Priyanka Agrawal, D.O. Midwestern University
Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why MacNeal? Coming to MacNeal was a no-brainer for me. This program has a great reputation in the community, is only 20 minutes away from the city, and serves a unique, diverse population which was really important to me. What really solidified my decision to come here is how amazing and fun all of my co-residents are and how supportive the faculty is! When I rotated here as a student and during my interview I could tell how much all of the residents love being at this program and how much the faculty love to teach. Can’t beat that!
My interests in medicine include: peds, OB and behavioral health
Outside of medicine my interests include: traveling any chance I get, exploring restaurants in the city (mainly because I can’t cook but I’m working on it!), going to concerts and festivals, rooftops, running, and yoga
Joy Anyanwu, M.D. University of Michigan
Hometown: Living the nomadic life!
Undergraduate: Boston University
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Why MacNeal? Friendly and welcoming residents. Supportive faculty dedicated to teaching. Very broad patient panel - trying to learn more Spanish!
Outside of medicine my interests include: soccer, traveling, reading novels, walking everywhere that I can - Chicago in the summer is great for this.
Jessica Campbell, D.O. Michigan State University
Hometown: East Lansing, MI
Undergraduate: Michigan State University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why MacNeal? I was drawn to MacNeal’s Family Medicine program because of its stellar reputation, and once I arrived to my interview I knew this was where I was supposed to be. The staff, teaching faculty, and residents all seemed to truly enjoy and believe in the program and all that it stands for. I knew that if I could find my way into the MacNeal family that I would be in good hands.
I wanted a training program where I would have the independence that I sought, but also the guidance that I needed to point me in the right direction. MacNeal has all of that and more. The residents that I have worked with as well as the teaching faculty have been nothing short of amazing. The residents here are not only intelligent and hard-working, but also supportive of each other and always manage to keep each other smiling.
My interests in medicine include: I am interested in all aspects of family medicine. I like a little bit of this and a little bit of that, the variety of family medicine is my favorite part of the specialty. Also I love the continuity of getting to know a family and growing with them through the years. I also like getting my hands dirty - so whether that is delivering babies or removing moles - the more procedures the better!
Outside of medicine my interests include: When I am not roaming the halls of MacNeal hospital I like to ride my bike along the Lakeshore trail and grill out with friends. I like to relax in my swanky loft downtown and watch How I Met your Mother or find a fun street festival. There is always something fun to do in Chicago and I am excited to become a real city girl :).
I am so happy that I am now a part of the MacNeal family and can’t wait for the adventures that will unfold in the next three years!
Sarah Krishnan, D.O. Midwestern University
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Undergraduate: New York University
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Why MacNeal? On my interview day I felt genuinely welcome and comfortable with the residents and staff. Everyone in clinic was smiling and the interaction between residents and staff was encouraging and casual. Also, the faculty to resident ratio is ideal. As an intern, I have yet to be in a situation where there was no one to ask for help. Most of the faculty has been with the program for many years which to me said the program was a great place to work.
My interests in medicine include: behavioral health and pediatrics
Outside of medicine my interests include: documentaries, watching my boyfriend cook for me and eating out at every restaurant we can find
Francis Lee, M.D. University of Illinois
Hometown: Vernon Hills, IL
Undergraduate: University of Illinois
Medical School: University of Illinois
Why MacNeal? I wanted to be at a program where the staff, faculty, and residents were happy to be there. MacNeal provides the patient diversity, strong outpatient experience, and flexibility to pursue my interests. I have found that the faculty are extremely supportive and are always looking out for the best interests of the residents.
My interests in medicine include: underserved medicine, global health, emergency medicine
Outside of medicine my interests include: I am heavily involved with my church and serving the poor in South America, Asia, and Africa. In my free time, I like to play ball, workout, and watch Grey's Anatomy for supplemental learning.
Aaron Lin, D.O. Rowan University
Hometown: Denville, NJ
Undergraduate: University of Texas at Austin
Medical School: Rowan-SOM, formerly known as UMDNJ-SOM
Why MacNeal? I spent a good portion of my 3rd and 4th year of medical school travelling around the US to look for cities that I would like to live in while completing my residency. I visited Chicago in the spring and fell in love with the beautiful city and welcoming people. After my interview at MacNeal, I knew it was the place for me. The people here are both extremely friendly and supportive, which matters even more than I thought. Residency is very hard work, but being surrounded by awesome people makes it that much better.
My interests in medicine include: full-spectrum family medicine
Outside of medicine my interests include: trying new foods/restaurants, spending time with family/friends, board games, video games, and most sports
Raymond Loza, M.D. University of Illinois at Chicago
Hometown: Shorewood, IL
Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago
Why MacNeal? My mentor from medical school had great words of praise for MacNeal which initially drew me toward the program. A strong and well established residency, I was impressed with the history of excellence at the core of the program and the strong reputation it had in the community. On my interview day I saw how happy the residents were. But more importantly, I noticed how collaborative the environment felt. As an intern, I can say that it is the eclectic set of personalities in the program in both the residents and the faculty that I find as one of the program’s greatest strengths. The fact that such a unique myriad of individuals can collaborate as a team is what makes this program such a powerful place to begin training as a physician.
At the heart of the program you find people whose sole purpose in their work is to help you evolve into the physician you will become. It’s the unwavering commitment to the residents and the passion in each and every person here that truly make the MacNeal difference.
My interests in medicine include: urgent care
Outside of medicine my interests include: I have been playing my guitars since college: a cherry-red Ibanez RG-120 named Scarlet and a sandy-brown Yamaha FS-700S named Rosa. I also enjoy creative writing and recently self-published my first novel.
