Meredith McAdams, MD
IMRP Class of 2018
Nephrology Research Fellow
I completed my two-year clinical nephrology fellowship in 2020 and then decided to pursue additional training in clinical research. I received the NIH T32 training grant and am currently working on various projects involving acute kidney injury (AKI) and chronic kidney disease (CKD) including an ongoing clinical trial evaluating the treatment of depression in patients with non-dialysis CKD. I am also pursuing a masters degree in clinical sciences. I completed medical school and internal medicine residency at UK. My internal medicine training at UK prepared me for the vigorous clinical environment at UTSW. As a nephrology fellow I rotated at three very large, clinically busy hospitals, this would be overwhelming to anyone but I felt very prepared for this after experiencing the clinical volume and acuity at UK. I felt confident taking care of very sick patients following residency and also in my ability to take care of my clinical responsibilities while also continuing to expand my knowledge. My residency experience at UK also allowed me to gain early exposure to clinical research, I worked on several projects during my time at UK and also presented my work through abstracts and oral presentations. UK provided me with many great mentors in both the clinical and research realms which shaped me into the physician I am today. I do not believe I would have been as successful in my fellowship as I was if not for my residency training experience at UK.
Tim Saidi, MD
IMRP Class of 2021
Beth Israel Deaconess
I will be forever grateful to the UK residency program, as the training one receives at UK will position them uniquely for a career in medicine. Managing complex comorbidities and rare pathology is customary for the training of a resident at UK, with an acuity index that is among the highest in the country. This carries very well on a job search, and is due to a catchment area of over 175 miles with a Kentucky population that is plagued with high rates of smoking, heart, and liver disease. However, choosing UK for residency was about more than this. It was the warm environment fostering growth and a sense of resident collegiality. It was the mentors who care deeply about your development as a colleague and a person. Altogether, the intensity and diversity of one's training and experiences at UK will leave you well prepared to both find a dream job and deliver excellent medical care.
Jay 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!