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Our Program

IN OUR WORDS

CLASS OF 2024

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NICHOLE RAMIREZ, MD

Interview season is already one of the most stressful times for medical students. In addition to the known stressor, my class was faced with being the first to interview virtually. It became difficult to ask for advice because everyone's experience was based on interviewing in person. The most common piece of advice I received was "go where your gut tells you." By this, they are referring to some visceral sensation that they felt when attending an interview at the place they knew was "the one." This worried me early on in interview season, because it was hard to believe that I could experience this same emotion while learning about a place and its people through a computer screen. As interview season progressed, I started losing hope in finding a place that I just "knew" was the one. I began making pros and cons lists using information I picked up during my virtual meet and greets and interviews. All the places were starting to blur together, and truly I had no idea how I was going to create a rank list with little to no background on this programs. 

 

I remember my interview with University Miami was on a Wednesday. I had already completed an interview on Monday of that week and had another one scheduled on Friday. I was starting to get burnt out by the interview process. The night before most interviews there is a casual meeting where you get to ask residents about the programs prior to your actual interview day. In theory it sounds effortless, but the truth of the matter is that it was always awkward and the residents would just ramble on about random topics until the hour was up. So, the night before my UM interview, there was a meet and greet with some residents. I logged into the virtual call and was greeted by a "room" of people listening to music and laughing together. The entire night instead blurting out facts about the program, we played a game. I got to know the people on the call and they got to know me. We talked about the program, but somehow they made it fun. I finished that night and I knew - this is the one. 

 

Fast forward to now! I am about 1 month into residency and 2 months since moving to Miami, and I cannot imagine being anywhere else. The people are fantastic, the city is full of culture, and the patients are extraordinary. I feel so grateful to be training at Jackson Memorial Hospital and am honored to be learning in such an incredible community!"

MATTHEW WEBER, MD

As a rising M4 I was split on academic vs community family medicine programs. During the application and interview process I realized I was more attracted to large academic systems for their endless resources, urban setting, rich history and more diverse pathology and patient-population. As my academic programs filtered to the top of my list, Jackson quickly rose to the top of my list. 

 

In the first week of orientation, I knew I was in the right place. The gratitude, joy, and closeness of the residents was contagious since the "meet and greet" before my interview. The day we were "long white-coated" by the outgoing third years I knew I found the right place for me. The physicians leaving the program were wise, experienced, and inspiring. They were genuine humans ready and prepared for their careers ahead. Jackson is the 3rd largest teaching hospital in the United States and a magnet for those in need of medical care from all over the Caribbean, Central and South America. Yet, as a humble family medicine intern 2 months in I have already felt like a crucial part of every medical team I have worked with. I have had the opportunity to impact families and patients who look up to physicians for education and hope. 

 

Our Jackson Family Medicine program has a great reputation amongst the other residency programs. Our program has incredible faculty such as Dr. Nery who is one the most amazing and joyful teachers I've met, Dr. Djahed who is walking encyclopedia, and Dr. Gervais who every UM Miller school of medicine graduate mentions as being "the best physician to learn under from clinicals -- she even gives hugs!" True story. Our faculty and staff not mentioned are equally amazing, our Jefferson Reaves Clinic family is inviting, our campus is central with rail access and just across from Miami Beach. I bike to work many days and get to feel the warm sun on my face almost every day and have access to a variety of culturally rich communities and the food they make at any hour of the day. What else could you want from the oldest academic family medicine program in the country?"

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MARC-EDWIN SAINT-LOUIS, MD, MPH

“When choosing a family medicine program, I wanted to match into a program whose objectives, values, and priorities align with mine. The University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital (UM/JMH) family medicine program is one such program. Not only is UM/JMH the first Family Medicine program in the US, it is also located in one of the most diverse areas of the US. I am confident that our training at UM/JMH will enhance my understanding of the healthcare needs of multicultural and underserved communities. Additionally, I am Haitian-born and raised, and aspire to effectively take care of our growing Caribbean and Latino communities residing in the Miami area. I feel privileged to be able to train under distinguished experts and specialists in their respective fields here at UM/JMH which is one of the largest teaching medical centers in the U.S. Lastly, the support that our UM/JMH Family Medicine Residency Program provides is truly unmatched. Our faculty, residents, and staff are evidently and fully invested in your success, and it truly feels like a family. Ranking this program #1 was one the best decisions I have made in life thus far and I cannot wait to see all I will be able to accomplish in my future career as a family medicine physician because of our robust training here at UM/JMH."

