Graduate Medical Education : Bio By Year

Bio By Year

Class of 2021

Kristi Wintermeyer, MD

Kristi Wintermeyer, MDIn the words of Beenie Man, “Who am I?”

Born and raised in South Florida, I finished my undergraduate degree and medical school at Florida International University. Resident physician is my profession; however, I am also a mother of an exuberant, 8-year-old, cross-country/track star. It isn’t easy to find work life balance, especially in medicine. We can’t do everything ourselves, hence why we are considered part of a ‘treatment team’. We depend on each other for strength, guidance, and maybe lunch when we’ve left our meal card in another white coat or at home. A strong support system is important at home, at work, in life. Something many of our patients are lacking.

First, location. This is obviously an important consideration. It’s Miami! Let me expand. Whether you’re into street art on the walls of Wynwood, beach life 365 days a year, museums and gardens, water sports, or a stop in Little Havana for some Latin cuisine… Miami’s got you. Let’s just say, this is a place where memories are made.

Let’s talk residency. What’s important to you? For myself, I was drawn to the UM Jackson program because of the diverse patient population in Miami, the “melting pot” of culture, as well as opportunity to gain experience in 3 different hospital sectors. These include Jackson Memorial Hospital (nonprofit), University of Miami Hospital (private), and The Miami VA hospital (federal). Not to mention the wonderful academic attending physicians we work with who I feel are truly invested in our success. This program also offers many fellowship opportunities, which has become increasingly important to me as I continually shift where my interests lie for future endeavors (but I know where I want to eat for dinner).

What’s my favorite thing? I’ve found a program with over 60 residents, all with their own stories, who value and support each other. Shout out to my 2021 class. These 16 doctors aren’t my colleagues, they’re more than that. They are my “work fam”, my “ride or die” on my worst days or hardest rotations. Don’t misinterpret the colloquialism. What I’m trying to say is… the nurturing and supportive environment I’ve found here at the UM Jackson program has had a profoundly positive impact on my residency experience and resiliency during this critical time in young doctor’s career. Success isn’t only what you accomplish in your life, it’s about what you inspire in others. I don’t think I would have found this anywhere else.

Come join our family!

Class of 2022

Jacob Kannarkat, MD

Jacob Kannarkat, MDLet’s be honest. Comparing residency programs isn’t easy, especially when all you have to go on is the website and a whirlwind interview day. So, why Miami?

Growing up near Washington, DC, I always envisioned myself working in a similarly high-powered and global environment. Whether I’m in Crisis interviewing patients or out and about in the city, I find myself always meeting people of backgrounds completely unlike my own. Miami boasts established Cuban, Haitian, and African American communities, and immigrants from around the world.

The program’s diversity mirrors the city’s, with trainees from across the states, Central/South America and the Middle East. We see patients with an incredibly wide range of psychopathology, in part because we rotate through three distinct practice settings (Jackson, UMH, VAMC), being exposed to aspects of both public and private health systems. This level of diversity challenges us as residents, but also lends itself to a department open to new ideas and change. The faculty encourages residents to uniquely shape their residency experience, many of whom choose to get involved in research, administration, and the community at large.

Of course, Miami is a place where it’s easy to work hard and play hard, and I don’t mean to be trite. My colleagues really are the most hard-working, fun-loving bunch you’ll meet. I can count on them to switch call shifts with me and later hit up Art Walk in Wynwood. With beaches open year-round, the Heat playing (now with D-Wade), a thriving electronic music scene, the Everglades and Keys just a couple hours away… you get the idea.

For me, living and training here has resulted in a tremendous amount of personal and professional growth. I couldn’t ask for more. When you visit, get to know some of the residents. We are excited to be working with you soon!

Class of 2023

Michelle Zaydlin, MD

Michelle Zaydlin, MD“One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful” -Sigmund Freud

After growing up in Chicago, attending undergrad at the University of Michigan and then fleeting to the cold to Puerto Rico for medical school, I quickly learned that I thrive on adventure, opportunity and most importantly warm weather. Fortunately, here at UM Jackson I am lucky enough to have found all of that, and more.

If there is one thing I have learned so far in my training, it’s that there is no such thing as a boring day. The opportunity to work across three hospitals (Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami Health System, and the Miami VA) provides me with exposure to patient’s from different backgrounds, upbringings, and life stories. Each with their own unique challenges and learning opportunities. In fact, it is this diversity in patient populations and the opportunity to work in nonprofit, private and federal settings that was one of several components that drew me to this training program.

I am grateful to work alongside an incredible team of residents who are a wonderful source of friendship and support; who I know I can count on for everything from helping me out with a tough rotation or taking a day off and exploring Miami with me. Since the day I interviewed at UM Jackson I felt welcomed and supported by the residents and faculty and I continue to build relationships that will last a lifetime.

We are also lucky to have wonderful faculty who are supportive and invested in our learning, growth and success. Whether it be an interest in research, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, or more, the faculty are always willing to go above and beyond to help you pursue your passion.

And finally – you can’t go wrong with training in Miami. From sunshine and beaches year-round, amazing food, a great nightlife, to great weekend getaways (like embracing your inner child at Disney) there is always something to do to escape, decompress, and have fun some.

I honestly couldn’t be happier or more grateful to be in such an incredible training program and hope you come join us!