Undergrad: The College of William and Mary
Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Personal Information: I grew up in Yardley, PA, which is just outside of Philadelphia. I went down to Virginia for undergrad and returned to PA for medical school. I met my husband during orientation week of medical school (even though we actually grew up in the same town). We got married in 2020 and were so blessed to welcome our daughter into our family a year later. My husband is a Med-Peds resident, and we feel so lucky to have couples matched at such wonderful programs. I took a gap year between 3rd and 4th years of medical school to complete a master’s degree in public health in Philadelphia, and during medical school, I also completed a master’s degree in health care administration online. I love to spend time with my family, try new recipes, go to the beach, and watch football (go Eagles!).
Why Family Medicine: During third-year rotations in medical school, I found myself genuinely enjoying almost every clinical rotation I was on and couldn’t narrow down my interests to a particular specialty or patient population like many of my classmates could. After my first day in family medicine clinic, with the diverse diagnoses, opportunity to spend time learning about my patients, and counseling opportunities, I just knew that family medicine was the right fit. As an added bonus, as I have learned more about the specialty, I find that my other interests related to policy and leadership are particularly well-suited for a career in family medicine. Since family medicine is a specialty that emphasizes care for the whole person and the importance of patient-centered medicine, I see much potential in family doctors as the leaders in improving health care at the community, state, and national levels.
Why Williamsport: As a first-year medical student, I was assigned to a local family physician with whom I spent a few weeks to work on interview and physical exam skills—my physician was in Williamsport! I quickly grew fond of the community and the patients here. Williamsport was already one of my top programs for the great reputation of full-spectrum training, gorgeous geographic location, friendly community, and plethora of outdoor activities. The interview day sealed the deal for me. Despite participating in an entirely virtual interview season, the residents and faculty in this program somehow made my interview dinner and interview day feel welcoming and incredibly comfortable. I’m so happy to be training here!
Undergrad: Gannon University
Medical School: St. George’s University School of Medicine
Personal Information: I was born and raised in Erie, PA. I grew up in the Allegheny Forest, so I like to do anything outdoors, including hiking, hunting, kayaking, skiing, camping, fishing, and exploring. I love to travel so going to Grenada for medical school was pretty exciting. My favorite place I have visited is France. I am a nerd who loves Star Wars, Marvel, and Dr. Who. I love hanging out with my friends and family, but one of my favorite things to do is to be with my husband and my dog, Yoshi.
Why Family Medicine: It is absolutely thrilling to be a part of someone’s life and give them advice on the best life they can possibly live. I enjoy forming relationships with patients and I seek to provide the best care possible. I love the idea of being able to treat most of the population and, therefore, keep an eye out for changes in all fields of medicine. I am passionate about preventive care, quality improvement for health care, and community outreach in the medical field.
Why Williamsport: The residents made me feel so welcome during the meet and greet, and I loved getting to know more about them and their experience within the program. I loved the fact that UPMC Williamsport provided a broad education for residents, as well as the multiple procedural and research opportunities. I appreciate the program’s flexibility towards the residents’ area of concentration as well. I felt a huge sense of family at this program, and I couldn’t wait to become part of this team.
Undergrad: West Virginia Wesleyan College
Medical School: St George’s University
Personal Information: I was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, but I grew up in Sarasota, Florida. I attended West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV where I played baseball for the college and majored in biochemistry and psychology. I met my wife at WVWC, and we were married this past spring. I’m a huge nerd and love all things sci-fi, anime, and fantasy. My hobbies range from weight lifting, baseball, and playing the guitar to video games, board games, and playing D&D with my friends. My wife and I are active people and love the outdoors, but don’t be surprised to see us at a brewery or restaurant on our down time.
Why Family Medicine: When I started medical school, I genuinely did not know what exactly I wanted to do. Family medicine was my first clinical rotation of my third year, and I absolutely fell in love with it. Getting that face-to-face connection and establishing a good rapport with my patients really made me feel at home. The diverse nature of the problems you face and the avenues available to you in family medicine as a whole was enticing. I have a distinct interest in sports medicine and family medicine offers one of the best chances to pursue that goal. I personally feel that hearing the patient’s story really helps me get a better picture of who they are and what means of treatment may best suit them as a whole. It honestly was an easy choice for me!
