Meet Our People2018-10-08T15:40:40+00:00

Michelle Barnes, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Amanda Osta, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Stacy Laurent, DO

Associate Professor of Pediatrics

WELCOME FROM THE PROGRAM DIRECTORS

Welcome to the Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. We are very proud of the outstanding educational experience we provide to our residents. Located in the heart of Chicago, our hospital cares for a broad spectrum of patients from many different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. We serve as a major referral center providing subspecialty pediatric services to the city and surrounding suburbs, while running one of the busiest general pediatric outpatient centers in Chicago. Our residents care for the full range of pediatric disease from simple childhood illnesses to extremely complex, chronic conditions.
Our dedicated faculty is committed to excellence in teaching, while providing outstanding patient care and participating in ground breaking research. Our attending physicians develop close working relationships with our house staff, serving as strong role models and advocates for our residents as they develop their professional career paths. Many of our residents have worked closely with their mentors in research projects or other scholarly activities, often presenting their work at local and national meetings.
As you will see when you view our website, our graduates have consistently matched at competitive fellowship programs across the country, have joined successful pediatric practices in the community or embarked on careers in academic or hospitalist medicine. We thank you for your interest in our program, and we look forward to meeting you!

Sincerely,

Amanda Osta, MD

Michelle Barnes, MD
Program Directors

2018-2019 Chief Residents

Miriam Dreifuss, MD
Hometown: Wilmette, IL
Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago
Career Plans: General Pediatrics 
Jasmine Saavedra, DO
Hometown: Hammond, IN
Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences
Career Plans: General Pediatrics

Mission Statement

We are excited and feel privileged to pursue the role as Pediatric Chief Residents. This academic year we are dedicated to improving our resident education by creating innovative and interactive lectures that cover all the relevant ABP Board Content. We plan on maintaining an atmosphere of academic scholarship and lifelong learning by offering a variety of conferences and didactic sessions. In addition to traditional case-based conferences and faculty didactics, we have other interactive conferences, such as, “Visual Rounds,” Jeopardy,” and “Mommy Pager Rounds” to name a few. We also offer board prep review with faculty and utilize a game-based platform to get our residents motivated to learn in a fun and engaging manner. We are involved with a variety of simulation experiences in order to advance team building and communication skills, as well as increase exposure to clinically complicated scenarios. We help facilitate weekly simulations with the wards team, both with a mannequin and online, as well as monthly mock codes and other simulations at the Graham Clinical Performance Center to increase performance of technically complex skills.

This year, our overall goals are to foster a family like environment, provide a strong support system and encourage mental/emotional wellness. We have implemented wellness half days to give residents an opportunity to make doctor and dental visits and we have an open door policy so that everyone feels comfortable to approach us with any issues they might be having.

We are excited that you are considering our institution for your pediatric residency, and we really hope that you find our program as supportive, diverse, and well-rounded as we do! We look forward to meeting you on your interview trail and answer any questions about our residency program.

Miriam Dreifuss, MD
Jasmine Saavedra, DO
Pediatric Chief Residents 2018-2019