Class of 2013
Adianez Albelo, MD - Tufts University
Adianez grew up in Cuba and moved to the U.S. when she was 14 years old. She attended high school in Miami, which is where her family currently resides. Adianez attended college at Brown University, lived in Washington D.C. the year following graduation and returned to New England for medical school at Tufts University. In recent years she has traveled, lived and worked in the far lands of India and Yemen. These experiences reinforced her drive and desire to serve and advocate for the medially underserved and that is the very reason she chose to become a part of the Northwestern Family Medicine program. Her favorite thing to do in the world is move, and so she is happiest when she dances and feels most accomplished as she glides over the finish line of her yearly marathon race.
Dorothy Dschida, MD, MA - Loyola University
Dorothy grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and attended Notre Dame for undergrad. After graduating with degrees in Pre-professional Studies, Psychology and Spanish, she returned to Chicago for medical school at Loyola. Since her high school years she have always had an interest in community service and social justice issues. This interest spurred her involvement in the Forum on Bioethics at ND and led to a degree in Bioethics and Professionalism. When she started to look for residency programs, these same values were at the forefront of her mind. She feels like she has found that wonderful combination at Northwestern’s new Family Medicine Residency. This program has let her combine all of these interests and work at a Federally Qualified Health Center in an urban underserved environment. Outside of medicine, she loves hanging out with friends and family, being active (running, swimming, yoga), and she has recently joined the ranks of urban bike-commuters taking over Chicago!
Beth was born and raised in Chicago, IL. She went to the University of Chicago for college and graduated with a degree in biology. She then spent a year in North Carolina as an AmeriCorps member working through the National AIDS fund, before returning to Chicago for medical school at Northwestern University. Beth is interested in underserved medicine and women's health. When she is not working, Beth enjoys vegetable gardening and spending time with her husband and two young children.
Meredith Hirshfeld, MD - Northwestern University
Meredith was born and raised in Chicago but fell in love with the Pacific Northwest and headed out to Portland, OR for college. She spent several years working there after college during which time she realized what she really wanted was to become a physician and work with underserved communities. After completing a post-bac program she returned to Chicago to attend medical school at Northwestern. She loved the West and it was hard to leave but says it has been great to be back in the cultural richness of Chicago and closer to her family. She chose the family medicine program at Northwestern because it has a wonderful combination of community-based and academic medicine with a strong emphasis on meeting the health needs of underserved communities. In addition, she says the program is extremely supportive of their individual interests as residents, including pursuing patient advocacy in a variety of ways. Her particular interests include women’s health and reproductive choice as well as adolescent medicine. Outside of medicine she loves running, yoga, mountains (obviously need to travel for these) and cooking.
Stephanie Place, MD - University of Wisconsin
Stephanie was born and raised in South Wayne, WI, and attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison for undergraduate and medical school. Her rural upbringing meant horseback riding and showing animals at the county fair, but it also sparked her interest in Family Medicine and underserved communities. She studied abroad in Costa Rica during undergrad and coordinated a mobile medical clinic for outlying indigenous communities in Guatemala during medical school. These experiences solidified her commitment to community-based primary care, especially in underserved Latino communities.
“Northwestern University Family Medicine Residency offers a unique opportunity to train in a Federally Qualified Health Center serving a largely Spanish-speaking patient population while still having access to the resources of a major university hospital,” says Stephanie. She’s especially excited about the Maternal Child Health format of their OB and Pediatrics training, since the opportunity to provide continuity of care along the entire continuum of women's health, obstetrics, and pediatrics is one of her favorite aspects of Family Medicine. Outside of the hospital she still enjoys horseback riding, good live Shakespearian theater and sushi. She lives in the West Loop with two newly-adopted kittens for roommates.
Jillian Moshay, MD - University of Washington
Jillian grew up in a small ski-resort town in Northern Idaho with her younger sister and outdoor sport enthusiast parents. She attended college at Concordia University in Portland, OR where she played soccer on a nationally ranked team. After college Jillian took a year off and traveled to Ethiopia where she fell in love with the country and the African culture. During this experience she became inspired to practice international medicine and work with an underserved population. Jillian attended medical school at University of Washington and looks forward to beginning residency at Northwestern, where she will learn Spanish and have an unopposed, community based program. Along with her interest in global health Jillian is passionate about adolescent medicine and mental health. Outside of medicine she enjoys running, spending time with her husband, and going to Bears, White Sox, Blackhawks and Bulls games.
Sylvia A. Shokunbi, MD - Northwestern University
Sylvia Ukonga is from Lagos, Nigeria. She grew up there as well as in England, Ethiopia and Jamaica. After completing her undergraduate studies in Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia, she attended medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago. She was drawn to this family medicine program because of its commitment to caring for the underserved population in Chicago as well as the strong curriculum that trains future leaders in family medicine. She enjoys travelling, reading and photography.
Santina Wheat, MD, MPH - University of Illinois - Chicago
Tina is a Chicago native and graduated from University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine. She is interested in reproductive health and access to care issues. She currently serves on the board of the Midwest Access Project. Tina enjoys dining out, baking, reading, and spending times with her friends and husband.