Ahmed Badran, MD - PGY 3
Pediatric Residency: Mansoura University Children hospital, Egypt
Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship: SUNY Downstate health and science University, USA
Interests/Hobbies: Soccer, Cooking, PlayStation
Future Goals: To work as pediatric endocrinologist
Best part(s) of life in Charleston and/or WV: No traffic or rush hours, nice nature and friendly community.
Strengths of our program: The program is flexible and continually searches for new and better ways to teach. Very strong academics through morning reports and protected time for didactics. very supportive to residents.
Benjamin Benzing, DO - PGY 3
Interests/Hobbies: Board Games, Ultimate Frisbee
Future Goals: Outpatient General Pediatrics
Best part(s) of life in Charleston and/or WV: The People
Strengths of our program: Community
Alexandria Carter, DO - PGY 3
Interests/Hobbies: Travel, Coffee, and spending time with my dog.
Future Goals: To practice general pediatrics in WV
Best part(s) of life in Charleston and/or WV: It's a beautiful state with lots of great people.
Strengths of our program: We have many compassionate attendings and residents who all work together for the simple reason that we love the health and wellbeing of kids!
Umer Muhammad, MD - PGY 3
Interests/Hobbies: Sneaker-head, cooking, music and movies
Future Goals: Hospital Medicine
Best part(s) of life in Charleston and/or WV: The community we serve, the people we work with, and no traffic.
Strengths of our program: The autonomy we get as residents when it comes to providing patient care. The close bond that residents share with each other. Our attendings are easily accessible all the time is a major bonus.
Rutvi Shah, MD - PGY 3
Interests/Hobbies: Baking, Reading, TV show and Movie Buff, Harry Potter, Beginner Plant Mom
Future Goals: Neonatology
Best part(s) of life in Charleston/WV: The food, the close-knit community, abundant resources, short commute, and the friendly people.
Strengths of our program: We have a very good range of specialists, very close-knit community, with all the residents willing to help each other out.
Shikha Sharma, DO - PGY 3
Interests/Hobbies: Baking, traveling
Future Goals: Practice general Pediatrics
Best part(s) of life in Charleston and/or WV: I made some really great friends while I’m Charleston. And you really can’t beat how beautiful the mountains are in West Virginia!
Lyndsey Weatherly, MD - PGY 3
Interests/Hobbies: Netflix, naps, and shopping
Future Goals: General Pediatrics
Best part(s) of life in Charleston and/or WV: Being close to family
Strengths of our program: Great group of residents to work with!
Zeina Almajthoub, MD - PGY 2
Interests/Hobbies: Reading, Hiking
Future Goals: I am planning to apply for a fellowship
Best part(s) of life in Charleston and/or WV: It is a small city that has a great potential. I love how quiet it is with the beauty of the nature & mountains. Also, the people here are very friendly.
Strengths of our program: Protected teaching for the residents with good balance between education & service responsibilities. The leadership is very flexible and considerate when they put the residents’ monthly schedules. The hospital is a referral center for whole southern West Virginia and that exposes us to a very diverse level of pathology.
Nirali Borad, MD - PGY 2
Interests/Hobbies: Art & Craft, Painting
Future Goals: General Pediatrics
Best part(s) of life in Charleston and/or WV: Charleston is a beautiful city with very less pollution as it is located amidst hills. It has less traffic and so it’s very easy to reach anywhere in the city in 15-20 minutes. Overall, Charleston is a not so big town yet it has everything one may want.
Strengths of our program: All the faculty members are very approachable; seniors have always helped and guided me since the first day of my residency.
Jackson Casto, DO - PGY 2
Interests/Hobbies: Coffee brewing/drinking, snowboarding, golfing
Future Goals: Serve the pediatric population of WV
Best part(s) of life in Charleston/WV: Great food and many outdoor activities
Strengths of our program: Unopposed working with sub-specialists, working so closely with attendings.
Meredith Garst, DO - PGY 2
Interest/Hobbies: crocheting, cooking, puzzles
Future Goals: Hospitalist or NICU
Best parts of life in Charleston and/or WV: The Food Scene! Many outdoor activities such as boating, fishing, hiking
Strengths of our program: Autonomy, patient case exposure, well-being initiatives
Zahra Jabeen Sarfaraz, MD - PGY 2
Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, Baking, Traveling
Future Goals: Gen Peds/Neonatology
Best part(s) of life in Charleston and/or WV: A beautiful small town with mountains and no traffic!
Strengths of our program: We have the best attendings who always go out of their way to make sure that we are getting the best training.
Adam Whiteley, MD - PGY 2
Interests/Hobbies: Trumpet playing, soccer, volleyball, scuba diving, sailing, traveling, eating, sometimes cooking
Future Goals: PICU, NICU, or PEM
Best part(s) of life in Charleston and/or WV: Access to nature, food scene, cost of living, no traffic
Strengths of our program: Strong faculty-to-resident teaching and face-time, high level of autonomy/responsibility, great co-residents