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- Arthritis/Rheumatic Disease
- Breast Cancer
- GERD/Peptic Ulcers
About This Blog
“Insights on Residency Training,” launched in October 2010, examines a range of clinical issues from the resident’s point of view. The blog will frequently cite and comment on stories from NEJM Journal Watch, but will also draw on other sources, including the bloggers’ own observations and experience. We hope that it’ll offer you, our readers, a chance to weigh in as well.
Meet Our Bloggers
Paul has spent all his life in the Upper Midwest. After being raised in the suburbs of Chicago, he ventured north to Wisconsin to attend Marquette University and received a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. He subsequently earned his medical degree at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He completed his training in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago where he now serves as a chief resident. Paul has an interest in medical education and particularly enjoys teaching bedside communication and examination skills. After his chief year, he intends to pursue a career as a clinician-educator in general Internal Medicine. For leisure, Paul spends his time with his wife and beloved daughter. In his free time, he enjoys writing music, bicycling, and reading newspapers and magazines.
Akhil was born in the Chicago suburbs. After attending high school at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, he majored in Biological Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Akhil then returned to Chicago to attend medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He pursued a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center between his third and fourth years of medical school. His interest in research, academic medicine, and strong clinical training led him to pursue Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Chicago where he currently serves as a chief resident. Akhil plans to pursue a career in academic Cardiology. Outside of medicine, Akhil is interested in Chicago sports (especially the Bears and Blackhawks), international affairs, social media, photography, and traveling.
Jonathan is a native Minnesotan, raised in Rochester, who grew up surrounded by the medical community. He studied Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. He recently completed residency training at the University of Colorado Denver, where he is currently serving as one of the Chief Medical Residents in Internal Medicine. His academic interests include interventional cardiology, structural heart disease, and biotechnology. He plans to enroll in a Cardiovascular Disease fellowship program immediately after his chief resident year. Jonathan enjoys travel, photography, hiking, and cycling in the summer and is a fervent skier in the winter.
Dr. Astik grew up in Warrensburg, Missouri, an hour east of Kansas City. She received her Bachelor of Arts/MD in a 6-year combined program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Dr. Astik was an Internal Medicine resident at UMKC from June 2008 to July 2011 and currently is completing an extra year as a Chief Resident. She is planning to apply for a Gastroenterology fellowship in 2012. Dr. Astik is an avid tennis player and has been playing competitively since childhood; she loves to meet and talk with new people.
A Kansas Citian at heart, Dr. Zook completed medical school and her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she is currently completing an extra year as a Chief Resident in Internal Medicine. Dr. Zook plans on working as an Internist in the Kansas City area. When she’s not in the hospital, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family; Dr. Zook loves traveling, the outdoors, and animals.
Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Bratton received his Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology-Movement Science at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. While at TCU, Dr. Bratton was a 4-year letter winner on the TCU Horned Frog Division I baseball team. He received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Bratton completed his Family Medicine residency and served as Chief Resident at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. He currently is a Fellow in Sports Medicine at JPS.
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