Why Williamsport: When I interviewed with Williamsport, I felt so welcomed. It was like I was already part of the family. Interview season was a little weird being virtual, but Williamsport went above and beyond to make the most of the unique circumstances and provided such an encompassing experience – I felt like I was there. From my conversations with the faculty, to the discussions with other residents, I truly felt that the Williamsport family allotted me with the best chance to pursue my goals and truly become the best physician I can be. I spent my clinical years in Chicago, Atlanta, and Miami and was honestly looking for a change of pace from the big city life. Williamsport offered the change I sought. A beautiful smaller city with big city amenities was just what I was looking for. It was just an added bonus to this retired ball player that it is also the home of the Little League World Series!
Undergrad: Temple University
Graduate: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Personal information: I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia in a small town called Morton. Before pursuing higher education, I worked for a few years, first as a construction laborer and then as an Ophthalmic Technician at Wills Eye Hospital. In my free time, I enjoy several hobbies, including gardening, distance running, back woods camping, and working on my old Jeep Wagoneer. With these hobbies, you may not guess that I have five sisters and one brother. Over the years, I have been the proud foster parent of 25 dogs and even one cat. I am also an avid motorcycle rider, and I am very excited to find the best roads in Lycoming County to cruise down!
Why Family Medicine: I want to take care of and be invested in the health of my entire community. I get excited about the thought of being trusted with the care of children, adults, and the elderly alike. I enjoy building fellowship with my community, and I believe the best care is provided by someone who deeply knows their patients. Through family medicine, I hope to become a guide for patients through their health journey by maintaining a wide depth of knowledge and promoting overall well-being. I am excited to help my patients meet their goals and achieve the good mental and physical health they have been striving towards.
Why Williamsport: Something about Williamsport stuck with me after I finished my rotation as a 4th year medical student. The people, the neighborhoods, the forests and mountains nestling the downtown area, everything about the community seemed to be a refreshing change from my current Philadelphia suburb life. My experience with the family medicine residents and teachers sealed the deal. There is so much chemistry between everyone, promoting a fun, innovative, hardworking, intelligent environment that sets itself apart from any other residency program I worked with. But wait, there was more! Once I experienced the residents’ ability to care for obstetrics patients and lead a labor and delivery team, I truly fell in love! I want to practice full scope family medicine and I knew this place would give me everything I needed and more to succeed.
Undergrad: The Pennsylvania State University
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean
Personal information: I am the youngest of 3 boys, born and raised just north of Pittsburgh, PA. I was born into the black and gold and will forever be a Penguins, Steelers, and Pirates fan. I took up swimming at a young age and propelled myself through college riding that wave at the one and only Pennsylvania State University. I spent my 4 years in Happy Valley studying biology and swimming for the varsity team. After undergrad, I found myself soaking up the sun in the Caribbean for medical school. Outside of schooling, my interests include woodworking, hiking, and running; however, after a hard day at work, you can probably find me relaxing to a good movie or playing video games.
Why Family Medicine: At the end of my core clinical rotations, I was faced with having to decide what route of medicine I wanted to pursue further. While reflecting on my experiences in clinicals, it became extremely evident that I enjoyed all aspects of medicine and could only truly pursue them all through family medicine. I have hopes to practice in a more rural setting in the future to help improve our nation’s access to health care.
Why Williamsport: Williamsport has a perfect balance between the big city feels and the small-town vibes. It has just enough to keep you entertained while not being overpopulated or overwhelming. Having experienced both sides of the spectrum during my time spent in St. Maarten and then in New York City, I realized I was looking for a location that was in between those two. The bonus for me, it is a short car ride away from my alma mater where I’ll be able to go visit old friends and, hopefully in the near future, attend the best college football games in the world.
Undergrad: North Carolina State University
Medical School: Trinity Medical Science University - School of Medicine
Personal information: I was raised as the middle of three boys in a northern suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. Growing up, I played multiple sports, including baseball, soccer, and swimming, as well as spending most days outdoors mountain biking. Swimming eventually took me to NC State, where I was a 4-year letter winner and senior captain for the Wolfpack. Currently, my wife and I enjoy hiking, camping, going to the beach, and exploring the many food and craft brewery options of the Baltimore/Annapolis area. We are excited to begin our next great adventure together and to explore a brand-new city!
