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Jennifer Callison

Jennifer Callison | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyHometown: Des Moines, IA
Undergraduate: University of Iowa
Medical school: Kansas City University (KCU)
I was born on the west coast in Northern California but am now what I consider a true midwestern girl after moving to Iowa when I was 16. My father was in the military so I moved about once a year, but we finally settled in Iowa and it's where I consider home. I am the oldest of five girls and am a proud aunt of 5 cute little ones. My husband and I have happily found our new home here in Wichita.
Why Via Christi: I chose Via Christi for several reasons but what it came down to for me were three main things: the people, the training, and the passion for and dedication to full-spectrum family medicine. After spending two years rotating with the residents and faculty as a student, I knew there was no other place for me. I have never been surrounded by people so driven toward the same goal and so willing to teach and dedicate their time. It was really an easy choice in the end.
Passions: Outside of medicine, my passions include working out/fitness, spending time with loved ones, travel, cooking and reading. I have a love-hate relationship with running but mostly love it as it's truly my time to clear my head and process my day. I love all types of cuisine, and enjoy cooking for my just my husband or for a group of people when I can. I am close to my family and my small group of close friends; they keep me grounded. I love my husband and our "kids" Bonzai (a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) and Maui (a Puggle) and we can't wait to make more good friends here in Wichita!
Favorite Books: The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, Gone with the Wind and Little Women.
Favorite Quotes: "If you get, give. If you learn, teach." - Maya Angelou "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air." - Ralph Waldo Emerson "If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them." - Henry David Thoreau 
After residency plan: I am currently on my last inpatient medicine month as a resident ever! I am enjoying learning as much as I can, as I plan to practice both inpatient and outpatient medicine.
Advice: Get to know the residents and faculty the best you can! Decide what's important to you in a program early on and find the place you feel most "at home" at.

Bonnie Cassidy

Bonnie Cassidy | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyHi! I'm a Via Christi intern from western Oklahoma. After working for a summer in Peru when I was 17, I knew that being a doctor was for me. Now, it's time to get trained so I can serve others wherever I go.
Why Via Christi: Like-minded residents and faculty who want to work with under-served populations, C-section training, encouraging atmosphere that will keep me accountable to my goals
Passions: Being outside, playing soccer, hiking, reading books and writing, hanging out with my awesome family and friends, traveling in the US and abroad
Favorite Books: Hinds' Feet on High Places by Hannah Hurnard - a beautiful allegory on love and trust; A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
After residency plan: I plan to move overseas to serve in a clinic or work in a rural area in the US.
Home town: El Reno, OK

Joseph Cwik

Joseph Cwik  | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyI became a man in WA state in the woods, lakes, rivers and mountains. My dad told me to always leave things better than how you found them and worked hard. My mom worked harder. Shortly after this I decided to attend college and it sounded fun to play football so I did and they decided to pay me in the form of a scholarship. Went to Iowa for medical school and now in Kansas for residency. Met a nurse in the hospital during residency and now we are engaged. Life is good. 
Why Via Christi: Outstanding academics, procedures and volume of patients to name a few. Notably, the attending physicians, residents and staff were people that seemed so much better than me in so many ways, so I felt I could learn from them well, and they would also be supportive. The medical environment in Wichita is pro-family medicine. The specialists like us on their services. I met a really good-looking nurse down here too and now we are getting married (that's not why I chose Via Christi though). 
Passions: People: Medicine is a great avenue to share the gospel truth with patients and others. Hiking, biking, fishing, swimming: Doesn't get better than the outdoors. A good respite for all souls. Kids: Our next generation, so fun to be friends with, and are very malleable to the truth (they are people too!) Family: Because they love me in spite of me. Playing guitar: The "other" anxiolytic. Sunsets: Because they only happen once a day and are a good time to reflect on the day staring at one of the most beautiful natural occurrences God created (plus they are pretty amazing in Kansas, and I have seen some amazing sunsets in some amazing places). 
Favorite Books: Cutting For Stone, Same Kind of Different as Me, Too Small to Ignore 
Favorite Quotes:"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God. That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to." C.S. Lewis Mere Christianity 
What are you doing now: Currently on obstetrics. Getting credentialed for central line placement, colonoscopies and  EGDs. Studying for boards. Planning a wedding. Moonlighting as a Hospitalist and urgent care doc. Getting active in my new church. Swimming at various lakes around Wichita. Commuting by bike. 
Home town: Spokane, WA
Advice: Look for a residency that challenges you, makes you uncomfortable thinking about it, but gives you peace knowing you will be trained well. Do not look for friction-less training; you will regret it. In the end, if you are not trained well, you guess with your patients. If you guess with your patients, you become unhappy. When you become unhappy, you will become a terrible physician. Stay curious and keep working hard. 
Interesting experiences: Lady in the emergency department I saw complaining of abdominal pain. Did a bedside ultrasound and she was pregnant. She was surprised. We delivered the baby 10 minutes later. Baby was 38 weeks. Different lady in the OB triage unit screaming in pain with contractions, saying she was due the next day, going to have a baby, and had no prenatal care. Did a quick bedside sono, cervical check, urine pregnancy. She was not pregnant. 
Stats: >90 vaginal deliveries; 3 forceps and 4 vacuum; 26 C sections as the primary surgeon; 30 colonoscopies; 15 EGDs; 4 LEEPs; 3 IOs placed; 30 intubations; 5 codes; 2 pediatric LPs; 5 adult LPs; 4 thoracenteses etc. 

