2nd YEAR RESIDENTS – CLASS OF 2024

Brittany Abud

Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine
Favorite TV Show: Anything Bravo, Food Network or murdery!
“What drew me to the program was the relationships within the program. Everyone gets along so well and is so supportive and that is the type of environment that I want to work in. I also love how many different rotation sites we get to experience. I think that provides such a versatile learning experience.”

UndergraduateFlorida State University
Medical SchoolFlorida State University College of Medicine
Clinical Area of InterestPediatrics, Facial Plastics, General
Research InterestsFacial Plastics, Women In Surgery, Quality Improvement
PresentationTanner B, Livingston F, Muszynski MJ. The Effect of Comorbid Cystic Fibrosis and Rheumatologic Disease on Outcome: A retrospective chart review. Poster. Celebration of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep, Orlando, Florida. February 2019.
“What drew me to the program was the relationships within the program. Everyone gets along so well and is so supportive and that is the type of environment that I want to work in. I also love how many different rotation sites we get to experience. I think that provides such a versatile learning experience.”

Natalia Hajnas

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
“What I love about being a resident here is the supportive environment I work in every day. The residents all strive to help each other, and are very attentive to each other’s needs. The attendings are constantly teaching and genuinely interested in our education, and go out of their way to push us to grow and improve.”

UndergraduateLoyola University
Medical SchoolThe University of Illinois College of Medicine
Clinical Area of InterestPediatrics, Otology, Head & Neck
Research InterestsPediatric Hearing Loss, Instrument Design, Medical Education, Quality Improvement
PublicationSamra S, Steitz JT, Hajnas N, Toriumi DM. Surgical Management of Nasal Valve Collapse. Otolaryngol Clin North Am. 2018;51(5):929‐944. doi:10.1016/j.otc.2018.05.009
“What I love about being a resident here is the supportive environment I work in every day. The residents all strive to help each other, and are very attentive to each other’s needs. The attendings are constantly teaching and genuinely interested in our education, and go out of their way to push us to grow and improve.”

John Wilson, IV

Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Current research: The Cartilage-Cuffed Tympanostomy Tube
Publication: Wilson J, Reid KJ, Braun RI, Abbott SM, Zee PC (2018). Habitual light exposure relative to circadian timing in delayed sleep-wake phase disorder. SLEEP 41(11): zsy166. doi:10.1093/sleep/zsy166
Favorite TV show: The Bon Appétit YouTube channel
“I love UIC because the attendings here are passionately invested in residents as learners and as people. My co-residents are incredible and they are a huge source of support and encouragement to me. Chicago has everything you would ever need from a city.”

UndergraduateThe University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Medical SchoolThe University of Illinois College of Medicine
Clinical Area of InterestRhinology, Sleep, Pediatrics, Facial Plastics
Research InterestsSleep/Airway, Neurotology, Interspecialty Perceptions, Quality and Process Improvement
PublicationWilson J, Reid KJ, Braun RI, Abbott SM, Zee PC. Habitual light exposure relative to circadian timing in delayed sleep-wake phase disorder. Sleep. 2018. doi:10.1093/sleep/zsy166
“This program couples rigorous and broad surgical training across all subspecialties with immensely supportive co-residents and faculty. I chose UIC because I knew I would learn everything I need to become an accomplished surgeon surrounded by colleagues who care and want me to succeed.”