Why Family Medicine: Family medicine provides a unique opportunity to not only treat a wide variety of conditions, but to also connect with patients on a more personal note and develop a level of care that they feel a part of. My own passions lie in preventive care, specifically utilizing nutrition from an educational standpoint, as well as teaching the benefits of lifestyle modifications for the management of long-term conditions. I highly value the chance to develop long-term relationships with patients and to get to know them personally; I believe this is at the core of providing excellent care and is a key principle of family medicine in general.
Why Williamsport: Being at a residency program that is unopposed allows the greatest opportunity for continued learning. We will get chances to be front and center in every learning environment throughout our three years, allowing us ample opportunity to develop into the most well-rounded physicians and gain exposure to the many aspects of family medicine. In addition, Williamsport is centrally located between both my family (Pittsburgh) and my wife’s (Annapolis), which will allow us many chances to continue to spend time with them. Lastly, it doesn’t hurt that my brother, Jon (the other Dr. Seiferth), interviewed with the program and turned me on to the many great things UPMC Williamsport has to offer its residents.
Undergrad: Bucknell University
Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Personal Information: I was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA and haven’t been able to leave the state since! I received my bachelor’s degree in biology in Lewisburg (not far from Williamsport) before moving to Scranton for my master’s degree and medical school. In my free time, I enjoy yoga, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.
Why Family Medicine: Family medicine is the only field that allows you to care for patients during all stages of life, including before and during birth. I love the variety that FM brings and, most importantly, the patient continuity. As a family doctor, I’m looking forward to building relationships with patients and helping them improve all aspects of their health.
Why Williamsport: I chose Williamsport because I wanted an unopposed residency program with a strong OB curriculum that was close to home. The faculty members and residents I met during my interview day also made me feel like I was already a part of this tight-knit community (despite our interactions being only virtual).
Undergrad: Le Moyne College
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus
Personal Information: I am a small-town kid from a rural northern New York town called Chaumont. It is located on the Northeastern corner of Lake Ontario, about 1.5 hours north of Syracuse near the Canadian border. I am married to my high school sweetheart who is a wonderful Registered Dietitian. We love doing all things active, traveling when we can, and trying new foods. My undergraduate years were spent in Syracuse, NY majoring in Biology and minoring in Philosophy at Le Moyne College. I then took a gap year where I traveled across the U.S. on a six-week trip, tended bar, played music, and enjoyed my time before starting medical school. After my gap year, I was lucky enough to call beautiful Southwest Virginia my home, where I spent four years studying medicine. My wife and I fell in love with the mountains and are glad to still have mountains here in Pennsylvania; it doesn’t hurt that we are closer to home either. I am a die-hard fan of the Super Bowl LII champion Philadelphia Eagles, and love watching all sports. I really enjoy playing recreational sports such as basketball, baseball, and golf; being outdoors in any capacity makes me happy. When inside, I enjoy playing my guitar, watching movies, and reading a good book.
Why Family Medicine: I knew going into medical school that I wanted to work in primary care, but I wasn’t sure exactly what specialty. Through my rotations, I learned that I loved the complexities that came with adult medicine, the joy that came with pediatrics, and the miracle that happened in obstetrics and thought that I would love the opportunity to do all three. One of my mentors in medical school said, “few professions allow you to do more for your fellow man than medicine, and perhaps no other specialty gives you the latitude to choose the way in which you contribute than family medicine.” I understand the value in forming long lasting connections with my patients and their families, and I’m not sure there is a better avenue for that than family medicine. Family physicians not only take care of the families they serve, but they also become a part of those families.
Why Williamsport: I interviewed at Williamsport early on in my interview trail, and it set a benchmark for my expectations that no other program surpassed. It was located in a wonderful community, was a long-standing program that offered full-spectrum, unopposed training, had osteopathic recognition, was full of dedicated and knowledgeable faculty, and had residents who displayed a great balance between working hard and having fun. The hospital system also made it evident that they value the Residency Program. The facility has fantastic space for the residents while working during inpatient months, and a beautiful, state-of-the-art outpatient residency office attached to the hospital with gorgeous views of the surrounding area. The people you meet here instantly make you feel like you are home, and I couldn’t be more excited and grateful to be a part of this training program.
