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Why I Chose OSU


61% of our Graduates pursue fellowships; 31% private practive or other careers; 8% academic internal medicine.
43% women, 57% men
56% single, 44% married/with partner

Meet Some of our Housestaff

Serena Day

Serena grew up in NH where her family still lives.  She attended undergrad at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA where she majored in biology and minored in chemistry.  Serena worked for a food science lab for 2 years before medical school at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.  She currently lives with her husband, Nate and dog, Molly.  In her free time, her and her husband enjoy watching movies, jogging through the parks, playing with their dog, cooking, and dining out.

"I chose OSU for a lot of reasons but the most important one was the residents that I met during my interview day.  Although they all said that they worked hard (and it’s true, we do work hard!) they also uniformly agreed with how much they loved the program and their colleagues - residents, attendings and staff members alike.  OSU attracts very intelligent and outstanding candidates like many other top programs, but I think the warm, collegial atmosphere is what sets OSU apart.  The residents really are the focus here, and there are many initiatives in place to make sure that our education and experience is of the best quality.  Now that I’m here, I have found even more to love about this program.  The unique rotation structure of every third month being outpatient really allows for the true outpatient experience without having to sacrifice inpatient time and the hectic schedule juggling of fitting in a clinic half day while on a busy service.  In addition, during clinic months, we experience a different subspecialty each clinic block.  This gives the opportunity to see both the inpatient and outpatient side of a particular field.  The subspecialty services are run by subspecialists which gives the chance to be immersed totally in a particular field for a month as well as really learn how to manage these patients from the experts.  The opportunities for research and fellowship fields are also numerous and very available.  Everyone that I have worked with so far, from fellow residents to attendings to our chief residents, have been nothing but interested in giving me the tools I need to learn to be a competent, outstanding physician.  These include lectures (which are actually very useful and relevant!), current literature and landmark trials sent via weekly emails, various online curricula, as well as “on the job” teaching during rounds.  Outside of work, Columbus has turned out to be a great place to live.  It doesn’t have all the hustle and bustle that makes major cities frustrating but instead has all of the big city excitement without the traffic!  There have been no shortage of festivals, restaurants, parks, or neighborhoods to explore and now that school is back in session, I have no doubt that I will soon be swept up in Buckeye football frenzy!  Overall, I feel this program is very well balanced with clinical experiences as well as focused on teaching and professional development.  There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in whatever you might be interested in, and the facilities and resources to do so are outstanding."

Kimmie Fisher

“Kimmie” was born in Indianapolis, IN. She attended Butler University in Indianapolis for undergraduate studies in Chemistry and Business. She completed her Masters in Business Administration through the New York Institute of Technology while studying physical therapy at Florida Gulf Coast University. She is not only a Bulldog but also an Eagle fan. She then completed medical school at Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.

“The most influential factor on my decision to come to Ohio State was the people I met. I was impressed with the level of compassion, intelligence, support, and genuine friendliness expressed by the individuals I interacted with during interviews. And, yes, this holds true after completing internship.  Training and location were obviously key factors as well. OSU is known as a large teaching facility with immense resources that provide high quality training and a broad range of future fellowship options. Columbus boasts classic Midwest hospitality, low cost of living, and high energy of a college campus. I love that there is always a festival or sporting event to go to. I have become a Buckeye, Clipper, and Crew fan in the past year. I knew I made the right choice in training then and I know I made the right choice in training now. “


Amanda Lorenz

Amanda was born in Davenport, IA. She attended Coe College, a small liberal arts school, in Cedar Rapids, IA for undergraduate and majored in Biochemistry. She completed medical school at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA. Go Hawks!

