Graduate Profiles

Jay ShiJay Shi, Primary Care at SCL Health Denver

He earned his medical degree from Rutgers New Jersey Medical School followed by residency in the Primary Care track at the University of Kentucky. He has a passion for preventive medicine and population health.

Everyone knows that residency is tough. However, pursuing your training at an institution that is truly invested in your success will make a world of difference. From day one, I was surrounded by a tight knit family of residents focused on helping each other succeed. The days of hypercompetitive “gunners'' from medical school became a flash of distant memory. The UK internal medicine faculty work here because they have a passion for teaching. The delineation of teaching and clinical-only faculty helps us maximize our exposure to the best teachers. I was reminded of my mission during every rotation from ambulatory continuity clinics to intensive care: to learn. The presence of a strong ancillary staff (social workers, phlebotomists, therapists, etc) allow residents to focus on learning and less on “busy work”. My faculty mentors and my attendings at UK inspired me to succeed and grow as a person.

Katrina Bidwell and Mohammad Mathbout, Interventional Cardiology fellows at MUSC

Katrina and Mo finished residency at UK together in 2018, completed Cardiology fellowships at MUSC and University of Louisville, respectively.
Then reunited as Interventional fellows in 2021 in Charleston, SC.

Bidwell: I believe UK was truly the total package. Not only did I get to where I wanted (a competitive fellowship in a competitive program, and going from there to a competitive super-specialty), I left feeling like I was truly prepared for anything: caring for the sickest of the sick in critical care, being an efficient and effective primary care doctor, or the undifferentiated illness in hospital medicine. The record of excellence in this program from boards pass rates to subspeciality matches speaks for itself.

Mathbout: For residency training, I could not have asked for a better experience than the one UK medicine gave me; a clinical exposure that gets you to say “I got this” no matter how sick the patient you are caring for is, support and direction to help get you to your professional destination, and a healthy, collegial environment, where you can make life-long friendships.

Matthew Mart, MD, MSCI

Training in internal medicine at UK was one of the best choices I have made in my medical career. The residency culture is extremely collaborative and supportive, and I formed life-long friendships with colleagues and mentors who I still communicate with regularly. The faculty are extremely supportive and easy to approach, are great teachers, and are dedicated to resident success. The clinical experience is second to none, and throughout a busy fellowship in pulmonary and critical care, my residency training left me extremely well-prepared to care for the sickest patients in the hospital as well as for complex cardiopulmonary disease in the clinic. The educational focus of the program prepared me well to match into fellowship and now to transition to my junior faculty role in academic medicine. I can’t speak highly enough of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at UK!

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