Scarlett Gard

Scarlett Gard | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyHometownPlatte City, MO
Undergraduate: Molecular Biology; Bioethics
Medical school: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences  
y husband and I met in college and got married after college. We feel called to international medical missions as a career. We have loved Wichita - the community here is wonderful. Our son was born a few weeks before starting residency and we have had a lot of support from residents and faculty and their families here. Via Christi has been very supportive of our career goals. I did an international rotation in Bangladesh and my family came with me, which was a wonderful experience to share with them. We don't know where we will end up in the future, but we are excited to see how God can use my medical skills and his public health training to impact the community we will live in as we invest our lives there and show people the love of Christ.
Why Via Christi: Via Christi stood out to me as one of the strongest family medicine programs. I did a sub-internship here in July of my 4th year and was blown away. Their OB and procedural skills training are very impressive, and I found the rest of the programs I spent time at were lacking in these areas compared to Via Christi. As an osteopathic graduate, I like that the program is dually accredited becaus e some other programs I looked at did not have a good foundation for continuing OMT training in residency. The residents are also some of the most fun, compassionate, and professional people I have worked with. I feel so blessed to be here - working with people that are not just colleagues but friends.
Passions: My husband and I love traveling. We also like to hike and camp. I enjoy reading for fun but the books I read in my free time have certainly changed now that I have a 2-year old at home.
Favorite Books: Gone With the Wind (obviously), The Lord of the Rings, The Count of Monte Cristo, Chronicles of Narnia, Jane Austen books, and the Bible.
Favorite Quotes: "Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord." Colossians 3:23
After residency plan: My husband and I plan to work in medical missions internationally. We are not sure where we will end up but trust that will become clear to us as the time approaches. We are excited to see how God can use my medical skills and his public health training to impact the community we will live in as we invest our lives there and show people the love of Christ.
Home town: Platte City, Missouri
Advice: Try to do sub-internships with the programs you are most interested in. When you are there, work hard and act like a full member of the team to see whether it feels like a good fit. Keep in contact with the residents and faculty you worked with and keep them updated as you look at programs. Ask residents how they compared specific programs. Challenge yourself to perform at the intern level as you do your sub-internships. Look for good mentors among the faculty in each program. Enjoy the journey
Stats: C-sections: 53 total, Vaginal deliveries: 138, Forceps assisted deliveries: 3, Vacuum-assisted deliveries: 7, Tubal ligations: 2 (not at Via Christi), Circumcisions: 18, Colonoscopies: 9 (not doing anymore - not my favorite procedure ;), Colposcopies: 5, Continuity deliveries: 14, Endotracheal intubations: 24, D&Cs: 5, Outpatient clinic visits: 1096, ICU: >143