NATHAN RODRICKS, DO

I was always told to look for a program that had a great vibe. I didn't really understand what that meant until my interview at UM/JMH. The residents at the program felt like old friends and the faculty were easy to talk to. I ranked the program number one and after being here for a few months, I know I made the right decision. Outside of medicine our residents are amazing and interesting people. Coming from Canada, I didn't have any friends or family in the area and my co-interns have become my family. We love to go out or relax by the pool, and enjoy each others company. Our faculty have also been very supportive. They are approachable and teach in a style that makes everything easy to understand and remember. As someone on the sports medicine track, I have already been able to do game sideline coverage and be in sports medicine clinic. Reach out to any of the residents and I am sure you'll hear great things!"

Dr. Rodricks is originally from Toronto, Canada and enjoys being active. He enjoys swimming, basketball, and volleyball. He is pursuing a career in sports medicine and would like to complete a fellowship in sports medicine after residency.

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CLASS OF 2023

BRITTANY AJEGBA, MD, MPH

“People would always say, when you know a program is for you, you'll know. It's a gut feeling." And I used to get nervous like I don't know how people can just know that a program is for them based off of seemingly not much information. And then I came to Jackson and I truly understood what people meant. I loved it. The residents, the faculty, the learning opportunities. The good yet sometimes daunting thing about the field of family medicine is that there are so many programs to choose from that all will provide great training. So how do you choose? For me, it was the combination of people and purpose. I would like to pursue policy work in marrying public health and medicine that aim to decrease health disparities and I know that Jackson will provide me that opportunity as the majority of patients we serve are underrepresented and underserved. The beauty of Jackson is not only do you get to work with that wonderful patient population, but the residents and faculty mirror their patient population and diversity is very valued here and that was very important to me when I began my residency program search. Being from Michigan, I was a little nervous to come to Miami (even though I won't miss the Michigan winters), but I truly think that Jackson is the supportive and nurturing environment that I was always looking for and I am grateful to be here."

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PASCALE DUVALSAINT, MD

“While applying for residency, I ultimately decided that the three most important factors I sought were robust training, a supportive environment, and the opportunity to care for an underserved patient population. After interviewing at UM/JMH, I felt like I truly struck gold. Not only did this program exceed all of my expectations for ‘must haves,’ but it also checked all of my additional boxes, and simply felt right emotionally. Our program boasts so many unique attributes that I have come to cherish. As the third largest teaching hospital in the country, positioned in an extremely diverse community, we learn a plethora of pathologies alongside a vast array of healthcare providers. Yet, despite being in such a large academic institution, our Family Med department feels like a supportive, and close-knit home away from home. I sensed this on the day of my interview, and it has held true each and every day since. Some of my personal favorite parts of our program include the truly protected academic time, regularly scheduled wellness days, opportunities to sharpen language skills, and the unparalleled diversity amongst patients, residents, and faculty. While working, I feel absolutely blessed to train at UM/JMH. Outside of work, I remain blessed to enjoy the wonderful food, sights, activities and weather in Miami. "

DANIELE MION-BET, MD

“Choosing the right residency program is a challenge in itself, many factors come into play when making this decision. Fortunately, choosing UM/JMH was one of the easiest decisions I’ve made in my medical career. I grew up in Miami and was part of many public service organizations here, continuing to serve the Miami community was the opportunity to complete my vow of service to the city that raised me. I was fortunate enough to do my clinical rotations at Jackson Memorial hospital, which gave me insight to the patient population and social issues they deal with on a daily basis. During this time, I was able to interact with many residents and attendings who welcomed me and allowed me to become part of the team. The interview day was no different from that, and I was truly shown that resident wellness is a high priority for this program. Miami is a beautiful place to learn medicine due to its population diversity, which adds to the variety of cases and pathology encountered. This residency allows there to be a good work and life balance. When not working, I am still able to enjoy many of my hobbies, which include diving/spearfishing, drifting and hanging out with friends in the outdoors year round.​"

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CLASS OF 2022

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CASTRO BONNY, MD

“The reason I was attracted to JMH/UM was because the program’s offerings matched so closely to my future goals. I want to practice family medicine as broadly as possible, see patients from all age groups, and treat a wide range of pathology. I also want to live in south Florida and work with underserved populations. Additionally, I want to work with the Haitian population, of which I am a member. On my interview day at Jackson it was evident that the program would be able to offer this, and more, in an environment with dedicated and welcoming practitioners. So far, as an intern, it is clear the range of pathology is astonishing, the educators are top notch, and the residents support each other. I do not regret choosing this program because, in addition to shaping me for my future, I’m also surrounded by people who care about their work, patients and each other.”

KATHERINE TOVAR, MD 

"At the University of Miami/ Jackson Memorial Hospital you will find all the elements that make the difference and allow you to become an outstanding physician. You will be exposed to a wide variety of diseases, patient populations and will have all the supervision you need to make sure everything is right. You will be surrounded by people from different nationalities, you will be learning in a setting that allows you to grow in professionally and personally while helping the underserved communities in the area. This program supports wellness and to me that is invaluable. Intern year is tough but I don’t see myself anywhere else. I feel supported and I’m having the time of my life in one of the most beautiful cities of the US."

