March 25, 2019
On May 20, the 5th cohort of University of Chicago residents will arrive at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital (PUMCH) for a week-long clinical rotation. Three residents, Thomas Couri, Julia Sun, and Shawn Kothari will respectively focus on hepatology (liver diseases), rheumatology, and general medicine, oncology, cardiology during their time at this top hospital in China. Their coming from afar is part of an exchange program that the two institutions have been conducting since 2014 with the hope of bringing global perspectives to residents on both sides in general medicine, internal medicine as well as family medicine. A number of PUMCH residents have also visited UChicago Medicine to learn the life of a resident in a U.S. hospital setting and reported positively on their experience in Chicago.
Upon the invitation of PUMCH, the residents will also have an opportunity to share with their Chinese fellow residents on topics including portal hypertension complication and anemia. Julia Sun, fluent in Chinese, in addition to doing presentations on internal medicine residency structure in the United States, will talk more interestingly on what it’s like to be an Asian-American doctor in the United States and to share the unique health challenges/issues facing the Chinese American population in the United States.
Julia Sun, currently a third year internal medicine resident at the University of Chicago. Double-majored in chemistry and history at Duke University and graduated in 2012. Then she went on to earn her doctor of medicine degree from Duke University School of Medicine in 2016. Starting July 2019 she will be working as a rheumatology fellow at Northwestern University. Her research interest focuses on new therapies for patients with connective tissue disease-associated lung diseases.
Shawn Kothari, a third year resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago. He is from the Chicago area and attended Princeton University for his undergraduate studies and then attended The University of Pennsylvania for Medical School. He is interested in Oncology and will spend next year working in an Immunology lab at UPenn.
Thomas Couri was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. He graduated college with a degree in Chemistry from Northwestern University. He graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 2015 and is currently a fourth year resident in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. He will be starting Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellowship in the summer of 2019 and hopes to become a transplant hepatologist.