Neerja Joshi, MDResident – Family Medicine University of Illinois College of MedicineFamily Medicine Residency
Medical College of Wisconsin
University of Chicago
Awards & Distinctions
Gold Humanism Honor Society
Awarded “Student Leader of the Year” by the Medical Society of Milwaukee County in 2014
I was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, but it was my time as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago that set me on my path towards becoming a doctor. During college, I was exposed to the vast influence that the social determinants of health exert upon patients through my involvement as a volunteer and eventual Program Coordinator of an organization called Health Leads. Inspired by this experience, I served in an AmeriCorps program called the Chicago Health Corps for one year after
graduating from college. My service focused on providing case management services to cancer patients at the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County as well as creating a volunteer program to provide these services in the absence of an AmeriCorps member. Throughout this time I felt my commitment to addressing health disparities deepen, and it also inspired me to consider Family Medicine as a specialty so that I could prevent severe health outcomes for patients.
During my time in medical school at the Medical College of Wisconsin, I continued to pursue my passion of underserved care by volunteering at the student-run Saturday Clinic for the Uninsured throughout my four years of school, as well as serving as its Board Chair in 2013. I am thrilled to be able to further hone my experiences at UIC FMR, which was a program that was described to me by a mentor as “walking the walk” in terms of the care of underserved populations. I am also excited to be at a program that values full-spectrum family medicine, including women’s health.
Outside of the hospital, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and my family, taking in the amazing theater in Chicago, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers