Current Residents - PGY-1


Esha Afreen, MDHometown - New Berlin, WI
Undergraduate - Marquette University
Medical School - Medical College of Wisconsin

Hobbies - Cooking, baking, henna, exploring the city, being a loving cat parent, Bollywood songs and movies, rewatching clips of The Office
Program Favorites - I can’t say enough good things about the people here! My co-residents and I lift each other up. The faculty genuinely care about helping you succeed. Also, there is a real emphasis on wellness in this program, and it shows!
Chicago Favorites - Chicago is a beautifully diverse and welcoming city. There is always something fun to do, for everyone, at all times of the year! You can find me chilling on a rooftop when the weather is nice. Oh, and the halal food options here are countless.

Daniela Armendáriz, MD
Hometown - Albuquerque, NM
Undergraduate - University of New Mexico
Medical School - University of New Mexico

Hobbies - Taking pictures of my dog, caring for my house plants, home improvement projects, Costco trips
Program Favorites - The people! Everyone is so kind, welcoming, and supportive. I am extremely grateful to be part of the Rush OBGYN family.
Chicago Favorites - The beaches, kayaking the Chicago River, the summer festivals, the architecture tours, the endless restaurants, and the unbeatable skyline.

Madeline Epsten, MD
Hometown - Kansas City, MO
Undergraduate - Williams College
Medical School - Rush University Medical Center

Hobbies - Reading, snowboarding, running, Settlers of Catan
Program Favorites - The top notch humor and a great rooftop.
Chicago Favorites - I love cruising around Chicago, bouncing from neighborhood to neighborhood via Divvy bike. I also like the 606, eating, the Musuem of Science and Industry, and the architecture boat tour.

Iris Kuo, MDHometown - Honolulu, HI
Undergraduate - Washington University in St. Louis
Medical School - Washington University in St. Louis

Hobbies - Baking, photography, eating dumplings
Program Favorites - The culture and the people!
Chicago Favorites - The diversity of delicious and cheap eats!

Stephanie Pearson, MDHometown - Wheaton, IL
Undergraduate - Cornell University
Medical School - Nova Southeastern University

Hobbies - I enjoy cooking, yoga, binge-watching reality tv, and spending time with family and friends. I grew up around horses and love going horseback riding whenever I can. 
Program Favorites - The incredible people and supportive culture! Everyone is so helpful and invested in your learning. My co-residents are amazing!
Chicago Favorites - Chicago summers, the great food, walking on the Riverwalk, and the endless amount of activities available.

Katherine Weller, MDHometown - Reno, NV
Undergraduate - University of Nevada Reno
Medical School - University of Nevada Reno

Hobbies - Hiking, hiking, hiking (yes, that much hiking). But also running, yoga, and hanging out with Duncan Purrman, house cat extraordinaire. Oh, and my husband.
Program Favorites - It was important to me to attend a program with a strong Family Planning component, which Rush definitely has. I also wanted to go somewhere I really felt like I vibed with during interview day. That turned out to be a great decision. Everyone is amazing and the hospital is a truly fun place to be when you can spend your time working with friends. 
Chicago Favorites - Walking the waterfront, exploring different neighborhoods, and seeing all the great art and events. It’s a lot bigger than Reno, which means there’s a lot more to do!