What I like about MacNeal: I grew up in Berwyn, and I really enjoy helping the people of my community.
Interests outside Medicine: I love to travel and hope to visit all seven continents someday. So far I've visited four!
Jade Pagkas-Bather, MD, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago
Career Goals: I intend to become an infectious disease specialist, and have an interest in HIV/AIDS and anthropology.
What I like about MacNeal: I like that inpatient rotations at MacNeal are normally very small, and you end up working very closely with specialists. The patient population is economically diverse, and I have had the privilege of taking care of patients with very little means. There is also a lot of teamwork between residents and nurses. In general, it's a very friendly place for residency training.
Interests outside Medicine: I enjoy reading fiction, writing poetry, yoga, running, and eating all of the delicious foods Chicago has to offer! I am also a huge fan of live music and have managed to go to a few really great concerts during my residency.
Ritu Patel, MD, University of Saint Eustatius
Career Goals: I plan to specialize in nephrology critical care and run an outpatient urgent care clinic and dialysis unit.
What I like about MacNeal: Working at a community hospital, I am able to get more time with consultant services which in turn provides more insight into that particular field and helps with learning and more comprehensive treatment plans.
Interests outside Medicine: Running along the beautiful lakefront trails of Chicago with plans to eventually complete a marathon.
Venkata Akhil Puskoor, MD, Mediciti Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India
Career Goals: I will be working as an academic hospitalist and will eventually apply for a fellowship in endocrinology.
What I like about MacNeal: Geographic location, diverse spectrum of patient population, hospital which is busy enough to provide residents with learning opportunities while allowing you to maintain a great work-life balance.
Interests outside Medicine: I enjoy snorkeling, watching basketball (go Cavs!), playing cricket and watching Anime.
Avantika Rudraraju, MD, Rangaraya Medical College
Career Goals: I am pursuing a hospitalist position for now. I would like to pursue a fellowship in endocrinology in the future.
What I like about MacNeal: Diversity in patient population, wonderful attendings and coworkers, very good ancillary staff
Interests outside Medicine: I love traveling, exploring new places, biking and spending time with family.
Shailesh Singh, MD, Kasturba Medical College- Manipal, India
Career Goals: My ultimate goal is to be an efficient physician, and I will be starting my career as a hospitalist.
What I like about MacNeal: The MacNeal residency program is like the bible of medicine which guides its residents toward a successful future by satiating them with ample knowledge. There is exposure to all kinds of pathology. The attendings, consultants and nursing staff are one of the best in the Chicagoland area. The medical education department constantly modifies to fulfill the need and comfort of its residents.
Interests outside Medicine: Socializing with people, making new friends, and enjoying all kinds of water sports adventures.
Ben Small, MD, Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center
Career Goals: Rheumatology
What I like about MacNeal: Diversity of patient population, excellent teaching from supportive and knowledgeable faculty
Interests outside of Medicine: I enjoy playing the guitar and playing basketball.
Teja Steja Surapaneni, MD, International American University-College of Medicine, Vieux Fort, St. Lucia
Career Goals: My goals are to practice hospital medicine, facilitate and publish clinical research in pulmonary and critical care field, and to pursue a multi-center clinical trial principal investigator opportunity.
What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal is a great place to train and has a solid case-mix as well as growth opportunities. I have found there to be a supportive in-house staff with excellent clinical acumen. I am happy with my choice!
Interests outside of Medicine: I spend most of my time outside of work with family and friends. I enjoy walking my dog daily and eating out with my wife. I would love to travel and experience new outdoor activities. I am hoping to run a marathon.
Find out where our residents have gone after graduation!
- Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship, Rush University, Chicago, Illinois
- Geriatrics Fellowship, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
- Rheumatology Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
- Infectious Diseases Fellowship, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington
- Hospitalist, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois
- Hospitalist, St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Stockton, California
- Academic Hospitalist, Covenant Medical Center, Saginaw, Michigan
- Hospitalist, Southwest Medical Associates, Summerlin, Nevada
- Nephrology Fellowship, Methodist Houston, Houston, Texas
- Women's Heart Disease Fellowship, Cedars Sinai, Los Angeles, California
- Hospitalist, Riverside Medical Center, Kankakee, Illinois
- Hospitalist, Aurora West Allis Hospital, West Allis, Wisconsin
- Hospitalist, Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, Wyoming
- Hospitalist, Greater Metropolitan Area, Atlanta, Georgia