Texas
Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Why Colorado? This program is incredible for so many reasons, but the people here are what make it truly special. As most of my co-residents will say, I felt an immediate connection to the program on my interview day. The residents and faculty here are some of the most humble, brilliant, and inspiring people I have ever met, and I am constantly learning from their skills and experiences. This program will train you to be the very best pediatrician and give you some of the most supportive best friends and mentors along the way. As a bonus, there is always someone willing to spend the day at a park, brewery, or in the mountains with you on your days off!
Plans after Chief Year: NICU fellowship
Favorite Colorado Activity: Hiking in the mountains with my husband and our dog, Thumper! The mountain scenery is always beautiful, but especially in the fall. We love exploring new mountain towns and are trying to see as many parts of Colorado as possible!
Hometown: Bainbridge Island, WA
Undergraduate: University of Montana
Medical School: University of Arizona - Tucson
Why Colorado? “The people”!!!! But in all seriousness, somehow this program brings together residents who are passionate about child health, dedicated to growing into the best pediatricians they can be, and most importantly, know how to have a good time. When I interviewed here, I clicked instantly with people who would be my senior residents and ultimately some of my best friends. I also knew that the training in Denver would be excellent. Between the academic hub of Children’s and the community hospital at Denver Health, we practice in the full spectrum of pediatrics and are exceptionally well trained, no matter what the future holds. Denver is also an incredible city; activities are limitless from breweries to parks to the mountains. I really could not ask for a better place to become a pediatrician.
Plans after chief year: PICU fellowship
Favorite Colorado Activity: That’s an easy one - snowboarding! But I’ll take any excuse to be outside. An ideal day would be snowboarding in the morning and playing spikeball in one of Denver’s many parks in the afternoon. Yes, you really can do both in the same day.
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Why Colorado? As most anyone who attends this program will tell you, the people are definitely the big draw! You will work with world class faculty and incredible peers, and the training experience here is absolutely unparalleled. The residency draws motivated, hardworking, and inspiring individuals who bring many and varied interests and skills. These same residents truly become not only your lifelong colleagues, but also some of your best friends. I have really appreciated that residency in Denver prepares us for a potential career in every area of pediatrics. And, who wouldn’t want to live in the most beautiful state ever?
Plans after Chief Year: Still deciding between NICU fellowship or Newborn Nursery
Favorite Colorado Activity: Honestly, anything outside with my husband and dogs, Miller and Rosie! Denver has incredible seasonal activities from skiing and snowboarding to hiking in the mountains, but there is also so much to explore within the city itself! It is a young, vibrant, and beautiful place to live.
Hometown: Spokane, WA
Undergrad: University of Washington
Medical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Why Colorado? Why NOT Colorado? Seriously. Before any residency interviews, I made a wish list of all the things I was hoping to find in a program and this program checked every one: hardworking & humble people, residency class camaraderie, a top 10 academic center, significant training at a community hospital, established advocacy curriculum/committee, at least 1/3 of graduating residents going in to primary care, opportunity for individualized education, family friendly, affordable housing, and free parking & food (those real-life things). On interview day I was beyond impressed with the people and the culture, making Colorado an easy choice. Starting residency in the middle of a global pandemic created many unexpected challenges. Our chiefs have worked hard to help us build relationships in a socially distanced way. Program leadership has supported and prioritized our safety in and out of the hospital. Since arriving, this place and program have quickly become home. I'm grateful I'm here, part of the Colorado family, and very excited to grow as a pediatrician!
Post-residency plans: Gen Peds! Primary care is the best.
Favorite Colorado Activity: Exploring with my husband and our rescue pup! Hikes, day trips, restaurants, breweries, you name it - we'd love to try it!
Hometown: Denver, CO
Undergraduate: Emory University
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine
Why Colorado? Everyone will say it, but it’s true— the people of this program are its biggest strength! As a med student at CU, I was fortunate to work closely with residents and faculty in several settings. I was always impressed to see that the residents were not only passionate and hard-working, but also so down-to-earth and fun-loving. The faculty are brilliant but humble and approachable and clearly invested in the growth of residents and students. In addition, I loved the unique opportunity for a training that is diverse in patient population and patient conditions as a result of working at both Children's Hospital Colorado and Denver Health. Those key factors, combined with the fact that Colorado is the most beautiful and fun state, made it impossible for me to want to leave and go anywhere else. I feel so lucky every day to be able to train here!
Post-residency plans: I’m not totally sure yet, but I really like chronic disease management and having continuity with patients. I’m excited to explore more specialities throughout residency, and I’m also interested in medical education!
Favorite Colorado activity: A hike in the mountains or spending the day at one of Denver’s many parks!
Hometown: St. Johns, Michigan
Undergraduate: University of Notre Dame
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Prior to visiting for my interview, I had never been to Colorado, so I did not know what to expect from my time in Denver. However, even as early as the dinner the night before my interview, I knew I had a connection with the people here. Throughout my interaction with both faculty and residents, I found the people here to be friendly, down-to-earth, and beacons of positivity. The residents I met radiated their passion for their patients and for each other, and I left my interview day knowing that I wanted to join this community of pediatricians as a colleague and as a friend.
