Medicine / Pediatrics

PGY1 – Class of 2024


PGY4 | PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1 | Chief Residents

Megan Carroll
Megan CarrollMedical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Career aspiration: I am interested in combined cardiology or critical care, and I hope to incorporate global health into my future plans!
Hobbies: I really love cooking all types of food and trying new recipes. I have gotten into baking more recently, and I love bringing treats in for people’s birthdays. As much as I love to cook, I love to eat even more. I am a big Purdue and New Orleans Saints fan, but I’ll go to any sporting event! I played intramural sports in college and medical school, and I try to be active whenever I can. I love to read when I find the time, but I’ve been getting more into audiobooks and podcasts lately.
Why did you choose UMKC: I fell in love with the program on my interview day. From the residents to the staff, everyone was so interested in me as a person and down to earth. UMKC offered multiple different tracks and unique features, many of which were based on resident feedback which I appreciated. I could tell that the program was a perfect fit to both challenge and support me.
What do you like to do in Kansas City: I love exploring all the different neighborhoods with little shops and finding new places to eat. The city is the perfect size for me and it has something for everyone!
Who inspires you: My mom.
Where do you live in Kansas City: Crossroads
Melissa Doan
Melissa DoanMedical School: University of Oklahoma College of Medicine
Hometown: Oklahoma City
Career aspiration: Ideally a specialty with a good mix of inpatient/outpatient but yet to be determined.
Hobbies: Hiking or exploring parks with my rescue pup, reading (sci-fi, historical fiction are my favorites), photography, eating, gardening
Why did you choose UMKC: There is a culture of empowerment where everyone will both challenge you to grow into the best person you can be and also help support you to get there. On interview day, I had so many good conversations with the faculty about the subtle facets of practicing the art of medicine. I really got the sense they took the time to read my application, which made me feel like they personally invest in all of their residents. There’s also a larger institutional culture of bettering human lives and that mindset of service (within and outside of medicine) is really important to me. At the end of my interview day, I never really felt like I was a visitor. I felt like I was a part of their community already!
What do you like to do in Kansas City: Hang out with my co-residents, go on hikes, check out the museums, and try all the local restaurants.
Who inspires you: My parents, my family, and my friends have always kept me grounded. I love having down-to-earth conversations with patients. It’s so refreshing and fuels me! I also did a lot of volunteer work with Camp Kesem and my camp family inspires me to be a better person everyday.
Where do you live in Kansas City: Union Hill
Janelle Fried
Janelle FriedMedical School: University of Washington School of Medicine
Hometown: Green River, WY
Career aspiration: Right now I am interested in rural primary care with both inpatient and outpatient care for both kids and adults.
Hobbies: Hanging out with my family, taking our dog on hikes and exploring the outdoors. Additionally, we enjoy DIY home improvement projects and building or refurbishing furniture.
Why did you choose UMKC: My best friend lives in Kansas City, so I already knew I loved the area and would be a great place to begin raising my family. Also, everyone in the program was so down-to-earth and welcoming when I visited. I loved the people! Lastly, I wanted to be exposed to a diverse patient population and appreciate that we mostly rotate at three major hospitals in KC with all different missions (fantastic children’s hospital, great teaching, safety-net adult hospital and locally owned, not-for-profit hospital).
What do you like to do in Kansas City: My husband and I are looking forward to exploring the city with friends and finding great family-friendly activities for our daughter. We also really love BBQ and are excited about the food for the next several years.
Who inspires you: Spending time with my patients and their families and truly getting to know what’s important to them and how I can provide medical care that is evidence-based and ideally fits into their goals. Also, my husband is amazing and truly inspires me each day to be a better person. Last but not least, Jesus is the most perfect example for inspiration and I lean heavily on my faith.
Where do you live in Kansas City: I live on the northern side of Overland Park, KS. A 20 minute commute to the hospitals but a wonderful neighborhood and a house that we fell in love with.
Zoe Morgan
Zoe MorganMedical School: University of Wisconsin
Hometown: Saint Paul, MN
Career aspiration: Right now I’m planning to pursue an infectious disease fellowship. I want to work with HIV patients, especially young adults and adolescents.
Hobbies: Exploring new bars and restaurants, cooking, baking, going to art galleries and seeing live music, hiking and yoga
Why did you choose UMKC: I couples’ matched with my husband, who is going into surgery here. We both loved the feel of Kansas City, with its reputation for great food and live music. We were also super impressed with the faculty and training opportunities here, and happy to stay in the Midwest. The people were down-to-earth, fun-loving, and super friendly and I felt comfortable immediately.
What do you like to do in Kansas City: I’m looking forward to exploring the restaurant scene and music, as well as the beautiful outdoor spaces.
Who inspires you: My family and my patients, as well as my wonderful husband, inspire me and keep me going every day.
Where do you live in Kansas City: I live at The Yards apartments in the Stockyards district.
Ronald Palmen
Ronald PalmenMedical School: Medical College of Wisconsin
Hometown: Kenosha, WI
Career aspiration: Cardiology – adult or adult congenital cardiology
Hobbies: Naps, cooking, running, hiking, being outdoors
Why did you choose UMKC: I felt I meshed welI with the residents I interviewed with and they took me to Betty Rae’s, so can’t beat that, in addition to great and diverse experiences for both pediatrics and internal medicine training. Also, weather in KC a plus compared to Wisconsin.
What do you like to do in Kansas City: Walk my dog around the neighborhood, sip some local brews – caffeinated or hoppy, ordering from any local restaurant, experience new places, and ultimately be outside.
Who inspires you: My parents, mother nature, and my wife
Where do you live in Kansas City: Brookside
Nicole Rogers
Nicole RogersMedical School: University of Missouri – Kansas City
Hometown: Lee Summit, MO
Career aspiration: I am currently interested in primary care. There is nothing better than being able to take care of the same patient from when they are born into adulthood!
Hobbies: In my free time, I love volunteering at one of the animal shelters in the KC metro. It is so rewarding and fun to spend time hanging out with the dogs! I also enjoy hiking, baking, and reading. My sister recently moved to Aspen, CO so I hope to add skiing to the hobbies list soon!
Why did you choose UMKC: I was lucky enough to spend 7 years at UMKC prior to starting residency. During this time, I had many rotations with some of the current med/peds residents. I was impressed with how kind (and fun!) they were as well as incredibly well trained. The med/peds residents are highly regarded amongst the medical students! I love the patient population in Kansas City, the facilities, and the immense opportunities that UMKC affords its residents. The program has a family feel and I could easily tell that the residents enjoyed each other’s company and had each other’s backs.
What do you like to do in Kansas City: Bakeries and coffee shops are plentiful in KC and I love trying them all. McLain’s and Messenger are my favorites! Finding new trails or having a picnic at my favorite spots fun too. My family lives in Lee’s Summit so I will always welcome time with them and of course a home cooked meal.
Who inspires you: My parents have always been an inspiration to work hard, show others unconditional love, and do the best you can. Recently, I have been inspired by Brené Brown’s work on shame and its relation to empathy, connection to others, and loneliness. Her work is so powerful!
Where do you live in Kansas City: Plaza area