Coming from the Pacific Northwest, I was aiming to find a challenging program that would inspire and motivate me to become the best physician I could be and prepare me to pursue any pediatric specialty I was passionate about. I found this and more at OSF CHOI. This pediatric residency program looks beyond the individual resident to even larger goals of giving children outstanding medical care and allowing residents to thrive with unconditional support from each other and faculty. During my Sub-Internship rotation as a medical student, I felt welcomed, encouraged, and challenged to better myself as a teammate and future physician while having fun in the process. Dr. Kandikattu and our faculty set a precedent of resident wellness and excellent training. I’ve already seen tremendous advocacy for our well being from them and how adamant they are in establishing a positive environment amidst the challenges and rigors of residency. Peoria isn’t so bad either…in fact, it’s great! The community is so welcoming and has so many indoor and outdoor activities to explore. Not to mention amazing BBQ and cheese curds!

Katie Justice, DO, TL-3


When I came here for my interview, I saw a program is full of residents that enjoyed each other’s company, and the benefits of a strong program and support system. I was particularly impressed by the JUMP simulation center and appreciated seeing how the medical team worked together to treat a patient with cardiogenic shock. JUMP simulation is indeed a unique feature to the University of Illinois at Peoria. My presence was welcomed, everyone made me feel at home, and I knew I would thrive here in this warm, friendly and supportive environment.

Naa-Lamle Lamptey, MD, TL-2


I am originally from Hawaii so I never thought I would come to Peoria, IL, but the interview process was so amazing and the people were so friendly that I was willing to give up the sand and the sun to move to Peoria with my dog Dumbledore aka Dumbo. I also couples matched here, and we are excited to be in Peoria for residency.

Diane Chien, MD, TL-1