Daniel Goble

I'm from Western North Carolina, the son of a small-town dentist and a nurse. I grew up playing lots of sports and reading lots of books. I decided on medicine while studying at NC State University, and had a wonderful 4 years at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. I have been stretched and grown in every imaginable way over the past two years, and have made so many life-long friends, it's ridiculous. As of October 4, 2015, I will be marrying Mindy Sullivan, an sweet redheaded nurse I met on the OB floor of St. Joseph here in Wichita. After residency, we plan to work at a mission hospital in a Spanish-speaking country for a few months before moving back east, working for a couple years in a hospital, then starting my own Direct Primary Care practice.
Why Via Christi:I chose Via Christi because I wanted to be as well-prepared as possible for a future career in both international and American medicine. I was most attracted by the positive energy of the residents, the unopposed training, the patient volume, and the procedural training. 
Passions: Direct primary care, Austrian economics, Libertarian political theory, Paleo diet and lifestyle, Psychology, Religious studies, Literature, blogging, microadventures, hiking, camping, traveling, gardening, cooking, exercise, ultimate frisbee, soccer, disc golf, running, basketball, yoga, harmonica, guitar. Newest interest: entomophagy (ie eating bugs).
Favorite Books: "Life on the Vine: Cultivating the Fruit of the Spirit in Christian Community," a worldview-altering book with really insightful cultural analysis and application of Biblical truth. "Cutting for Stone," a masterpiece by Abraham Verghese, MD. "For a New Liberty," an easy-to-read and stimulating libertarian treatise by Murray Rothbard "The Last American Man," Elizabeth Gilbert's biography of the true Most Interesting Man in the World. "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan, a challenge to make life one great big adventure of faith.
Favorite Quotes: Fears make devils of cherubims; They never see truly. -King Lear III.ii "Sometimes there's no next time, no second chance, no time outs. Sometimes it's now or never." -John Elway "For every glimpse of your sin, take ten long gazes at Christ." -R. M. McCheyne It is much more important to know what sort of a patient has a disease than what sort of a disease a patient has. -Osler
After residency plan: Dr Stringfield, Brandon Alleman, and I are in the process of starting a Direct Primary Care project to pilot a resident-led Direct Primary Care practice model specifically targeted at the local low-income, uninsured  population. This is going to be a game-changer for the institution and for family medicine training nationwide, so I  encourage you to ask Dr. Stringfield about this on your interview.
Home town: Marion, NC
Advice: Try to stay with residents while you're visiting and spend an extra day shadowing at places in which you're really interested-- it'll really push you one direction or another!

Aaron Hightower

Hightower  | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency

I am a fan of Oklahoma: It is where I grew up, where I met and married my beautiful wife (Logan), where we started a family, and where our families await our return. I have been so blessed to have wonderful family and friends that have poured into my life. We are a family that loves God and loves people, and we feel called to live lives of generosity and love.
Why Via Christi: When it came down to choosing where I wanted to do residency, there were many important standards that needed to be met. I needed a place where my family and I felt valued and supported. I needed a place where I would get a strong OB experience. I needed a place with a supportive and caring environment to train in. Via Christi was and is that place. In my final year of residency, I can assure you that my expectations were met and exceeded. It has been a blessing to train here with the quality of program and the quality of residents that Via Christi attracts.
Passions: I am passionate about obstetrics and I love how versatile family medicine is!! I am enamored with my wonderful family: my wife, Logan, and my daughters, Mikah (3yo) and Leah (1yo). My family and I have hearts to reach our local community with our time and our talents, and we are very excited about the opportunities that family medicine offers to fulfill this desire. My wife and I really enjoy movies and music; We also love reading and the theatre; I love playing with my beautiful daughters, they are hilarious and bring me immense joy!
Favorite books: Modern classics (1984; Brave New World; The Lord of the Flies); Ted Dekker (especially The Circle Series); C.S. Lewis (fiction and otherwise); J.R.R. Tolkien (LOTR; The Hobbit); Zombie silliness (World War Z; Zombie Survival Guide).
Favorite Quotes: "We can do no great things; Only small things with great love." ---Mother Teresa "I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." ---Mother Teresa "It's the job that's never started that takes longest to finish." ---J.R.R. Tolkien "We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world." ---C.S. Lewis "Sin doesn't make us bad, sin makes us dead. Jesus didn't come to make us good, He came to make us alive." ---Louie Giglio
After residency plan: We plan to follow God's guidance, but I believe we will end up in practice in a medium-size Oklahoma town, with a full-scope practice with emphasis in OB.
Home town: Ardmore, OK
What are you doing now: In my final year of residency, finalizing contract on a practice in Oklahoma for a full scope family medicine practice including outpatient family medicine, inpatient medicine/pediatrics and operative/nonoperative obstetrics. We feel very blessed to have trained here at Via Christi, thankful to have been prepared for this future practice and thankful for the wonderful friends we have made here.
Any unusual training experiences during residency/fellowship: I am currently providing prenatal care for both a mother and her daughter at the same time. If all goes according to plan, I will deliver my advanced maternal age patient and 1-2 months later deliver her twin grandchildren. I have a reputation for excessive sweating, especially on the OB floor... the scrub techs took up a collection and bought me not one but TWO sweat bands for the OR.
Stats - Vaginal Deliveries, C-Sections, Forceps, Vacuum, Colonoscopy, EGD, Colposcopy/LEEP, Stress Treadmill:
Vaginal Deliveries: 142 (5-of-6 OB months and 0-of-1 MFM months completed: 11 vacuum, 7 VBAC, 5 forceps)
Cesarean Deliveries: 40
Continuity Deliveries (included in above numbers): 19
Newborn Circumcisions: 23
Intubations: 53
Joint Injections: 20 (predominantly knees)

