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