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Meeting the EM Residents

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Sameed Ashfaq

Sameed Ashfaq

Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Undergraduate Education: Nova Southeastern University
Medical School: Des Moines University
Hobbies/Interests: Eating, reading (love sci-fi!), photography/editing, working on cars, traveling and exploring
Why I Chose Lakeland: What I was looking for in a residency was simple: a family. During my first shift of my away rotation at Lakeland, I knew I would have exactly that. The diverse patient population, amazing didactics lead by passionate faculty, and being virtually unopposed in the ED were all icing on the cake.


Sydney Cryder

Sydney Cryder

Hometown: Chillicothe, OH
Undergraduate Education: University of Charleston, WV
Medical School: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: fitness & sports, hunting, playing with Murphy (our chocolate lab), baking
Why I Chose Lakeland: I remember leaving town after my interview, calling my husband Dyllon and telling him that Saint Joe was it. The family-like vibes were palpable from the get go which was huge for me. Dyllon and I felt like we had already met and formed friendships with the residents. I’m so glad to have the opportunity to train here and be a part of this EM family.

Taylor

Taylor Huizenga

Hometown: Rockford, Michigan
Undergraduate:
University of Michigan
Medical School:
Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests:
Basketball, Football, Golf - any team sports, fishing, and eating cereal.
Why I chose Lakeland:
I grew up in West Michigan and now want to serve its people. The faculty and residents at Lakeland care about each other and encourage excellence in medicine. I love Lake Michigan, the dunes, and the sunsets. It is a perfect place for me and my family


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Stephen Jensen

Hometown: Shoreview, MN
Undergraduate Education: College of St. Scholastica
Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: MN sports, fitness, being outdoors, traveling, exploring local restaurants and breweries, and spending time with family and friends.
Why I Chose Lakeland: I chose Lakeland because the amazing faculty and residents here create a true sense of community. There is also ample procedural opportunities and a diverse patient population coupled with attendings who are invested in resident education. I knew Lakeland would provide an excellent training experience and St. Joseph is an awesome place to live!


Katie Kammert

Katie Kammert

Hometown: Rapid City, SD
Undergraduate Education: University of South Dakota
Medical School: AT Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, scuba diving, swimming, outdoor activities, hanging out with friends and family,
Why I Chose Lakeland: Lakeland offered everything that I was looking for in an EM program: dedicated faculty, happy residents, diverse patient cases, engaging didactics, extracurricular opportunities and an awesome location on Lake Michigan! I left interview day knowing that this was where I wanted to train.


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Erin Sondgerath

Hometown: Lafayette, IN
Undergraduate Education: Purdue University
Medical School: Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: traveling, eating good food, hiking, camping, reading, spending time with friends and family
Why I Chose Lakeland: I chose Lakeland because I immediately felt comfortable and at home with the residents and core faculty during my interview. The residents all seem to be genuinely happy and enjoy their time together. Also Lakeland has a great reputation and is known throughout the country for producing good EM doctors.



Jared Sustad

Jared Sustad

Hometown: Centennial, Colorado
Undergraduate Education: University of Colorado
Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Backpacking, skiing, hiking, traveling as much as possible, reading and spending time with friends and family.
Why I Chose Lakeland: I first came to Lakeland as a visiting medical student and was very impressed by the high quality of the hospital and physicians working here. Everyone was passionate about medicine and teaching, and I knew this was a place where I could receive the training needed to become a fantastic medical practitioner. I am also excited to try out some of the water sports I have not had access to before!



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Bass

Jared Bass

Hometown: Beachwood, Ohio
Undergraduate Education: Indiana University
Medical School: Kansas City University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Fishing, soccer, baseball, golf, scuba diving, alpine skiing, piano, spending time with family and friends
Why I Chose Lakeland: When I first came to Lakeland, I immediately realized that it was the perfect fit. We have fantastic attendings, a passionate and involved program director, amazing didactics, and a place where everyone feels part of the EM family. It was clear that Lakeland provides top-notch training and a well-rounded yet challenging experience. Lakeland excels across the board!


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Brandon Bowdoin

Hometown: Elkhart, Indiana

Undergraduate: Indiana University
Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine 
Hobbies/Interests: Running, soccer, weight lifting. Being outdoors. Travel and food. Spending time with my family and friends while exploring local craft beer.
Why I chose Lakeland:  The people here are amazing. There’s a real sense of family and community. The residents and faculty are very supportive. The way the program functions in the area allows you to have a real impact in the community. There’s truly not another program like Lakeland and St. Joe is an awesome place to live and work!

