I was born in Wichita, KS but grew up in Blue Springs, MO. I attended Blue Springs High School and still avidly follow the glory of that institution. For my undergraduate degree, I attended The University of Missouri and received a BS in Biology and a minor in Philosophy. I obtained my medical degree from The University of Kansas and spent my clinical years in Wichita. I met Casana, another VC resident in our program, during medical school and we were married last year.
Why Via Christi? During my last two years of medical school, I had the opportunity to see how talented the residents at Via Christi were and how well they interacted with one another. It was also important to Casana and I that we find a program unopposed in Medicine, Pediatrics and OB. In general, Wichita is a wonderful place to learn medicine. Residents are literally on the front line of the healthcare provided and, as such, given a tremendous amount of respect, autonomy and opportunity.
Passions: Number 1-my wife, wouldn’t be me without her. Our 2 dogs, I’d love to have about 12 but my number 1 passion won’t let it happen. Improving and maintaining this residency in any way I can. The University of Missouri and defending the Tigers amid a sea of Jayhawks, Wildcats and an inordinate amount of Sooners. The Royals, the Chiefs, traveling to various baseball stadiums, crossword puzzles (especially Diagramless), traveling abroad, camping, canoeing, fishing, Van Gogh art, charcoal (real) grilling and entomology.
Favorite Books: Arrowsmith, My Own Country, Peterson Field Guide to Insects, The Dark Towers Series, Candide, Don Quixote, The Bourne Trilogy (Only saw the 1st movie, but how can you omit Carlos?), The Stand, Frankenstein and any Top 10 travel book
Favorite Quotes: “We are not here for ourselves alone”- Van Gogh
After residency plan: I hope to join a practice with Casana in a rural community. I enjoy endoscopy, minor procedures, and aggressively managing diabetes. Recently, I have become increasingly interested in Quality Improvement initiatives and hope to incorporate those skills into my future practice as well.
Home town: Blue Springs, MO
I am a Kansas native, growing up in Garden City,KS. I attended Bethel College in North Newton, Kansas, where I met my wife, Danielle. I then went to KU medical school in Kansas City for 2 years before finishing my last 2 years at Wichita.
Why Via Christi? I chose Via Christi first because of the people. A place where everyone puts forth their best effort, is a great place to work. It is a great learning experience where you are encouraged by strong attending physicians, as well as strong fellow residents. Via Christi is a busy residency, and the benefit of this is a great number of experiences. This includes both clinical and procedural experiences. I feel there are very few residencies that can provide the level of procedural training available at Via Christi.
Passions: I love to spend time outdoors, including trips to Colorado for skiing, and mountain biking. I also enjoy hunting here in Kansas. I also spend quite a bit of time on my dirt bike both here and in Colorado.
After residency plan: I plan to return to my hometown, Garden City, Kansas, practicing full spectrum family medicine, including operative obsterics and endoscopy.
Home town: Garden City, KS
I grew up in Kansas and went to Medical School at Oklahoma State in Tulsa. We came back home to KS to Via Christi for residency.
Why Via Christi? I picked VCFM for the broad training it provides to have the opportunity when I was done with residency to have the options to practice medicine in multiple different settings.
Passions: SPORTS-Love all of them except NASCAR.
After residency plan: My after medicine residency plan is still pretty broad. I am considering clinical medicine without patient scopes, hospitalist work and even an ideal situation including limited OB.
Born and raised in Newton, Kansas. I am married to a beautiful woman that happens to be an OB/GYN resident. I like to shoot sporting clays and skeet in my spare time. I love to be outdoors and especially spend time at the lake.
Why Via Christi? Best program in the country coupled with perfect location for me.
Passions: Shotgun sports, Bowling, Racquetball, Water skiing
After residency plan: Join a physician group in Newton, Kansas.
Home town: Newton
So, grew up south of LA in Downy, Ca. till 14 then finished growing up through high school in Blue Springs, Mo. I am married to a fellow FM resident Melissa Penny and despite every intention to prevent it... God intervened and we now have two beautiful children. The first was born during our Neuro section at KUMC (formerly UHS) and as crazy as it sounds it was perfect timing (Jade-boy). Our second was born in 07 (Eden-girl) also a surprise. (Yes, we are aware that two doctors should have been able to figure this one out, thank you). We have been shocked by the fellowship we have been surrounded by through every step of life we have taken apart and then together. Our expectation has been low (the path is narrow), however, our experience has been a surprising blessing. The culmination of our walk so far has been the loving relationships we found in this residency, despite its size. In other news: my otherwise "stable" and "normal" family fell apart on my transition from Med school to residency. I would write more as I have a nearly fatal lack of personal space but I have a growing understanding that other people don’t (successful training by my wife). Lets just say Melissa and I watch in pain and with much prayer.
Why Via Christi? My focus in life has been more and more turned to service. I am therefore looking for tools to increase my ability to help. I traveled to California, Texas, Dakotas and Ohio without finding a program that offered more than Via Christi Family Medicine. Also this residency is second only to JPS in its size but surpassed any other program I have visited in its genuine Christ-like love for one another. Category after category I could not deny that Via Christi ranked at the top or blatantly surpassed other residency programs in things like procedure numbers, in Medicine teaching, and unexpectedly in the closeness of the residency body as a whole. Wichita, KS, was the only perceived downside and I was out of excuses to convince myself not to rank Via Christi number one... I must admit that I now enjoy Wichita very much. It has everything I could ask for.. except suburbs... but I don't really ask for those :).
Passions: My heart is to figure out how God wants to use me to love (serve) others. I play Guitar, like to sing (too much some would argue), I was a theater minor in college (enough said). I like to read. I have also turned a wonderful high school carrier of making funny home videos into a hobby of making family home videos worth watching. I am always up for sport activity. I also am trying to improve my Spanish.
Favorite Books: Philippians, Mark, 1Timothy Wild at Heart, Irresistible Revolution, Michael Creighton: Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, State of Fear. The Lord of the Rings series. The Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Childhoods End by Arthur C. Clark, Looking Backward by Edward Belemi
Favorite Quotes: "No not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen" "If you have material possession and see a brother in need but have no pity on him, how can the love of God be in you. Dear children, let us not love with word or tongue but in action and in truth."
After residency plan: Melissa (wife, in case you missed that part) has a 4 year commitment to the Military during which time we will be wherever God and the Military want us. I will work part time taking care of the children and staying current with my skills. After that time we will go wherever God and Melissa want us caring for our children and serving the “least of these” .