Undergrad: Bucknell University
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Personal Information: I grew up along the Susquehanna River in Duncannon, Pennsylvania. I attended Bucknell University where I was a biomedical engineering major. I met my spouse while attending Bucknell and we have been married for 5 years. Our lives have been blessed with a young daughter and an adorable Australian Shepherd (creatively named “Shep”). Our favorite activities are hiking, biking, kayaking, and lawn games. In the winter, you can find me curled up on a couch reading a book or inviting friends over to play board games.
Why Family Medicine: I have been passionate about rural medicine for as long as I can remember. Family medicine will allow me to best serve this patient population because I will be able to offer a wide variety of services to my patients, including adult, geriatric, obstetric, gynecologic, and pediatric care. I would like to be a doctor of families, providing care across generations. I find preventative medicine incredibly rewarding, and helping patients to adopt healthy practices is one of the most satisfying experiences in medicine for me.
Why Williamsport: First of all, I was impressed with the program itself. The faculty and residents exuded kindness and competence, which is exactly the type of environment I want to train in. The Williamsport area also has some of the best outdoor activities in the state. Pine Creek Rail Trail is a 63-mile bike trail through one of the most scenic areas of the state and is located 20 minutes from the hospital. The Susquehanna River is perfect for kayaking or floating in an inner tube. There is a plethora of amazing state parks public lands nearby as well. My spouse, who is a huge outdoorsman, can fly fish in many Class A trout streams and hunt on expansive state game lands. Living in Williamsport also allows us to be closer to our families, including my wonderful parents who live just down the river in Duncannon.
Undergrad: Loyola Marymount University
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Personal Information: I am the oldest of three children and was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After living in the City of Angels until 25, I decided it was time for change and moved to Philadelphia. I love to cook and spend my free time experimenting in the kitchen. Traveling is very important to me and I make time for it as much as possible. Recently I have ventured to Europe, hiked all of the Utah “Mighty 5” and backpacked Southeast Asia. My love for JRR Tolkien has even taken me to New Zealand! I enjoy reading, and my favorite books are “The Hobbit” and “The Alchemist.”
Why Family Medicine: At the end of my third year of medical school, I loved obstetrics, many medicine specialties and palliative care - so all roads lead to family medicine! My mom owned a board & care and my dad is an internal medicine physician. It was through this lens of empathy and cultured listening that grew my passion for continuity of care and need to be part of a community. Continuity of care is my favorite part of family medicine and I cannot wait to be a physician to many generations in one family.
Why Williamsport: My fiance went to Lycoming College and quickly turned a city girl into a lover of this small town! Apart from the peace and tranquility that comes with living in the valley, the town has a lot of things to do and places to eat. I did an obstetrics rotation at UPMC Susquehanna and fell in love with the program. The part of this experience that impacted me most was the eagerness of everyone to teach. Along with set teaching times, many residents and attendings utilized pockets of time to teach me medicine that mattered.
Undergrad: East Carolina University
Medical School: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Personal Information: I grew up in southcentral PA, and I taught music in the Lehigh Valley before returning to school to become a doctor. My wife, three daughters, and I now live in Lewisburg. I continue to sing with area music groups, and I enjoy home projects and cooking when I can.
Why Family Medicine: The ideas of building long-term relationships with my patients, helping them navigate through the medical system, and serving as a coach and teacher are at the core of family medicine. I have always seen myself as a teacher, and family medicine allows me to have a varied practice with patients of all ages and in many stages of health.
Why Williamsport: Williamsport feels like coming home for me in several ways, not least of which is that I was born in the hospital. When I rotated here, I was impressed with how close the residents and attending physicians were. I wanted to train in a cooperative environment, and I already felt like part of the team. The program and area are both very welcoming to families, and my wife and I look forward to staying in the area after residency for practice.
