Corinne Renner

Corinne Renner, PGY-1

Where did you grow up? Where did you go to medical school?

I grew up in rural Coopersburg, PA and went to medical school here at the University of Maryland.

What specialty/where will you be doing your advanced training?

I will be staying here at UMMC to complete my training in anesthesiology.

Why did you choose UMMC for your preliminary year?

I wanted to complete my preliminary year where I was going to spend the rest of my residency. This allowed me to create strong bonds with other interns in my department and better learn the system as I approach my CA-1 year. The patients here also have a lot of pathology making it a great place to practice general medicine!

What have you enjoyed most about the program so far this year?

The people are awesome. I've had the opportunity to work with so many other prelims and medicine residents so I feel like I can truly speak to the collegiality of the department. There's such a strong support system in place which both minimizes stress and just makes coming to work more enjoyable.

What neighborhood do you live in and what do you love about Baltimore?

I actually bought a home and moved to the suburbs and couldn't be happier! My husband and I lived in the city for 4 years during medical school and were looking for a change of pace. So many other residents I know have bought homes in and surrounding the city because despite having many of the amenities of an urban area, Baltimore is super affordable! As a city on the water, Baltimore has so many unique neighborhoods each with their own local flare and yummy food for you to explore.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I'm a pretty active person when I'm outside of the hospital and love that Baltimore is close to so much outdoor recreation. I love trail running, rock climbing/bouldering, skiing & hiking!


Katarina Nguyen

Katarina Nguyen, PGY-1

Where did you grow up? Where did you go to medical school?

I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington. I moved to the East Coast to attend college at Johns Hopkins University. I attended medical school at University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI.

What specialty/where will you be doing your advanced training?

I am going into Radiation Oncology at University of Rochester in New York.

Why did you choose UMMC for your preliminary year?

Having attended Johns Hopkins University for college and moving away for medical school, I realized how much I missed Baltimore. Coupled with the fact that UMMC offers such great training for their residents, it was an easy first choice for me. I believe that it is important to build a strong foundation of medicine in a supportive and collaborative environment, and I knew that UMMC was a place I would achieve my goals.

What have you enjoyed most about the program so far this year?

The faculty and staff at University of Maryland are fantastic. I am grateful to be training at a place where an emphasis is placed on our education so that we can continue to grow as compassionate, knowledgeable physicians. In addition, the diversity of rotations allows us to experience the breadth and depth of internal medicine. For example, having volunteered to work with Veterans throughout my life, I was especially excited that University of Maryland residency program also allows for training opportunities at the VA, which I find holds an incredibly special population of individuals.

What neighborhood do you live in and what do you love about Baltimore?

I live in Downtown within walking distance to UMMC. I really love the diversity that this city has to offer. Having lived in Baltimore before, there are so many charming places this city has to offer. Some must visit places to grab food and drinks and walk around include Fell's Point, Hampden, Canton, Federal Hill, Little Italy, and the Inner Harbor!

What do you like to do in your free time?

I have always had a passion for learning and exploring everything and jam pack my days! From soccer to hiking to golf, I try to be outside and active when I can and play just about every sport. I play several musical instruments including piano, violin, and zither. I also find it highly rewarding to volunteer and be involved in my local community, wherever I am. A newer hobby I picked up during in the last several years included competing and winning the titles of Miss Madison, Miss Washington Earth, and Miss Vietfest, which opened several opportunities, from being able to speak with Mayor Bowser in DC about women's rights to visiting the White House. I have volunteered with kids in the Children's Hospital in Madison, been at Mercy Hospital as a Get Well Network Volunteer, and mentor undergraduates and medical students.


Kendrick Wang

Kendrick Wang, PGY-1

Where did you grow up? Where did you go to medical school?

I was born in California, but my dad's work brought my family abroad to Asia. I mainly grew up in Hong Kong and Singapore. I returned back to California for college at Stanford University and then came to Baltimore for medical school at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

What specialty/where will you be doing your advanced training?

Ophthalmology is my future specialty. After my prelim year at UMMC, I will be going to Yale University for the remainder of my residency training.

Why did you choose UMMC for your preliminary year?

I chose UMMC for my preliminary year because it is a strong program to build a core medicine foundation before focusing on Ophthalmology. The program balances clinical responsibilities, resident education, and academic vitality. Residents at UMMC see patients from Baltimore inner city to referrals from other hospitals, providing exposure to both bread-and-butter cases and rare pathology. The didactic curriculum comprises of lectures and teaching from world-class faculty who are leaders in the field. Finally, research opportunities are available even to preliminary interns, and UMMC provides an atmosphere for residents to build a foundation in academic medicine.

What have you enjoyed most about the program so far this year?

So far this year, I've really enjoyed meeting my diverse fellow intern class and learning from expert faculty. I have also enjoyed contributing to improving medical education as a member of the Postgraduate Education Committee (PGEC).

What neighborhood do you live in and what do you love about Baltimore?

I live in Fells Point. I love that Baltimore is an affordable city to live in. I'm able to live in an apartment with a great view of the harbor and in an area that is extremely close to restaurants in Fells Point. I also love the abundant seafood in Baltimore, especially crab season where I look forward to swinging a mallet and enjoying Maryland blue crabs.

What do you like to do in your free time?

In my free I go hiking with my wife and English Labrador Retriever puppy, Gus. There are state parks which are only short drive from Baltimore City that have tranquil trails for us to go hiking and streams for Gus to go swimming. Additionally, I also like to go rock climbing in gyms or outdoors along the Potomac River in DC.

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