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Brett Jeffrey “Brett” Farmer, MD is a PGY-4, third-year Chief Resident in Ophthalmology 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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Why did you choose the University of Kentucky Residency Program?   I had the opportunity to do an away rotation as a medical student, and I was thoroughly impressed with the program. The camaraderie among the residents was evident, and the attendings were easily approachable.Bret_Skiing

What do you like about the Residency Program? The ophthalmology experience during the integrated intern year helps our residents gain confidence prior to starting ophthalmology residency. There is no shortage of pathology in clinic. There is also a wide variety of surgical experience with excellent surgical volume. The new clinic building is state of the art, and our resident room has a beautiful view. Lexington is a beautiful and affordable city.

What are your hobbies and interests?  I enjoy a variety of sports including basketball, soccer, baseball, golf, biking, and skiing. I also enjoy fishing, hunting, archery, and hiking. Kentucky is a beautiful state with many outdoor opportunities.

JustinG Justin Gagel, MD is a PGY-4, third-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.

Justin Gagel_MtnWhat do you like about the Residency Program? The 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.

RebekahRebekah Huffman, DO is a PGY-4, third-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.

Why did you choose the University of Kentucky Residency  Program? When I was applying I had unique insight into the program since my brother was in the middle of his training at the time. My goal with training is to be a strong, independent physician and surgeon. The ophthalmology residency at UK produces well trained surgeons and good clinicians. Many from our program pursue fellowship, however, after completing residency at UK you are prepared for comprehensive ophthalmology without need for further training if you do not desire it. There is a wide variety of pathology as UK services a large portion of the state. It is a wonderful training experience because of the amazing faculty, good surgical exposure, and wide array of pathology. Bekah_Pic

What do you like about the Residency Program? Great surgical opportunities and the laid back feel of the department. All the faculty are very approachable and willing to teach.

What are your hobbies and interests? I am an avid listener of podcasts and I love to cook and host. More recently I have started gardening and thankfully it is becoming more fruitful every summer. I have dabbled in amateur bee keeping and brewing kombucha.

Graduate Medical Education new resident portraits. Angela Kim, MD, MS is a PGY-3, second-year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY. She obtained her Masters in Biomedical Sciences and attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, IL. Dr. Kim completed her 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 wanted to train with a group of people who were both hardworking and fun to work with, and being a self driven learner I wanted the balance of building autonomy and taking ownership of patients—all of which this program genuinely reflects. I also enjoy exploring different geography/cultures, so unsurprisingly—originally from the PNW/West coast to living in Chicago—I chose Kentucky. Strongman_AK

What do you like about the Residency Program?  In my experience thus far our teachers have been unselfish and put a lot of time investing into the growth of knowledge and character in their trainees. Lexington is also a beautiful place with a welcoming community, and I think I’m starting to enjoy bourbon more. 🙂  

What are your hobbies and interests? Food/travel, Muay Thai, lifting, hiking, salmon fishing, PlayStation, wine with friends

Graduate Medical Education new resident portraits. Eric Peterson, 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. Peterson 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 was very impressed by the variety of clinical pathology, the strength of the surgical training as well as the close-knit feel of the department. UK was also one of the few programs with a well established integrated internship with a defined role for an intern. This early exposure to ophthalmology was phenomenal and helped to shallow a very steep learning curve.

IMG_2471.1What do you like about the Residency Program? Having spent over a year with the program has confirmed all the reasons I was initially intrigued by the program. The program faculty and staff are very supportive. Lexington is a thriving community with many adventures within and close by.

What are your hobbies and interests? I like to hike, fish, play sports, swim, etc. My wife and I love music- including bluegrass (we have found some sweet free concerts in Lexington).

Graduate Medical Education new resident portraits. Nicole West, MD is a PGY-3, second-year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY. She attended medical school at Sanford School of Medicine of University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD. Dr. West completed her intern year with the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY.

West.N_PicWhy did you choose the University of Kentucky Residency Program? I chose UK ophthalmology because it is a friendly and inviting atmosphere both at UK and the community of Lexington. Another reason I chose UK was the early surgical exposure offered through the VA and that all specialties are represented here!

