Julia Farber, MD – PGY4

"I am so excited to be a chief resident this year with Ann Cordray. I feel lucky to lead such an intelligent, hardworking, fun, curious and kind group of human beings and physicians. We consider each other family and always 'have each other's backs.' It has been a blast and an honor to train among the residents in our program — past and present! It is certainly a culture that we hold dearly.

Julia FarberI am from Charlotte, North Carolina and am a through and through 'Tar Heel,' completing my undergraduate and medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am proud of my Southern roots. I grew up the daughter of a priest and a doctor, so a career in serving was modeled to me from birth. In between undergrad and medical school, I worked as a nursing assistant in a NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) in Charlotte, NC. I think this experience really showed me the power of being at the bedside and the impact health and suffering have on not only the patient but to their loved ones as well.

My husband and I moved to Phoenix to pursue our residency training. I was hesitant to apply west of Texas, but he had an interest in a program here. We interviewed in November, had exceptional weather, great hikes and discovered what a cool city Phoenix was first hand over a long weekend. I was also immediately struck by the camaraderie among the residents; the program's commitment to wellness and developing great people, as well as physicians; and the rigor of the clinical training. I loved my interviews here, and the rest is history!

My (soon to be) four years of residency in this Med-Peds program have been amazing. We train between four different hospitals and while it may sound overwhelming, I actually think it gives us a unique perspective and an opportunity to see how each system 'skins the cat.' We have a strong internal medicine program full of motivated, hardworking, fun residents and a strong pediatric program full of motivated, hardworking, fun residents. Working at the major city in the state — and sometimes surrounding states — we see everything at our hospitals as they are major referral centers.

I have a bit of the 'Med-Peds bug,' which is a classic case of liking a little bit of everything, so I am not sure what next year will look like for me. My residency has shown me that I enjoy taking care of all types of patients — from the worried well to the critically ill, premature babies to 99 year olds, in the clinic, ER, admitted to the hospital. I am interested in combined hospitalists opportunities, adolescent medicine, transitions of care, primary care and palliative care. We will see where I start my next journey in medicine.

A great part of our program is that you are valued as a whole person. So outside of the hospital, I still enjoy running, yoga, hiking, traveling (as able with COVID), spending time with friends and family, good food and good wine, and being outdoors. Phoenix has a lot to offer as one of the largest cities in our country both inside and outside of the hospital!

We hope you consider becoming part of our Med-Peds family by choosing to train in the Valley of the Sun! Follow your gut during the process, and you will find the right fit for you. I can vouch for the rigor of training, supportive learning environment and fun opportunities outside of the hospital that our program has to offer!"

Ann Cordray, MD – PGY4

Ann Cordray"It is an honor to be one of the Med-Peds chiefs, along with JG Farber, to give back to this amazing program through this role. As a chief resident, I hope to continue a long tradition of a strong community, wellness and academics at this program. 

I grew up in Lexington, KY — where I was able to walk to the grocery store, library and tennis courts. I then went to Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, which was another small town with a strong sense of community. While there, I studied biochemistry and math. I also played college tennis, which taught me how to train hard and support my team — always. Following college, I took a gap year and did ECMO research at the University of Kentucky and then remained on campus for medical school. 

After having lived in a comparatively small community for most of my life, I felt it was important to get out of my comfort zone and train in a large urban center. Throughout the fourth-year interview process, I never quite felt at home. Until my final interview day at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. I am so thankful to have matched four years ago at this incredible program with a wonderful group of residents and program leadership that I now call my family.

Through my time at this program, I have learned how to be a good and caring doctor for patients that are not even a minute old to the ones that are in their final years of life. The variety and complexity of the patients I see each day keeps me on my toes. The attendings push me to learn constantly — from the patients, to the weekly academic half days, to our monthly journal club. It has been truly amazing to be trained in such a supportive environment!

In addition to a great training environment, I have made friendships that will last a lifetime through this program. During my off time, I enjoy hikes, outdoor yoga, farmers’ markets and adventures with my husband and three dogs!

Bonus information: I hope to one day work at an academic medical center as an adult congenital cardiologist!"