Michael Quien, M.D. Rush University
Hometown: Moorestown, NJ
Undergraduate: Biomedical Engineering at Rutgers University
Medical School: Rush Medical College at Rush University
Why MacNeal? I was born in the Philippines, raised in south Jersey, and didn't go too far for college. When deciding where to apply for both medical school and residency I picked programs in and around big cities and Chicago ended up winning me over, twice. Living in and around the city is great. There's always something to do or somewhere delicious to eat if you have the time. MacNeal was my top choice in family medicine for many reasons but my decision was made clear when I came for my interview. The residents, faculty, and staff are tight knit, laid back, and wholly dedicated to teaching and learning excellent patient care. The people here have been very welcoming and make me feel like I really belong here. It's hard to imagine going through the tough times of residency life while keeping sane and happy but I can tell you that the residents here are living proof that it's possible. I can't see myself being this happy anywhere else.
My interests in medicine include: good inpatient/outpatient mix in an academic setting
Outside of medicine my interests include: I love watching movies, watching TV, playing video games, playing board games, and eating really good food. In general I'm just a really big nerd and it’s fun to get passionate about stuff.
Lars Rikardsen, M.D. University of Illinois at Chicago
Hometown: Fox River Grove, IL
Undergraduate: University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria
Why MacNeal? Being an Illinois lifer, I knew I wanted to stick around the Chicago area for residency and MacNeal offered a great program in the perfect location for me. It's nestled nicely between the city and suburbs allowing us as residents to choose between bustling city life or taking advantage of everything suburbia has to offer. I was very impressed on my interview day by the friendliness of the residents amongst each other, by the professionalism and candor of the faculty, and by its strong reputation in the area. Now that I'm here, I cannot overstate how fantastic of a learning environment MacNeal is. The faculty and senior residents are nothing but supportive and kind and I never feel afraid to ask a question. It is clear that resident development comes first here.
My interests in medicine include: I’m interested in a wide variety of things which is why I was drawn to family medicine in the first place. Outpatient medicine in the clinic and the continuity of care that comes with it is my favorite aspect of medicine. I also enjoy learning about and performing a wide variety of procedures in areas from sports med to derm to women's health.
Outside of medicine my interests include: Chicago and U of I sports, playing in the bottom tier of rec sports leagues, losing trivia, winning fantasy football, and cover bands.
Gary Rodriguez, M.D. University of Illinois at Chicago
Hometown: Oak Park, IL
Medical School: UIC College of Medicine
Why MacNeal? I chose MacNeal for several reasons. First and foremost, I want to practice in this community, for years I've lived in the Oak Park/Berwyn area and I feel a strong connection to these communities. Secondly, MacNeal is a great program, with a strong reputation and phenomenal faculty that truly enjoy teaching. And thirdly, it’s a program that is incredibly supportive, thus really putting you in a position to succeed. It's an honor for me to have an opportunity to serve this community, and I look forward to doing so in the years to come.
Interests in medicine: integrative medicine, sports medicine, preventive medicine, complementary and alternative medicine
Interests outside medicine: spending time with family, hockey, Blackhawks, Bears, salsa dancing, trying new restaurants
Rajiv Verma, D.O. Midwestern University
Hometown: Mason City, Iowa
Undergraduate: University of Iowa
Medical School: Midwestern University - Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine (CCOM)
Why MacNeal? I did not know much about MacNeal (or really any residency program) when I first started considering family medicine as a third year medical student. From the time between my OB/GYN rotation at MacNeal during my MS3 year to the time I submitted my rank order list, MacNeal accelerated to the top of my program list for several reasons.
I knew I wanted to stay in the Chicago area and be at a community program with a strong academic foundation. MacNeal has an outstanding history of academic excellence (just look at the board pass rate) and is reputed as one of the top family medicine programs in the Chicago area. Also, the benefit of being one of the oldest family medicine programs in Illinois means that there is a large and established alumni network, which may help open employment opportunities after residency.
As I learned about the program through my interactions with residents as a medical student and during interviews, MacNeal is indeed a big friendly community. The faculty are knowledgeable, approachable, and absolutely invested in resident education. My fellow residents have been great so far in helping me adjust to residency life. We have a fun group, like to joke around, and are more than willing to help each other when difficult situations arise.
The patient base at MacNeal offers a diverse array of pathology. One of my areas of interest is mental health issues, specifically anxiety disorders and depression. I have found there are ample opportunities to improve my skills in these areas both via the didactic curriculum and direct patient interactions in the clinic.
Lastly, I was also attracted to the strength of the sports medicine curriculum at MacNeal. There is an in-house fellowship and there are opportunities to do mass event coverage, mass pre-participation physicals, sideline coverage, and do case presentations/research. I am strongly considering making sports medicine and non-surgical orthopaedics a significant part of my practice. MacNeal gives the resources to pursue my areas of interest.
My interests in medicine include: sports medicine, non-surgical orthopedics, anxiety, depression
Outside of medicine my interests include: Indian culture, bhangra dance, stand-up comedy, working out, college basketball
Natakki Wheatley, M.D. Wayne State University
Hometown: Detroit Michigan
Undergraduate: Wayne State University
Medical School: Wayne State University School of Medicine
Why MacNeal? I became strongly attracted to the program when I got an early sense of the family-like environment. Throughout the recruitment process, both faculty and residents seemed very friendly, knowledgeable and supportive of each other. The positive energy and compassion for the discipline of family medicine seemed very infectious. Since I've been here, these characteristics have been true. I couldn't have chosen a more supportive environment to complete my post-graduate education!
My interests in medicine include: women's health
Outside of medicine my interests include: reading, caring for my pet "Princess", avid Scandal watcher