The chief residents at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago are dedicated solely to the education of residents and to the advancement of the program. They help out with medical decision-making on the wards, send out a daily educational email complete with a board review question to all of the residents, and always have good candy in their office. Chief residents are first and foremost advocates for the residents and serve as their primary system of personal support and professional guidance.
Chief Pediatric Resident
Laura Eder, MD
- Hometown: Evanston, IL
- Undergrad: University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, Wisconsin
- Medical School: Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
- Career Plans: Academic Pediatrics/Hospital Based Medicine
As a native Chicagoan and medical student at Northwestern, I already knew how much I loved this city and program before starting the residency interviewing process. I felt like it was important to look at a large variety of programs all over the country, but at the end of the day what I had really done was confirmed that Lurie was the place for me. Whenever anyone asks me what the best part of this program is, the answer is easy – the people. Not only do I get to work with some of the top pediatricians in the field, but residents are on a first name basis with these attendings. They are incredibly invested in resident education by being a constant presence in morning report, leading noon conferences, and providing mentorship both on the wards and in clinic. One of the things that really struck me and held true throughout residency was how supportive the environment is here. From the program directors to attendings to my co-residents – the support is always there, both inside and outside of the hospital. The program makes it a priority to facilitate this camaraderie and support between the residents – with the weekly summer BBQs, twice weekly interview season happy hours, yearly retreats, and through our Wellness Committee events.
On top of being a program that prioritizes medical education and support for its residents, Lurie is located (in my biased opinion) in the best city in the world! You can’t beat the lakefront beaches and biking/running paths, the (sometimes) top-notch professional sports teams, and the restaurant scene (it is the 2017 Restaurant City of the Year, after all). I can’t imagine a better place to have done my residency training!
Chief Pediatric Resident
Carolynn Price, MD
- Hometown: Wellesley, MA
- Undergrad: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
- Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
- Career Plans: Hospital Based Medicine
After going to medical school at Northwestern, I was open to looking all over the country for a pediatric residency program. However, as I went through the interview process, I found that nothing could compare to the camaraderie I felt at Lurie Children’s. Lurie has the best of all worlds –intellectual rigor, research opportunities, medically complex patients, and fantastic people. Our supportive culture stems from our priority on education. We have twice daily resident focused conferences that are well attended by our beloved teaching faculty. Our morning report is unlike any other I saw on the interview trail, with high level, case based discussion and friendly banter between residents and attendings. Our program fosters a sense of inquisitiveness and I was able to work on a poster presentation and attend a conference early in my residency training. This is all made possible by our program directors who are incredibly supportive of each resident’s personal and career goals.
After finishing residency at Lurie, I am grateful not only for my incredible training in pediatrics but also for the lifelong friendships I have formed. From summer BBQs, to our annual holiday party, to a fabulous intern vacation– our program fosters a sense of family among the residents from the very beginning. Training in a city like Chicago is phenomenal. The city provides a rich diversity of patients from every cultural and socioeconomic background with a myriad of disease processes. From a personal standpoint, Chicago is a very livable city with beautiful museums, great sports teams (that coming from a diehard Red Sox fan!), a beautiful lakefront, and the best food. I am so grateful for the personal and professional opportunities this program has afforded me and I could not imagine training anywhere else!
Chief Pediatric Resident
Michael Spewak, MD
- Hometown: St. Louis, MO
- Undergrad: Emory University, Atlanta, GA
- Medical School: Emory University, Atlanta, GA
- Career Plans: Academic Pediatrics
After 8 years of living in Atlanta, I arrived at my Lurie interview armed only with a hoodie and my suit jacket to brave an unexpected and historic polar vortex. Although conditions may have been somewhat less than ideal, I was immediately drawn to this residency program for reasons that continue to resonate with me to this day: a commitment to medical education (and in particular, residents as teachers), a rigorous and clinically complex curriculum supported by passionate faculty, and an exemplary level of collegiality (including a first-name basis with attendings!) that leads to an environment that prioritizes resident autonomy and a culture of scientific inquisitiveness. These strengths—alongside this institutions’ world-class clinical exposure and training—really form the basis of Lurie’s success as a program and represent elements that we seek to expand on a daily basis.
No less importantly, Chicago is simply an awesome place to live and work, and experiencing it with our group of close-knit and social residents has been incredible. I love being able to bike to work on the Lakefront Trail (as long as temperatures are supra-Arctic…and even sometimes when they’re not), and hanging out at the weekly (primarily rooftop) summer BBQs and the twice weekly winter Happy Hours has been a very welcome highlight as well. In short, training at Lurie has been a superb and transformational experience, and I’m very excited to have an opportunity to continue to support our residents and help expand and shape our program for the future.