What do you like about the Residency Program? I like the UK program because I felt accepted and part of the ophthalmology family starting from my interview and throughout my medicine intern year. I also love how much all of the attendings are easily accessible and engaged in helping residents for the future.

What are your hobbies and interests? In Lexington I enjoy attending Keeneland racetrack, bourbon tasting and hiking. My other hobbies include reading, watching football, skiing(water or snow), and calligraphy!

Graduate Medical Education new resident portraits. John Wilkinson, 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 East Tennessee State University, Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN. Dr. Wilkinson completed his intern year with the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY.

 

 

 

Bader John Bader, 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 University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha, NE. Dr. Bader 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 saw how the program provided a diverse and thorough training experience that would prepare me to be a skilled ophthalmologist when in practice. During my away rotation, I encountered a positive culture of learning that I could see myself contributing to as a resident. I also enjoyed interacting with the residents and faculty who welcomed me and allowed me to experience their lectures, clinics, and surgeries. Bader_Fam

What do you like about the Residency Program? I appreciate the comprehensive structure of the program and the clinical experience with many different ophthalmic pathologies. The attendings and residents have been supportive and fun to work with while I gained ophthalmology exposure during my intern year.  My family and I have enjoyed Lexington as a small city with a lot to offer including the trifecta of bourbon, basketball, and horses. 

What are your hobbies and interests? I enjoy exploring state and national parks, jogging, biking, and college athletics.

 

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Tania Padilla-Conde, MD is a PGY-2, first-year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY. She attended medical school at the University of South Dakota College of Medicine, Sioux Falls, SD. Dr. Padilla-Conde completed her intern year with the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY.

 

 

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Kaitlin Smith, MD is a PGY-2, first-year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY. She attended medical school at the University of Missouri Columbia School of Medicine, Columbia, MO. Dr. Smith completed her 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? 1. The new global ophthalmology program and opportunities 2. The way that Dr. Moore, our program director, made the program feel very inviting 3. The early surgical experience and surgical numbers. 4. Lexington is a great size with everything you could want, access to awesome outdoor activities nearby (Red River Gorge, Mammoth Cave National Park, etc), and small enough that the traffic is not miserable. 5. Many more, but I won’t ramble. Smith_surfing

What do you like about the Residency Program? In the 3 months I spent on ophthalmology during my intern year I always felt incredibly supported. The residents and faculty have really reasonable expectations and made sure to teach so that I would feel more comfortable starting out as a PGY-2. Although I will always be nervous about taking call on my own the way that I have been prepared in my first year and the relationships I have formed with my upper levels makes me feel much more confident. 

What are your hobbies and interests? My husband and I love dogs and the outdoors. We have two dogs: Rowdy (3 months) and Nacho (6 years) who we enjoy taking on walks and hiking. We love camping, paddle boarding, boating (see surfing photo), etc. If you are looking for suggestions let me know. Oh and it just so happens we love Bourbon so moving to the Bourbon capital of the world wasn’t too difficult of a decision. 

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Cody Williams, DO is a PGY-2, first-year Ophthalmology resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY. He attended medical school at the University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pikeville, KY. Dr. Williams 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 was fortunate to have the opportunity to do an away rotation here as a 4th year medical student. The camaraderie between residents, fellows, and attendings was most impressive. I could sense the family-like atmosphere and I felt training in this challenging, yet supportive environment was the perfect combination for my growth. Also, being from Kentucky and a lifelong UK fan, it was nice to remain close to home.

Cody_PicWhat do you like about the Residency Program? Outstanding leadership and character trickles down from our program chair and director, Dr. Pearson and Dr. Moore. This is echoed throughout our program as faculty are incredibly unselfish and go above and beyond to incorporate you and maximize your learning opportunities.

What are your hobbies and interests? I enjoy playing golf and basketball, tailgating, watching sports, as well as any other activity outside. I like food/cooking, bourbon tasting, and travel. My wife and I have a miniature goldendoodle puppy, so we love going for walks around the neighborhood/dog parks.