Class of 2026

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Erik Clutter, MD

Bio

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Medical School: Central Michigan University College of Medicine – Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Career interests/research: Looking to become a combined hospitalist on both medicine and pediatric wards. I’m also interested in transitional medicine for patients with chronic illnesses from childhood as they move into adult specialty care.
After residency: Would ideally like to stay in the Midwest at a mid-sized institution where I could establish as a transitional medical home for chronically ill kids as well as seeing both adults and children in the hospital. I may consider doing a pediatric hospitalist fellowship in order to achieve my end career goals.
Hobbies/Interests: I love music and play a few instruments including the guitar and ukulele. Eventually, I want to learn piano. I also enjoy the outdoors, cooking/grilling, going to parks, and fishing. I’m trying to get into more intense outdoor activities like hiking. Also, I love dogs and am anxiously awaiting until I can get my own pup. Until then, I get all my puppy fix from my friends and co-residents. I’m interested in quite a lot of different things, but I’d also have to say my dorkiest hobby is collecting fountain pens and buying expensive notebooks that I put on my bookshelf and never write in.
Bio I like to say that I’m originally from Dayton, Ohio, but the truth is I moved around a lot as a kid between Ohio, Indiana, and eventually up to Michigan after high school. I attended the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!) for undergrad and Central Michigan University (Fire up Chips!) for medical school. I am a first-generation college student and the first in my family to go into the medical field. I got my B.S. in Movement Science from the School of Kinesiology and took a year off between undergrad and med school to continue working in a research lab focused on intracellular signaling and molecular physiology. As interesting as that may sound, I did all my work in rodent models and let’s just say I very much appreciate getting the opportunity to work in human medicine now. My wonderful partner Emily joined me as well for our new adventure together in Missouri.
Coming into medical school, I was pretty set on going into Internal Medicine. I felt like I could be the “jack-of-all-trades” doctor that I always dreamed I could be, but I did a pediatrics rotation and all it took was one newborn to make a little tiny baby sneeze while I was examining her and I realized that I needed to know the pediatric world of medicine too. So, now I will be well trained in the full age spectrum of medicine and can truly have a “jack-of-all-trades” approach to my future practice. As well, Med-Peds residency is geared toward the inpatient side of medicine which I heavily preferred over other residency program styles that were more outpatient focused.
When I was looking at programs to send applications to, my first filter was getting rid of programs outside of the Midwest/Appalachia/Southern regions of the United States. Mainly to stay relatively close to my family, but also because I love this area of the country and wanted to stay here. When I think of the Midwest, I think of that special sort of hospitality, kindness, and judicious use of “Ope” and I feel at home. Interviewing with Mizzou, I felt that Midwest warmth and friendship and knew that this place could be my new home. This place has the little/big town vibe with the perfect amount of Midwest charm that I needed to truly feel at home.

Dr. Clutter at the farmer's market
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Cassidy Caballero, MD

Bio

Home Town: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Medical School: LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine, Shreveport, Louisiana
Career interests/research: possibly heme/onc , possibly hospitalist, very much undecided
After residency: Likely fellowship, but the possibilities are endless
Hobbies/Interests: I am absolutely obsessed with my dog, Bash. I adopted him during my first year of medical school and he is spoiled rotten, but he is the best boy. In my free time, I love going on daily walks and playing in the backyard with him. In my not free, time I enjoy talking about how cute he is and showing pictures of him to anyone in my nearby vicinity. My non dog related hobbies include binge watching tv shows, going to music festivals and concerts, online shopping, occasionally attending a workout class, and listening to a wide variety of podcasts (genres including but not limited to: true crime, history, and pop culture).
Bio: I grew up in a smallish town in southwest Louisiana and stayed in Louisiana for undergrad and medical school. I attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and majored in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology. My dad is a hospital pharmacist so growing up I spent a lot of time wandering around his pharmacy and the hospital with my older sister peaking my initial interest in medicine. I chose med-peds because as a 25-year-old, who is only just now getting kicked out of my pediatrician’s office, I have a deep sense of empathy for anyone dreading transitioning away from their trusted and sometimes lifelong pediatric providers, and into the world of adult medicine. I am passionate about continuity of care and really enjoy all the niche patient populations med-peds providers get to care for and the multitude of career options available. One thing I love about this program is that it is obvious the faculty are invested in us as not only residents, but also individual human beings. Everyone has made me feel so welcome and so at home, I really could not ask for anything better!

