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Michelle

Michelle Abou-Jaoude, MD is a PGY-4, third-year and Chief Ophthalmology resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and went on to receive her medical degree from Florida International University, Miami, FL.

Why did you choose the University of Kentucky Residency Program? I was looking for an academic program with excellent clinical training and surgical volume that maintained a supportive environment, and that’s what I found at the University of Kentucky. It’s been an excellent experience, with great volume and great people.

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What do you like about the Residency Program? My favorite part of the program is the working environment and the people. Our residents are all very collaborative and work well together, and our attendings are incredibly supportive and approachable. This is especially important given the breadth and volume of our clinical and surgical experiences, and there’s always help to be found when needed!

What are your hobbies and interests? Trivia, adventuring, tennis, cooking, choir, board games

Alex

Alexander Cherry, MD is currently a PGY-4, third-year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY. He attended medical school at the Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH.

 

 

 

 

 

Laura

Laura Coyne, MD is currently a PGY-4, third-year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY. She attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH.

 

 

 

 

 

Tyler Tyler Anderson, MD is a PGY-3, second-year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY. He attended medical school at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Richmond, VA. Dr. Anderson completed his intern year with the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY.

Why did you choose the University of Kentucky Residency Program? There are a lot of reasons that I chose to come to Kentucky. I’d worked and talked with several former residents and had never been around people who spoke so highly of their place of training. I haven’t been disappointed at all. The people have been just as great to work with and the town has been just as wonderful as everyone said.

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What do you like about the Residency Program? My favorite thing about the program are the people, all of which have been great to work with and learn from. The rotation blocks are organized really smartly and that’s certainly a great selling point. The new building is awesome to use and we love having the penthouse resident room. Having the hospital’s all attached to each other helps greatly with keeping call organized and quick.

What are your hobbies and interests? My wife and I love raising our kids in Lexington as there’s lots to do with our little family. We love making day trips to Louisville and Cincinnati, and as people who love the outdoors having the mountains so close is a real treat. We’ve spent many days at the beach at Cave Run Lake or on beautiful hikes. I’m still learning how to be a good bass fisherman, having grown up in the mountains out west fly fishing for trout.

Darren Darren Hill, MD is a PGY-3, second-year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY. He attended medical school at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA. Dr. Hill completed his intern year with the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY.

Why did you choose the University of Kentucky Residency Program? I rotated at UK as a medical student at the suggestion of a current resident at that time, and I cannot be more happy that I did. The extra ophthalmology months during intern year, the staffed resident clinic, the addition of a fourth resident, the brand new clinic, the high surgical volume and the opportunity for an international elective block in the senior year are just a few of the excellent features of the program that helped me rank UK#1.Hill_Darren_MtSlopes

What do you like about the Residency Program? The learning environment, which in large part is created by the attending physicians and our excellent program director, is superb. Exposure to a variety of pathology and high surgical numbers are only pieces of your training – if the environment does not encourage autonomy in patient care and disease management  or if you are simply unhappy in our work environment, you are missing out on the full potential of your education. UK has a beautiful balance of both, and I am sincerely happy to come to work each day.

What are your hobbies and interests? Most of my time outside of work is dedicated to my wife and four (almost five) children. We have been able to find adventure as a family in Lexington and the surrounding area. We have enjoyed beautiful hikes and drives to surrounding cities and many free community family events.

 

 

Ankur Ankur Mehra, MD is a PGY-3, second-year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY. He attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH. Dr. Mehra completed his intern year with the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY.

 

 

 

Justin Justin West, MD is a PGY-3, second-year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY. He attended medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY. Dr. West completed his intern year with the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY.

Why did you choose the University of Kentucky Residency Program? I went to medical school here at UK and got to know the faculty and residents fairly well as a student.  I felt like UK would give me a good training experience while being around people I enjoyed.  I also like living in Lexington.

What do you like about the Residency Program? The people.  The faculty and other residents are all very friendly and professional.

What are your hobbies and interests? Fishing, playing with our kids, reading.

 

Brett Jeffrey “Brett” Farmer, MD is a PGY-2, first-year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY. He attended medical school at the East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN. Dr. Farmer completed his intern year with the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY.

 

 

JustinG Justin Gagel, MD is a PGY-2, first-year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY. He attended medical school at the East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN. Dr. Gagel completed his intern year with the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY.


Why did you choose the University of Kentucky Residency Program?
The ophtho program at UK stood out among the other programs where I interviewed for several reasons. The new facility offers top of the line equipment and resources for training. The faculty and fellow residents provide excellent guidance and training while cultivating a family-like atmosphere. The focus seems to be on clinical training with good surgical volumes, but still provides opportunity for research if you wish to pursue it.

What do you like about the Residency Program? Justin Gagel_MtnThe program is organized in a way that allows you to actively learn and make as much of the experience as you can. The family directed environment and work-life balance focus was and is a huge factor for me.

What are your hobbies and interests? Weightlifting and fitness. Anything outside: biking, hiking, camping, jet-skiing, wake-boarding, snowboarding, swimming. Food; I like to eat, and sometimes cook. Home: DIY projects.

Rebekah
Rebekah Huffman, DO is a PGY-2, first-year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY. She attended medical school at Lincoln Memorial University, DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harrogate, TN. Dr. Huffman completed her intern year with the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY.

 

Adam
Adam Parker, MD is a PGY-2, first-year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY. He attended medical school at Union University Albany Medical College, Albany, NY. Dr. Parker completed his intern year with the Department of Internal Medicine at the Stoney Brook School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY.