Family Medicine Residency Class of 2021

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Marinor Concepcion, DO

Hometown: Yorba Linda, CA

Undergraduate: University of California, Irvine

Medical School: Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why MacNeal?  During my interview day, I was impressed with MacNeal’s commitment to resident education. I felt since the start of residency that the faculty, residents, and staff were all very supportive and dedicated in working with each other and patients. I wanted to train and learn in a community hospital and strong continuity clinic that serves a diverse patient population.

My interests in medicine include: Outpatient medicine, geriatrics, underserved, preventative medicine

Outside of medicine my interests include: Spending time with family and friends, trying new restaurants, cooking, hiking, and traveling

Bridget Haley, DO

Hometown: Park Ridge, IL

Undergraduate: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine - Midwestern University

Why MacNeal?  Growing up and living in the Chicago area for most of my life, I was looking for a program where I could be close to home. Although I never rotated at MacNeal as a medical student, I knew many students who did, and they all had only great things to say about the people, atmosphere and level of care. After coming to MacNeal for interview day, I understood why. The hospital is truly a community hospital where everyone is greeted with respect and a smile. I could also sense that within the program there is a tremendous amount of support for one another and that the faculty truly care about our learning and health throughout our three years of residency. 

My interests in medicine include: Adolescent medicine, preventative health, osteopathic medicine, sports medicine

Outside of medicine my interests include: Traveling, exploring restaurants and events in Chicago, running, biking, reading, eating.

Vivian Harvey, MD

Hometown: Fairfax, VA

Undergraduate: College of William & Mary

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

Why MacNeal?   As a medical student in Chicago, I became increasingly interested in the unique challenges that patients in the Chicagoland area face given that the city is home to such a diverse population. I had the opportunity to do my 3rd year family medicine rotation at a Spanish-speaking clinic in nearby Cicero, and found the patient interactions to be challenging and meaningful. I was convinced that I wanted to do my family medicine training in a mission-driven community setting where family medicine and continuity of care were valued, and also one with a long-standing reputation for excellent teaching and mentorship. I found the MacNeal faculty to have had incredible life experiences and with a wide variety of expertise (see their bios!), and found the residents to be engaged and eager to support fellow residents through the learning process. Most importantly, everyone at my interview from the security guard to the Program Director spoke persuasively about the special sense of community at MacNeal. I am excited to be part of the family!

My interests in medicine include: Culture & language barriers for Spanish-speaking patients, underserved medicine, developing mentorship & teaching skills, pediatrics, end-of-life care

Outside of medicine my interests include: Cooking "Blue Apron's" with my husband, volleyball, researching my family tree, biking, watching Netflix, traveling, listening to Spanish podcasts

Adriana Hu, DO

Hometown: Pasadena, Ca

Undergraduate: University of Southern California 

Medical School: Midwestern University- Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Why MacNeal?   When applying to residency, I was looking for a strong community based program in a big city, and MacNeal fit exactly that! During interview day, everyone  I met, from residents and faculty to staff members, were super friendly and welcoming. It seemed like a very supportive and positive environment to learn and become a well rounded Family Physician. It also definitely helped that the residents I met were genuinely happy and seemed to have a good work life balance. 

My interests in medicine include: geriatrics, adolescents, preventative medicine, outpatient medicine 

Outside of medicine my interests include: discovering new restaurants and foods, traveling, skiing, and spending time with friends and family 

Madeline Knott, MD

Hometown: Bettendorf, IA

Undergraduate: Millikin University

Medical School: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Why MacNeal?  My husband is a podiatry resident in Chicago, so I was looking for a family medicine residency in Chicago that was at a community hospital and unopposed. I attended the Family Medicine National Conference and MacNeal residents were the friendliest and happiest. During my interview day, I felt welcomed by all staff and was impressed with tradition of excellent family medicine training at MacNeal. I knew MacNeal would be a place where I would be challenged but also supported along the way. The community of Berwyn has a small town feel, which I appreciate because I am not a city girl, but it only 30 minutes drive to downtown. It is truly the best of both worlds.

My interests in medicine include: Women’s Health, Geriatrics, and Pediatrics.

Outside of medicine my interests include: I enjoy being outside exploring new neighborhoods or hiking in state parks. I love seeing broadway musicals downtown or attending outdoor music concerts. For exercise and stress relief, I enjoy biking, playing tennis and yoga. 

Seethal Motamarri, DO

Hometown: Manhattan Beach, CA

Undergraduate: UCLA (Go Bruins!)

Medical School: A.T. Still University School of Medicine at Arizona

Why MacNeal?   The inviting atmosphere of friendly residents, faculty, and staff amazed me during interview day. Everyone seemed genuinely happy and enthusiastic. I felt that MacNeal would provide a supportive environment that would allow me to expand my knowledge, learn from caring and committed mentors, and create the attitude and approach to medicine I hope to have in the future. MacNeal offers full spectrum family medicine training that provides a well rounded framework for all of its graduates. I am extremely grateful and happy to be a part of the MacNeal Family!

My interests in medicine include: Working with the community, Global Health, Sports Medicine

Outside of medicine my interests include: Basketball, Golf, outdoor activities, Cooking, Finding restaurants, Music, Dancing, Meditation, Traveling, Any new experience!