Brett Hoffecker

Brett Hoffecker | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine Residency

I grew up in Charlotte, NC with an adventurous and high-energy background. Aside from the normal outdoor hiking, camping, swimming, boating, I began playing the saxophone and majored in music performance at USC in Columbia, SC. After graduating I spent some time in Haiti learning and serving in a medical and mission capacity. Around that time my parents decided to start farming in Arkansas and I headed to the beaches in Charleston, SC for med school. My passions pulled me towards Christian fellowship and mentorship among my friends and community as well as teaching, serving, and loving. After a family medicine rotation at the end of 3rd year with an exceptional mentor, I was swayed from surgery and convinced my purpose would come through family medicine. The rest worked out exactly as it was supposed to, of course that was after intensely searching across the US for training programs, going on a 10K mile road trip with camping gear, flying to Haiti and Africa, and kicking back on the farm with my family.
Why Via Christi: When I was searching, I always looked at the graduating class and said: "Do I want to be like them: Have they achieved what I want and will their mentors and teachers be good leaders for me:" Via Christi was an absolute perfect fit for extensive and intensive training in all areas of Family Medicine (which includes some of everything) and beyond. It provides accurate medical training with high patient volume in a positive atmosphere. Although the workload is harder than most, the support from our "family" makes it the most rewarding place to train that I can imagine.
Favorite Quotes: "Do whatever gives you the willies." O. Lovelace
Advice: Try to find out what you want to do in life and then find a residency that will help get you there. Always be humble.

Jessica Jarvis

Jessica Jarvis  | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyI am a Kansas girl! I always have been and probably always will be. I grew up in a small-to-medium size town in central Kansas. After escaping what I thought of as the constraints of my home town, I moved to Lawrence, KS and obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas. Lawrence holds a special place in my heart because that is where I met a wonderful man who I now call my husband. We are newlyweds, married April 2013, so both married life and residency will be a happy adventure in our lives. I have two children: my cats, Buster and Mickey.
Why Via Christi: Via Christi Family Medicine had everything I was looking for in a residency program. Most important to me was finding a place where I felt I belonged. I didn't want to end up at a place where I didn't consider my fellow residents friends, too. The next priority on my list was a training program that provided the board-spectrum of training with a large emphasis on OB. When you actually make a list of residency programs that provide enough OB training, especially primary c-sections, without doing an OB fellowship, the list of programs is quite small. Another thing that drew me to Via Christi is the reputation the program has across Kansas and the Nation for providing high quality training.
Passions: I am passionate about my family and friends because they have supported me through this journey. I enjoy cooking/baking and trying new food; watching sports, especially KU (Rock Chalk!), college basketball, and NFL; playing with my cats; hanging out with family; and exercising, even though I need to get back to it.
Favorite Books: I have to be honest. I am not a reader for pleasure. However, I would recommend reading "Spousonomics: Using Economics to Master Love, Marriage, and Dirty Dishes" for all married couples.
Favorite Quotes: "Anything is possible. Anything can be." Shel Silverstein
Home town: Great Bend, KS