Post Residency Plans: Heme/Onc or PICU fellowship
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Undergraduate: UC Berkeley
Medical School: Albany Medical College
For me, choosing a pediatric residency program was like choosing my favorite Disney movie. My value system centered around: finding a culture of empowerment, emphasis on wellness in and outside of the hospital, a niche for inclusion, a thriving city for the arts, music, and outdoors, and a program close to my loved ones. Colorado fulfilled all my needs -- and more. I could only get a taste of it in my interview day and then on an invitation to revisit through the Diversity in Pediatrics Committee. Ultimately, I chose Colorado because it chose me, and have never felt more so in the right place. Since moving to Colorado, I have discovered wonderful, kind, and multi-layered colleagues. My attendings regard us as partners (yet are my teachers). The diversity committee keeps me engaged and focused on endeavors beyond the patient room. I have found amazing venues to pursue (and play) music, in addition to art festivals to attend and mountains to climb. My schedule allows me to visit my loved ones more so than I thought I could in residency. I could not be more happy and would not have chosen anywhere else to become a pediatrician.
Post-residency plans: I have always found value in feeling and being well-rounded. With that said, I'm still exploring all the avenues that Colorado offers. I have particularly enjoyed all my electives and could envision myself in Primary Care, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, or anything in between and to come.
Favorite Colorado activity: Hard one to pinpoint because of how much fun I'm having in Colorado. I would say: watching Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince live orchestra show at the Colorado Symphony with my partner.
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Undergraduate: Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School: Washington University School of Medicine
If you had asked me 10 years ago what I would be doing as a grown up, I would have told you I'd be a pediatrician; HOWEVER, I never thought I would end up in Colorado! Towards the end of medical school, I was torn between Peds and OB and made a split second decision and applied and matched in OB/Gyn. Part way through intern year, I knew I had made the wrong choice. I left and applied all over to Peds programs and fell in love with the west. Who wouldn't want to be in a state that is as friendly as the midwest, with the best outdoor activities in the country and objectively the best residency? Since starting here, I have been continuously amazed by the intelligence, kindness and “boss-ness” of my co-residents! They make an already great program excellent, and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else.
Post-residency plans: Maybe NICU or Cardiology
Favorite Colorado activity: Hiking, trying out new breweries, live music, record stores, going to the art museums
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergrad: University of Georgia
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia
Colorado was a perfect mix of everything I wanted in a program. Everyone is excellent at what they do and incredible to learn from while still being fun and down to earth. You are challenged and given the opportunity for autonomy and growth but in a completely supportive environment. Our co-residents are the absolute best and make coming to work (and hanging out outside of work) so fun. And finally, I really wanted to live in Colorado and explore a new area of the country (my interview day was my first time in Colorado!). There are so many amazing things to do both in Denver and the surrounding areas, and it was a great fit for my whole family (moved with my husband, our son who is now a toddler, and our cat, who all agree living here is the best!).
Post-residency plans: I'm pretty undecided at this point but am interested in academic medicine/medical education in some form (maybe a hospitalist fellowship?)!
Favorite Colorado Activity: Picnicking in the parks, family bike rides, weekend trips to nearby mountain towns, and eating out way too often!
Hometown: Salt Lake City, Utah
Undergraduate: University of Utah
Medical School: University of Utah School of Medicine
Why Colorado? On my interview day, I felt very at home talking to the residents and faculty, and I definitely feel that support within the program now that I am here! Everybody is extremely nice, inclusive, and social on top of being super smart and hard working! I love that we get to train at both Children’s Hospital Colorado where we get exposure to complex diagnoses and the different pediatric specialties as well as Denver Health where we are able get the community based pediatric training as well as experience at a Level I trauma center. In terms of Denver, I love that there is great access to the mountains for hiking and skiing on a day off! There is a ton to do in the city as well.
Post-residency plans: Right now I’m leaning towards a fellowship in PICU or Heme/Onc, but I am very open to exploring other fields as well! I am interested in academic medicine so I hope to get involved in clinical research and/or medical education as well.
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA --> Houston, TX (but definitely a Pittsburgh sports fan)
Undergraduate: Rice University (Hanszen College for all you Owls out there)
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine
Why Colorado? When I interviewed in Denver, I thought it would just be fun to visit a friend and see the mountains and then I found so much more than that! They say your residency program is like your family, but here it really is. On interview day, I saw a family made up of residents, fellows, attendings and all the supporting staff in the program who truly cared for one another. And that has remained true! The faculty are some of the most intelligent and accomplished yet humble and kind people I have ever met. I have so many mentors and role models in this program. As someone interested in underserved care and global health, I love working at Denver Health and caring for so many families in need in our city. Plus I have had the opportunity to travel abroad and learn from my colleagues in pediatrics in Southern Africa!
Post-residency plans: Still undecided, but hoping to find a job in an underserved academic setting practicing emergency or hospital medicine. I’d love to go abroad again someday and maybe pursue a global health fellowship!
Favorite Colorado Activity: Swinging outside on a sunny day in my hammock on my balcony or in the mountains feeling the warm summer breeze (without humidity haha) is probably my favorite activity. I love music and jamming with my co-residents on the keys or my ukulele. I enjoy walks at the park with friends and runs with my roommate Michelle (another amazing resident!). I’ve found a wonderful church community and hiked my first ever 14er last year!