Cobb

Emily Cobb

Hometown: Willis, MI  
Undergraduate Education: Western Michigan University
Medical School: Central Michigan University
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with my niece/family and friends, traveling, reading, fitness
Why I Chose Lakeland: The culture here at Lakeland is unmatched. From day one, I could tell Lakeland was a family – and I felt like I was a part of it from the beginning! Everyone here is genuinely invested in each other’s education and well-being. This program has everything I was looking for: excellent medical educators/physicians, fantastic support staff in the ED, a true family of residents and faculty, a diverse patient population, and a great quality of life by the water. 

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Elizabeth Greenberg

Hometown: Noblesville, IN
Undergraduate Education: St. Olaf College
Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Travel, singing, running, yoga, baking, all the outdoor activities St. Joe has to offer
Why I chose Lakeland: When I was looking for a residency I had 3 criteria: one that would challenge me and provide me the opportunity to take ownership of my patients, ability to do procedures, and a family like feel. From day one of my audition rotation, I knew Lakeland was the place for me.

Victor

Victor Maslon 

Hometown: Itasca, IL
Undergraduate Education: Loyola University Chicago
Medical School: A. T. Still University- Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Spending time with family and friends, being outside (camping, fishing, canoeing, hunting, hiking), construction projects, and making music.
Why I Chose Lakeland: I chose Lakeland because I felt welcome during my month here as a rotating student and got along well with everyone inside and out of the hospital.  In the future, I see myself working in a community hospital ED and I wanted to shape my practice accordingly from an early stage. And of course, I was confident that Lakeland would ultimately turn me into an excellent doc. 

 

Abby

Abby Schindler

Hometown: Neenah, WI
Undergraduate Education: University of Wisconsin - Madison
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, snowboarding, board games, video games, dog-spotting, baking, watching/quoting/winning trivia about The Office
Why I Chose Lakeland: On the pre-interview social night, I specifically remember one resident saying: "We work really hard here - but to be here, it's worth it." I connected with every resident that night, and every faculty or administrative member I met that next day. I was impressed with all the care they put into every area of the residency program, down to incredibly well-thought-out didactics and working on constant improvements and changes as they come. And with an almost unopposed residency, you do EVERYTHING - which is how EM residency should be. By noon the day of interviews, I knew that here, over everywhere else, was where I needed to train to become the best ED-MD for my future patients.


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Elle Schultz

Hometown: Hampton, MN
Undergrad: St. Catherine University (St. Paul, MN)
Medical School: Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/interests: trying new foods, hiking, running, puzzling, and traveling (I was a flight attendant before medical school!)
Why I Chose Lakeland: I was fortunate enough to do an audition rotation here when I was a medical student. I immediately noticed the strong, inclusive, and tight knit family of the residents and attendings. Each and every faculty member is incredibly invested in the success of their residents. There is a diverse patient population and you see high acuity patients. The location on Lake Michigan is absolutely beautiful. It truly is a “one of a kind” place to train.

 

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joseph

Joseph Longobardi

Hometown: Iowa Falls, Iowa
Undergraduate Education: Iowa State University
Medical School: Des Moines University
Hobbies/Interests: Camping, Dog training, Family time, Fishing, Hiking, Iowa State Basketball and Football, Smoking Meat, Spikeball
Why I Chose Lakeland: Amazing Faculty and Residents, Community program, Diverse patient population, Family Friendly, St. Joseph is an awesome place to live!

erik

Erik Arnits

Hometown: Longview, WA
Undergraduate Education: Pacific Lutheran University
Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Alpine skiing, hiking, rafting, camping, scuba diving, spending time with my wife, son and dog
Why I Chose Lakeland: The residents and faculty really care about one another and have built a strong sense of family and community here. Also the faculty have an obvious passion for teaching Emergency Medicine.

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Przednowek, Tomasz

Hometown: Glendale Heights, IL
Undergraduate Education: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical School: Midwestern University - CCOM
Hobbies/Interests: Being a homeowner (and all the little projects that come with it), computer gaming, running, and - when time and money allows for it - travel, both near and far!
Why I chose Lakeland: I wanted a program that was constantly growing and developing new parts of their curriculum with active, involved faculty eager to try new things.Overall, Lakeland was not just the place I fell in love with Emergency Medicine, but also the place I knew I would be happiest - both while at work and on my days off!
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Megan Vukorpa

Hometown: Saint Joseph, MI
Undergraduate Education: Michigan State University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interest: boating, swimming, reading, being outdoors
Why I chose Lakeland: The faculty dedication to the residency program can not be matched. Everyone is kind and interested in your learning. I think the program does a great job of addressing learning through different avenues such as SIM labs, lecture and flipped classroom.

