Residents and Fellows

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The University of Chicago Medicine (UCM) is home to 117 active graduate medical education programs including 23 residencies and 54 fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Approximately 930 residents and fellows train under the supervision of over 700 full-time faculty at the Medicine campus in Hyde Park, at NorthShore University Health System in Evanston, and select at community sites on the South Side of Chicago.

As well as providing outstanding clinical training, the University of Chicago Medicine strives to train the country's next generation of leaders in medical education and the biological sciences. UCM is the clinical home to the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine and numerous NIH-sponsored post-doctoral training grants. It is one of only 60 medical centers around the country that belongs to the NIH's Clinical and Translational Science Award Program. These programs serve as ideal research training opportunities for young doctors aspiring to pursue careers as physician scientists.

Fellowship Spotlight

Kristen Dillard, MD 
Fellow
Pediatric Endocrinology

 

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Kristen Dillard, MD, is a third-year pediatric endocrinology fellow, who focuses on neonatal diabetes in children, which is a form of diabetes caused by a specific single-gene mutation. Neonatal diabetes is usually diagnosed in the first year of life, but is often misdiagnosed as Type 1 diabetes.

Dr. Dillard is currently conducting research to determine whether sleep dysfunction occurs in these children, since sleep disorders can be linked to mutations in the brain. Additionally, she works to better improve diabetes knowledge of diabetes among pediatric residents.

Diversity is important in all aspects of Dr. Dillard’s work. Because neonatal diabetes is, there is little to no data on its prevalence in various populations. Therefore, the diversity of subjects—especially in race and ethnicity—is particularly important. Dr. Dillard and her team recruit school-age children, who have been identified as having neonatal diabetes, through the University of Chicago Monogenic Diabetes Registry.

This Registry directs efforts toward the identification of patients in all ethnic and racial categories, giving Dr. Dillard the opportunity to study the disease progression of a diverse group of individuals. Access to tools such as the Registry is vital if Dr. Dillard and her peers are to improve outcomes by tailoring medical care to specific needs.

More personally, Dr. Dillard was inspired to complete her residency at the University of Chicago because she was drawn to the diversity of the mentors and her peers. She received her MD from the Mercer University School of Medicine, and her BS from Florida State University. She has been with the University of Chicago since 2008, and serves on the Diversity and Inclusion Workforce Committee. After her fellowship, she plans to join a clinical practice and pursue quality improvement interests, particularly those related to resident medical education and diversity enhancement in medical schools and residency programs.

Resident Profiles

Joshuae Gallardo, MD 
Neurology Residency
Dr. Gallardo’s clinical research interests are varied. He is currently working on a study that looks at vascular disease and the current diagnostic protocol for “lacunar” strokes. As a first generation Hispanic American, Dr. Gallardo feels a sense of responsibility and a commitment to the Hispanic community. He would like to focus on barriers to medical access, especially in urban areas. His future plans include an Electroencephalography (EEG) Fellowship.

Jamie Brewer, MD
Internal Medicine Residency

Dr. Brewer appreciates the focus University of Chicago Internal Medicine program puts on diverse patient populations, as seen through its collaboration with the Community Health free clinic in Englewood. University of Chicago Medicine offers a strong academic program with an opportunity to work with a diverse patient population with advanced stage medical conditions.
Her future plans include a Hematology/Oncology Fellowship. 

Jerome Byam, MD
Abdominal Transplant Surgery Fellowship

Dr. Byam’s research focus is on transplant surgery outcomes including mechanisms to increase patient access and decrease wait list mortality. Dr. Byam had an abstract accepted at the American Society of Transplant Surgeons: 13th Annual State of the Art Winter Symposium. 

Bryan Smith, MD
Internal Medicine Residency

Dr. Smith has been involved with the local community developing curricula and assisting in workshops teaching fifth-grade students how to use automated external defibrillators. He has conducted research on the use of cell phone text messaging as a way to improve outpatient management of congestive heart failure. He will continue his training here at UCM as a Cardiovascular Disease Fellow.