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Residents Celebrate Graduation and Next Steps

Posted on Jun 15, 2018

Congratulations to the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital pediatric residency class of 2018! The graduates began their training three years ago as the program’s second incoming class. They leave Johns Hopkins All Children’s ready to become catalysts, change agents and leaders in improving health care for children.

Keynote speaker Dr. Roy Ziegelstein, vice dean of education, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, played an early role in shaping the innovative curriculum. At the graduation ceremony, he shared advice for the years ahead:  

  • Be positive in comments and actions
  • Be a good friend, partner and parent
  • Prioritize your own health and well-being
  • Remember that interactions with physicians matter immensely to patients

Dr. Akshata Hopkins, interim residency program director, reflected on the residents’ growth and impact over the last three years as well as their next steps.

“The first step in your journey was the decision to apply to our residency program—to envision the opportunity and be a pioneer for a new framework of resident education. We encouraged you to be deliberate, smart and reflective, and you delivered. We are confident you will be our leading force, whether you are staying here or moving on to another institution and hopefully returning one day as a colleague.”

Dr. Mariana Theodoro was honored with the Allen Root Award for Continuous Excellency in Residency. Dr. Root, a pioneer in post-graduate education at Johns Hopkins All Children’s, presented the award, which was created through an endowment to the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Foundation. The award is presented annually to a graduating resident who has exhibited outstanding leadership and clinical skills.

Dr. Nicole Nghiem will become our chief resident for this upcoming academic year. Ten of the 12 graduates will continue their academic journey as they enter fellowships, at Johns Hopkins All Children's as well as leading pediatric centers across the country. One graduate will enter into private practice. Congratulations to the graduates and best wishes in their new endeavors:  

Brittany Badal, M.D. – Adolescent Medicine Fellowship, University of California at San Francisco
Angela Coker, M.D. – Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship, University of Utah
Michelle Hidalgo, M.D. – Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Johns Hopkins All Children’s
Ashleigh Kussman, M.D. – Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship, Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus, Ohio)
Sarah Marcisek, M.D. – Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship, Johns Hopkins All Children’s
Anna Meyer, M.D., Ph.D. – Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Fellowship, University of Colorado
Phillp Mote, M.D. – Private Practice, Family Health Centers of SouthWest Florida
Nicole Nghiem, M.D. – Chief Resident, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Pediatric Residency Program
Noura Nickel, M.D. – Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship, Johns Hopkins All Children’s
Claudia Phen, M.D. – Gastroenterology Fellowship, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas
Mariana Theodoro, M.D. – Neonatal Perinatal Medicine Fellowship, Johns Hopkins All Children’s
Stessie Zimmerman, M.D. – Sports Medicine Fellowship, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia


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