Home town: Blue Springs, MO
Residency stats: These numbers represent the documentation I can prove, I do admit that I did not have a good system in place until midway through my first year of keeping good records and so these do not represent all of my actual hands on experience. As of 3/09: total deliveries - 164; cesarean - 41; forceps - 6; vacuum - 9; vag. repairs - >40; pudendal blocks - 3; O/B ultrasound - 14; EGD - 25; Colonoscopy - 50; Intubations - 46; Circumcisions - 15; colposcopy - 6; spinal block - 22; epidural block - 50; art line - 3; Central line - 4; TAH - 9; D&C - 9; Paracentesis - 5; Thorocentesis - 3.
Graduate of KU Med in 2009. Born and raised in south eastern Colorado.
Why Via Christi? I chose Via Christi for the strength of the program, it's work ethic, and the opportunities it provides. We do full spectrum Family Medicine plain and simple. We expect a lot out of our residents and this drives us to be competent physicians who excel in our field, both here at home in the United States and abroad.
Passions: I love to travel and experience other cultures. My most recent trip was to India, you can read about it at http://rullom.blogspot.com/2009/01/setup.html I also love the outdoors and am itching to get back on the slopes of Colorado. Computers, movies, gardening, ceramics, and zymurgy round out the majority of my random hobbies.
Favorite Books: I have many others, but one I'll list here is the following: -"The gift of Pain" by Dr. Paul Brand
Favorite Quotes: "Our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become." -Unknown "Life is a STD with a 100% mortality rate." -Random med school quote "There'll be storms, abrupt dusks under leaden, too heavy clouds; there'll be hail, frozen tears, long journeys on quiet trains, but not every thunderbolt kills, not every death means an ending, not every speech missing means silence." -Zagajewski
After residency plan: I payed for medical school with the Kansas Medical Student loan (KMS) from the State of Kansas. In agreement with my contract I will practice somewhere in Kansas for four years, except for four counties specified by the state. After that I'm unsure, but I know that I want to practice full spectrum Family Medicine. I have had aspirations of applying to the VCFM International Fellowship program, but will need to decide officially on that and subsequently sort out the details. My dream... my ideal practice would be something similar to what a group of our residents have set up in Iowa ( http://www.vcfm.net/fellowships/international-medicine-fellowship/six-international-fellows-stick-together/ ), except in Kansas so that I could pay back my KMS debt.
Home town: Wiley, CO
Residency stats: Vaginal Deliveries: 76 C-sections: 42 C-scopes: 79 EGD: 22 Forcep Deliveries: 6 Intubations: 61 Circumcisions: 18
Steve received a BA in Political Science from The Citadel, Charleston, SC and a Masters degree from US Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, KS. Steve retired from the Army after twenty-six years of service in Parachute and Ranger Infantry units. Steve graduated from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in May 2008. Steve is married to Cava Sittnick. They have a son Mack who attends the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY and a daughter Sally who attends Leavenworth High School, Leavenworth, KS. Steve and Cava are active members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Leavenworth and Steve also worships at St. James Episcopal Church in Wichita. Steve aspires to practice Family Medicine in a rural setting.
Why Via Christi? First of all the mission statement of Via Christi: to provide quality health care, especially to the poor and underserved in the way of Christ. The patients who utilize the Medical Center and the warm comradeship of the residents and attending physicians. Finally, the cohesive nature of the entire health care team.
Passions: Supporting the men and women of our Armed Forces, Volunteering in Boy and Girl Scouting, Hiking in the mountains with my family, Learning to play Golf
Favorite Books: The Bible, Killer Angels, Undaunted Courage
Favorite Quotes: There is no limit to the greatness one can achieve if you care not who gets the credit.
After residency plan: Rural Medicine and enjoying \"empty nest life\" with Cava.
Home town: Charleston, SC
I hail from Charleston, South Carolina, although I've been blessed to have been able to live in and experience a variety of different cities and states throughout my life from San Francisco Bay Area to Costa Rica to my birthplace of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. My college curriculum in California focused on Chemical Engineering; however, being a part of a singing group that performed in nursing homes both cemented my desire to work directly with people in my career. I attended the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine where I have come to appreciate the tremendous disparities in healthcare between different communities, ethnicities, and backgrounds. I hope to make a difference in shrinking such gaps through my learning and work at Via Christi.
Why Via Christi? I am looking to eventually work in underserved and/or overseas communities. Therefore, I was interested in a residency program that not only gave its residents a firm, well-rounded foundation in all aspects of taking care of a family, but also promoted service of its communities. I was furthermore impressed by the quality of the residents as well as the warm camaraderie that existed among them.
Passions: Food is a great passion of mine - not necessarily gourmet, but just plain old good food. Also, I enjoy swing dancing, soccer, ping pong, badminton, bowling, and most of all, spending time with my family (which includes a Siberian cat that has been hypoallergenic for me).
Favorite Books: The Little Prince by Saint-Exupéry, The Brothers Karamazov, Barabbas, Knight's Cross: Life of Rommel, The Hunt for Red October
Favorite Quotes: From Kung-Fu Panda, at the end: Po: You wanna get something to eat? Shifu: [sighing] ... Yeah.
After residency plan: Practicing medicine in an underserved and/or international setting, going wherever God leads me.
Home town: Myrtle Beach, SC
David / Dave Larson
Married to Laurie 2002. Graduated from Kansas State 2002. Graduated from KU School of Medicine-Wichita 2006
Why Via Christi? I loved interacting with the residents and faculty here when I was a medical student here in Wichita.
Passions: Spending time with my wife and daughter. Reading. Playing noon-ball. Drinking coffee. Men's group from church. Watching college football.
Favorite Books: The Divine Conspiracy. The Gulag Archipelago. John Grisham novels.
After residency plan: I plan to be a country doctor in Central Kansas.
Home town: Tescott, KS
Tobi is from Nigeria, although you would never know it from his cosmopolitan accent. He loves extreme skiing as he spent some years in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Proudly announces birth of our daughter, Hannah Grace, born May 28, 2010! I was born and raised in South Carolina, where my parents and older brother still live. I attended Erskine College, a small school in Due West, SC. During college I spent my summers on medical mission trips to Honduras and Egypt. And it was on the medical mission field in South Africa that I met my husband (and future classmate) Dean. We both attended the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. We moved to Kansas in 2008 specifically to train at Via Christi. Our time here as been all we expected and more.
Why Via Christi? Great obstetrical (surgical emphasis) and pediatric training with dedicated ObGyn and Ped faculty --- all this in a family friendly environment with people we really enjoy! Plus, the international fellowship is in line with where we feel God is leading us long-term. We will be staying in Wichita next year for fellowship training.
Passions: spending time with Dean and Gracie! International medicine, running, cooking ethnic food, crafts, and travel.
Favorite Books: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Preach and Heal
Favorite Quotes: God gives GOOD gifts!
After residency plan: The international fellowship for a year before making our way overseas to practice medicine while raising our family.
