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Pediatrics Residency Testimonials

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Naa-Lamle Lamptey, MD • Class of 2023

When I came here for my interview, I saw a program 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 of 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  |  Class of 2023
Diane Chien, MD • Class of 2024

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  |  Class of 2024
Mandie Gassman, DO • Class of 2025

When searching for a residency program, I wanted to find a program that would challenge me to become the best physician that I could be and provide me with a productive learning environment to grow into whatever pediatric specialty I will choose. More importantly though, I also wanted a program that cared about me as more than just a resident, but also as an individual person. A program where my colleagues would become my close friends, and this is what I found at OSF CHOI and more. The curriculum at CHOI is one that provides immense amount of learning opportunities, but also allows me to enjoy/have fun with this part of my journey. My attendings and senior residents encourage and challenge me to broaden my knowledge and develop skills pertinent to my future as a pediatric physician. I learn about the importance of advocating for my patients in addition to watching my attendings advocate and provide wellness opportunities for myself and other residents. In addition, the town of Peoria itself is one that is very community driven and welcoming to those moving into town. Almost every activity you could desire to do, can be found somewhere around town! 🙂

Mandie Gassman, DO  |  Class of 2025