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; University of Oregon
Medical School: LMU-COM
Personal Information: Born and raised in Wisconsin, both parents were school teachers for more than 35 years. One older brother who is in athletic training, and works for Texas Tech University. I met my wife in medical school and at the end of medical school we got married in California. She currently is an Ob/Gyn resident. I enjoy being active playing sports, watching sports, hiking, and traveling the world.
Why Family Medicine: I enjoy physiology and anatomy, and the connections between the two. I enjoy the challenge of listening to someone with a complaint and trying to connect the dots to come up with a solution to a problem. As a son of school teachers, being an educator is in my blood, and medicine gives me that opportunity to not only help patients but also educate them.
Why Williamsport: When picking somewhere to train you want to pick a place where you’ll be fully supported and have ample opportunities to grow and become well rounded. After interviewing at Williamsport and coming back for the second look, it was obvious that I would be lead by enthusiastic attendings who loved resident education and teaching. Also the camaraderie of the residents of working together, I knew I would be comfortable and encouraged. It also served as a close proximity to where my wife is training and allows us to live together and go through training together.
Undergrad: Florida Atlantic University
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine- Georgia Campus
Personal Information: I am originally from Wellington, FL. I was born and raised in South Florida (Yes, the crazy state where everything you see/hear on the news is ACTUALLY true) and spent all of my life there until I moved to Georgia for medical school for first and second year. I then moved to Pennsylvania for third and fourth year clerkships. Clearly, I loved the state and stayed for residency! I have a laundry list of hobbies and interests, but mainly I love all things outdoors where I can bask in the sun, traveling, and cooking. I am also an adrenaline junkie so don’t be surprised if you see me jumping out of planes and parasailing, just to name a few.
Why Family Medicine: I chose Family Medicine because it allows me to tailor towards my interests, such as: Women’s Health, Psychiatry, Dermatology, and Addiction Medicine. We get to treat both acute and chronic conditions, emphasize what we like throughout our training, and practice broad-spectrum medicine in any patient demographic. I have always appreciated the good nature of Family Medicine where you can joke, laugh, and relate with your patients, while remaining engaged and attentive towards their concerns. I feel like the world is my oyster and I take comfort in knowing that this profession has so much variety. Family Medicine is crucial, and I am privileged to help eliminate the deficit of primary care doctors in this country.
Why Williamsport: I chose Williamsport so that I could experience training in an unopposed academic setting and receive the full-spectrum experience I am looking for. This program has so much to offer with its curriculum and location- a beautiful state filled with mountains, nature, and history. During my fourth-year clerkships, I was able to do a month long “audition” rotation and enjoyed being in a close-knit environment where meshing with everyone came easily. I constantly felt motivated to do better and stay on my game. I know here, I will get that extra push I need to excel throughout residency. I take comfort in knowing I will always have the support of faculty and fellow residents. I know I will thrive here and receive training that will not only provide a unique educational experience, but also prepare me to work with rural or underserved populations.
Undergrad: Rochester Institute of Technology
Medical School: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine: Carolinas Campus
Personal Information: I’m a very family oriented individual. Spending time with my four siblings and parents has always been what I enjoyed the most. Now, I have a beautiful daughter and loving wife and they make life even more rich and enjoyable. I can’t leave out our dog Leo either, playing with him at home or taking him for walks with my wife and daughter is a great way to relax. Between all these family members my days are never dull and that’s how I want my life to be!
Why Family Medicine: The main components for my choice to pursue a career in family medicine are as follows. I love the variation it provides on a daily basis, both in the scope of medicine and in the people you are privileged to meet. I also think that family medicine gives you the greatest ability to make a positive impact on the largest number and variety of people.
Why Williamsport: After living twelve hours away from our family for the past four years my wife and I were looking to move to be closer to family. This became even more important to us with the most recent addition to the family, our daughter. Additionally, Williamsport provided a great location to move. It has the geography that we were missing in the southeast and it has plenty to do to keep us busy as a family while still having that smaller community feel that we enjoy. The Williamsport residency also played a large role in the decision as it hits most of the check boxes I put on my residency wish list. More than that the people who I met were incredibly friendly, helpful and felt like the professional family I was looking for.