Home town: Aiken, SC
Residency stats: Vaginal Deliveries: 130 C-Sections: 35 Forceps: 5
Bonnie Charles Smothers
I'm from Clearwater, KS, which is a small town southwest of Wichita. I did my undergrad at the University of Kansas and, as such, I am a die hard Jayhawk fan. I love to spend my spare time with my awesome husband, Ryan, and my adorable cat, Diddle. We love to cook, go to movies, travel, and play music together. My greatest desire in life is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and let him guide and direct all my activities.
Why Via Christi? I picked Via Christi because I truly believe it is the best place in the country to get broad spectrum training in family medicine. The flexibility of the program, as well as the knowledgeable faculty and welcoming environment made my choice for residency an easy one.
Passions: Christian ministry, music, exercise, Mexican food, gray cats
Favorite Books: The Bible, A Prayer for Owen Meany, The Pride and the Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights
Favorite Quotes: "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." Philippians 4:8
After residency plan: After residency, I'd love to be a family physician in a small town in Kansas. My particular interests are women's health, pediatrics, and endoscopy, but I love taking care of all kinds of patients of all ages.
Home town: Clearwater, KS
My name Lee Leinwetter. I am 28 yrs old. I grew up in Topeka Kansas, and graduated from The University of Kansas with a B.S. in Biochemistry. I completed medical training at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in 2006. I married Laura Elizabeth Anderson from San Antonio Texas May 28, 2005. We have an 15 month old child, Anderson Leinwetter.
Why Via Christi? Great residents. Great faculty. Great program.
Passions: Family, My dog a golden retriever, KU sports, church, running, fishing, movies, day trading
Favorite Quotes: "Never, Never, Never give up" - Churchill
Home town: Topeka, KS
Born in Dodge City, KS, but later moved to and graduated from high school in Manhattan, KS. After high school I went to Kansas State University where I graduated with a degree in microbiology and then I went to medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Before medical school I worked at the National Cancer Institute and was an EKG tech.
Why Via Christi? Because the attendings and residents were the types of physicians that I wanted to be like in my future practice. Also, due to the friendly atmosphere and great didactic training
Passions: Faith, Spending time with family, Music (guitar, piano), I like to make it to KSU football or basketball games, Golf, Attempting to play basketball, Going to the gym when there is time
Favorite Quotes: "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Albert Einstein
After residency plan: I would like to settle down into a small town in Kansas or Nebraska.
Home town: Manhattan, KS
Sam and his wife Shannon arrived in Wichita from Tulsa, Oklahoma with a desire to pursue a career in rural family medicine. Sam's undergraduate training is in mechanical engineering and Shannon is a pediatric physical therapist.
Why Via Christi? OB, procedures, and excellent hands-on training
Passions: Fishing, hunting, golfing, photography, cooking, and anything outdoors.
After residency plan: Eastern Oklahoma
Home town: Bixby, Oklahoma
Born and raised in Grinnell, KS. Played 4 years of basketball at Bethany College for undergrad where I met my wife Meghan. We have two children, Lillie and Gavin. Attended KCUMB for medical school.
Why Via Christi? I wanted the best broad-spectrum training I could find to prepare me to practice full-scope family medicine. "Full-scope" is a term other programs used, but to me the term means: lots of OB including performing of c-sections, lots of endoscopy, great all-around procedural training, high-volume inpatient medicine including day-to-day ICU patient management, strong didactics, etc. I looked at many family medicine residencies and found that very few programs have it all - Via Christi does. Plus, we have noon basketball twice a week - I was SOLD!
Passions: Passions: Faith and Family. Hobbies/Interests: Basketball, Golf, anything outdoors, Traveling, Playing Wii with my kids, ESPN, Grilling, Politics . . . ok that's enough.
Favorite Quotes: "Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought." - John Paul II
After residency plan: Full-scope family medicine in rural midwest.
Residency stats: As of 12/31/2011: 143 Vaginal Deliveries, 5 Forceps, 8 Vacuum, 7 VBAC, 76 C-Sections (as primary surgeon), 84 Colonoscopies, 48 EGD's, 27 Circumcisions.
I was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. I went to the University of Kansas for undergrad and majored in Psychology. Following graduation from undergrad, I began medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. I met my husband in high school and we recently got married (May '08) after dating for 8 years. Lucky me, I had the same last name as him (no relation!) and I didn't have to change my name. Hoorah! He is also an intern and is doing his prelim in Wichita and will be starting Radiology next year in Wichita as well.
Why Via Christi? I did my last two years of medical school in Wichita. Most of my core rotations (such as peds, OB, and medicine) were with Via Christi Family Medicine. I really enjoyed how the program was set up and I liked how involved the faculty was with the program. I liked how there were tons of opportunities for procedures that were always available to anyone. Most importantly, the residents were awesome, very knowledgeable, and were very confident in their skills. I'm not exactly sure what type of practice I wanted to have, but I wanted a program that would provide me the opportunity to learn everything and be confident once I began practice on my own.
Passions: In my spare time, I love to play with my pekingese, Gizmo, cook, go fishing, travel, spend time with the hubby, and spend time with my family.
After residency plan: I am really not sure where I'll end up after residency. Wherever that may be, I'd like to practice full spectrum Family medicine and try to squeeze in couple kids in between!
Home town: Wichita, Kansas
Born in Wichita and raised in nearby Colwich, Kansas. I attended Andale High School and then obtained my undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame. Thereafter, I attended the University of Kansas, School of Medicine.
Why Via Christi? During an extensive perusal of catalogs, websites and online forums, I realized more and more that all I wanted in a Family Medicine residency program was in my backyard. Via Christi offers what few programs can: in-depth and thorough training that can be modified to fit your future plans. No matter where your interests lie, one can find an active service and a willing, education-minded faculty to guide your learning and growth as a resident physician. My particular interests in Family Medicine include endoscopy, Pediatrics, and inpatient medicine. In my few months as a resident, I have already performed several scopes and managed innumerable hospital patients of all ages.
Passions: Collegiate athletics: naturally, I pay fanatical attention to the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame and the KU Jayhawks. In that vein, I try to play golf or any other sport when the weather and schedule allow. I am also an avid music fan and am quick to find opportunities to attend concerts, no matter how far away. This past summer I flew to L.A. to attend the Coachella Music Festival, flew from there to attend a few shows in Chicago and returned to Kansas City in time to catch the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. I also enjoy playing the piano, guitar, and drums and recently took up oil painting.
Favorite Books: 'Animal Farm' by George Orwell, 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding, 'The Mouse That Roared' by Leonard Wibberley, 'Divine Comedy' by Dante Alighieri, The Onion’s 'Our Dumb World', 'In Cold Blood' by Truman Capote, 'Of Mice and Men' by John Steinbeck
Favorite Quotes: "Build up your weaknesses until they become your strong points." – Knute Rockne
After residency plan: I intend to work for a private practice group in West Wichita.
