Perspectives from Our Graduates

Dr. Jason Ryan

  Jason Ryan, MD
  Graduated WMed in 2016

  Medical School: Ross University
  Fellowship: Vascular Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital

  • What initially drew you to WMed Surgery?
    Having the opportunity to grow up in Kalamazoo, I became quite fond of the small town feel with still having so much available to do outside of work. The program itself was appealing because of the volume and diversity of surgical experience through a well-balanced blend of university practice as well as community-based practices. It’s hard to find a program that gives you the insight and experience working in both models.
  • How did WMed Surgery prepare you for fellowship or practice?
    I had more interviews for vascular surgery fellowship than I had days available to schedule. I was able to match into my first choice and seemed to be “ahead of the curve” as far as operative experience and skillset when going into fellowship. I could not have been better prepared leaving WMED Surgery for fellowship, and feel strongly that if I had chosen to go into general surgery practice right after residency I would have been well equipped for that as well.
  • What do you want others considering surgical residency at WMed to know?
    When deciding where to go for residency, whether it be here or somewhere else, decide where you want to be when you come out the other side. Not every program, regardless of the name, will give you the same operative experience. WMED Surgery will provide you with the skillset necessary to be a confident general surgeon after 5 years and the opportunity to match into very successful fellowship programs, depending on what your preference is. I would absolutely choose this program if I had it to do over again, without hesitation.

Dr. Julia Miladore  Julia Miladore, MD
  Graduated WMed in 2017
  Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
  Fellowship: Vascular Surgery, Indiana University

  • What initially drew you to WMed Surgery?
    I was initially interested in WMed because of the sense of community and commitment to resident education. Having had experience at an academic program in a larger city, I was able to appreciate what a close-knit program was able to provide in terms of both personal and professional development. The surgical training is second to none and patient care is at the forefront of the education.
  • How did WMed Surgery prepare you for fellowship or practice?
    When you graduate from a residency program it is hard to know where you stack up in relation to other programs. After the first week in my fellowship program I was told by multiple attendings that they were thankful they “got someone who can operate.” I can only attribute this to the training I had at WMed for giving me such a great surgical foundation. 
  • What do you want others considering surgical residency at WMed to know?
    Before coming to WMed I had never even heard of Kalamazoo and now I can’t imagine living anywhere else. You will be lucky to be a resident in this program and know that you will have the best surgical experience.

Dr. Jorge Weber  Jorge Weber, MD
  Graduated WMed in 2018

  Medical School: Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  Fellowship: Vascular Surgery, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Dr. Steven Lu  Steven Lu, DO
  Graduated WMed in 2019

  Medical School: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, California
  Fellowship: Colorectal Surgery, Lehigh Valley Hospital

Dr. Jairo Espinosa  Jairo Espinosa, MD
  Graduated WMed in 2020

  Medical School: Ross University
  Fellowship: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Temple University 

  • What initially drew you to WMed Surgery?
    I was initially drawn to WMed because I was interested in a program where I could have the opportunity to perform clinical research while also having the opportunity to become a competent general surgeon. I wanted to match at a program where not only could I match into a great fellowship (as most WMed graduates do - cardiothoracic surgery, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, etc), but I could also have the opportunity to practice general surgery and be a competent, safe surgeon. Five years, a good fellowship match, and 1,500 cases later - WMed did not disappoint.   
  • How did WMed Surgery prepare you for fellowship or practice?
    WMed general surgery prepared me for cardiothoracic surgery fellowship by being the most supportive administration I could have ever asked for. When I wanted to do an away rotation at Memorial Sloan Kettering to better my opportunities of matching into a competitive fellowship spot - WMed and their amazing team had my back every step of the way. When I wanted to do an extra month of cardiac surgery my chief year to better prepare myself for fellowship - WMed once again complied and let me incorporate the rotation into my chief year. Throughout the years as I published papers and had presentations nationwide, WMed was always supportive of my endeavors and I never had any issues with going to many conferences to present my research.
  • What do you want others considering surgical residency at WMed to know?
    As a graduate from WMed, I’d like those of you looking at this website that I have no regrets. I loved every single day of my general surgery residency. I made friendships and relationships that will last me a lifetime. The attendings at WMed treat you with respect. From day one of intern year you operate. WMed is not one of these programs where every case is double scrubbed because people are starving for cases. At WMed - you operate. You do cases 1:1 with attendings as an intern, PGY-2 and PGY-3. You become a competent surgeon. You are there to become a surgeon. As vague and unconvincing as that sounds, a lot of general surgery programs in the academic community don’t prepare you to be a surgeon, they prepare you to apply to fellowship. I can proudly say that if I would have chosen to do general surgery, I could have, because of where I was lucky and blessed to have trained - WMed General Surgery.