Bios of our Chief Residents

2023 Chiefs
From left to right: Ella Sorscher, Courtney Karol, Kathryn Kalata.

Ella Sorscher

Courtney Karol

Kathryn Kalata

Hometown: Birmingham, ALHometown: Canton, MA

Hometown: Denver, CO (though I grew up in the Midwest)

Undergraduate: Middlebury CollegeUndergraduate: Dartmouth CollegeUndergraduate: Northwestern University
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School at Brown University Medical School: University of Arizona - Tucson College of MedicineMedical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Why Colorado? Easy - the people! You are surrounded by smart, humble and supportive co-residents, attendings, pharmacists, MAs, nurses and RTs. There is so much laughter in the workday - even when it's busy!


Also, I agree with my co-chiefs, the dual hospital system! You learn from and work closely with subspecialty experts at Children's Colorado where kids present with complex and rare disease, but also work in a smaller, community setting where you grow into a multidisciplinary team leader - triaging children in the ED, resuscitating newborns, and managing the floor and PICU with graduated autonomy.

Why Colorado? I chose Colorado for the sense of camaraderie among the residents and the warmth of community with the faculty and staff we work alongside. It's incredible as a trainee to have the balance of highly specialized care at CHCO and working at the community safety net hospital, Denver Health. Coming from AZ, I had also become dependent on sunshine so was relieved to not give that up living in CO, with the added bonus of the best skiing around!Why Colorado? I love the opportunities provided by training at Denver Health, our incredible community hospital, and Children's Hospital Colorado, where we have patients from across the country with various medical complexities. I am so grateful for the mentors and role models in this program and in our community who inspire me to grow each day and work toward health justice in our community. Also, the Colorado sunshine brings me so much joy!
Plans after Chief Year: I hope to become a hospitalist! Plans after Chief Year: Hospitalist either in CO or the Southwest! Plans after Chief Year: I am currently applying for PICU fellowship and have a passion for health equity work, medical ethics, end-of-life care, and mental health. I also plan to have medical education be a large component of my career, as I love working with learners (and continue to be very much a learner myself!).
Favorite Colorado Activity: Dog walks in huge dog parks, wildflower viewing, hiking in the Rockies, and playing tennis in the beautiful city parks!

Favorite Colorado Activity: River floats, finding new sour beers, fair-weather fanning Denver sports teams especially the ever struggling yet very affordable Rockies. 

Favorite Colorado Activity: Exploring every ice cream shop in Denver, spending afternoons in the sunshine at the Botanic Gardens, taking walks around the parks, camping in the mountains, and learning how to bake at altitude.


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