Home town: Colwich, KS
Residency stats: Vaginal deliveries: 90+; C-sections: 30+; Forceps deliveries: 3; Intubations: 32; Scopes: 68 colonoscopies and 34 EGDs; Circumcisions: 33; Arterial lines: 4; Lumbar punctures: 7 (Stats after two years of residency.)
I am Princess Chinenyenwa from a very small village in Nigeria. I have two brothers and two sisters. I was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. I moved to the states when I was 14 years old and five years later, met my Nigerian Prince. At the age of 15, I had it with high school and at 19, I completed my B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Florida. I went on to complete my MD in University of Florida. My husband (aka. my partner in crime) has a B.A in Electronic engineering from F.A.M.U and a M.S. in Aeronautical Science and Space Operations Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I plan to visit more places on medical missions and in the end, move back to Nigeria when I am finished with my training. I love spending time with family and friends and, Oh, I love African dance.
Why Via Christi? It had everything I looked for in a program and more but I will share a few. 1) Via Christi has a complete well rounded Family Medicine program similar to the training in Nigeria. You've got to get a feel for everything otherwise you are no use. 2) Great Obstetrics training - I don't have to compete with Ob residents for numbers. In fact, I don't have to compete with anyone period. 3) Great Great Great family support 4) My conversations with Dr. Stringfield via email and my visit here. I met all the other faculty members and the people of Wichita. Wonderful people by the way and everyone in the faculty loves to teach. 5) I also found people like me who can practice medicine and embrace the presence of a supreme being. ... do you really want me to go on:)
Passions: African Dance, cooking, talking and praying with my husband, running, weight lifting, drawing, soccer ...
Favorite Books: My Book Of Bible Stories, All of the African Folk tales, Chinua Achebe, Ola Rotimi and some Igbo Nigerian books ...well those are my favorites but I do read other books
Favorite Quotes: "If you make God's work your concern, he will make your needs his concern." If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream. The Trumpet of Conscience.----- Martin Luther King, Jr.
After residency plan: I see myself in a rural setting, in various medical missions and ultimately in Nigeria
Home town: Surulere, Nigeria
Residency stats: Vaginal deliveries (5); C-sections (2); EGD (1) STRESS TREADMILL (10) THIS IS IN JUST FOUR WEEKS OF CARDIOLOGY - (as of August 1, 2008)
I am a Florida-born, Georgia-grown Southerner. I am recently married to the most wonderful woman in the world. I bleed Orange and Blue. I other words I am a die-hard Florida Gator fan. But most importantly I am a Bible-believing praise shouting believer in the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.
Why Via Christi? This was a monumental decision in my life. Coming from the Southeast, there were plenty of programs from which to choose. There was plenty of comfort staying in the Southeast as well. However, I was eventually led to interview throughout the country. I interviewed at Via Christi, and after evaluating my options, I found that Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program was the right place for me. It has the right mix of internal medicine training, OB, Peds, and procedures.
Passions: Hobbies - video games, movies, computers Passions - First and foremost, my wonderful wife. I also enjoy the musical arts. I play the trombone and guitar.
Favorite Books: The Harry Potter Series; The Ender's Game Series
After residency plan: I plan to practice rural and international medicine with my wife and close friends doing full-scope family medicine.
Home town: Moultrie, GA
Well, if you really want to know about me and are spending time looking at my profile you must really be bored! Ok, now that we have that cleared up, on to the good stuff. I was born and raised in a small town in northeast Kansas called Hiawatha. Well not actually born there, but for sake of the arguement I won\'t claim being born in Nebraska! Sorry Fagot! ;) For those of you that don\'t know where that it, look at a map! Just kidding! It is about 18 miles from the Nebraska border and 45 miles from Missouri. As for my true birth story just ask me as it is a good one! A true miracle for sure! Well some poeple might think of it as a punishment because I survived and know they have to put up with me! I went to college at KSU and will always be a Wildcat! After that I went to medical school Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. (That\'s not a mouthful at all...) For my third and fourth year rotations I came down to Via Christi here in Wichita and liked it enough to stay.
Why Via Christi? I chose Via Christi for many reasons. As I mentioned above, I did my third and fourth year rotations down here and had nothing but great things to say about my experiences here. For one, I enjoyed the hands on experience we get especially when it comes to OB. We are primaries on c-sections on day one and I guess I was a glutten for punishment and like getting thrown into the fire! Also, I really have to say that we have a great group of residents, faculty, and community attendings that we rotate with. Everyone is easy to get along with and are eager to teach and help each other out. I felt as though I \"fit in\" here and that is what I think the right residency program is all about. When you know it is the right place for you, you know. I like the promotion of the full spectrum training for family physicians that is emphasized at Via Christi. My ultimate goal is to stay in the rural midwest and practace full scope primary care. Another draw to the program is the Sports Medicine fellowship as my other interest in medicine has always been orthopedics. Oh yeah, study group helped too! (If you have questions what this entails, just ask.)
Passions: Outside of the obvious passion of medicine, at the top of my list is friends and family. I believe that is what truly makes my life great is the wonderful supportive friends and my caring family. I especially love to spend time with my niece and nephew which are the most amazing little kiddos you will ever meet! Yeah, that\'s a challenge! (Ok, I may be just a bit biased, but they are pretty awesome!) When I am not working, I like to play sports. Basketball is the one I play most of the time now and I suppose some may say I am a bit wild and out of control on the court. I suppose that that isn\'t too far of a stretch! (Ask Dr GM Stephens for details.) I also like to play baseball, softball and football. I also enjoy riding my motorcycle when the weather is nice out. There is just something relaxing about hitting the open road without any particular destination and taking in all the sights and sounds along the way all while basking in the open breeze. Unfrotunately I am not cool enough to join the scooter gang... uh-hum... (Not to mention any names or anything, Gilbert, Fagot, M Penny....) I also like to tool on cars and motorcycles when I get the chance. I guess that stems from being raised on a farm when I was younger. I love to listen to music and watch movies when I get the chance. I am also trying to learn the guitar, but just not quite talented enough to make the resident band.. But I am trying! :P
Favorite Quotes: Git \'R Dun! Ok, I couldn\'t think of anything else, but isn\'t that an appropriate quote coming from a rural KS boy?! Who doesn\'t like Larry the Cable Guy?!
After residency plan: After residency I would like to do the Sports Medicine Fellowship. I have always been interested in orthopedics and this way I will get my ortho fix all while still being a part of my other passion of family medicine. Ideally I would like to go back to a small to medium sized town that has a small college and do full spectrum medicine and be the team doctor for the college on the side.