Dr. Cassidy Caballero

Class of 2025

Abiola Akande, MD

Abiola Akande, MD

Bio

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Medical School: Windsor University School of Medicine – Cayon, St. Kitts and Nevis
After Residency: Combined ID fellowship or Med-Peds hospitalist
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, watching movies, and travelling
Bio: I grew up in Lagos, Nigeria in a fairly large family. Starting out my undergraduate studies at Igbinedion University, Okada, I travelled to Saint Kitts and Nevis to finish my education at Windsor School of Medicine.
Owing to my family background, I’ve always loved taking care of people. Some of my favourite hobbies (cooking, hanging out with friends, planning events) are rooted in my desire to make sure people are comfortable.
This personality trait eventually evolved into a desire to study medicine after recognizing that it is the career path that caters to the total care of the human body. Med-Peds gives me the opportunity to experience and cater to a wide range of medical needs as well exposure to human development from childhood to adulthood.
Ultimately, passion is never enough to get you through in life. Hard work and a desire to become the best you can be in your chosen field of study will always be key. I chose the Mizzou residency because I believe it will afford me the opportunity to challenge myself while exposing me to the training needed for the next stage in my career.

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Steven Liu, MD

Steven Liu, MD

Bio

Janki Patel, DO, MS

Janki Patel, DO, MS

Bio

Hometown: Artesia, CA / San Bernadino, CA
Medical School: Des Moines University – Des Moines, IA
Career/Research Interests: Heme/Onc?  Med-Ped Hospitalist?  Still deciding
After Residency: Get a puppy!  Career-wise no idea yet.
Hobbies/Interests: Animals (self-proclaimed crazy dog lady), food, gardening, cooking, baking, indoor rock climbing, audiobooks, true crime podcasts/shows, road tripping, paper crafts, Netflix/binging shows, spinning, yoga, walking my dog, Nintendo Switch
Bio: I grew up in SoCal. My family moved around a lot growing up so I’ve lived all over the LA county and the  Inland Empire. I went to undergrad at Cal Poly Pomona. I initially wanted to be a Vet, so I started as Animal Science. I worked in a vet clinic for a summer and realized I could not handle the lack of legal protections for animals. I switched to General Biology with a Physiology minor. I started working at a clinical research organization that specialized in Phase I-IV trials and soon after I also started working as a scribe. After scribing for a year in peds heme onc I realized that I didn’t want to do anything else.
I went into med school knowing I wanted to see kids in my future practice, but also found myself loving adult medicine. I remember talking to one of my friends before 3rd year and telling him I would have to decide between peds and IM during the next year and he told me about medpeds. I was so excited I didn’t have to choose because I love both.
I participated in couples match and I chose to rank Mizzou highly because they were so accommodating, understanding, and welcoming of us as a couple. From my interview, I could tell they were genuinely interested in us coming here together. We’ve even been able to have our vacations scheduled at the same time. Furthermore, Mizzou MedPeds stood out to me because of Dr. Emerson. I worked in clinical research for 4 years and absolutely loved my relationship with my boss. Having mutual respect and a friend in my PD was a really high priority to me. I loved Dr. Emerson during my interview. She is incredibly passionate about medpeds, but also someone I feel comfortable sharing my ups and downs with.
Some things I’ve loved since moving to Columbia is the food, the trails, the people, the traffic, ice cream, and the dogs. The food scene here is surprisingly diverse compared to Des Moines, and best of all it’s all really affordable. My SO and I enjoying going out on weekends for breakfast. The trail system here is awesome! It is perfect for anyone who loves the outdoors or biking. There’s a lot of hiking / biking trails really close by. I walk my dog down to a nature preserve every day. The people here are so incredibly kind – from the patients to everyone I work with. It makes starting residency a lot less intimidating. Coming from SoCal, traffic here is basically nonexistent. I can get to work in 10-15 minutes (at peak traffic hours). Saving the best for last Columbia is a very dog friendly community! I love taking my dog out for ice cream in the summer and our favorite spot is Sparky’s. He loves their puppy cones and I’m obsessed with their honey lavender ice cream. I can also take him for strolls downtown and he’s welcome in a lot of the shops. Having grown up in socal, I was a little worried about moving to a city as small as Columbia. But, I have been very pleasantly surprised with the number of things to do, places to eat and overall affordability of this city.

