Medicine / Pediatrics

PGY4- Class of 2023

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PGY4PGY3 | PGY2 | PGY1 | Chief Residents

Caitlin Armstrong
Dr. Caitlin ArmstrongMedical School: UMKC SOM
Hometown: Kansas City, KS
Career aspirations:Hospital medicine/primary care combo.Hobbies: I love movies and make a point to support my local theaters. I especially love horror movies and anime. I also rock climb, both indoor and outdoor (yes there’s outdoor climbing in KC, no it is not very good rock, but KC has a really fun climbing community). And of course traveling, generally centered around climbing, we love a good road trip to Colorado.Why did you choose UMKC? I fell in love with med peds because of our program. I love the culture and the people that make it the way that it is. As soon as I decided on med peds, I basically had decided on UMKC med peds, it just feels like home here. I love the differences in the institutions and the diversity in patient population. You get exposure to a huge range of environments and pathologies. Also, the food is real good.What do you like to do in Kansas City? My entire family is in KC, so I really love to spend time with them when I can. I like to get outdoors and when the weather is agreeable, you can usually find me climbing at Cliff Drive or on a pontoon at Wyandotte County Lake.What inspires you? When it comes down to it, patients and their families always remind me why I’m here. I just like people and relating to one another on a basic human level. I love keeping up with my patients, stopping by to visit them when they’re admitted, getting to watch kids grow up from newborn visits all the way to 2+ at their well child visits. It’s the best.Where do you live in Kansas City? I have a townhouse in Westport, it’s my favorite KC neighborhood.
Daniel Merrill
Dr. Daniel MerrillMedical School: Kansas City University
Hometown: Byron, IL
Career aspirations: Gastroenterology
Hobbies: Soccer, racquetball, NCAA basketball, TV shows with my spouse after the kids fall asleep.
Why did you choose UMKC? On my interview day, I found the residents to be very genuine and down to earth. My interviews prompted surprisingly deep conversations into priorities in life and career goals which no other program seemed to show much interest in. The residents are what brought me here and continue to sustain me during residency.
What do you like to do in Kansas City? Well, I’m married with kids so currently it’s all about the zoos, farms, parks, and playgrounds. We also go hiking often at local nature centers.
What inspires you? My wife. She has supported me through college, medical school, and now residency all while managing our home life with 3 young boys.Where do you live in Kansas City? We purchased a home about 12 minutes east of the hospitals and live close to all your typical amenities including Target for my spouse.
Taylor Needham
Needham, TaylorMedical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Hometown: Van Buren, AR
Career aspirations: Med/Peds Hospitalist, possibly Palliative Care or ID
Hobbies: Tennis, Seeing a movie with buttery popcorn, Coffee shop
Why did you choose UMKC? It felt like the residents and faculty had read every part of my application; they were the most interested in me as a person and made me feel like they chose me to come and interview based on my educational goals and previous achievements
What do you like to do in Kansas City? Walking the trail in Mill Park, Q39 BBQ, Roller coasters at World of Fun, Tabletop games at Spanky’s Card Shop
What inspires you? My family, who support me from hours away. My friends, both the new here in KC and the old scattered across the country. And my patients, who help me to be a better doctor everyday
Where do you live in Kansas City? Plaza
Jennifer Paumen
Paumen, JenniferMedical School: University of Minnesota Medical School
Hometown: Silver Lake, Minnesota
Career aspirations:Med-Peds primary care focused on caring for an underserved patient population, hopefully here in KC! I also want to continue to include community advocacy and global health within my career.
Hobbies: playing with my puppy, running, hiking, fishing, disc golf, dance, yoga, reading, and spending as much time with family and friends as possible
Why did you choose UMKC? It felt like a place I would be challenged and supported to grow into the kind of physician I aspire to be. The program had every aspect that I was looking for- a Med-Peds clinic that serves a diverse patient population, both private and safe-net training hospitals, pediatric hospital that cares for a large geographical area, advocacy/global health education and opportunities, etc. Plus, everyone I met on my interview seemed truly happy and supportive of each other, and the leadership was clearly passionate about the program and the residents.
What do you like to do in Kansas City? My dog and I love heading out to the trails to hike or trail run. My husband and I enjoy getting out on the lake at Shawnee Mission or Smithville or disc golfing at one of the various courses. And of course, always love trying new restaurants, ton of great options!What inspires you? People dedicated to their individual growth and the growth of others. Those making a difference in the lives of others, in our world, and in our future.
Where do you live in Kansas City? We live north of the river.
Samantha Winstead
Dr. Samantha WinsteadMedical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine- Rockford
Hometown: Illinois City, IL
Career aspirations: Rural Primary Care- Outpatient, and maybe a touch of inpatient. I would also like to act as preceptor for other medical students and/or residents in rural areas once I have a few years under my belt.
Hobbies: running, cooking with my husband, exploring KC, traveling whenever possible, and reading sci-fi or whatever seems interesting at the moment
Why did you choose UMKC? Strong primary care support and dinner. I already thought that UMKC might be a strong fit, because I was looking for a program that historically supported their primary care grads well. The faculty here were so genuinely interested in my goals and me as a person. The cherry on top was dinner next to Anna Nicek- I may or may not have ordered a salad at a BBQ place after the waitress so heavily recommended it. The salad was…unfortunate…and before I knew it some stranger was sliding brisket and cheesy corn onto my plate. The residents are hilarious, friendly, and made dinner the highlight of my interview season. Also, I couples matched with my husband Hunter (EM), and with their outstanding program, it was a great fit. In 2022, he is transitioning to new role as critical care fellow, and we were lucky enough to keep him here in town for that as well.What do you like to do in Kansas City? Eat chili pepper wontons at Blue Koi, watch people bake at the 3 level coffeeshop/ bakery Messenger + Ibis, play mini golf at the Nelson-Atkins Museum, run along the Berkley Riverfront trail, invite family & friends to town to eat BBQ at Joes, explore the many breweries and First Fridays with friends
What inspires you? My family, who have worked hard their whole lives, and make me the person and doc I try to be. Thanks fam, love you!
Where do you live in Kansas City? Union Hill