Undergrad: Dickinson College
Medical School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine, Temple University
Personal Information: I’m an only child, born and raised in the Susquehanna Valley in Sunbury, Pennsylvania. After I graduated from college, I moved with my high school sweetheart, now husband, to Washington D.C. where he began his career in architectural engineering and I worked as a medical assistant for a gastroenterologist. In my next big city move I traded in my Metro card for SEPTA tokens and spent two years of med school in Philly before returning again to central Pennsylvania for clinical rotations. My husband and I are thrilled to be close to home and family again. Although we love to travel as often possible, we can’t get enough of the central PA fresh air. These days you can often find me puttering around my vegetable garden or in the orchard of apple, pear, and cherry trees we’ve recently planted.
Why Family Medicine: From the very start of med school I had pictured myself as a family physician. Although I loved many of my rotations working with specialists throughout my training, I kept coming back to family medicine because I firmly believe that the key to good, effective healthcare is a foundation of preventative care built on strong doctor-patient relationships. With this goal in mind, the philosophy of family medicine suited me perfectly, and I wanted to surround myself with and train with people who also share this mentality and dedication to quality patient care.
Why Williamsport: It feels like kismet to have a residency program that checks all the boxes in such a great location. I needed a supportive program with high-quality broad-spectrum training, but was really looking for a good group of colleagues and mentors. As I continued to meet more and more of the residency program team, I knew I had found the right fit! My husband and I have always loved the area as a nearby cultural hotspot, and we are incredibly grateful to be close to our hometown, our families, and his family business. I grew up going to concerts and restaurants in Williamsport and playing against the Millionaires in soccer matches. I’m looking forward to further exploring the area and can’t wait to get to know this community better!
Undergrad: Bard College
Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (Seton Hill)
Personal Information: I am blessed with a wonderful family including parents, a sister, a loving significant other, and two adorable pets. I am also a fan of sports and the arts. I try to play soccer as often as possible and root for all the Philadelphia major league sports teams. I also enjoy working on a variety of artistic endeavors including drawing, painting and photography. In my free time I can be found enjoying nice weather and the great outdoors or engrossed in a science fiction book.
Why Family Medicine: For me the most important part of medical care is being able to communicate with my patient. I believe that only through listening and truly understanding a patient’s perspective and situation can the best care be given. Meaningful relationships develop over time and family medicine affords doctors and their patients this kind of connection. In addition I value the role that primary care physicians have in serving and supporting underserved communities, which is important to my morals and beliefs.
Why Williamsport: Williamsport combines the beautiful environment and outdoor activities of rural Pennsylvania with a smaller but still exciting, urban environment with plenty of interesting activities to enjoy. The city and surrounding area is full of friendly and unique individuals, and very fortunately is home to friends and family of my own. Furthermore I knew from my first interview that UPMC Williamsport's family medicine program was the right fit for me because it is an unopposed program that emphasizes a strong and friendly community atmosphere. After meeting the warm and open residents and faculty, I was sure that here I could build the foundation I need to become the best doctor I can be.
Undergrad: Oklahoma State University
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Personal Information: My hometown is Owasso, Oklahoma. For undergrad I went to OSU to study wilderness ecology and be a bachelor. Instead, I completed medical school pre-requisites and met my wife. I enjoy being outdoors hiking, birding or deer hunting, and now also spend considerable time teaching my son about Pokémon. When I’m feeling creative, I dive into woodworking projects well beyond my skill level while blasting Styx in the garage.
Why Family Medicine: Due to a diverse range of interests and hobbies I identify as a jack-of-all-trades. This tendency extends also to my interests in medicine. FM offers the opportunity to train broadly and learn a diverse set of skills that can be customized to a practice style of your choosing. For me, that practice style will include rural medicine, community health, and OBGYN. Additionally, FM offers quality patient relationships through long-term continuity and desirable work/life balance.
Why Williamsport: As Oklahoma natives, Pennsylvania is a big change for my family and me. A handful of factors ultimately lead us to come here. I sought broad-spectrum training that would best facilitate my career goals and my family needed a place that would provide opportunities to pursue their own interests. Williamsport provided both of these. The tipping point was the UPMC Williamsport family. They create an environment that is supportive and family friendly. This was very appealing to my wife and I, and we left our second look weekend both knowing this was where we wanted to be.
