DANIEL ALCANTAR - UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE GUADALAJARA FACULTAD DE MEDICINA
Career Goals: My goal is to match into a gastroenterology fellowship.
What I like about MacNeal: At MacNeal, they aspire to create a family atmosphere among the residents and staff. I like the exposure given to us, allowing us to rotate in several different subspecialties and elective rotations.
Interests outside of Medicine: I like to travel, spend time with my family, eat, play and watch football and soccer.
RAISA GABRIELA ALVAREZ - UNIVERSIDAD DE GUAYAQUIL FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS MEDICAS
Career Goals: To be a competent physician and to pursue a fellowship.
What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal has a friendly environment and they are very supportive. There is a diverse patient population which will provide you with excellent clinical experience. The faculty is outstanding and approachable.
Interests outside of Medicine: I like to hang out with friends, explore the city and travel.
RICHARD SAVIO FERNANDES ALMEIDA - MAHATMA GANDHI MISSION'S MEDICAL COLLEGE, NAVI MUMBAI
Career Goals: To advance my knowledge, develop competencies and hone my skills in the practice of medicine in order to provide quality healthcare to my patients. To pursue a fellowship in the field of cardiology or gastroenterology.
What I like about MacNeal: The opportunity to work under the guidance and mentorship of highly-reputed faculty and to teach internal medicine to medical students. I found the commitment to each resident’s career development and the atmosphere, characterized by warmth and camaraderie, particularly appealing.
Interests outside of Medicine: I am an avid musician and a member of a rock band, “The Phalanx.” Composing music and learning to play multiple musical instruments is my passion. I love travelling, exploring new places and learning about and interacting with people from diverse cultures. I enjoy watching documentaries on archaeology, geography, meteorology, astrophysics and survival skills and keeping myself updated with the latest technology.
PRACHI JAIN - GOVERNMENT MEDICAL COLLEGE NAGPUR
Career Goals: To pursue a fellowship in hematology/oncology.
What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal not only has great teaching and mentoring but also is home to some of the happiest residents. It has numerous didactic learning opportunities, as well as a diverse patient population, which helps develop independent clinical skills and judgment.
Interests outside of Medicine: I love travelling, painting and reading.
SRI MAHATHI PRIYANKA KALIPATNAPU - ANDHRA MEDICAL COLLEGE
Career Goals: My main goal is to become a physician with high clinical acumen. I have special interests in cardiology and nephrology and I would like to pursue a fellowship.
What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal is an excellent place to do residency because of the diverse patient population and focus on academics. MacNeal also has a family-like atmosphere with encouraging faculty, senior residents, welcoming staff and friendly colleagues.
Interests outside of Medicine: I enjoy playing Carnatic classical music on the violin and writing poetry and short stories. I like to do yoga and meditation and I am a nature lover. I also enjoy spending time with family and friends.
ADELINE MANOHAR - COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE OF THE PACIFIC - WESTERN UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES
Career Goals: Primary care, but I am also open to pursuing a fellowship.
What I like about MacNeal: The faculty, staff and residents at MacNeal provide a very supportive environment!
Interests outside of Medicine: I'm always ready to travel and see the world. As much as I like adventures, I’m also homebody - I like spending time with family, friends, and binge watching Netflix shows and movies.
JUAN PABLO PORTOCARRERO CACERES - UNIVERSIDAD CIENTIFICA DEL SUR FACULTAD DE MEDICINA HUMANA
Career Goals: I plan to pursue a hematology/oncology fellowship.
Why MacNeal? I decided on MacNeal because of the quality medical education, hands-on patient care, exposure to a wide clinical pathology, and because of the multicultural work environment.
Interests outside of Medicine: I like to watch sports, especially soccer. I also attempt to see as many live music events as possible.
NIRALI RAMANI - PRAMUKHSWAMI MEDICAL COLLEGE
Career Goals: I want to pursue a fellowship in gastroenterology.
What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal is a great program; it provides the ideal environment for growth. Everyone in the program is very supportive, encouraging and approachable. I feel lucky to work with great co-interns, seniors and awesome chief residents who make you feel like family.