SunMin Kim

SunMin Kim  | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyHometown: Somewhere among Seoul, Korea; Tokyo, Japan; and San Diego, California
Undergraduate: UCLA
Medical school: UC San Diego
I am a Christ-follower who happens to be a family medicine resident. I was born in Korea and raised in Japan as a missionaries' kid. My family moved to California during my senior year of high school. I majored in biophysics at UCLA. I felt the calling to become a missionary doctor while on a medical mission trip to Sierra Leone at the end of college. After college, I spent some time in Kenya and Haiti, which affirmed my calling. I went to UC San Diego for med school, during which I met my beautiful and godly wife, spent a year in India as a Fogarty scholar, and earned a masters degree in clinical research. My career goal is to serve in developing countries as a physician-researcher and an educator. My life goal is to glorify God and to further His Kingdom wherever He places me.
Why Via Christi: I was initially attracted to Via Christi because of its unique training, but ultimately I chose Via Christi because of its people. I liked that many faculty and residents shared similar passions and interests as mine, and I felt that I would connect well with the people here.
Passions: I'm passionate about loving God and loving others. Faith in Jesus Christ and fellowship with other believers are very important to me. My hobbies include swimming/snorkeling, cooking/eating, hiking/camping, singing/dancing. I also love science/technology, music (most genres), movies/TV shows (esp. comedies), and boardgames (e.g. Dominion, Settlers of Catan, and 7 Wonders). I like games that make you think and computer games like Civilization and SimCity, but I try to stay away from them as they can be very addictive.
Favorite Books: "Crazy Love" by Francis Chan. "The Heavenly Man" by Brother Yun. "The Practice of the Presence of God" by Brother Lawrence. "Ignorance is Blitz: Mangled Moments of History From Actual College Students" by Anders Henriksson.
Favorite Quotes: "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." —1 Corinthians 10:31 "This is God's universe and He does things His way. You may have a better way, but you don't have a universe." —J. Vernon McGee
After residency plan: The Lord willing, my wife (who is a nurse) and I hope to serve in a developing country overseas. My dream is to start a family residency program in a country that does not have one.
Stats: Couple months into 3rd year: Vaginal delivery: 99; Cesarean section: 34; Continuity delivery: 13; 1st degree vaginal repair: 17; 2nd degree vaginal repair: 20; 3rd degree vaginal repair: 6; Cervical laceration repair: 2; Circumcision: 21; Vacuum delivery: 12; Forceps delivery: 3; Colposcopy 8; LEEP 1; Endotracheal intubation: 60; Lumbar puncture: 5; Abscess I&D: 7; Laceration repair: 7; Colonoscopy: 15; EGD: 7

John Moultrie

John Moultrie  | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyI was born and raised in Guntersville, AL, a town of 7,000, as the oldest of 5 siblings. I attended the University of Alabama for undergrad. Before I began medical school at the University of South Alabama, I was lucky enough to spend a year as a missionary in China where I met my wife, a fellow Southerner.
Why Via Christi: After traveling all over the country in search of the best full-spectrum family medicine program that I could find, Via Christi took the best parts of every other place and combined them into one!
Passions: Following Jesus, missions, athletics of any and every kind, being outside, Chinese language, culture, and food, spending time with my wife, Lauren, and our dog Mosley.
Favorite Books: The Bible, Preach and Heal, A Foreign Devil in China, Bruchko, Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ
Favorite Quotes: "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose." -Jim Elliot
After residency plan: My wife and I both have a heart for international mission work and would love to be back overseas one day, but we are open to wherever the Lord would have us!
Home town: Guntersville, AL

Vu Nguyen

Vu NguyenI was born and raised in Vietnam before coming to Wichita when I was eleven years old. I went to WSU and then KCUMB in Kansas City. I have the most amazing parents and five awesome siblings, whom I love very much. My husband and I met in college and we got married in 2011. Medical school would have been a lot harder if I didn't have such a wonderful and supportive husband.
Why Via Christi: I rotated in Wichita for third and fourth years of medical school and got to work with the Via Christi Family Medicine residents during some of my rotations. I saw that these residents were extremely competent doctors and knew I wanted to be at the same level of competency. The faculty's dedication to the program and to training top notched family physicians is another reason why I ranked this program number one.
Passions: I love spending time with my family and friends, especially if there is food involved. I also enjoy reading, painting, cooking, baking, eating, and interior decorating. My perfect weekend would involve dinner with my entire family and watching a good movie with my husband.
Favorite Quotes: "Health is the greatest gift, contentment is the greatest wealth" Buddha. "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning" Albert Einstein.
After residency plan: I plan to practice medicine in my hometown.
Home town: Wichita, KS
Advice: Do a sub-internship with the program you like to see if it is the perfect fit for you.