"I looked at a lot of Big 10 programs for residency. I wanted medium to large program with a balance of academics and research. I was impressed by the amount of thought and consideration put into the design of the training program at OSU. I remember Dr. Wininger, the program director, on interview day explain WHY the program was designed the way it was. With all the recent changes regarding duty hours, it seemed many programs had made changes simply to obey duty hours without regard to the impact of the residency training, but not OSU. I liked the thought of subspecialty ward services and being taught by specialists in a given field. In addition, having a clinic block every third month allowing more focus on ambulatory medicine is more realistic to actual practice for an internist or specialist. My interview at OSU was one of my first, and I didn’t really know what to expect. However, on the interview trail, I kept comparing programs to what I encountered at OSU. By far, my favorite interview encounter was at OSU with Dr. Benson in hematology. He was a young professor with lots of passion for teaching, had a successful research career, and loved OSU. If people like him were attracted to OSU, then I knew it was a place I wanted to be. Columbus has a good balance for people looking either for a big or small city. It is large enough that there are plenty of activities, but there are lots of neighborhoods that have a more intimate feel with shops and restaurants. My husband Peter and I are both new to Columbus, and there is always something new to explore. We love watching sports and being outdoors, and Columbus provides plenty of options for both. Professional sports team include AAA baseball, professional hockey and soccer. And Big 10 sports are always fabulous. There are plenty of outdoor activities, including a variety of street festivals throughout the summer, biking paths, and Farmers Markets in the different neighborhoods. The downtown was just recently renovated with a green space where outdoor concerts and movies are held throughout the summer. "


Sharon Santoso

Before coming to the Midwest, Sharon grew up in California and Indonesia. She was born in Southern California then moved to Jakarta, Indonesia at the age of 8 when her parents decided to move back to their home country. She later returned to the U.S. and studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, San Diego as her undergraduate degree. After deciding to pursue a career in medicine, she traveled to Cleveland, Ohio where she attended Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine.

“Once deciding that I wanted to pursue a combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency, Ohio State was an obvious consideration. It has one of the larger Med-Peds programs nationwide, with 8-10 residents per year and over 70 Med-Peds trained physicians who serve as faculty. To me this translates to many opportunities for mentorship and guidance in my training and future career choice. We also have our own Med-Peds continuity clinic which we go to weekly. OSU was the perfect fit for me with a wonderful balance between primary care opportunities and a large number of subspecialties. As I continue to decide my career path I believe it is important to have these diverse experiences and to be able to work closely with subspecialty experts. I am also interested in global health, especially to be able to spend some time in Indonesia where access to healthcare is such a problem. OSU gives me the opportunity to pursue this by offering international electives as well as a global health certificate program. We have a very supportive and involved program director, Dr. Holliday, and a dedicated program coordinator, Delana. I believe we definitely have the perfect balance of integration with both Medicine and Pediatrics as well as having our own Med-Peds identity.”

“In my free time, I have loved exploring Columbus! During the summer there have been tons of fun outdoor food and music festivals to go to. The Short North and Downtown areas have a lot of great restaurants, bars, and galleries. I enjoy running as well, and there are some great local scenic running trails. Columbus also has a great freeway system and you can get pretty much anywhere within 15 minutes (including the two large shopping centers, Polaris and Easton). All of this in addition to the very affordable cost of living makes Columbus a very attractive place to live!”

Nikita Desai

Oiginally from Cincinnati, OH, Nikita first came to Ohio State for college, where she completed her undergraduate studies in Biology and English and continued on to pursue her medical studies. 

"It wasn’t until I began the residency application process did I realize just how lucky I would be to stay at Ohio State for my post-graduate training. Although I traveled far and wide on the interview trail, there was no other program that quite fit my requirement for having subspecialty wards, approachable faculty, and limitless research opportunities. I love the fact that I can completely immerse myself into a subspecialty for a month, learn from world-class faculty, and feel like an expert myself by the end of the month. Probably the most important factor in my decision was the level of resident autonomy. Whether I’m on an inpatient service or in my own continuity clinic, I feel responsible for the care of my patients, and my resident experience has never once been compromised. At the end of the day, the program at Ohio State is comprised of the most genuine, down to earth, supportive group of people I could ever have hoped to work with.

Having traveled far and wide, I can safely say that Columbus is the best-kept secret of the Midwest. On a given night I can find a place to go listen to live music, go wine tasting, or take in a sporting event. Dining options are impressively diverse for a mid-sized city, there are beautiful parks and bike trails, and there is no experience that parallels being one of 105,000 screaming fans at an Ohio State football game! Best of all, Columbus is affordable; so you can experience everything the city has to offer on a resident’s salary. Columbus offers the best of a suburb with the feel of a city for both singles and young families alike. I could not be more proud to be an Ohio State Buckeye; the spirit of Buckeye Nation is contagious and I am sure you will feel the same way!"

