Categorical Residents

Muhammad Sameed"In my first year at University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, I was immensely impressed with the unfailing kindness and warmth of my co-residents and attendings. The working atmosphere at the program is extremely collegial and all the residents and attendings are excited to be part of this family; everyone at the program is accessible and eager to teach. The greatest strength of the program is our program director, Dr. Chow, who has created a nurturing environment for residents, with great emphasis on education and academics. His role is pivotal to the tremendous support and flexibility that the program promotes in order to help one head in any career direction desired. Here, I feel inspired to dive into the practice of medicine and am honored that I have been able to do it side by side with such intelligent, talented and humble co-residents."

Muhammad Sameed, MD
Categorical Resident
Class of 2020

 

Arnaud Kaze“The Resident Program at University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus has the perfect blend of the warm feeling of a community hospital while providing the access and resources of a large university medical system. The culture at Midtown is to provide high quality, fair, and compassionate care. At Midtown, we are inspired to delve into the practice of medicine with compassion. The Residents and Faculty are expected to be part of a family, both as learners and contributors. The morning didactics and daily noon conferences – often with international renown guest speakers - are of high educational quality. The Program Director, Dr Chow, is highly supportive and always encourages us to explore our interests. He truly has the back of each of his residents. As I near the end of my intern year, I am humbled to train alongside such talented people; I feel confident that I will be ready to practice high-quality, evidence-based medicine anywhere in the world. The Residency Program at University of Maryland Midtown Campus is simply the best!”

Arnaud D Kaze, MD, MPH
Categorical Resident
Class of 2020

 

"As I near the end of my intern year at University of Maryland Medical Center - Midtown Campus, I could not be happier with what I have experienced. To me, the optimal residency program must have a balance between the number of patients seen and time spent learning. This program is the best of both worlds, as we see a large, diverse patient population in a strong academic setting that thrives on teaching. The faculty are approachable, know every resident by name and make it their priority to shape and mold residents into extraordinary physicians. With every day that passes, I feel more confident in my ability to practice strong, evidence based medicine. Whether I decide to pursue fellowship in the future or not, I know that I will be well prepared for my career in medicine with lifelong friends I have met in the process."

Benjamin McKinney, DO 
Categorical Resident
Class of 2019


 “Nothing calms the cloying stress of the intern year quite like knowing the other folks alongside you in the trenches, feeling as though they have your back, knowing that we can all get through it together.  Midtown gives comfort in the familiar, reminds you that you're part of a team: a group of men and women, staff-specialists, all, fighting the good fight against the assault of hurt and harm that the world inflicts.  Here, you know you're known, and you can breathe easier with that fact that there will be any number of your friends at your side, ready and willing.

Midtown Campus fosters what is best: Solidarity, community, and invokes some of the better kinds of curiosities; The rest is what you make of it.”

Jonathan Gray, MD
Categorical Resident
Class of 2019


“The University of Maryland Medical Center – Midtown Campus has the perfect combination of the hands-on training of a community hospital with the access to the variety of resources and sub-specialty rotations available at a university campus.  The patient population in our urban setting challenges me to think critically and learn how to care for complex, difficult patients.  The infectious disease experience is especially robust and definitely provides me as a future physician with the right tools to “kill all germs.”

The faculty are very approachable and give the residents the right amount of autonomy, as we progress in our knowledge and confidence.  The small size of our program nurtures a close bonding experience during the first year with my diverse group of co-residents, including those in the Transitional Year.  Though many of them will be pursuing future training in radiology and  anesthesiology, our relationships will extend beyond our internship year and will last long after my residency has been completed.”  

Jennie Zhang, D.O.

Categorical Resident
Class of 2019


“I can remember the stress and anxiety of residency application, when you are supposed to put your best foot forward while somehow also trying to find out which program is best for you.  It was one of the most challenging times for me.  What jumped out at me when I visited Midtown was that the residents seemed happy.  Training here, I have come to appreciate that no one gets embarrassed to speak up with an answer that turns out incorrect. This program fosters an atmosphere conducive to learning at all levels of training.  I feel thankful that no matter how busy our patient care duties are, my senior residents always take the time to help me develop my own clinical judgment.  The process of residency application can be an overwhelming one; it is important to spend these years of training in a place that treats residents with respect and collegiality, and for me, I found that at UMMC Midtown.”