Michael Page

I am originally from small-town Kansas. I have been blessed to be able to pursue medicine for a career and I greatly look forward to caring for people across their entire lifespan. I am married to my wonderful wife, Kristen. We hope that we can use our careers to help others and bring God glory!
Why Via Christi: When looking at programs, I wanted to be trained in full-spectrum family medicine. I wanted to be able to take care of people from life's first breath until their last. Via Christi offered this type of training and more! The people that this program attracted fit my personality and life passions. We all wish to serve others and truly love people. Also, from my interactions, I really appreciated the attending physicians. Their care for patients and their residents made an impression on my wife and I. For several reasons, we decided that Via Christi would be a wonderful place to train!
Passions: I am an avid outdoorsman. I love to hunt, fish and play sports. I greatly enjoy cooking and learning new recipes with my wife. We both love the Lord and hope that we can serve Him in our careers.
After residency plan: I hope to be able to practice full-spectrum family medicine in a rural community. I hope that my practice will include in-patient, out-patient, surgical OB, scopes, and minor surgeries.
Home town: Wamego, KS

Ah Rim Shin

Ah Rim ShinWhy Via Christi: I heard about Via Christi from another family medicine intern. Via Christi had the broad-spectrum family medicine training that I wanted so I scheduled my interview, which happened to be my last one. As I got closer to my interview day with Via Christi, I contemplated canceling my interview because I was tired of all the traveling and I was set on going somewhere else by then. But after praying about it and talking to my roommate, I decided to go ahead with the interview at Via Christi. That was probably one of the best decisions I've ever made. Starting from the pre-interview dinner the night before and all throughout my interview day, I was pleasantly surprised by how well I got along with the residents and how they all seemed to be such humble, genuine people who weren't afraid to be themselves. My interviews with the faculty were amazing, and some of them shared similar passions with my own. All further doubts about Via Christi were erased when, during my interview lunch, as we were talking about favorite movies, Dr. Todd Stephens, one of the faculty members, silenced the table as he said, "No, no, no. The best movie ever is definitely Finding Nemo." And that was it. I knew I had to be at Via Christi.
Passions: Experiencing the reality of Jesus Christ, sharing testimonies with others, global health, social justice, having jam sessions with friends, hanging out with friends, trying new restaurants, having potlucks, karaoke, playing board games and card games, running, cooking ethnic foods, bubble tea and dim sum.
Favorite Books: The Bible; The Heavenly Man; Chasing the Dragon; There's a Sheep in my Bathtub; The Narnia Series; Intercessory Prayer; Like a Mighty Wind; Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire
After residency plan: I plan to work among the underserved and, as of now, I'm leaning towards going somewhere in the Middle East.
Home town: Nashville, TN
Advice: Don't be afraid to be yourself.

Garrett Schwab

Hometown: Edmond, OK
Undergraduate: University of Oklahoma
Medical school: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Why Via Christi: The biggest thing for me was the people. I saw attendings and residents that I wanted to be like, so it made it hard to want to be anywhere else. And not only were the people quality, but the training is top notch. You will hear Via Christi in any discussion about the best full spectrum programs in the country. I am interested in international medicine so the true full spectrum and good numbers of C-sections/OB were key.
Passions: Jesus and trying to follow him daily, Backpacking, camping, cycling, running, any outdoor sport, snowboarding, lake.
Favorite Books: Complications by Atul Gawande Radical by David Platt The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
Favorite Quotes: "He must become greater; I must become less." John 3:30 "Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive." John Eldredge
After residency plan: I plan on practicing international medicine at some point possibly after the international medicine fellowship, but we plan on following God's call wherever that may be.
Home town: Edmond, OK

