Alyssa Adams, MD
Born and raised in Texas, my husband and I were ready for a new adventure when we were applying to our respective residency programs. I was ready to step out of my comfort zone and interviewed across the country looking for a pediatric residency program that checked all the boxes. I knew I was looking for a place that was stimulating and pushed me academically, but also felt warm and inviting. From the moment I stepped off the plane in Chicago and walked into Lurie Children’s, I knew this place felt like a place that would quickly become “home”.
During my interview day, I had the opportunity to attend two educational conferences and I was blown away by the program’s ability to instill such a strong sense of academic rigor while also remaining humble and focused on the patient and individual learner. Furthermore, there was an apparent and palpable degree of resident and faculty camaraderie that left a lasting impression and felt unmatched as I interviewed at other large pediatric academic centers. These feelings were only further cemented during my 3 years of residency and I now know that these characteristics are deep-routed and unique to our program and hospital.
After completing my residency, I feel as though my training was second to none. Being at a top-tier residency program in the heart of downtown Chicago allowed me opportunities I wouldn’t have been able to experience elsewhere. One of my most valued experiences was the vast number and variety of patients I had the privilege of treating. I can’t count the number of times I had the opportunity to treat patients and see pathology that people say “only exists in textbooks”. Additionally, Chicago is such a diverse city full of different cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds, which has given me the opportunity to learn so much about humanities and how it impacts our patients. These have been key elements that I know have truly pushed me to become a better doctor.
Undoubtedly, my favorite thing about our program is the people. My co-residents became so much more than colleagues. This program is made of the most whole-hearted, compassionate, and steadfast residents that I am so lucky to be able to call my best friends.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue to give back to this program by supporting our residents, recruiting new members to our Lurie family, and fostering a program for which we can be proud.
Alyssa Cohen, MD
Hometown: Cleveland, OH
Undergrad: University of Rochester
Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Career Plans: Academic General Pediatrics and Primary Care
Having spent 25 years along the shores of Lakes Erie and Ontario, I was ready for a new adventure when it came time to apply for residency programs. With that mindset, on a cold January morning, I bundled up and headed for Chicago to visit Lurie Children’s. After an interview day filled with vibrant educational conferences and welcoming conversations, and with a wintry view of the beach from the window, I knew that I had found my next Great Lake.
Since arriving at Lurie, I have been continually impressed by the commitment to education shared by our residents, fellows and faculty. This is highlighted in our twice-daily conferences, where we discuss everything from rare diagnoses to general management pearls with input from attendings. Residents also have the opportunity to learn from experts in a wide range of fields at the bedside and through research and advocacy.
During my training, I was able to participate in projects related to social determinants of health and health disparities through the elective Primary Care and Community Health Certificate Program. I also spent a month learning alongside pediatric residents in Mwanza, Tanzania as part of a bidirectional educational exchange program. By the end of three years, I felt that I had gained invaluable experience to take forward through the next steps in my career.
Without a doubt, the most rewarding part of this program has been the incredible group of co-residents that I’m lucky to call my closest friends. Through program-wide weekly summer barbecues, interview happy hours, holiday parties and many other events, we quickly developed a sense of family. I couldn’t have asked for better company in navigating residency and exploring this amazing city.
Annemarie Kelly, MD
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Undergrad: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
Medical School: Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, IL
Career Plans: Neonatology/Hospital Based Medicine
Ready and willing to relocate from coast to coast despite strong family ties to the Chicagoland area, I kept an open mind in search of a residency program offering the “right fit.” Academic stimulation and a group of highly sociable co-residents ranked among the top of my priorities. ,
Luckily, I did not have to compromise on any of these fronts in finding an ideal program in Lurie Children’s.
Before residency even began, I was welcomed warmly into the Lurie family within the first few days of my 4th year away medical school rotation. The program seemed lively, full of academic rigor, yet the residents carried a relaxed and humble mentality, despite training at a top-tier children’s hospital. Both residents and attendings alike, are warm and friendly, while also possessing some of the most brilliant academic minds in the country.
My initial impressions were further confirmed throughout my past three years as a resident here at Lurie. I seldom reference a textbook when thinking about a rare condition; rather, I usually need only recall the countless number of cases I’ve seen throughout my tenure. Academic breakthroughs and novel research occurs right down the hall and we, even as residents, are privy to the latest and greatest technology. Working with many different disciplines, I feel that we provide optimal child-focused care while minimizing much of the associated trauma that can accompany youth hospitalization. Being in downtown Chicago, we treat a patient population compiled of diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Above all, what I love most about our program are the people. My co-residents are so much more than colleagues that I trust and admire; they are some of my best friends. Our program fosters a sense of family by hosting weekly summer barbecues, fall and winter happy hours and celebrating the residents throughout the year with a holiday party and Resident Appreciation Week.
I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had at this program and I look forward to not only supporting our current residents in this coming year, but also recruiting new members to our Lurie community.