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Resident Representatives 2020‐2021

University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine

Graduate Medical Education Committee

The resident members of the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) represent all residents in all programs. You may contact the resident members of the GMEC with any issues you feel need to be addressed by the Committee.

You may contact them through the Resident Forum email address: theresidentforum@gmail.com. You may also contact the GME Office with any concerns you have during your training program.

Dr. Aimee BobkoAimee Bobko, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery, PGY5

My name is Aimee Bobko, and I am currently a fifth year orthopedic surgery resident. Being on the committee, I hope to serve as an advocate for a quality resident experience. I have seen the positive changes that the GME committee has made to improve resident life, and I hope to be a part of continuing these efforts. I have been involved in several interdisciplinary groups and committees in college and medical school, including chair of an American Medical Association (AMA) student chapter that was awarded on the national level. These experiences will help me contribute to identifying areas of improvement and in developing practical solutions.

Dr. William BrumleyWilliam Brumley, MD
Internal Medicine/Emergency Medicine, PGY5

I am currently a 5th year resident in the IM/EM program. In this residency, I have had the opportunity to work with nearly all services and aspects of the hospital. During this time, I have been fortunate to benefit from all of the opportunities provided by the hospital and the GME organization, but I have also had the chance to witness and discuss other needs that have not yet received appropriate attention from those with the power to make changes. In my role as a link between two large residencies that share common interests and concerns, I hope to be a liaison to a number of residents whose voices might not otherwise be heard, and I will be an advocate for their needs.

Dr. Emily ColeEmily Cole, MD
Ophthalmology, PGY4

Emily Cole is a PGY-4 ophthalmology resident at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, and is excited to serve on the GMEC to advocate for UIC residents during this unique period of residency training amidst a global pandemic. She obtained her MD-MPH through a dual degree program at the Tufts University School of Medicine, and also served as a research fellow at the New England Eye Center prior to starting residency. She is actively involved in global health, with collaborations in Nepal and Mongolia for retinopathy of prematurity screening. She also worked as part of the team implementing a tele-triage system for the ophthalmology clinic during the COVID shelter-in-place. In her free time, she also enjoys hiking with her husband and two huskies, and is part of the Chicago rock climbing community.

Dr. Tyler CooperTyler Cooper, DO
Internal Medicine/Christ, PGY3

I grew up in Canada, where I started playing hockey, and the UK before my parents settled us in Central Illinois. I attended the University of Iowa (GO HAWKS!), before going on to attend medical school at the Chicago College of Osteopathic medicine. In my free time enjoy cooking, spending time with family and friends.

Marshall HadenMarshall Haden, MD
Orthopaedic Surgery, PGY4

Throughout my first three years of residency I've become familiar with the role the GME office takes in the residency experience, particularly in constructing a respectful, educational work environment for us as we go through our training. I know the various ways we interact with each other as residents and fellows, and also the interactions we have with other hospital staff have a profound impact on our ability to learn and grow into responsible, respectful physicians. I am excited to be part of this committee so I can be a part of the team that helps shape our learning environment into one we can all be proud of.

Evan JameyfieldEvan Jameyfield, MD
Neurology, PGY2

I absolutely loved my interview with UIC last year as I was preparing for a residency in Neurology. From the residents to the neurology attendings, it was incredibly apparent that there was a culture of "family" at UIC. Training at a busy Level 1 Trauma Center in the great city of Chicago will allow extensive clinical training through the diverse patient population served by UIC. As a first year resident, I had the opportunity to serve as an "attending" at the medical student-run clinic that operates as a free clinic. I will also grow academically through the Neurology department's commitment to education and research. I am excited and honored to be a voice for the residents by serving on the Graduate Medical Education Committee. I am hopeful we will be able to implement policy changes that benefit both residents and patients! When I am not working in the hospital, I love exploring new areas in Chicago, playing basketball with my co-residents, spending time with my family, and date nights with my girlfriend!

Dr. Alex KrbanjevicAleksandar Krbanjevic, MD, PhD
Pathology, PGY4

Aleksandar Krbanjevic graduated from a Medical School in his lovely “Mitteleuropa” hometown Novi Sad, Serbia. Thereafter, he moved to the States to pursue his PhD training in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology. He continued his basic and translational research career as a Postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University, Chicago in neurosciences. Subsequently, he continued his interests in brain by conducting the research in biochemistry of neuronal membrane signaling at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He further enriched his basic research experience by slightly shifting the gear to another ectodermal differentiation as a NIH T-32 Fellow at Indiana University, Indianapolis where he conducted projects that elucidated mechanisms of non-melanoma skin cancer and atopic dermatitis. He is currently PGY-4 resident physician in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His goal is to proceed with academic career as a physician-scientist.

Conner OlsenConner Olsen, MD
Internal Medicine, PGY3

My name is Conner Olsen and I am a PGY-3 in the Department of Internal Medicine at UIH. Through my years as a medical student at UIC and now a resident, I've seen how the hospital and its residency programs operate. I am passionate about resident wellness, education, and engagement. As a member of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, I will look to build relationships with residents across programs and use our collective voice to advocate for positive change.

Dr. Morteza SadehMorteza Sadeh, MD, PhD
Neurological Surgery, PGY3

I completed my Bachelors and PhD degrees at York University in Toronto, Canada and my medical school at Chicago Medical School; and I am currently a PGY-3 resident in neurosurgery. Throughout my undergraduate, graduate and medical educations I had been involved in student leadership and governing bodies at various levels. At York university I was the vice president of student caucus at the faculty level, member of university’s Senate, representative of teaching assistants at the local union and faculty of graduate studies council, later in medical school I started a peer support group as well representing my class in the curriculum committee. Despite different roles and levels of involvement, my goal had been to improve the experience of my fellow students in curricular and extra-curricular activities and to reflect the point of view of those I represent in the decision making processes. I am passionate about training and education and I believe that the integration of a facilitating environment, solid curricular structure and reciprocal feedback are crucial components of a productive learning program.

Dr. Shivam VedakShivam Vedak, MD, MBA
Internal Medicine, PGY1

I have always been passionate about advocating for my peers in our collective drive for continual improvement. In fact, this was the primary reason I chose to get an MBA – to more effectively represent the physician voice through a greater understanding of administration. As a former UIC medical student, I had the pleasure of serving on both my class and student council executive boards, as well as on the clerkship oversight subcommittee. Not only have these roles given me experience in fulfilling responsibilities similar to those required of GMEC members, but they have also made me acutely aware of the institution-specific hurdles for enacting change at UIC. I hope to use my formal education and prior experience to successfully champion organizational change on behalf of all residents within the UI Health system.