Jera Smith

Jera SmithWhy Via Christi: When looking for possible residencies, my husband and I put the biggest emphasis on quality of training. We are seeking a rural practice, and I would need to be able to serve a great diversity of needs in that setting. Via Christi is one of only a handful meeting that description. Second, we wanted somewhere we could both advance our careers. My husband's work being in oil and gas put some restrictions on location. Via Christi met that for us. And last, but not least, we wanted somewhere we could both feel like we fit in and could be a part. We wanted a place we could enjoy living with people we would enjoy knowing. After call back weekend at Via Christi, we knew it would have to be our number one choice.
Passions: I am passionate about family medicine and its advancement. I enjoy being involved in local politics that influence medicine. I love time with family, friend, and/or food. Best when all three are together. I enjoy self improvement and mindfulness. In any free time I enjoy reading, crocheting, walking, yoga, playing with my dog, and hunting.
Favorite Books: Wild at Heart, The Murder of Jesus, The 5 Love languages, Love and War, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Wuthering Heights, Mansfield Park, Jane Eyre, The devil in Pew number seven, The Time Traveler's Wife, A Thousand Splendid Suns, Harry Potter, The Hunger Games
Favorite Quotes: Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your heart or burn down your house, you can never tell. -Joan Crawford Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. ~Mahatma Gandhi Some luck lies in not getting what you thought you wanted but getting what you have, which once you have got it you may be smart enough to see is what you would have wanted had you known. ~Garrison Keillor If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. ~Frank A. Clark We turn to God for help when our foundations are shaking, only to learn that it is God who is shaking them. ~Charles C. West "Never argue with an idiot; they'll drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience." ~ anonymous How can we call something crooked without a concept of what is straight: - C.S. Lewis Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want. -Randy Pausch Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~Abraham Lincoln A bend in the road is not the end of the road... unless you fail to make the turn. ~Author Unknown I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa "But I also felt an obligation to live. To die is not very original, but to live and carry on -- that's special." - Viktor Yushchenko
After residency plan: No idea. Anything is possible. It is a great time!
Home town: Decatur, Arkansas

Bonnie Tackett

Bonnie TackettWhy Via Christi: Via Christi always stood out among Family Medicine programs for the excellent training they provide. On top of that there is an atmosphere that fosters mentorship. When Brandon and I were looking for a place to do our training, we felt like Via was where we could both receive the mentorship and training that we desired. Via Christi incorporates procedures into your training so that you don't have to hunt for them or "work hard" in order to get them. Not only is Via Christi an excellent training program with high volume OB, it allows my husband and I the flexibility we need in a two resident family.
Passions: My passion is for people and to care for people, but that isn't so different from everyone else in medicine. I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and pray that I am daily using my gifts to further His Kingdom. On top of that my hobbies are sewing, hiking, making jewelry and playing disc golf with my husband. 
Favorite Books: Anything by Tom Clancy or Michael Creighton. Currently I am reading The Lord of the Rings Trilogy because I never have before.
After residency plan: Brandon and I plan to stay in Kansas and work in a small town. I would like to see a large portion of my practice to be women's health, OB and pediatrics.
Home town: Stockton, KS
Undergraduate: Evangel University, Springfield, MO
Medical school: University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita
Bio: I'm a born and raised Kansas farm girl. I can hardly remember a day that I didn't want to be a doctor. I decided on family medicine because it allows me to do the things I love (namely OB and Peds), offers something new every day, and is the perfect example of what I always pictured.
Stats - Vaginal Deliveries, C-Sections, Forceps, Vacuum,Colonoscopy, EGD, Colposcopy/LEEP, Stress Treadmill:
Vaginal Deliveries: 112
Continuity Deliveries: 19
C-Sections: 36
Vacuum Deliveries: 9
D&C: 12
Intubations: 43
Colposcopy: 10
LP: 8

