We are proud to present the incoming Intern Class of 2022. We wanted to take the opportunity to go a little past the names and faces and learn a couple things about them. We asked them each to tell us about why they chose Internal Medicine at Iowa for their residency. And, now that they have been here a month or so, what they like about living in Iowa City or working at University of Iowa Health Care. We will introduce them a few at a time each week for the next couple months. Welcome to Iowa!
Hometown: Rockford, Ilinois
Medical school: Rush Medical College
“Why Iowa”: From the very beginning on my interview day, I could tell Iowa was a place with genuine people, and on top of that, excellent teachers and clinicians!
What I like about Iowa City: I love the nature here, and my pup does too. It’s so nice being able to bike to work along the Iowa River trail.
Hometown: Gillette, Wyoming
Medical school: University of Washington
“Why Iowa”: Without a doubt the people. I was very impressed with how welcoming and supportive everyone was. Also having a large academic hospital in a small city appealed to me.
What I like about Iowa City: Hickory Hill Park offers excellent trail running just minutes from my home.
Hometown: Wadena, Minnesota
Medical school: University of Minnesota
“Why Iowa”: The commitment not only to training well-rounded internists, but also teaching the next generation of physician educators. The environment seemed collaborative with a focus on how to make everyone better by focusing on individual strengths and weaknesses with the ability to tailor the program to align with your future goals. Also, the people were so welcoming. Despite the size of the program, it felt like a small community.
What I like about Iowa City: I like how much there is to do outside whether it be going to Lake Macbride or picking fresh strawberries at Berry Basket Farm. There are also a bunch of golf courses that my husband and I have been trying out. I’m also looking forward to (hopefully) a little milder winter than MN!
Hometown: Long Beach, California
Medical school: University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
“Why Iowa”: The people! Had a great time working with the medicine residents and staff as a student here. Everyone here is so nice and helpful and smart. I’m not the “business professional suit-and-tie type,” so the more relaxed and approachable vibe at Iowa is very attractive to me. That in combo with the high standard of excellence assured me that I’ll get a great foundation in IM here before heading off for rehab training.
What I like about Iowa City: Iowa City is in the Goldilocks zone – not too big, not too small; there’s plenty to do and it’s accessible! Tons of outdoor activities plus plenty of open roads for cycling. I have a fond memory of my wife and I returning from a tiring trip to California and feeling comforted upon seeing the string lights downtown as we drove in on Dubuque Street.
Hometown: Fargo, North Dakota
Medical School: University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences
“Why Iowa”: I was attracted to the strong sense of community and positive culture that I felt during my interview day.
What I like about Iowa City: I have really enjoyed living in a Big Ten University city. There is always a variety of events happening around town. I am also looking forward to attending Iowa football and basketball games this fall and winter.