Brad Stevenson, MD
Hometown: Layton, UT
Undergraduate: University of Utah 2004
Medical School: Saint Louis University 2010
Why SIU?: The two major factors in my mind in selecting a residency program are training and lifestyle. In selecting a program I looked for one that did not sacrifice one for the other. Turns out such a program is quite rare, but I believe that SIU is one of those programs.
My goal in regard to training was to find a program that would provide me with broad enough experience that if I decided to do a fellowship it would be because I wanted to, not because I felt like I needed to to be able to practice competently. I wanted to be exposed to the breadth of urology thus allowing me to either find a specific area of interest on which to focus or feel comfortable practicing general urology, whichever I decided. Because of the location and nature of health care in Springfield, SIU has no real competition pulling certain cases away. This allows not only a wide variety of cases is all areas of urology, but also a good volume of those cases.
The second consideration is lifestyle. Residency is going to be full of long hours, late nights, stressful situations, and frustrations no matter where you go. It is the nature of the profession and training. It was important to me that the place in which I live not be an added source of stress. I was looking for someplace that was affordable, where I could get to and from the hospital in a reasonable amount of time and with as little frustration as possible, and where I would feel safe raising my family.
SIU provides all of the above. I think this is partly a result of the location and health care climate here but even more because of a faculty that cares about not only our training and education but our lives and well being.
Casey Lythgoe, MD
Hometown: Riverdale, UT
Undergraduate: Brigham Young University-Hawaii, BS Biochemistry, 2004
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, 2010
Why SIU?: Affordable housing, good public schools, excellent training. I came to SIU because first, I wanted a good place for my children to grow up. i want them to be safe and have fun. Part of that is having enough time to spend with them. Here at SIU, both faculty and other residents understand my responsibility as a father, so my career goals and family goals are rarely in conflict
Nathaly François, MD
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Undergraduate: Hamilton College-New York, BA Neuroscience, 2004
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 2011
Why SIU?: SIU offered a wonderful opportunity for learning among a group or residents and attendings who have proven true to what they said when I interviewed. I am part of a congenial environment where I am developing my skills among gentlemen that have become family. The camaraderie among the Residents and Faculty is beyond what I had hoped to experience. Our attendings are great advocates for us.
The opportunity to practice skills in the Surgical Skills Lab with a dedicated staff available to contribute to an effective learning environment drew me here."
Luke Frederick, MD
Hometown: Pekin, IL
Undergraduate: Cedarville University-Illinois, BS Pre-med, Biology, 2006
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, 2011
Why SIU?: I chose SIU urology because I had an excellent experience here as a medical student. I interviewed all over the midwest at all the big name programs and I felt that I could get a superior education here at SIU. I felt that I would get an excellent surgical and clinical experience as well as obtain a solid educational foundation for practice. I am very happy here and cannot imagine myself anywhere else.
Randy Sulaver, MD
Hometown: Dearborn, MI
Undergraduate: University of Oklahoma, BS Zoology-Biomedical Science, 2005
Medical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, 2012
Why SIU?: I wanted a program where the residents and faculty had a professional, collegial and friendly relationship. I also wanted a program where I felt that residents had both professional and personal relationships with each other. No other program embodied this better than SIU. SIU has the perfect blend of research, surgical exposure and education. I was impressed with SIU's focus on education.
During resident conference not only are all resident schedules blocked for attendance but the faculty all participate as well. SIU offers excellent perks and ease of life as a resident. This is especially important since we spend so much time in the hospital. The City of Springfield is easy to get around and provides close access to the hospitals. The cost of living here is low and you have easy access to St. Louis and Chicago.
Thomas Tieu, MD
Hometown: Columbus, OH
Undergraduate: United States Air Force Academy, BS Operations Research, 1999
Graduate: University of New Mexico, MBA, Finance, 2003
Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University, 2012
Why SIU?: The SIU Urology Program offered a tight knit family-like atmosphere where the attendings take great interest in the development of the residents. This environment is then duplicated by the residents where the more senior residents teach the junior residents, thus creating a culture of support and encouragement. Combining this dynamic with the high quality of life that residents have in Springfield, makes SIU a tremendous opportunity for urologists in training.
Julia Fiuk, MD
Hometown: Paramus, NJ
Undergraduate: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, BA in Biology
Medical School: Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, 2013
Why SIU?: " I fell in love with the program at SIU the minute I interviewed here. No other program in the country can match the level of camaraderie, individualized direction, and support in pursuing your academic and career goals. I am privileged to work with residents I consider my family and learn from attendings I consider my close friends. Between the academic and private practice service, the case volume is extraordinary, with hands on, primary surgeon level experience being the norm even for junior residents. We are fortunate to have fellowship trained sub-specialty faculty in every discipline of urology. Most importantly, it is both a pleasure and a privilege to take care of this large, varied, and truly grateful patient population ."
Michael Kottwitz, MD
Hometown: Edwardsville, IL
Undergraduate: Bradley University, Peoria, IL, BS Health Science
Medical School: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL 2013
Why SIU?: "I choose to be at SIU because of the faculty's emphasis on resident education along with the collegial relationship of the residents and faculty."
Hometown: La Salle, IL
Undergraduate: Drake University, Des Moines, IA, B.A. Biochemistry, 2008
Graduate: University of Oslo, Norway, M.Phil. International Community Health, 2010
Medical school: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL, 2014
Why SIU? The residents and attending physicians with SIU Urology are a major reason I chose to pursue Urology for my career. The faculty are experts in their fields and genuinely interested in fostering the professional development of residents. We have ample research opportunities working directly with faculty as well as research support available from the SIU Center for Clinical Research. In general, SIU provides a comfortable learning environment for medical students and residents and places a strong emphasis on education.
Areas of interest/research? Epidemiology, health disparities
Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, B.A. Religion, 2008
Graduate: Purdue University, Indianapolis, IN, M.Sc. Biology, 2010
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 2014
Why SIU?: In selecting a residency program, SIU provides a great opportunity with their dedication towards resident education. Every physician and resident I talked to was enamored with their program and reiterated it's primary objective to educate and train residents amongst a collegial atmosphere of like-minded professionals.
Areas of Interest/Research: Oncology/Global Health