Home town: Hiawatha, KS
Residency stats: 30 SVD 1 Vacuum 8 C/S *one month of OB
I am a life-long Kansan - and proud of it. My wife is also a family medicine resident. Last weekend I made a hillbilly golf set and I play it every chance I get, however, I have yet to win.
Passions: I have a variety of interests: running, building furniture, driving my '52 Ford, and enjoying my family. This probably explains why I chose family medicine - I just want to do it all.
Favorite Books: Winning Table Tennis, PrairyEarth, The Hauerwas Reader, the Lore of running
After residency plan: Welcome to tiny town Kansas - population 4 doctors
Home town: Hesston, Kansas
I grew up in a small Kansas town, went to undergrad in a small Iowa town, and returned to Kansas for medical school. I love the Midwest and have received a fabulous medical education in Wichita. My husband is a Via Christi Family Medicine graduate and currently works as a hospitalist with a group owned by previous VCFM grads. The people here are wonderful!
Passions: I like to run and read for fun. The annual Wichita marathon is a great race, and the YMCAs around the area are super nice! My husband and I enjoy movies at the Warren and eating out. We are also involved in our church.
Favorite Quotes: "You can give without loving. But you cannot love without giving." Amy Carmichael
After residency plan: My husband loves his job with the local hospitalist group, so I am looking for something in the area. We will likely move on some day to full scope family medicine in a rural community.
Home town: Ellinwood, Kansas
Residency stats: Vaginal Deliveries-stopped counting at 150, 5 forceps and plenty of vacuums C-Sections-50 with one more month of OB to go! Circumcisions-25
I was born on a cold December morning in a remote hut in the jungles of Madagascar. By "remote hut", I mean small hospital. And by "jungles of Madagascar" I mean Fredonia, Kansas. Otherwise this is all factual. I endured the trials and tribulations of my teenage years along with my fellow Yellowjackets of Fredonia High School. I spent for years as a Jayhawk at the University of Kansas and then four more years as a JayDOC at the KU Medical Center. Somewhere along the way, I married this guy named Bob. And together we live in Wichita happily ever after...
Why Via Christi? After being convinced that I was finished with Kansas life, I looked at many programs across the country. To my surprise, I found that no other residency programs compared to what we have here at Via Christi for full spectrum family medicine training.
Passions: I love golfing, fly fishing, and snow skiing! As far as talents go, I once won 8 gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Wait, that was Michael Phelps...
Favorite Quotes: "60% of the time, it works every time." -- Brian Fontana in the Anchorman
After residency plan: I plan to practice in rural Kansas. Shortly after this, I would like to cure cancer and then become president of the world. But first I think I'll start with rural Kansas.
Home town: Fredonia, Kansas
Graduate of Ben Gurion University of The Negev. David is a hard-working resident who epitomizes what we seek in our potential residents - he is very hard-working, he remains teachable, and is very compassionate, and has a servant's heart for others.
I grew up in the Kansas City area but have lived here in Wichita for two years now. I went to the University of Kansas School of Medicine. My husband is also a new resident this year in our program. We met in medical school and have been married for two years. In my free time I like to bake (mostly because I like to eat) and read. I admit that I am addicted to Grey's Anatomy and CSI (the original one). Mostly I just like to hang out with friends and family.
Why Via Christi? My husband and I chose Via Christi because we knew we would get great training. I really enjoy OB so I was impressed with the OB service. We also chose Via Christi for the experience they have with dealing with couples in medicine. The larger program allows my husband and I more flexibility in correlating our schedules.
After residency plan: My husband and I would like to practice in a small town in Kansas someday but we have no idea where yet.
Home town: Olathe, KS
I am a small town Kansas girl who swore forever that I'd get out of Kansas as soon as I could. . . Until I realized that the "underserved populations" that I was working my way through med school to serve were in rural Kansas. I met Jason in medical school. We recently got married, and we are now starting our search for the perfect community to serve after graduation.
Passions: I LOVE spending time with my husband and our two dogs. We go camping, canoeing, and grill out every chance we get. We also enjoy traveling both in the US and internationally. Most recently we honeymooned in Costa Rica. I like cooking and cook books, gardening veggies and flowers (read: playing in the dirt), napping, dancing (esp in the rain), sushi, Thai food, chop sticks, and reading anything fiction.
Favorite Books: Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Divinci Code, His Dark Materials trilogy, Eragon series. . . (Do you see a trend? I'm on a fantasy kick)
Favorite Quotes: I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again. Ettiene De Grellet
After residency plan: Jason and I hope to join a group practice somewhere in the eastern half of Kansas. My passions within medicine include geriatrics and women's health. I am pulled strongly to providing care to the un- and under-insured, so part of the coming year will be spent figuring out logistically how to keep a clinic afloat while still providing care to those who can't really afford it. Good times!
Home town: Pretty Prairie, Kansas
I was raised in Los Angeles, but have been a resident of Alaska since 1992. My wife Kc, was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. I served in the Army, attended Christ for the Nations Bible School, earned a BS in Biology in from Baylor University and his MD degree from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. I graduated from Via Christi in 2010. I am now a Family Medicine doctor for Central Peninsula Hospital in Kenai, Alaska (http://www.cpgh.org/body.cfm?xyzpdqabc=0&id=10&action=detail&ref=113). Kc and I have 4 children aged 7, almost 5, 2 and a new baby born in June.
Why Via Christi? for the OB experience, the "can-do" attitude and the family friendly atmosphere
Passions: Bicycle commuting to work; enjoying my wife and kids; pet medical interests include: sleep medicine, allergies, OB, vitamins and herbs, and procedural medicine.
Favorite Books: How Should We Then Live (Schaefer), I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew (Seuss), An Amercian Doctor's Odyssey (Heiser)
Home town: Kenai, AK
My wife and I have been married for 6 years. We have a 2 month old daughter. We are both initially from rural Kansas (Ford and Leoti). Undergrad: Sterling College. Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine. Following graduation from the residency, Drew and Rachel have settled into a rural private practice in Lakin, KS.
Why Via Christi? Two reasons: 1. The full-scope experience - including an exceptional OB experience and plenty of procedures (especially scopes). 2. The residents - I found a program where I enjoyed who I worked with.
Passions: My #1 priority is serving my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. My wife and I enjoy spending time together and with our daughter, Emma. I enjoy playing basketball (noon-ball especially) and also enjoy playing the piano.
After residency plan: I plan on practicing full scope family medicine in rural KS (more specific location to be determined...)
