Third Year Residents
Brian Bouchad - Washington University SOM
I grew up between rural Wyoming and Kenya where I saw gross disparity. I completed my undergraduate and medical school training in urban American environments plagued by division and maldistribution of resources. I chose the TCH program because I want to be a physician who practices clinical excellence across borders while developing skills to address systemic flaws keeping my patients from full healthy lives. I wanted to be among physicians who treat local and global communities, and I found those people here.
Melissa Mefford - Indiana University SOM
I feel so blessed to have ended up at TCH for my Family Medicine training! It was my first choice, and so far it has not let me down. The faculty genuinely care about my learning and know exactly what they are doing when it comes to teaching styles. I'm interested in rural medicine and this program has much to offer , including global trips to Guatemala and opportunities to travel to a Native American reservation in Arizona. I am so pumped to see the doctor I become and the relationships that I forge through this program!
Michael Putnam - Loyola Chicago Stritch SOM
I'm from Chicago with family roots in Utah and Wyoming. I chose this program because of the emphasis on underserved health and excellent teaching. The leaders in this program pride themselves on being physician-educators, for both the residents and patients. This program gives me the experience to be an excellent physician for my patients and the tools to become an educator in the field. Also, Cincinnati is a walkable and vibrant city with great neighborhoods and plenty of access to culture and the outdoors!
Mary Mattern - Indiana University SOM
Raised in the cornfields of Indiana, I ventured to Cincinnati because of the enthusiastic, intentional, innovative, and well-rounded teaching I witnessed from the faculty and fellow residents. My goal after graduation is to work in a rural community either in the Appalachian Mountains or in a small Midwest town. This residency continues to provide a thorough and well-balanced training for full spectrum family medicine. I feel very comfortable with my fellow colleagues and enjoy getting the time to explore the countless festivals, parades, and traditions of Cincinnati!!
*Darshana Bhattacharyya - U. of Illinois COM
I was born in Canada and has lived in England, Oklahoma, Iowa, California, DC, Illinois, and now Ohio! I completed her undergraduate studies at University of California at Berkeley in Molecular and Cell Biology with a Global Poverty and Practice Minor. Then at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I continued to explore interests in the Global Medicine Program, as an APA HIV Psychiatry Fellow in NYC, and as a Schweitzer Fellow at Threshold Mothers’ Project, a residential program for young moms with mental illness in Chicago. I knew this program was the perfect fit for me. I was drawn to the strong emphasis on underserved medicine, opportunities to pursue global health in residency, and the supportive and welcoming community here. Outside of work, I love the outdoors, art, playing the piano, and spending time with my husband when the FMP and EM residency stars align.
Anna Schweikert -University of Cincinnati
I am from the suburbs of Chicago, but more importantly part of the Flyer Faithful (go UD!). I am interested in underserved and geriatric medicine, and found the perfect fit here at TCH/UC. I love the city of Cincinnati and can't wait to practice here when I graduate!
*Aruna Puthota - Philadelphia College of OM
I came from NY for the combined psychiatry/family medicine program. It is exciting to be part of the dynamic team here at TCH. I was immediately drawn to the global health initiative threaded into the curriculum. After residency, I would like to practice rural medicine with the tools to be a “one-stop-shop” for my patients while also continuing to be involved in global health. I know that the family medicine component of my combined training will cultivate my growth into a competent, well-rounded, and compassionate physician and leader in medicine.
* designates FMP resident
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The Christ Hospital/University of Cincinnati is a full-spectrum family medicine residency based in Cincinnati, Ohio.