Michael Tiso

Michael was born in Buffalo, NY and attended the University of Notre Dame for undergrad. Llana Pootrakul, his wife, is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and did her undergrad at UCSD and went on to get a PhD from the University of Southern California. Michael and Llana both attended the University at Buffalo Medical School where they met during their first year and went on to couples’ match for residency, with Llana applying for dermatology and Michael for internal medicine. Llana was impressed by OSU and felt the derm program was a perfect match, while Michael was attracted to OSU by the initiation of the primary care track for medicine.

“I plan on pursuing a career focused in outpatient medicine with a fellowship in sports medicine. Since this is not a traditional path for medicine applicants, I was encouraged by the formation of the primary care track and OSU’s flexibility to accommodate all career interests,” - Michael

“The couples’ match can be difficult, especially when applying in dermatology. However, OSU made the process much less stressful by offering advice and accommodating us through the match process.” - Llana

New to Columbus, Michael and Llana are discovering different things to do in the city. Llana loves the Asian food and market options and looks forward to weekly shopping trips to the huge supermarket, Giant Eagle Market District.  And for anyone with pets, Columbus is a very pet-friendly city with numerous dog parks in which animals are allowed to run free.

“Our cat, Ted, a normally shy and introverted guy, has made an astounding adjustment to his new life in Columbus, and is currently in preparation to transition to outdoor walks.”

Kristian Wall

Kristian grew up about an hour northwest of Chicago in Algonquin, IL and went to Northwestern University for undergraduate studies.  He majored in Psychology and History, but most importantly this is where he met his wife. They both attennded Ohio State for medical school, but were three years apart while Kristian completed pre-med classes.

"When I finally came to Columbus I was initially disappointed to be leaving Chicago, but I quickly found a lot to love about the C-Bus. My wife elected to stay at Ohio State for her Ophthalmology residency and I was more than happy to follow for Internal Medicine. We both love that Columbus has everything that larger cities have, but without a lot of the hassle. It still has a small town mentality and you don’t have to deal with the traffic of a big city. What you do get is some great chef owned restaurants, a really diverse population, some very cool neighborhoods, and of course great sports. Music is a big passion of mine and I have been pleasantly surprised to find that Columbus has some great small venues that get new indie artists as well as arenas for the bigger acts. Part of what makes Columbus a great place is the young population. With the University and corporations like Nationwide, Abercrombie, and The Limited based here, there are lots of young professionals that keep the city alive and growing."

As far as the Internal Medicine program in particular, one of the main attractions to Kristian was the subspecialty ward services. It gives first hand access to a variety of the subspecialties including ID, Heme/Onc, and GI. More importantly, it allows residents to work closely with the experts in their field and build meaningful connections.

"While the program attracts some very talented people with its quality training, another strength is how down to earth everyone is and how willing to help they are. Ever since I was a medical student I noticed a certain kind of resident that seemed to be at OSU and now that I am a part of the program I see it even more clearly. At the end of the day there are lots of great programs, but it is always the people you will be working with that set it apart."

Abbey Ishola

Abbey was born and raised in the beautiful city of Lagos, Nigeria. After completing high school; he moved to the United States and started college at Louisiana State University. After graduation he attended Medical School at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, AL.

"I was initially attracted to OSU after working with and developing a close mentorship relationship with an attending at my medical school who trained at OSU. I was greatly impressed by his exceptional clinical knowledge and work ethic which he always attributed to his solid residency training at OSU. After interviewing at OSU, I was sold. I was really impressed with the residents I interacted with; they seemed genuinely happy and most residents had a desire to stay at OSU for fellowship and faculty positions which in my opinion spoke volume about the program. I was also attracted by the vast exposure residents get in both the general medicine and subspecialty services. After visiting Columbus, I was really impressed with the diversity and the demographics of young professionals in the city. The proximity of Columbus to a lot of big cities was also appealing."

In his free time, Abbey enjoys exploring different parts of the city, the great nightlife scenery and the numerous never ending festivals that seem to run all year long.

"I enjoy singing and writing songs, I also love learning about different cultures and languages. In the fall I am still a big fan of college football and look forward to grilling/barbecuing with friends while watching college football."

