Despite their varied end goals, all six of the incoming Transitional Year residents at Hurley share at least one interest: Sports.
There's Kristin Kennedy DO, who previously worked as an athletic trainer with world-class athletes, loves sports, and is pursuing a specialty in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. Similarly, Ben Shin MD is putting his love of sports to work for him while he, too, pursues a residency in PM&R after his Transitional Year at Hurley.
And while Omar Assasa MD is passionate about helping refugees and has worked wtih the Red Cross, he manages to find time for soccer (among other activities). Mohammed Siddiqui MD also likes to help people in dire situations and worked as part of a relief team after Hurricane Katrina destroyed much of New Orleans - but he still finds time for one of his favorite pastimes: sports.
Then there's David Francis MD, who is to head off to the University of Wisconsin's Radiation Oncology program after his year at Hurley. With two years as an NIH Physician Scientist Fellow under his belt, one of his greatest pleasures is the outdoor sporting life, which he likes to share with his wife and their yellow lab.
Finally, Eric Smith MD plans to enter a Radiology position after his Transitional Year, and hopes to put his Spanish language skills to use, since he is a certified bilingual medical provider in Indiana. He not only loves sports but also loves one of the sporting world's favorite accompaniments: the sport of brewing beer, which he does while accompanying himself on the piano and guitar. Well, he might do the last two while waiting for the fermentation process to begin. And that makes us wonder: Does beer taste better if it's serenaded during the brewing process?
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Here is a Transitional Year Program lunch, with residents, faculty and some chief residents from Internal Medicine. Don't they look happy about the news of the newest residents to join the program?