The 2019-2020 Chief Residents

 From left to right: Glenn Westphal, MD, Owais Abdul-Kafi, MD, Alexandra Arges, MD, Colin Goodman, MD
 From left to right: Jacob Kibrit, MD, Colin Goodman, MD, Glenn Westphal, MD, Fred Zar, MD (Residency Program Director), Owais Abdul-Kafi, MD, Alexandra Arges, MD
 From left to right: Glenn Westphal, MD, Owais Abdul-Kafi, MD, Alexandra Arges, MD, Colin Goodman, MD

Owais Abdul-Kafi, MD

 Chief Resident: Research and Education
 Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia

I was born and raised in Columbia, MO, and moved to Chicago for residency, and was very happy to match at UIC – partly because of Dr Zar and partly because one of my best friends went to UIC for residency and highly recommended it.  In my role as the Research & Education Chief Resident, I hope to help you succeed in making the most out of residency, whether it is through traditional didactic or interactive teaching from our wonderful faculty members, hands-on procedural training, helping you get involved in research projects and scholarly activities, or helping pair you with medical student mentees and faculty mentors.  I plan on pursuing a Cardiology fellowship next year.

Alexandra Arges, MD

Chief Resident: Jesse Brown VA Medical Center
Medical School: Indiana University

I’m Alexandra Arges, your JBVA/Scheduling chief. I plan on pursuing Academic Internal Medicine/Pediatrics with a focus on preventive care. I believe that food is medicine and enjoy running in my free time. Training at UIC has taught me more than just medicine, and I hope to inspire others to be passionate learners and leaders in medicine.

Colin Goodman, MD

Chief Resident: University of Illinois Hospital
Medical School: University of Minnesota

I knew I wanted to come to UIC on my residency interview day. I loved the commitment to caring for the underserved, the camaraderie and friendships among the residents, and the excellent teaching by the faculty. I had such a good experience during my residency and received such great training that I wanted to stay on as chief resident to further support the wonderful community of the residency program and the mission of UIC. After this year, I will be going into academic general internal medicine as I love caring for a diverse range of medical conditions as well as working with and educating trainees.

Jacob Kibrit, MD

   Chief Resident: Quality and Patient Safety
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine

As an Illinois lifer, training at UIC was less of a choice and more of a foregone conclusion. I look back at my time during residency with a sense of accomplishment, proud to have worked alongside colleagues and faculty whose commitment to patient care is unsurpassed. As the inaugural Chief Resident of Quality and Patient Safety, I hope to promote a culture of patient safety amongst our residency through both resident education and hands-on quality improvement initiatives. Residents are the lifeblood of UIC, and I couldn’t be happier to continue teaching and learning alongside such an incredible group of trainees. Next year, I plan on pursuing a fellowship in gastroenterology. 

Glenn Westphal, MD

Chief Resident: Ambulatory Medicine
Medical School: The University of Toledo

I am originally from Toledo, OH. After a brief rugby-filled stint in New Jersey for undergrad, I returned to Toledo for medical school at the University of Toledo. When it came time to choose a residency, I was drawn to UIC by the family-like atmosphere and autonomy preached by residents on my interview day. Over the last three years, I have had the privilege of caring for an underserved population of Chicago alongside extremely intelligent co-residents and attendings. The patients, family atmosphere, and passion for helping the underserved at UIC make this a wonderful place to learn the practice of medicine and are why I wanted to stay on as a chief resident. As the ambulatory chief resident, I will handle all outpatient clinic schedules and teach the outpatient medicine curriculum. In the future, I plan to continue in Academic Internal Medicine as a hospitalist and primary care physician. On days off, you can find me running along the lake, taking my bernedoodle puppy for a walk with my wife, or checking out the live music scene in Chicago! 

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