Archana Pai, DO

Hometown: Spring, Texas

Undergraduate: The University of Texas at Austin

Medical School: Nova Southeastern University COM

Why MacNeal?  Residency is demanding. It's made up of sleepless nights, long hours, and a wealth of information to process.  As a resident at MacNeal, it also means working with amazing co-residents and seniors who will support you during this journey.  From my interview day up till now, the people at MacNeal have made the transition from medical student to physician manageable and fun.  The attendings in the hospital and the core family medicine faculty in clinic are focused on our education and the take time to teach us to build our knowledge base.  At the same time, they encourage us to think independently and take ownership of our patients' healthcare. 

A big plus is that since MacNeal is located so close to the city of Chicago, we see a wide variety of people from different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds.  Most of the patients that we see in the hospital are our clinic patients.  So we have the chance to see how their care translates in the inpatient setting.  As a MacNeal family medicine resident, I know that when I graduate, I am going to be thoroughly trained to provide a full scope of family medicine care and be prepared to pursue my personal interests in medicine. 

My interests in medicine include: Global medicine, adolescent Medicine, and women’s health

Outside of medicine my interests include: Trying different and unique foods, hiking, traveling, playing board games

Shivali Shah, DO

Hometown: Naperville, IL

Undergraduate: Drake University

Medical School: Midwestern University - CCOM

Why MacNeal?  Growing up around the Chicagoland area, I knew I couldn't call any other place home. MacNeal was the first place I interviewed where I found the perfect mix of diversity, fun, along with a challenging curriculum. Clinic also looked awesome and after meeting all of the residents I knew I could see myself having fun here. 

My interests in medicine include: Sports medicine

Outside of medicine my interests include: basketball, singing, ultimate frisbee, guitar, dancing. 

Rebecca Uttermann, DO

Hometown: Annandale, VA

Undergraduate: Virginia Tech

Medical School: A.T Still University- SOMA

Why MacNeal?   I chose MacNeal because it was one of my favorite interviews. I felt like during the interview the faculty really cared about the program and my education, and I found that the residents got along well and were supportive of each other. Also, I liked the fact the program was located outside a major city, which I thought would provide me with a diverse and possibly challenging patient population to work with. Additionally, the program offered 3 fellowship opportunities, which would allow me to keep my future interests open as I move through the next few years.

My interest in medicine: Obstetrics, Women’s health, International health 

Outside of medicine interest include:  Baking, exercising, watching sports, exploring Chicago 

Eureka Wu, DO

Hometown: Mountain View, California

Undergraduate: University of California, Davis

Medical School: Touro University California, College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why MacNeal?   I wanted to receive my family medicine training in a community hospital where I can personally connect with and get to know the staffs in which I will spend the next three years working side-by-side. When I came to MacNeal for my interview, I was pleasantly surprised by how friendly and enthusiastic everyone was. People care about each other and it was not difficult to strike a conversation. There was a lot of laughter, support and friendliness in the atmosphere. Aside from the full spectrum and community training MacNeal offers, it was the camaraderie and closeness that made me decide to join this big family.

In residency, you will be working long hours, working hard and learning as much as you can. At the end of the day, it’s the people you work with, whether it’s your co-residents, attending, nurses or staffs, who offer support and guidance to help you through each day. Trust your instinct and observe how people interact with each other on the interview day or at the interview dinner. You will end up where you are meant to be!

My interests in medicine include: Mental Health, preventative medicine and integrative medicine.

Outside of medicine my interests include: Music – from playing music instruments such as flute, guitar, saxophone, to attend music concerts, playing badminton or basketball, exploring authentic foods and spending time with family and friends.

Sirisha Yellayi, DO

Hometown: Franklin, MI

Undergraduate: Michigan State University

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Why MacNeal?  I wanted to go to a strong, established program that would prepare me for independent practice and where I would be able to learn full-scope family medicine. MacNeal provided a strong inpatient and outpatient experience, where residents often saw their own patients in the hospital and then were able to see them in clinic as well, providing excellent continuity. I also wanted to be at a program where my interests were encouraged and where I felt supported as a resident. MacNeal residents seemed fulfilled and happy, and were clearly excellent physicians.

Now as a resident at MacNeal, everything I admired at the program has proven to be 100% true. I love being a resident at MacNeal and couldn’t have found a better fit!

Interests in medicine: women’s health, pediatric wellness, integrative medicine, obstetrics

Outside of medicine my interests include: dance, traveling, MSU football, and playing with my pup

Michelle J Yoo, MD

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago

Why MacNeal?   I wanted to stay within the Chicago-land area for residency and although Chicago had a myriad of programs to choose from, MacNeal was the one that stood out to me the most. There was a distinct sense of camaraderie and community that was very genuine and organic. The one thing all the residents said during my interview at MacNeal was that the Family Medicine Faculty and Staff were incredible: dedicated to teaching, kind and non-judgmental. I didn't quite understand what they meant by it until joining the program myself and working with them first hand. I've never felt more accepted, protected and at home at any other teaching institution.

The patient population at MacNeal was another large reason why I chose this program. One of my passions is to work with underserved populations and I plan to continue global health work in my future practice. I thought MacNeal was a great platform to continue and further those goals. Lastly I chose MacNeal because it is a large university-affiliated academic center that provides the resources of a large institution while still maintaining a community hospital feel where Family Medicine Residents are the priority in terms of hands on experience, training and education. 

My interests in medicine include: Global health and working with underserved populations. Procedural skills, immediate care and women's health.

Outside of medicine my interests include: Traveling, exploring new cultures and foods. I love hiking and anything outdoors. Playing guitar and piano, jazz (especially jazz piano) and musical theatre.