Undergraduate: University of Southern California Medical School: USC Keck School of Medicine Why Arizona and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix: While I didn't expect to, I fell in love with this residency during my interview! The close-knit family-feel of the program and the kind and approachable faculty immediately put me at ease. I also appreciated the strong foundation in outpatient psychiatry, diverse patient population and variety of practice settings. Phoenix is also an amazing city — with great food, beautiful hiking trails and so much to do!
Kyle Hendrie, DO
Undergraduate: University of Arizona Medical School: Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine Why Arizona and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix: I fell in love with Arizona as an undergraduate, so choosing to return to the state for residency was an easy choice for me. Not only does the greater Phoenix area offer the benefits of any major US city, I love being able to drive to Southern California, or down to Tucson for basketball and football games. I was very impressed during my interview with this psychiatry program with how genuine the residents and staff were toward me. The faculty stressed that the program would provide the tools I needed to pursue the psychiatric career that was the best fit for me. I also valued the opportunity to work with the Banner Alzheimer’s Society due to my interest in pursuing a career in geriatric psychiatry. I am very excited to be a Wildcat again!
Sabhya Kumar, MD
Undergraduate: University of Arizona Medical School: University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Why Arizona and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix: Phoenix has always been my home and after working at Banner, I knew right away that it would be the right fit for me. I witnessed great camaraderie among the residents and faculty, and I wanted to be a part of a program where I felt supported and encouraged. I knew that I would receive strong clinical training and be able to teach, as this program offers opportunities to work with medical students throughout residency. With everything the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix has to offer and the chance to be with my family and friends in Phoenix, I knew there was nowhere else I’d be happier.
Mary Mihalko, DO
Undergraduate: Gannon University Medical School: Lake Erie College of Medicine Why Arizona and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix: I grew up in a small town in Pennsylvania known as Erie. I went to undergraduate in Erie, went to medical school in Erie and I knew I was ready for a change — outside of Erie. I didn't know anyone in Phoenix, but I felt confident that I was going to rank this program highly from the first interview. I love the early introduction of therapy in second year, the university affiliation and the fellowship opportunity within the program. Not only do I love the program, but the city of Phoenix provides so many awesome things to do from breweries, to desert hikes, to vast arrays of concerts and shows. I honestly feel so lucky to have ended up at this program.
Timothy Saitta, MD
Undergraduate: University of Nevada, Las Vegas Medical School: University of Nevada School of Medicine Why Arizona and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix: I loved the family feel I received from the faculty and residents at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix. Residents go into diverse fields following residency, which is a testament to the breadth of training here. That some decide to stay is a testament to the culture. The Valley of the Sun was an easy decision for me due to family and friends in the area and year-round golf weather!
Claire Svec, MD
Undergraduate: University of Nebraska Medical School: University of Nebraska Medical Center Why Arizona and UA College of Medicine – Phoenix: My fiancé and I were interested in coming to Arizona for the great weather and all the outdoor activities it has to offer. When I came for my interview, the faculty, staff and residents truly felt like a family. I really enjoyed the community emphasis in a larger academic medical setting and thought it was the perfect balance for me.