Home town: Leoti, KS
Grew up on a farm in Gravity, IA with 3 younger siblings. Bedford High School - Bedford, IA MidAmerica Nazarene University - Olathe, KS Kirskville College of Osteopathic Medicine/A.T. Still University - Kirksville, MO
Why Via Christi? I'm the oldest of four and am the first in my family to go into medicine. My desire to learn medicine stems from my interest in Chemistry in high school (nerd alert! LOL) and my desire to help people. I didn't want to be stuck in a lab all of my life and Medicine has been a great way to use my love of a challenge with my desire to help others. Via Christi Family Medicine was my first choice for residency as it has the best combination to prepare a doc for rural or overseas work. Family Practice is a great choice since we get to see all people of any age and at varying times in their life. From the newborn to the grade school, high school and even young adults in college. As well as the adults who may be carrying their own first child or expecting a new grandchild and may be battling several chronic conditions. I've been truly blessed to be a part of Via Christi Family Medicine Residency!
Passions: International medicine Helping others Volleyball Games: especially cards and Blokus!
Favorite Books: Favorite Authors: Dee Henderson, Francine Rivers Twilight Series
Favorite Quotes: "I can do ALL things through CHRIST who gives me strength." Phil 4:13
After residency plan: To pay off loans as a doctor in rural Iowa, then use medicine to serve overseas.
Home town: Bedford, IA
Residency stats: Vaginal deliveries: 100 C-Sections: 17 Forceps delivery: 3 Vacuum delivery: 5 Colonoscopy: 18 EGD: 2 Endometrial biopsy: 2 Circumcision: 9 Intubation: 8 LMA: 2 ICU patients: >50 Clinic patients seen in 1st year: 343 Clinic patients seen in 2nd year: >500 and counting...
Born and raised in Wichita, KS. Graduated from Goddard High School and Kansas State University. Headed to Kansas City after K-State to attend KU School of Medicine. It was there I met the most awesome guy ever, my husband Brad. I finished up my last two years of medical school at KU-Wichita. I feel blessed to have matched into such a wonderful residency program!! :)
Why Via Christi? THE PEOPLE! Everyone is bright, friendly and hard-working. Also chose VC for the broad spectrum training. Regardless of what my future practice looks like, I will be well-prepared and can tailor my practice to what I WANT it to be, rather than what I'm limited to do based on my training.
Passions: Faith, family, friends, cooking, running, mountains, outdoors
Home town: Wichita
Residency stats: Colposcopy- 7, LEEP- 3, Colonoscopy- 22, EGD- 18, Vaginal Deliveries- 101 (3 vacuum and 1 forceps), C-sections- 20, Circumcisions- 13, Arthrocentesis- 2, Thoracentesis- 3, Art line-3, Paracentesis- 1, D&C- 2 (as of the end of my second year)
I am now a 3rd year resident, have a wife and a 2 year old daughter. I am originally from Colorado, but now call Kansas home.
Why Via Christi? I felt that Via Christi would give me the best training available. I felt Via Christi would best prepare me to be able to provide complete obstetric care with c-sections for my patients, as well as scopes and full spectrum care.
Passions: Spending time with my wife, hunting with my dogs and buddies, road tripping, golfing, fishing, and camping.
Favorite Books: Ruthless Trust; Searching for God knows What; Black Elk Speaks
After residency plan: I recently signed to practice in Scott City, Kansas doing full spectrum family medicine, including scopes and OB with C-sections.
Home town: Grand Junction, CO
Residency stats: Vag deliveries 120 C-Sections 62 Colonoscopies 55 EGD 50 As of 11/2010
I'm a 3rd year resident. I grew up and did all of my schooling in Alabama, but when it came to residency I decided to travel across the country for the best program for me. I miss my parents and sister back home, whom I love dearly, but I know that being here is what I need to make me an excellent physician. Since starting residency, I have made some major changes in my life. I recently married my best friend, Will, and life couldn't be better! We spend a lot of our time taking our dog, Bear (named after Bear Bryant), for jogs or going to the park. I also enjoy traveling, spending time with friends, and going to the movies. I've been more than pleased with my medical experiences here at Via Christi and for the lifetime friendships I have made here in residency.
Why Via Christi? I literally interviewed across the country to find the right program for me. I enjoyed the people at almost all the programs I interviewed at so for me it came down to where I felt I would learn the most. Out of all the programs I looked at, Via Christi had a higher volume of medicine inpatients, pediatric outpatient and inpatients, and OB care. I felt the faculty were supportive of resident education and also would care about me as a person. I have not been disappointed.
Passions: I enjoy cooking, dancing, watching movies, hanging out with friends and family, and taking my dog to the park almost daily.
Favorite Books: Jane Eyre
After residency plan: My ideal practice would be high volume pediatrics and womens health. I also really enjoy inpatient care and plan to take care of my patients while they are in the hospital. Although I do not plan to use OB while in the states, I am hopefull that I can use those skills on any short term international trips I take in the future.
Home town: Enterprise, AL
Residency stats: Continuity OB deliveries-20 Vaginal Deliveries- 90 C-sections- 42 Forcep Delivery-1; and observed 2 others Vacuum Delivery-5 Colonoscopy- 17 EGD- 19 ICU patients- >50
Dee Ann Stults
I was born and raised in Richmond, Indiana--home to the world's largest RV dealership and, more importantly, my wonderful and quirky family. My formal education came by way of Wheaton College and IU Med school, but I've also been shaped by listening to the stories of my grandparents; discoursing at the table with my 3 siblings; watching the example of my parents; traveling to Guatemala, Ecuador, and Pakistan; living in community; feeling like a stranger; listening to good music; and finding the life that is truly life.
Passions: The glory of God, brushing my teeth, playing the piano, avoiding elevators, singing harmony (not to be confused with e-harmony), traveling, fiber, writing, super natural cooking, figuring out what to do with my darkroom, eating real-fruit popsicles
Favorite Books: Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Charlotte's Web, The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, An American Childhood, Middlemarch, Les Miserables, Huckleberry Finn, Mansfield Park, The Brothers Karamazov, Compassion, and a bunch of works of poetry
Favorite Quotes: "Nothing that you have not given away will ever be really yours." -CS Lewis
After residency plan: My ultimate hope is to live a life of simplicity and servanthood. At this point I would like to work in Asia doing women's health, treating children, and teaching midwifery. But to be sure, I don't even know what will happen tomorrow.
Paul and April are from the Kansas City area. They both attended Truman State University and completed medical school in Kirksville, MO at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. They have two dogs, Georgia and Roxy, and assorted fish. Paul and April enjoy camping, fly-fishing, running, biking, swimming and snow skiing. They have a new baby girl - Abby Jo - born April 25th.
Hometown: Virginia, Minnesota. College: The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minnesota. Medical School: University of Minnesota, Duluth/ Twin Cities. My husband is Adam, he graduated with the class of 2011 here at VCFM. We have a daughter, Scarlett, born 2/14/11 who is the light of our lives!
