Read what Smiley’s graduates have said about their training.
Naveen Anantha, MBBS
| ||Medical School: Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India |
Why Smiley’s? Friendly residents and great faculty; University of Minnesota affiliation; a challenging and supportive environment; strong curriculum, excellent program infrastructure, and many elective opportunities
Medical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine, rural medicine
What I Like About the Twin Cities: The lakes, cultural diversity, nice restaurants, great malls, safe neighborhoods
Karen Borchert, MD
| ||Medical School: University of Minnesota |
Why Smiley’s? Smiley's has phenomenal clinical faculty that are truly dedicated to education.
Medical Interests: Women's health, holistic medical practices and addressing the care of the whole person
What I Like About the Twin Cities: Walking around the lakes in the summer and skiing around them in the winter; the extensive bike path system extending throughout the metro; the vibrant theater scene
Allie Dakroub, MD
| ||Medical School: University of Michigan |
Why Smiley’s? An academic residency; evidence-based practice; underserved patient population; the nicest, most well-rounded, and genuine residents, faculty, and staff that I have met
Career Goals: I want to be a family doctor and become faculty at a university.
What I Like About the Twin Cities: It’s extremely navigable—I can take the light rail to the airport, Mall of America, and downtown in minutes; walk to clinic; and catch the bus or drive for 10 minutes to get to the hospital.
Deqa Mohamed, MBBS
| ||Medical School: Dow Medical College |
Why Smiley’s? I chose Smiley's because it offers a broad-based clinical education in a stimulating and supportive environment. The program is highly respected program, and I fell in love with the clinic, faculty, staff, and residents.
Medical Interests: Preventive medicine, women's health, underserved populations
What I Like About the Twin Cities: The cities are full of diversity, culture, and lots of opportunities for outdoor activities.
Noor Qureshi, MBBS
| ||Medical School: Sindh Medical College |
Why Smiley’s? A supportive environment; highly qualified faculty with varied interests in family medicine; diverse patient population
Career Goals: I would like to work in both outpatient and inpatient settings.
What I Like About the Twin Cities: I like the people of Minnesota, and the Twin Cities have great access to lakes, parks, the arts, and restaurants. It's a great place to raise kids with outstanding school choices.
Jaskiran Sandhu, MBBS
| ||Medical School: Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India |
Why Smiley’s? I couldn’t resist the warm welcome I received from the staff and faculty at Smiley’s on the day of my interview and again at my second look. I’m excited to be a part of the Smiley’s group as it is a university-affiliated program.
Career Goal/Medical Interests: My goal is to become a competent family physician prepared to face any challenge. I look forward to practicing full spectrum family medicine and have special interests in women’s health, pediatrics, and procedures.
What I Like About the Twin Cities: The various cultural opportunities and beautiful surroundings, as well as shopping at the Mall of America
Adalberto Torres Gorrin, MD
| ||Medical School: Medical School Faustino Perez, Sancti-Spiritus, Cuba |
Why Smiley’s? Smiley's is a great combination of human values and the art of healing. The faculty, residents, and staff give their best with love and professionalism to make everyone who crosses their path feel better and at home.
Medical Interests: Providing care to a variety of patients, particularly in the geriatric and emergency care areas; working with the underserved in both urban and rural communities
What I Like About the Twin Cities: I love how friendly people are, the hospitality they offer you, and the possibility to enjoy the four seasons, especially the summer and the colors of the spring and fall.
Carrie Eckstam, DO
| ||Medical School: A. T. Still University |
Why Smiley’s? I thought it would be a great opportunity to work with fun, approachable faculty and residents in an underserved area of the Twin Cities.
Medical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine, including obstetrics
What I Like About the Twin Cities: I enjoy spending time outdoors at any of the public parks, especially Lake Calhoun.
Jibril Elabe, MD
| ||Medical School:Somali National University |
Why Smiley’s? I chose Smiley’s because the clinic and hospital are located in the heart of a diverse community, and faculty are committed to educate and serve in addressing community health concerns.
Career Goals/Medical Interests: OB is the part of residency that I am looking forward to the most. My future career goals include becoming a pioneer family physician, dedicated to educating and addressing community health concerns.
What I Like About the Twin Cities: The Twin Cities are becoming rich in diverse cultures and customs that cannot be found anywhere else in the U.S.
Liban Farah, MD
| ||Medical School: Somali National University |
Why Smiley’s? My desire to work with an underserved immigrant population
Medical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine, immigrant health
What I Like About the Twin Cities: It is a great place to live and work.
