Natasha Lewis, MD
Hometown: Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Medical School: University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Why SIU?: I chose SIU because it was a good fit for me. I immediately felt at home with the residents and they are truly committed to teaching each other. The faculty take great pride in preparing us for life during and after residency. Even as interns, we get an incredible amount of operative experience. You will not find a more balanced program in the country.
Gonzalo Barinaga, MD
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Medical School: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Why SIU?: I picked SIU because of the relationship the residents and staff have developed to provide a high level of care to orthopedic patients. The program is not only academic, but intimately involved with two private practices and a underserved community which give residents a variety of experiences not seen at many programs. It also provides more interaction between residents and attendings during early PGY years, particularly in the OR where residents are rarely double scrubbed. On my interview the interaction between residents and faculty demonstrated that this program is focused on teamwork and making sure every resident reaches their full potential.
Megan Walters, MD
Hometown: Deactur, IL
Medical School: SIU School of Medicine
Why SIU?: The cost of living is low enough residents can buy a home. The faculty enjoy to teach. The residents are all fun-loving and hard working. Early operative experience without much double scrubbing. Research opportunities are abundant.
David Shervin, MD
Hometown: Saint Louis, Missouri
Medical School: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine
Why SIU: My biggest attraction to SIU’s Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program was the educational atmosphere established by the combination of outstanding faculty and collegial residents that I witnessed during my visiting rotation as a medical student. The dedicated SIU faculty as well as the community surgeons affiliated with the program are all very approachable, supportive, and committed to educating and helping the residents successfully excel in their surgical training. Working with academic as well as community surgeons also affords residents a comprehensive exposure to various surgical techniques as well as gain insight into academic versus community based Orthopaedic practices. In addition to the faculty, the strong camaraderie that exits among all the residents is truly unparalleled.
The residents at SIU have a genuine interest in teaching and supporting one another which makes for a close knit and friendly group of colleagues. The operative experience at SIU is not only extensive across all subspecialties, but is also very abundant and promoted early in the course of a resident’s training which is reflected by the technical skill and knowledge base of the more senior residents. This program possessed everything I was searching for in my post graduate training and it is a great honor and privilege to be a member of such a dedicated and hardworking Orthopaedic team.