Categorical Residents

Stephanie Stephanie"Let me introduce you to the Midtown Family!  We are so excited that you're considering our program.  I want to share some of my own experiences, and perhaps that will give you some insights into why this is a special place.  I still remember my first day of intern year, starting ICU nights.  I was so nervous about placing orders in Epic, being questioned by nurses, and making a positive impression on the critical care faculty.  However, I got a lot of support from the nurses, and the senior residents were always available to help.  At first, all of us new interns felt at times awkward, out of place, even intimidated.  But we were reminded that this is a normal response and that we are never alone!  We quickly learned that we are all here to learn, live our dreams of being a doctor, and do our best.  This hospital truly values the work of interns/residents, who have such an important role in helping our surrounding community.

The faculty are supportive and understanding, and have the residents’ best interests in mind.  In fact, I have gotten some of the best life lessons during residency.  The culture here is that we are taught to be kind to ourselves and our colleagues.  If you stumble, there's ALWAYS SOMEONE here to get you back up.  When the journey of residency training is completed with the support of friends and mentors, it goes it faster than you think.  The journey is not just about learning about medicine, but also about life and about ourselves.  Midtown is the ideal place to make that journey!”

Stephanie, Stephanie, MD
Categorical Resident
Class of 2020

Talha Ahmed"Getting residency in the US after finishing medical school in Pakistan was a dream come true. University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus did not disappoint me at all. From its ambient and supportive environment to the emphasis on evidence based medical practice, everything is what makes each of my day worthwhile. The three years that I have spent at this campus have not only given me the opportunity to polish my clinical and education skills but also made me a better human being as well. The environment is awesome and nurtures for a clinically and educationally competent and well trained resident. Although I love everything about the program but if I had to pick one, I will say the wonderful environment of this program with the standards set forth by our program director, Dr. Chow, makes midtown distinct, unique and a glorious place to work and train!"

Talha Ahmed, MD
Categorical Resident
Class of 2020

Deya Alkhatib"The University of Maryland Midtown Campus enabled me to enhance essential skills which I developed in medical school. This program provides many opportunities to teach medical students and fellow residents. One of Midtown's biggest strengths is its collegial environment, which provides space for growth and learning alongside talented co-residents from all over the world. Seasoned attendings from different specialties are passionate about mentoring the next generation of doctors. The curriculum is designed with flexibility in mind, enabling each trainee to create a customized educational plan to build toward individual long-term career goals. Midtown is a great place to become a physician!"

Deya Alkhatib, MD
Categorical Resident
Class of 2020

Mariam Meddeb"University of Maryland midtown campus is a wonderful place to learn and gain confidence and hands-on experience in internal medicine, in a supportive and enriching environment. At midtown, cultural diversity is highly respected and we have great camaraderie between residents and strong support from Dr Chow, our program director.
Our patients love coming to our hospital, which has been theirs for generations! Our patients are our biggest asset and make our training unique!"

Mariam Meddeb
Categorical Resident
Class of 2020


Osman Ali "I've had the pleasure of spending a part of my clinical years in medical school as well as my post-doctorate research year at both the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) Main and< Midtown Campuses. From medical school to residency, both campuses of UMMC and their outstanding staff have become a significant part of my life. Specifically, Midtown Campus, located just 9 blocks away from the founding campus, has the unique capacity of balancing the privileges of a large academic tertiary medical center while providing excellent, personalized quality care in a collegial setting. Our program allows us to train under specialty experts from the University of Maryland School Of Medicine using a direct hands-on approach, uncommon at many other institutions. Our access to leading research opportunities and cutting-edge facilities through our unique "1 Hospital, 2 Campuses" setup allows opportunities for those interested in advancing their training for fellowship and beyond. What I value most are my colleagues and faculty. From program leadership to ancillary staff, I've never met such a wonderful group of outstanding, brilliant, and sincere individuals. Overall, I am truly grateful for the opportunity to train here and would highly recommend our program to future candidates."

Osman Ali, MD
Class of 2020


Muhammad Sameed, MD"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


Benjamin McKinney, DO"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


Jonathan Gray, MD"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


Jennie Zhang, DO"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, DO
Categorical Resident
Class of 2019


Jin ZhaoAt Midtown, we have the benefits of working in a community hospital environment while having access to mentoring for sub-specialty training and research at the university campus. Our curriculum and rotations offer the most up-to-date knowledge and training in internal medicine, while our daily noon conferences prepare us for the board exam and evidence-based practice. Faculty attendings are all extremely approachable and offer perfect balance of supervision and autonomy.

What makes our program unique and outstanding is our program director, Dr. Chow, the heart and soul of the residency program. He is an extraordinary leader and an amazing mentor. With decades of experience in medical education and resident training, he helps each resident achieve their full potential and pursue specific career goals. As one of his second batch residents at Midtown, I have witnessed him taking the residency program to a whole new level. He is an expert in selecting talented and highly self-motivated resident candidates with friendly and easy-going personality. We truly feel like a big family.

Jin Zhao, MD
Categorical Resident
Class of 2019


Aseem Sood, MD"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


Faran Ghumman, MD"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

Elizabeth Otto, MD"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


Afua Ntem-Mensah, MD"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