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LLOYD CAMPER, MD, MPH

“Just like every medical student I was overwhelmed by the process of choosing where to spend the next few years of my journey in this relentless world of medicine. As I interviewed throughout the nation, evaluating opposed vs unopposed, urban vs rural, community vs academic...I found myself interviewing here at Jackson for its multifaceted opportunities to mix it all. And ultimately, I cared about the patient population I am currently serving and how not only it is rich in its diversity, but how it is also represented in our residency program itself. We have an amazing group just as diverse as supportive, and for this reason I am happy and grateful to have made it my home."

ALANA DEGREE, MD

"When looking for a residency, I wanted to be at a place where I would feel supported by the residency and the other residents, and where I could feel at home. After my interview, I just knew Jackson Memorial was the place for me. The residents have a sense of comradery that I knew I needed to thrive. On top of that, the population around Jackson lends itself to seeing a wide variety of pathologies and I knew coming here I would be expanding my knowledge 100-fold while caring for a population that needs it the most. There are challenging days but I know I choose the right residency."

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PAULA VASQUEZ ARRUBLA, DO

“Selecting a residency program is a challenging and exciting endeavor. Training at the third largest teaching hospital in the country comes with incredible perks including world-class education with exposure to unique pathology seen in few other parts of the US. As family medicine physicians, we are trained by supportive faculty in a friendly yet rigorous environment that makes learning a fun and enriching experience. Most importantly, this residency program offers a special lens to understand health inequities as well as the barriers to health experienced by our country’s most vulnerable communities. It is a privilege to serve this disenfranchised population, and this makes going to work every single day meaningful. As a first-generation immigrant, it is an honor to serve South Florida’s culturally diverse and multilingual communities. As a travel enthusiast, living in Miami has offered me the opportunity to indulge in things that bring me joy including the beach, outdoor activities, diverse cuisine, and a quick/cheap flight to other parts of the planet. I would select this program again in a heartbeat as I love being able to say that I am ‘Jackson-trained.’ 

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CLASS OF 2021

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STEVENSON CHERY, MD

“In my quest to become a well-rounded physician, I was seeking a diverse program with excellent training. During my search, I came across many great programs, however I could not pass up on the myriad opportunities offered here. Firstly, our patient population is as diverse as their pathology. With a healthcare staff that mainly reflect the population, direct impact on patients’ lives can be seen immediately. Furthermore, Miami being an international port of entry, our training already encompasses global health within the curriculum. With my goal of being a physician for all, I feel like the training in this program will serve as a great foundation to launch me into achieving my goal of being a physician ready to serve all.”

ORVENIE BERNARDIN, MD

“Immediately after stepping foot into our Jackson Memorial Hospital's Family Medicine room, I felt home. Maybe it was the camaraderie I saw between the residents. Maybe it was the fact that I saw an attending embrace a resident which made me realize that I would be supported here. Maybe it was the plethora of culture displayed among our staff and residents. Regardless, I knew I had to be a part of our JMH Family Medicine Program. What solidified my decision was the patient population. I knew I could serve best in a patient population that mimics my cultural background and my upbringing, as well as the diverse pathology noted at JMH. I wanted to be able to practice anywhere after graduating from a residency program and I am thankful to say this Family Medicine Program provided that."

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ALISHA KSHETRY, MD

“I ranked the University of Miami/Jackson Hospital Family Medicine program first and it was the best decision I could have made. While I felt privileged to have matched here, it was only after going through intern year with my co-residents that I realized just how lucky I was. In both our inpatient and outpatient rotations, we see a wide range of pathologies that most family medicine physicians never get exposed to in the entirety of their career. Miami is a diverse city with a mixture of many different cultures and this environment provides us with a unique patient population to serve and learn from. I have also found a strong support system among my co-residents and faculty. Without this support I would not have been able to get through the grueling journey that is residency."

ALFRED TANGLAO, MD

“Many residency programs offer one, and sometimes two, of a variety of key experiences for learners very well: a large institutional hospital that expose residents to a variety of pathologies, an administration that is supportive of your educational, professional, and personal goals, a close-knit resident class, intelligent educators, and the privilege to provide healing to a diverse, under-resourced patient population. In my experience as a senior resident of the program, it is clear that our JMH Family Medicine Residency offers all of these without hesitation. The education and experience I have received in this program have done nothing short of prepare me to be an excellent Family Physician. And surely there will be many occasions in my medical career where I know I have succeeded in large part because I am a graduate of this program."

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