Interests outside of Medicine: I enjoy traveling, watching movies, playing sports and cooking.
CLAUDIA GISSELL RODRIGUEZ - UNIVERSIDAD NACIONAL AUTONOMA DE HONDURAS FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS MEDICAS
Career Goals: I want to pursue a fellowship.
What I like about MacNeal: I love the family environment, the great relationship with faculty members and the exposure to a diverse patient population.
Interests outside of Medicine: I love food! I like trying food from different places and cooking. I also enjoy watching movies and reading a good book.
JORGE ALEJANDRO DORIA MEDINA SANCHEZ - ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Career Goals: To pursue a fellowship.
What I like about MacNeal: MacNeal has a very friendly, family-like environment that helps us feel at ease as we continue to grow as physicians. The staff is incredibly helpful and always willing to help. The program is well-balanced, has a diverse patient population, and is a very dynamic place to work.
Interests outside of Medicine: I enjoy playing soccer, biking and the outdoors. I am also big on food - and Chicago delivers.
PAOLA ANDREA SANCHEZ - UNIVERSIDAD DEL ZULIA FACULTAD DE MEDICINA
Career Goals: To pursue a cardiology or endocrinology fellowship.
What I like about MacNeal: I was impressed with the camaraderie that prevails throughout the program. I am happy to be a part of the MacNeal family for the next three years, plus the hospital has a great location in a nice neighborhood close to Chicago.
Interests outside of Medicine: I love photography but my real passions are traveling and cooking. Meeting new people and experiencing different cultures is exciting for me. I love experimenting in the kitchen.
JAMES ROBERT TOBIN - ROSS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Career Goals: I plan to pursue a career in hospital medicine.
What I like about MacNeal: My first experience at MacNeal Hospital was completing my sub-internship. The staff and residents were very friendly and welcoming; I knew right away that MacNeal was a good fit for me. The learning environment, as well as the approachability of the attendings and senior residents, was something that really hit home. I felt as though I was part of the team from day one and I'm excited to continue at MacNeal in a larger role.
Interests outside of Medicine: My interests outside of medicine include outdoor activities, running, and playing guitar. I also enjoy listening to live music and I'm an avid Chicago sports fan.
JOSE LUIS ZABALA - UNIVERSIDAD DE GUAYAQUIL FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS MEDICAS
Career Goals: I am pursuing a fellowship in critical care.
What I like about MacNeal: With great satisfaction I must confess I am glad I found a place like MacNeal Hospital to start my Internal Medicine Residency training. The Internal Medicine Residency Program at MacNeal Hospital provides plenty of opportunity to both interact with a diverse patient population and cooperate with other specialties to always deliver the best possible care to our patients. Furthermore, the family-like environment at MacNeal Hospital - which is unique and priceless - facilitates a fluid communication with consultants. I firmly believe it will help me stay on top of the latest developments in multiple specialties and contribute to the advancement of medical knowledge.
Interests outside of Medicine: Unquestionably, being a proud father of a four-year-old child has given me a valuable insight to incorporate in my life a diversity of activities that my wife and I together enjoy. Watching movies is our favorite hobby, especially animated movies, my son loves them. Additionally, we love family trips. Traveling around the country gives us the chance to better appreciate the diverse aspects of American culture. In fact, traveling around the world is what my wife and I have planned for retirement.
GABRIELA ZUNIGA PANIAGUA - UNIVERSIDAD DE COSTA RICA FACULTAD DE MEDICINA
Career Goals: I plan to pursue a fellowship after residency.
What I like about MacNeal: I like that MacNeal is a community-based program, which I believe provides the best working environment to any team, as it allows for closer interaction between colleagues, patients, and staff. During my interview, I was impressed with the warmth and kindness that everyone provided. I felt like I was at home with family. The Chicago area possesses a vast cultural diversity that I am thrilled about. In my opinion, this combination grants the best environment for training, learning, and living during this exciting journey.
Interests outside of Medicine: I visited Chicago and fell in love immediately with the endless things to do and the people. I enjoy trying new restaurants, movies, festivals, fishing, traveling and reading.