Medicine / Pediatrics

PGY4 – Class of 2019

PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1 | Chief Residents

Jayme Kwak
Jayme KwakMedical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria
Hometown: Bartlett, Illinois
Career aspirations: I intend on practicing as a Med-Peds hospitalist in a community hospital. I also have a passion for global health so I hope to incorporate this interest into my future practice.
Hobbies: Playing all types of sports including volleyball, basketball, soccer and tennis; watching and cheering on Chicago sports team; reading; and trying new things! And of course, playing with my dog.
Why did you choose UMKC?:  I did a Med-Peds Sub-I here and loved my experience. I chose UMKC because I felt like I fit in well with the residents, and the program staff really seemed to care about the residents. Everyone is happy here and gave me the impression that they were more than just co-workers to each other and our program director and coordinators are the best!
What do you like to do in Kansas City?: Eat good food, shop at City Market, play arcade games at UpDown and go to First Fridays
Where do you live in Kansas City?:  I bought a house with my husband in Brookside.
Clayton Mowrer
clayton-mowrerMedical School: Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
Hometown: Lenexa, Kansas
Career aspirations: I hope to be I hope to be an awesome doctor. Also, I also have a strong interest in infectious disease. I plan to get involved in global health and the economics of healthcare (don’t judge…).
Hobbies: I’m a soccer fanatic (Sporting KC!), film/TV nerd. Enjoy reading and going to concerts. Travel whenever I get the chance.
Why did you choose UMKC?: I  I grew up in the KC area and wanted to stay, but mostly because of the people I met and worked with during interviews and medical school rotations. UMKC is a very solid group of people who always look after each other. The program has a good balance of IM and peds, with a ton of options available to pursue for my future career.
What do you like to do in Kansas City?: So much! There’s lots of incredible food and coffee places here. There’s a big “entrepreneur” community here, which means that there’s pretty much something new to do/try every weekend, because something new is opening its doors. There is a TON of new breweries opening up all over. and lots of cool festivals and concerts that come through KC, as well. And a great music scene. Oh, and there’s video game bar (because, obviously).
Where do you live in Kansas City?: Downtown
Kyle Reed
kyle-reedMedical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City
Hometown: Independence, Missouri
Career aspirations: Primary care
Hobbies: Basketball, weightlifting, going to Table Rock Lake in the summer, cheering on the Royals and Chiefs
Why did you choose UMKC?:I really liked the other med/peds residents and felt like I would work well with them. I also felt there was a good connection between the medicine and pediatric programs. Also, my wife already had a job here, so that helped!
What do you like to do in Kansas City?: There are a lot of new restaurants here in Kansas City that my wife and I like to try. I also like to go to Royals and Chiefs games.
Where do you live in Kansas City?:North Hyde Park
Paymon Savoji
paymonMedical School: University of Missouri-Kansas City
Hometown: Hoffman Estates, Illinois (northwest suburb of Chicago)
Career aspirations: Adult congenital heart and/or interventional cardiology
Hobbies: I enjoy any kind of sports, mostly basketball, soccer, tennis and football. I love exploring the city. I am a huge music person-basically will be at any concert in town. My biggest hobby has to be FOOD. And happy hour, I will be there
Why did you choose UMKC?: I really liked the people here. The program is really well-balanced with the three hospitals in your rotation. CMH is amazing – one of the greatest children’s hospitals in the country. There is a huge diversity in patient population. Truman can be difficult sometimes, but great experience in terms of seeing rare pathology. And St. Luke’s is one of the nicest hospitals i have ever visited.
What do you like to do in Kansas City?: I attend Royals games, Sporting Kansas City games, Chiefs games, the UpDown (basically a video game bar), and I can always looking to explore new food places.
Where do you live in Kansas?: Downtown
Katelyn Smelser
Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia, Go Tigers!
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Career aspirations: Med/Peds Hospitalist or Nephrology
Hobbies: Enjoying the outdoors with my husband and two dogs, Miles and Henry; cycling, shopping, gardening, entertaining friends and family
Why did you choose UMKC: Strong program leadership, awesome PD, friendly residents, and diverse training opportunities between the three hospitals. Kansas City also happens to a great place to live.
What do you like to do in Kansas City: Taking advantage of happy hours with friends, getting outside to run or bike (Loose Park is a favorite place!)
What inspires you: My dedicated and fun group of co-residents
Where do you live in Kansas City: Ward Parkway
Jared Willard
Medical School: University of Illinois  at Urbana-Champaign
Hometown: Mahomet, Illinois
Career aspirations: After residency, I plan on doing a sports medicine fellowship. I may be the future Illinois Fighting Illini team physician, personal physician for the great Yadier Molina, and maybe a future Orchard owner/paleontologist
Hobbies: Running, basketball, soccer, biking, football, outdoor activities (climbing, kayaking, camping, whitewater rafting, hiking), playing Taboo, Euchre, Golf (card game), watching movies and traveling
Why did you choose UMKC?: UMKC had a lot to offer. It was the only place with an infinite amount of activities to do around the city, but it does not have the big-city, busy feel like Chicago (Cubs stink) or New York City. The program is strong and led by the best program director in the world!
What do you like to do in Kansas City?: Hang out with all my classmates, we have a great crew! I met my future wife in Kansas City and I love spending time with her too.
Where do you live in Kansas City?: South Hyde Park (Homeowner)