Aseem Sood, MD
Categorical Resident
Class of 2018


“There are a few fundamental qualities one hopes to find in a residency program, and the most important element is self- growth and exploration. I was lucky enough to have found myself at Midtown, which facilitated the growth and exploration of myself as a physician. I have been infused with the high morals of conduct and the exposure to exemplary standards of health care provision from the faculty at Midtown Campus. The opportunity to have trained in such a system will undoubtedly reflect positively in my future practice.”

Faran Ghumman, MD
Categorical Resident
Class of 2018



 "The University of Maryland Medical Center – Midtown Campus allows for all the benefits of a large medical system yet provides the rewarding and personal setting of a community hospital. The clinical exposure of urban medicine has allowed ample opportunities for hands-on teaching in various specialties from Emergency Medicine to Critical Care and has been invaluable to my growth as a physician. 

The Faculty and staff are approachable, eager to teach and provide just the right balance of autonomy and oversight to encourage progression and confidence in young physicians."

Elizabeth Otto, MD 
Categorical Resident
Class of 2017


“Residency after medical school had always been a lifelong dream and achieving this at UMMC Midtown Campus is a dream comes true.  UMMC Midtown Campus Internal Medicine is a truly unique program with a diverse group of residents and attendings ever ready and willing to guide you to be the best that you can be.  Academics and patient interactions are top- notch.  I will say that being here is bringing the best in me and I am sure 2 years from now, I will have reached for the stars and brought them down to earth.

UMMC Midtown Campus is located in Baltimore City, a vibrant and colorful city.  Baltimore has a lot of old history including the famous Mt. Vernon, former residence of George Washington (first American President), plenty of really good restaurants.  It is also home to the best crab cakes in the United States. If you love classical music, look no further than the nearby Peabody Institute, where you can catch some free live performances.  These are just but a few things one can do in Baltimore outside residency at UMMC Midtown.”

Afua Ntem-Mensah, MD 
Categorical Resident
Class of 2017

Transitional Year Residents

“As intern year is coming to an end, I look back at my year at University of Maryland Medical Center – Midtown Campus as an enriching and fulfilling experience. I feel humbled and fortunate to have practiced medicine among my colleagues and seniors who have taught me so much. The most important aspect of this residency program in particular is the friendly work environment that is comparable to a close-knit family. Many of the current attending physicians have trained here for residency and stayed on as faculty, which speaks volumes about the program. The Program Director, Dr. Chow, is the glue that holds the program together; he truly cares about resident wellness and is supportive of our career goals. In addition, the residency training at this community program is truly challenging and diverse as we treat the complex patients of Baltimore city. I feel that I have grown as a physician over this past year, and I am glad that I matched here for my transitional year! ”

Aleeza Abbasi, MD
Transitional Year resident
Class of 2018

“I wanted to come to the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus for my transitional year because of the well-rounded training that the diverse medical and surgical curriculum allows. In addition to the medical training on the medical floors and in the ICU, several months of rotations are in the emergency department, in the operating room, and also in an ambulatory setting that offers hands-on experience in surgical specialties such as otolaryngology, ophthalmology, and urology. The program also gave me the opportunity to dedicate some time to my research interests. The commitment to excellence and the passion for innovation exhibited by everyone I met during my year at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus embodies the type of physician I want to be.”

Etienne Schönbach, MD
Transitional Year resident
Class of 2018

“The stand- out character of the UMMC Midtown Hospital residency program is our community.  The program consists of a small class of 20 interns with 16 residents, who are all work together to make the program successful for everyone individually, and for the group as a whole.  There is a wide array of staff we are all able to come to know on a personal level and to work together as an interdisciplinary team taking care of patients.  All the attending hospitalists are approachable, skilled in teaching, and interested in getting to know the residents.  The intimate collegiality and team work environment we have here can only be found in small community hospital settings like Midtown.

At Midtown, residents are the heart of the hospital.  We are the rapid response team, and we run most of the codes.  In the ICU, we work with a fellow from Downtown and have plenty of opportunities to do procedures, as well as in the ED, and to scrub in on surgeries during our surgery rotation for Transitional Year interns.  Every program will end up being what we take from the program, and the program at Midtown has a lot to offer.”

Suehyb Alkhatib, MD
Transitional Year resident
Class of 2017