Brandon Tackett

Brandon Tackett  | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyWhy Via Christi: There are so many great reasons why we ended up choosing Via Christi. First of all, we saw so many like minded residents that loved caring for not only the physical needs of their patients, but also their spiritual needs. We were also attracted to Via Christi because of the full spectrum family medicine training allowing graduates to practice in rural, urban, and international environments. We were both interested in a program with high volume OB and surgical OB as well as endoscopy. Additionally, we were looking for a program that had a precedent for having a couple within the residency. Finally, the greatest testament to the program is working with local graduates of the program practicing full spectrum family medicine.
Passions: Christ, developing community, spending time with my lovely wife, disc golf, speed disc golf, ultimate Frisbee, playing team sports, backpacking, skiing/snowboarding, being outdoors, and watching college sports, especially KU.
Favorite Books: "Let the Nations Be Glad" - John Piper "Chronicles of Narnia" - C.S. Lewis "The Cost of Discipleship" - Dietrich Bonhoeffer "Lord of the Rings" J.R.R. Tolkien "Romans" "Ephesians" "Prodigal God" - Tim Keller
Favorite Quotes: "Christian brotherhood is not an ideal which we must realize; it is rather a reality created by God in Christ in which we may participate." -Dietrich Bonhoeffer in Life Together "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. "- Edmund Burke "Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel," Philippians 1:27
After residency plan: We plan to practice full spectrum family medicine in rural Kansas and hope to also spend time being involved with short term medical missions.
Home town: Wamego, KS
Advice: When looking at residency programs, look for places with great faculty mentors and senior residents that you aspire to be like one day.

Andrew Wong

Andrew Wong  | Ascension Via Christi Family Medicine ResidencyBorn and raised in inner city Phoenix, Arizona, I'm the baby of the family as the youngest of 7 children (2 brothers and 4 sisters). When I was a kid I used to dream of being the first Chinese basketball player in the NBA and bringing the first championship to the Suns, but I was a little too short, a lot not so talented enough, and I realized the Suns were hopeless. I still watch and play for fun, but I'm glad my journey has brought me to a future career in family medicine.
Why Via Christi: I chose Via Christi because it provided the best balance of the three things that I was looking for in a residency program. 1. I wanted a program with the broadest possible training that would prepare me to work anywhere, whether domestically or internationally in the developing world. They have some of the highest delivery numbers and opportunities for a multitude of other procedures. 2. I'm interested in medical missions as a Christian physician either in the inner city here in the States or abroad in the developing world. I wanted a program that would have a strong community and support for me as I pursued that goal. Many of the residents and faculty at Via Christi are medical mission minded, there is a strong international fellowship program, and there are many opportunities to spend time abroad on a global health elective. On top of that, there are a number of residents who are joining together to live and work with the inner-city / underserved poor in the Plainview neighborhood here in Wichita and I wanted to be a part of that. And 3. Although it's a lot colder than Phoenix, the location wasn't in a place that snowed too much or was freezing cold. Lastly, I felt the most comfortable with the residents and faculty here when I visited and the Wichita area was just on my heart and mind throughout the time during my decision-making process.
Passions: I am passionate about medical missions and working with / serving the underserved and poor because I feel I have a calling to that area. I hope to use my gifts as a physician to meet the most urgent needs of my patients (often health related), so that I can share the love of Christ with them to meet their most important need of hearing the Gospel. Outside of medicine, I love playing and watching sports (basketball, volleyball, tennis, and football). I'm also passionate about teaching and coaching. Some of my best memories have come from coaching inner-city youth basketball as a college student. I also enjoy trying out new restaurants, traveling, and working out.
Favorite Books: I'm not much of a bookworm at all. As a kid, I used to read just to earn points to buy prizes like video games and then I stopped reading for fun in college. But.. I've been trying to pick up some more books lately. Some of my favorite books though are: Crime & Punishment, Wooden on Leadership, The Bible, Lovely Bones, The Twenty-One Balloons, and Hunger Games.
Favorite Quotes: "The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother" - John Wooden "I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some." - 1 Corinthians 9:22b "Success comes from knowing that you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming." - John Wooden "but the beauty of grace is that it makes life not fair" - Relient K
After residency plan: I am a recipient of the National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program, so I'll be serving 3 years after residency in one of the health professional shortage areas (HPSAs). If I stay in the states I hope to work with the underserved in some inner-city area, and if I end up working internationally, I'm open to wherever I might be called in the developing world.
Home town: Phoenix, Arizona​
Stats - Vaginal Deliveries, C-Sections, Forceps, Vacuum,Colonoscopy, EGD, Colposcopy/LEEP, Stress Treadmill:
Vaginal Deliveries Non-assisted: 89
Breech: 2
C-sections: 27
Vacuum: 3
Colonoscopy: 32
EGD: 20
Colposcopy/LEEP: 9/1
Stress Treadmill: 7
PICC/IJ: 30/5 E
​ndotracheal Intubation: 45
Paracentesis: 2
Thoracentesis: 2

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