marcus

Marcus Fazzari

Hometown: Walla Walla, WA
Undergraduate Education: Washington State University
Medical School: Pacific Northwest University of Health Science College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests:
Weight lifting, golf, playing the cello, hiking, biking, spending time with my friends and family
Why I chose Lakeland: From the first day on campus as a medical student, I could tell Lakeland was a family. They look after one another and care about each other’s well-being. I wanted a place to train with great academics, high acuity, and attendings who like to teach. But more than anything, I wanted genuine people who are happy to be here. Lakeland has it all and more.
brian

Brian Freeman

Hometown: Wheat Ridge, CO
Undergraduate Education: Hastings College
Medical School: Des Moines University
Hobbies/Interests: Tennis; cooking; hiking; weightlifting; my Wheaten puppy, Ollie
Why I Chose Lakeland: When looking at which program was right for me, Lakeland stood out from all the rest. The attending physicians and residents here are some of the best I've worked with. The faculty here truly go above and beyond to make sure the residents leave the program as well-trained, well-educated, emergency physicians. They are always happy to teach, but also give you the freedom to develop your own practice style as you go. The residents here are incredibly supportive and are always willing to help in any way they can. The ED itself sees a wide variety of patients and the acuity here is great for learning. Being a virtually unopposed program also gives you the chance to perform more procedures earlier in your training than at some other programs. And if that wasn't enough, St. Joseph is a great place to live! Being on Lake Michigan and having Chicago so close is a huge bonus!


Anthony

Anthony Sanders

Hometown: Nashville, Tennessee
Undergraduate: University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University - Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Country Music; Sports; Weightlifting; Traveling; Grilling; Spending time with family and friends
Why I chose Lakeland: When I came here for my interview, it immediately felt like home. Everyone, including the attendings, faculty, staff, and fellow residents, all treat you like family. They have a genuine interest in your education, and continually strive to bring out the best in you both as a person and physician. 

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larisa

Larisa Grinvalds

Hometown: Portage, Michigan
Undergraduate Education: Kalamazoo College
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Traveling, volleyball, biking, spending time outside
Why I Chose Lakeland: The camaraderie between residents, attendings who are passionate and actively involved in resident education, the emphasis on evidence based medicine, and the diverse patient population.

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Maddi Massa

Hometown: Holt, Michigan
Undergraduate Education: Michigan State University
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: Golf, running, yoga, being outside, TV, reading, crafts
Why I Chose Lakeland: I chose Lakeland because of the people: great attendings, residents and support staff. And who doesn't love the lake?

michael

Michael O'Daniel

Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Undergraduate Education: University of St. Francis
Medical School: Des Moines University
Hobbies/Interests: Music, guitar, concerts, snowboarding, tennis, being outdoors
Why I Chose Lakeland: When I did my rotation here as a student, I immediately felt like I fit in with everybody. All of the residents and attendings were extremely helpful. The hospital staff in general seemed like a large extended family. These were the type of people I could see myself being friends with for the rest of my life. I also learned a great deal about ultrasound when I was here, which stood out against other programs that I looked at. It also doesn't hurt that there is a beautiful beach with a great small town feel, and yet there is no sacrifice in exposure to a large variety of medical cases.

tiffany

Tiffany Proffitt

Hometown: Libertyville, Illinois
Undergraduate Education: Connecticut College
Graduate Education: MA in Biomedical Science, Midwestern University
Medical School: Midwestern University - CCOM
Hobbies/Interests: Running, being outside, playing with my twins, anything delicious
Why I Chose Lakeland: I knew that Lakeland was where I wanted to train minutes into the start of my interview. I loved the people and culture, and I felt like I was part of a family from the start. This combined with a talented group of incredible teachers, not to mention the gorgeous setting, solidified Lakeland as my top choice. My family and I couldn't be happier!

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Louis Standiford

Hometown: Portage, Michigan
Undergraduate Education: University of Michigan
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Hobbies/Interests: I like to have a lot of projects around the house. I enjoy spending time running with my dog and exploring new breweries in the area. I love watching sports and am a fan of all Detroit sport teams.
Why I Chose Lakeland: I chose Lakeland because it feels like a big family to me. The attendings all have diverse backgrounds and have a common goal of making the residents the best they can be. Also, I highly doubt you'll find a hospital with better Med Ed staff! As a community hospital, we are at the front line for anything that walks through the door, and working at the Niles location broadens our experience even further. In the summertime there really isn't a better place to be in Michigan with the beaches and outdoor activities!

Corita

Corita Wheeler

Hometown: Macon, Nebraska
Undergraduate Education: Nebraska Wesleyan University
Medical School: Des Moines University
Hobbies/Interests: Road biking, travel
Why I Chose Lakeland: The attendings are EXCELLENT and genuinely care about teaching! There's ample opportunity to perform procedures as it's essentially an unopposed program. It's a program that really feels like a family, not just amongst residents but also between residents and attendings. From the moment I interviewed, I knew Lakeland was a place I could grow as a provider and find my niche. 

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