Clint Allred

Clint grew up in Ogden, Utah, a small town north of Salt Lake City. His undergraduate studies in Zoology were also completed in Ogden at Weber State University. After undergrad he left home and ventured eastward to The Ohio State University College of Medicine. While studying medicine at OSU, Clint had many interactions with the IM residents. “I was very impressed with their competence. I felt that if I were to complete residency at OSU, I too would be well on my way to becoming a master of medicine.” Specific points about the program itself which stood out to Clint were the program’s membership in the EIP, specialty service inpatient structure and the continuity clinic block format.”

When selecting a residency program I sought a few key aspects all of which OSU satisfies. A few examples include:
-Large academic medical center with physicians capable of treating any condition
-Diverse housestaff committed to professionalism
-Progressive mindset of medical center
-Approachability of the faculty and staff

“Opening the Match Envelope and reading OSU-IM was a thrill and tremendous advance in my professional development”

Outside of medicine Clint enjoys spending time with his wife Anna. The climate of Columbus is a perfect location for their green thumbs. Their recent garden produced a bounty of tomatoes, peas, squash, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, carrots and herbs. They enjoy the many parks, restaurants, and arts of Columbus. Springtime is second to none and the bird watching is fantastic. Lastly, the college sports scene in Columbus is stellar thanks to the perennial power Buckeyes.

Clint is staying on to be one of the 2013-2014 Chief Residents!


Mike Velez

Mike was born and raised Wild Wonderful West Virginia, home of the Mountaineers. He received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at West Virginia University. It was during undergrad that he met his wife, Kellie. He remained in Morgantown and graduated medical school at West Virginia as well.

I was looking for a program that offered a wide variety of opportunities. I didn’t know which direction my career would take me, but I wanted a program that offered a broad exposure to the numerous aspects of internal medicine, and Ohio State was the perfect fit. The subspecialty service structure allows direct interaction with specialists in most fields of internal medicine, and this facilitates learning on many levels for residents and interns. First, we receive daily evidence-based guidance and teaching for the management of complex medical cases in their respective fields. In addition, residency serves as an opportunity to examine future career choices, and working aside subspecialists on a day-to-day basis helps to display just how a cardiologist, or oncologist, or any other subspecialist works in an academic environment. These interactions also open the door for future research endeavors, as many research opportunities are identified while on service with an attending. However, despite the strength of the subspecialty service structure, the general medicine inpatient and outpatient services have proven to be invaluable as well, helping to solidify our core knowledge as well-rounded internists.

During his time away from the hospital, Mike enjoys spending time with family and friends, golfing at the numerous great golf courses in Columbus, trying out the countless
Columbus restaurants and watching college sports.

Mike has completed his Chief year and will be staying at OSU for his Cardiology Fellowship.

Will Healy and Sara Johnston Healy

Will is a native of Statesboro, Georgia. He attended Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC and majored in biology. Sara was born in Akron, Ohio, but moved away at a young age and ended up in St. Simons Island, Georgia. She attended Duke in Durham, NC and majored in biomedical engineering. Will and Sara met at a summer program in Georgia during high school. They started dating during college and attended medical school together at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. They got married right before starting residency and couples matched at OSU in 2010.

"OSU was one of my first interviews, but I was so impressed with it that I found myself comparing all my later interviews to OSU," says Sara. "I think the people really set OSU apart. Everybody I met on the interview day, including staff, residents, and faculty, was so warm and welcoming. The residents here are very smart, yet down to earth and genuinely happy. The faculty are leaders in their field and are very dedicated to mentorship and teaching. Some other things that make OSU special: clinic rotations every 3 months, which offer a great opportunity to learn outpatient medicine; dedicated time for didactics on Tuesday afternoons (really excellent, relevant lectures); great health and retirement benefits; and living in Columbus! It has all the offerings of a city with a small town feel. There is so much to do here- festivals during the summer, parks and bike trails, museums, farmers markets, and great restaurants. Of course the university adds so much to the town as well. Finally, I would strongly recommend this program for anyone who is matching as a couple. The program has tried to align our schedules as much as possible: our vacations, clinic months, and call schedule are the same. I'm so happy to be at OSU and I know this was the right choice for us."

Will is staying at OSU to complete a Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship, while Sara will do her Endocrinology Fellowship at OSU as well.