Undergrad: Bucknell University
Medical School: Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Personal Information: I was born and (mostly) raised right here in Williamsport, graduating from Montoursville High and staying nearby to study chemistry and English at Bucknell University. I left Pennsylvania temporarily to work at a community health organization in rural Uganda, but soon returned to complete my medical education in Philadelphia. In my free time, I’m usually out on a long trail run or lost in a book.
Why Family Medicine: I entered medical school with a passion for nutrition, preventive medicine, and lifestyle-based management of chronic disease. My experiences in medical school broadened my interests to include pediatrics, obstetrics, behavioral health, and sports medicine - all of which fit squarely under the umbrella of full-spectrum primary care. With so many of my interests housed within family medicine, I can hardly imagine myself doing anything else.
Why Williamsport: Williamsport is home for me. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to return to the area and complete my medical training in the company of my family, friends, and the community that has supported me up to this point!
Undergrad: University of Pittsburgh
Medical School: Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Personal Information: Born and raised in Hong Kong, my family made the move to the suburbs of Pittsburgh in my teenage years. I have since called Pennsylvania home for the past decade. I enjoy traveling and seeing as much of the world as possible in my free time. I also love photography and playing the piano.
Why Family Medicine: It’s the one specialty of medicine that has repeatedly taught me to treat patients as humans first, and everything else second. The focus on continuity of care combines my love for people and for medicine, and the well-rounded nature of a broad scope of practice keeps me motivated, stimulated, and engaged.
Why Williamsport: I trained in central PA for much of my clinical education, and I absolutely enjoyed working with the patient population. Williamsport has plenty to do, while offering the tranquility I escaped the city for! I got introduced to the Williamsport Family Medicine program in Kansas City at the AAFP National Conference, and was drawn by the passion and friendliness of the faculty and residents. The atmosphere and camaraderie of the program only confirmed it to be the perfect fit for me.
Undergrad: Pennsylvania State University
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Personal Information: My journey to family medicine started back in college when I had a 2-week experience in a primary care program. I found that I loved the variety and continuity of care. Throughout medical school I found that I continued to love every rotation, but especially enjoyed my OB, pediatric, and family rotations. I had a tough time deciding between OB and family medicine during the application process, but eventually concluded that I could have the best of both worlds in family medicine. In addition, the strong connections I could make with patients and entire families throughout their lives was another pull towards family medicine.
Why Family Medicine: Simply put, I wanted to be a jack-of-all-trades. I always looked up to the physicians that could treat nearly any condition while also forming a sincere connection with patients. I’m passionate for providing care to the underserved, and found that the broad knowledge base of Family Medicine is a cornerstone to caring for patients in resource-limited settings. I enjoy getting to know patients at a deeper level while guiding them through the happiest, saddest, and toughest times of their lives.
Why Williamsport: I wanted to train at a program that was both unopposed and full spectrum. These were two important qualities to me because I felt that would prepare me for a career as a family physician in a rural area. My first impression of the program came from my interview experience. I remember leaving that day thinking ‘Wow! Everyone is so genuinely kind and welcoming.’ Everyone I came across was so happy to talk about why they love the program and Williamsport. The community of Williamsport provides a small town feel with the amenities of a larger town. One of my favorite spots downtown to hang out in is Alabaster Coffee. The space is inviting, and the coffee is top notch. Williamsport provided me a place on a personal level where I knew I would thrive as I am near family and friends. Plus, being surrounded by beautiful mountains and scenery makes my outdoor-loving self very happy.
Undergrad: West Chester University Honors College
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Personal Information: I am very passionate about art and minored in studio art in undergrad. My favorites include drawing, painting, and sculpting, and I love applying these to homemade gifts!
Why Family Medicine: The variety within Family Medicine always keeps things interesting. You can tailor your experience to fit your interests and learn skills that make it possible to work in any environment or clinical setting. Some of my favorites include procedures, OMM, and patient counseling.
Why Williamsport: I was looking for a well-established program with strong academics and an even stronger community. When I came to Williamsport, I immediately felt a connection to the program and the people, and I knew that warm and supportive environment was what I needed to grow into the physician I am meant to be.