Why Via Christi? #1: opportunities! VCFM offers thorough training in the basics such as pediatrics, medicine, obstetrics, and FM clinic. But where the program shines is in the depth of procedural training available: upper and lower endoscopies, c-sections, etc ... Wichita is a city that embraces Family Medicine, and therefore the residents work hand-in-hand with specialists. Opportunities to get numbers in the procedures residents are interested in is integrated into the program, not something you'll have to give up elective time or work strenuously to do. As residents progress through the program, they are encouraged to moonlight to further their independence and exposure to learning opportunities. Your desires are your only limit! #2: fellow residents! Although the program is demanding, the residents here impressed me as well-balanced, kind, motivated people during my interview process. Now I am privileged to work with these individuals.
Passions: My daughter, husband, and family! Being a mom is awesome. Also gardening, winemaking, traveling, reading, sleeping, grilling out, any outdoor activity ...
Favorite Quotes: "Remember that great love and great achievements involve great risk." -- a classic "I am always doing things I can't do, that's how I get to do them." -- Pablo Picasso "Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product." -- Eleanor Roosevelt
After residency plan: Adam & I are in the process of signing a contract in a small town in Minnesota called Sleepy Eye. The population is about 4000 people, and we look forward to broad spectrum practice including surgical OB and endoscopy. We also look forward to being close to grandparents, aunts and uncles. Ideally I would like to do surgical OB, probably scopes. We both enjoy international work and hope to integrate yearly trips into the mix.
Home town: Virginia, Minnesota
Residency stats: As of 11/11/2011 - C-Sections: 51; Vaginal Deliveries: 100+; including, Forceps Deliveries: 4; Vacuum Assisted: 12; Continuity Deliveries: 27; Dilation/Currettage: 4; Circumcisions: 15+; Colonoscopies: 36; EGDs: 20;
Looking back: I am more than happy with the experience that I have had here. I believe this was a perfect fit for my needs. I am well prepared for broad spectrum practice.
Advice: The training opportunities at Via Christi are limitless. Both procedural and clinical education is unrivaled. I feel privileged to work with experienced physicians and other residents who are dedicated to the atmosphere of lifelong learning and excellent patient care. I will leave here knowing that I received the best training available in my field.
Originally from Taiwan, my family moved to Ames, Iowa, when I was in sixth grade, so I went to Iowa State University for undergrad and then University of Iowa for medical school. I love the Midwest thunderstorms and the simplicity of the plains.
Why Via Christi? An Internal Medicine resident at the University of Iowa strongly recommended the Family Medicine Residency Program at Via Christi because he knew I wanted a hands-on, strong, and well-rounded training for possible future rural or international practice. When I visited Via Christi, the staff and residents were not only friendly, but they conveyed the spiritual support within the residency, as well as the active outreach effort in living their faith in patient care. In a world where the truth and the salvation of Christ are so desperately needed but deemed politically incorrect, how the medical and spiritual worlds merge at Via Christi really attracted me.
Passions: Singing- who needs an iPod when you can sing all day? Traveling- Just to show you still can have fun during residency, I took a month off to visit Taiwan last October; I visited New England area in May 2011 with Sarah Mandigo; and I went to Kapsowar Kenya for a international rotation month in October, 2011 with Marta Hantke! Kids- I'm compelled to smile when I see one, and kind of compelled to hold and hug them, if their parents permit. I'm also an amateur reader and photographer learning to walk in others' shoes.
Favorite Books: Knowing God by J.I. Packer; Pursuit of God and Root of the Righteous by A.W. Tozer; Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis; The Holy Spirit by Billy Graham; How to Pray by R.A. Torrey; Revolution in World Missions by K.P.Yohannan. Tale of Two Cities, The Count of Monte Cristo, Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Sherlock Holmes series, Arsene Lupin series, Agatha Christie series, Chinese martial arts novels by Jin Yong, and comic books such as Detective Conan and One Piece (maybe I shouldn't admit to this, but they are really good).
Favorite Quotes: "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi. "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9, the Bible. "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." - 2 Timothy 1:7
After residency plan: My heart has always been set on going back to Taiwan eventually to serve in the rural areas. If I were to stay in the States for a few years, I see myself working on Indian reservations or rural areas.
Residency stats: I wonder if I have a tendency to ward off procedures, since things tend to cancel when I'm on, but as of 12/27/2011: Colonoscopy-9, EGD -7, Vaginal Deliveries -89 (4 vaccum), C-sections- 17, Circumcisions-15+, Continuity Deliveries-29, Intubations 14 (not counting unsuccessful attempts), Endometrial biospy-2, Stress treadmill-1, Colposcopy - 3, LEEP-2, Lumbar puncture-2, paracentesis-1, thoracentesis-2, I&D-numerous.
I grew up outside of a tiny town in northwest KS and attended Eastern Heights while growing up. Go Mustangs! I then went to Fort Hays State University where I played basketball and majored in Biology. I graduated in May of 2003 and entered Medical School at KU. I married my wonderful husband Nate in December of 2005 and we have three beautiful daughters! Kylan Eileen, who was born June 2, 2007; Kirstyn Lee who was born December 16, 2008 and Kinley Roux who was born December 21, 2010. We also have a great dog, HoneyBear. We live in Wellington, KS and my husband is part owner and manager of "The MoJack".
Why Via Christi? I chose Via Christi because I felt I would receive outstanding training that would prepare me to practice medicine in rural Kansas. I wanted hands on learning and I wanted to be managing patients.
Passions: I love sports-especially basketball, volleyball and the occasional racquetball game! I also have a passion for animals and the KS Humane Society is my favorite charity. I enjoy movies, reading, music and of course spending time with my family.
Favorite Books: The Harry Potter series, the Eragon series or whatever catches my eye on the book stand!
Favorite Quotes: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." - Phillipians 4:13
After residency plan: After graduation in 2010 I joined Sumner County Family Care in Wellington, KS.
Home town: Agra, KS
Paul and April are from the Kansas City area. They both attended Truman State University and completed medical school in Kirksville, MO at the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine. They have two dogs, Georgia and Roxy, and assorted fish. Paul and April enjoy camping, fly-fishing, running, biking, swimming and snow skiing. They have a new baby girl - Abby Jo - born April 25th.
Andrew (Andy) Pope
I grew up in Hoxie, KS. I attended KU where I received two degrees, Biology and Business Administration. I worked at a bank as a loan officer for a year prior to medical school. During medical school, I met and married the woman of my dreams, Katherine. We currently have two dogs, a Golden Retriever and a Shih Tzu.
Why Via Christi? I chose Via Christi for several reasons, but the two biggest are the quality of the residents, and the breadth of training that will be available to me.
Passions: The Lord, golf, basketball, learning to play my guitar, walks with my wife and dogs, camping, traveling, float trips, reading, and movies.