Amanda Mayer, MD
| ||Medical School: University of Wisconsin |
Why Smiley’s? I wanted a program with a supportive learning environment; an emphasis on community health; and experienced faculty, committed to both exceptional patient care and resident education. I found Smiley’s to be the clinic with the most culturally diverse residents, staff, faculty and patient population in the Twin Cities.
Medical Interests: Primary care, preventive medicine, community health, the social determinants of health and health care policy
What I Like About the Twin Cities: The huge variety of cultural activities, such as film festivals, music venues, art museums, and unique restaurants, means there’s always something fun to do.
Rashmi Narayana, MBBS
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Medical School: Chengalpatlu Medical College, Tamil Nadu De Moir Medical University
Why Smiley's? I very much liked Smiley's when I came to interview. The faculty are not only knowledgeable but also friendly and approachable. The residents and support staff are great to work with.
Medical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine with special interest in obstetrics
What I Like About the Twin Cities: It is one of the best places to live and work in the U.S. It offers a large variety of cultural and outdoor activities.
Gaurav Nigam, MBBS
| ||Medical School: Government Medical College, Jabalpur, India |
Why Smiley’s? I chose Smiley's because the faculty were approachable and committed to resident education; the residents were collegial; the curriculum was flexible; and the program was affiliated with the University of Minnesota. After interviewing in 13 different programs from North Dakota to Texas, I was convinced that Smiley’s would be the best program for me.
Medical Interests: Procedures, preventative medicine, urgent care and emergency medicine
What I Like About the Twin Cities: Midwestern hospitality, reflected in the warmth of the people in the Twin Cities; biking trails; lakes; restaurants; “Hot Dish”
Sandhita Saha, MBBS
| ||Medical School: Nilratan Sircar Medical College, Kolkata, India |
Why Smiley’s? Smiley’s offered everything I was looking for in a residency—a renowned family medicine program with inpatient training at a big university hospital and outpatient training at a unique clinic; outstanding faculty; friendly residents; and admin staff who are always available to help.
Medical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine with special interests in women’s and children’s health
What I Like About the Twin Cities: Very green with numerous parks and lakes, the Mississippi River, the Mall of America
| ||Medical School: Fatima Jinnah Medical College for Women, Pakistan |
Why Smiley’s: I was looking for a program that would provide a good work environment in addition to great learning opportunities. Smiley’s offered an ideal setting. The team is very friendly, and I felt like I would fit in well with the other residents. The faculty are approachable and genuinely concerned about the welfare of every resident. The opportunity to rotate at a university hospital provides a solid foundation for practicing as a competent family physician.
Medical Interests: Pediatrics, adolescent medicine, sports medicine
Mike Pipestone, MD
| ||Medical School: University of Minnesota |
Why Smiley’s: Truly exceptional clinical educators; innovative and energetic work environment; a well-established family medicine residency with all the resources of the University of Minnesota close at hand
Medical Interests: Full spectrum family medicine; medical education; health disparities, including Native American and women’s health and reproductive choice
Ghazal Sinha, MD
| ||Medical School: Manipal College of Medical Sciences, Nepal |
Why Smiley’s: I chose Smiley's because of the excellent faculty, staff, and work environment. When I came here to interview, I knew it had to be one of the top work places in the Twin Cities. I’m extremely happy to be here.
Career Goal: Practice family medicine in an academic setting
Marco Valencia, MD
| ||Medical School: University of Santo Tomas, Philippines |
Why Smiley’s: Smiley’s recently received an award as one of the top places to work -- that pretty much summarizes everything for this program. It has excellent state-of-the-art facilities, and you get to work with the warmest people. The program is always open to suggestions in an effort to maintain excellence.
Career Goals: I plan on going for a sports medicine fellowship. Ultimately, I want to practice primary care with a lot of procedures and sports medicine patients as well.
Victor Yam, MD
| ||Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine, Dominica |
Why Smiley’s: I chose Smiley’s because of my interest in serving a culturally diverse population in an urban community setting. This program has everything to offer its residents—from a state-of-the-art clinic to friendly staff and knowledgeable faculty members—all of these are valuable assets in molding new physicians to become the faces of medicine in this country. Smiley’s offers a very flexible curriculum that tailors to each individual’s needs and a pool of excellent administrative staff that can provide us with the support we need.
Medical Interests: Urgent care, emergency medicine, sports medicine