After residency plan: I am trying to remain open to opportunities. With that said, we will probably stay in KS. I would like to either own my own practice or be part of a group with a few partners.
Home town: Hoxie, KS
Welcome to Via Christi! I am a native Kansan and am proud to be part of such a strong training program in my home state. Not only is Via Christi an excellent residency program, but it is also the the source of some of my most valued friendships and mentoring relationships. Via Christi has been the perfect residency home for me and my family. My wife, Sammie, and I have very much enjoyed our time with the Via Christi family and will deeply miss it when we move on next year. Sammie and I have two children, Nicholas and Natalie, and are expecting little Naomi Grace in September. Wichita has been the perfect place to raise our family the last two years, and we are thankful for all it has to offer. We have found a church we love and many opportunities for fun and entertainment in a city that surprised us. We love it here. We have become involved in the community with various projects including sexual responsibility education for youth, our church's vacation Bible schools, and the residency social group. When we get a chance, we like to travel, entertain guests, and play with our kids.
Why Via Christi? I chose Via Christi for multiple reasons. First, it provides opportunities for a robust and thorough training that is easily accessible. As a father and husband, I want to maximize my training opportunities without needing to take extra time away from my family. At Via Christi, I know I am getting the training I need just by showing up to do my job and doing it well. The work is sometimes intense, but the learning is tremendous. Most importantly, I don't need to go searching for opportunities when I should be spending time with my family. Second, the people at Via Christi are wonderful individuals of values and character. They lift me up morally, ethically, professionally, and academically. I can't imagine working with a better group of people. Third, Via Christi Family Medicine works in an environment where family physicians are valued and given autonomy. We have excellent cooperative relationships with specialists in our community and are an integral force in the success and daily operations of the hospital system. Finally, Via Christi embraces my family and welcomes us into the community. The program has been very interested in helping me become the best physician I can be while still fulfilling my primary commitments as husband and father.
Passions: Working outdoors, playing with my kids, church activities, fishing, traveling, eating chocolate, teaching young people about building character and being sexually responsible, following politics, and eating more chocolate.
Favorite Books: I don't read nearly enough books, but I do like movies. Some of my favorites are Cars, The Shawshank Redemption, Meet Joe Black, and It's a Wonderful Life. One of my recent favorite books is Horton Hears a Who.
Favorite Quotes: "A person's a person, no matter how small..." - Horton, Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
After residency plan: I am currently looking for jobs in rural or semi-rural Kansas. I have a Kansas Medical Student Loan I need to pay back by working in an underserved county in Kansas. I plan to practice somewhere where I can do full spectrum Family Medicine including operative obstetrics.
Home town: Shawnee, Kansas
I am from the great state of Iowa. Residency in Kansas is the first time that either my wife or I have lived out of Iowa. I graduated from engineering school at the University of Iowa before attending medical school at the University of Iowa. My wife and I have a 3 year old boy, a 1 year old girl, and a German Shepard named Chloe.
Why Via Christi? I wanted to practice in a small town doing full spectrum family medicine and Via Christi was the best place for me to get that training. I interviewed at many residencies and didn't find the right place until I visited Via Christi. I seemed to fit well with the vision of Via Christi and got along well with the other residents. Via Christi seemed like the only place I could get the training so I could do what I wanted in the future. I figured I needed to "learn it all" while I was in residency so I could do most everything when I get done.
Passions: Road biking, lifting weights and building weight equipment, hunting, fishing, kayaking, church, reading the Bible, welding. I recently rebuilt a 1984 CJ-7 Jeep during my weekends off. Spending time with my wife and kids.
Favorite Books: I don't really read that much and would rather be active outside. But the Bible is good. Favorite non-fiction book is "This Present Darkness"
Favorite Quotes: Roads? Where we are going we don't need roads.
After residency plan: We recently took a job in Algona, Iowa. I plan to do full spectrum family medicine and OB. I came to Via Christi to get a good OB experience and will be doing operative obstetrics in Algona. We start in August 2010!
Home town: Solon, IA
Residency stats: C-Sections: 115 Vaginal deliveries: 170 Continuity Deliveries: 24 Colonoscopy: 180 EGD: 70 Spinals: 75 Epidurals: 40 Paracentesis: 20 Thoracentesis: 20 Stress Treadmills: 20 D&C: 10 Joint Injections: 50 Toe nail removal: 20 ICU admissions: 50+ I have lost count Intubations: 100+ Code Blue: 20+ Vasectomy: 15 Carpal Tunnel: 20 Colposcopy: 20 TAH:12 Laceration Repair: too many to count Frenulectomy: 5 Endometrial Biopsy: 5 Casting/Spints: 20+ Clinic Visits: >1650 because I am graduating Last updated June 2011
Soy hispano! I am originally from a small rural town in the Great State of Texas. I am married to the most beautiful woman in the world, Lindsey, originally from San Antonio, Texas. We have been married for 3 years. I received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Texas Pan American (Edinburg, TX), and attended the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School (Dallas, TX) for med-school. My wife is a registered nurse and works at St. Francis Hospital. We have a terrier-mix dog named Missy and we love Wichita!
Why Via Christi? 1. I felt I could get excellent full-spectrum family medicine training. 2. Awesome OB numbers- #1 in the country for family medicine residency programs 3. The sincerity of the faculty and awesome upper level residents. 4. My interest in international medicine
Passions: Hobbies: 1. Baseball 2. Golf - very recent hobby 3. PS2 Passions: 1. God 2. Family 3. Service of others 4. International Work Talents: 1. Play Drums 2. Preacher
Favorite Books: 1. La Biblia
Favorite Quotes: "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." - Matt 6:21 "People don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care." - John Maxwell
After residency plan: I am unsure as to whether my wife and I will be practicing in a rural town in South Texas (i.e. near my hometown) or in another country...I am leaving this in the Lord's hands. My plan is to be involved in international work, if not full-time, part time (at least 3 months out of the year). Unrelated note: I want to coach my kid's little league baseball team.
Home town: San Isidro, Texas
I was born and raised in beautiful Sioux City, IA, and went to school at Drake University where I met my hubby, Devin. We got married, started med school and cranked out a couple of kiddos - Jade and Eden. Now I spend my time enjoying my sweet family and the wonderful Wichita life.
Why Via Christi? I was blown away during my interview by the availability of procedures and didactics, but more so by how awesome the residents were. It helped that two of the other programs I interviewed at told me I should go to Via Christi if I could. That said a lot.
Passions: I love spending time with my family and growing closer to God. I like to garden, play the guitar and am trying to get into tennis...
After residency plan: I owe four years to the Air Force and am really hoping to end up in Omaha during that time. When I can finally choose for myself where I will go, I plan to go wherever Devin says.
Home town: Sioux City, IA