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Ashley Schaeffer, MD, MS

Bio

Hometown: Springfield, MO
Medical School: University of Missouri – Columbia, MO
Career/Research Interests: Intensive care, NICU, cardiology, GI, hospital medicine, everything
After Residency: Fellowship or general hospitalist
Hobbies/Interests: New Orleans Saints, camping/floating, live music, true crime, food
Bio: I grew up in Springfield, MO. I attended Missouri State University for undergrad and grad school. My major areas of study were Cell and Molecular Biology and Spanish. I chose Med-Peds because I am interested in everything and love the idea of being able to help everyone, big and small, with many of their healthcare needs. I chose Mizzou for residency because I went to medical school here, and once a tiger, always a tiger! M-I-Z!

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Class of 2024

Pulcherie Guissou Ada, MD

Pulcherie Guissou Ada, MD

Bio

Hometown: Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso
Medical School: University of Missouri School of Medicine - Columbia, MO
Career/Research Interests: Outpatient Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Global Health.
After Residency: Unsure about fellowship yet, but I might be interested in Cardiology
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, traveling, hiking, watching movies, listening to Christian songs and podcasts, reading personal development books
Bio: I was born and raised in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, a French-speaking country. This will sound cliché, but I wanted to be a doctor since I was 5 years old. I wanted to provide medical care to the underprivileged children in my village who were receiving free education and food through the Non-Governmental Organization my parents founded. My plan B was to be a pilot because I was very impressed by planes. I ended up choosing medicine because I did not want to be always away from my family. During my 4th year of medical school (a 7- years curriculum) I relocated to the US with my husband. It was a difficult decision since the French system curriculum was not transferable and I could not get credit for the previous years of studies. However, I could not see myself doing something else, so I went back to school, starting from scratch. I went to the University of Missouri-St Louis for undergrads and majored in Biological Sciences with a minor in Biotechnology and continued my education at the University of Missouri Columbia School of Medicine.
I chose MedPeds because it will equip me to care for a wide range of populations with routine to complex issues, which aligns with my interest in global health and my plans for my home country.
I decided to stay in Columbia after a summer externship between my first and second year in the Medicine-Pediatrics clinic because I liked the opportunity to learn from different providers with different styles and who love to teach. Columbia is also a great place to live as it provides a lot of opportunities for my family to thrive. We enjoy fishing, gardening, hiking, and visiting parks.

John Rockett, MD, MPH

John Rockett, MD, MPH

Bio

Hometown: St. Charles, Missouri
Medical School: The University of Missouri - Columbia, MO
Career/Research Interests: Hospitalist, Academic medicine, Critical care, Underserved areas, Health advocacy and education
After Residency: Planning to do a few years in an underserved area. After that I am considering doing a fellowship or faculty position in academic medicine.
Hobbies/Interests: Music, playing and building guitars, dog training, fishing, hiking, movies, art, acquiring new hobbies.
Bio: I spent most of my childhood living just outside of Chicago (Go Cubs!) before moving to the St. Louis area for high school. I went to Mizzou for undergrad where I majored in Biochemistry. I loved Mizzou and Columbia so I stayed here for my Masters of Public Health and medical school. During my masters and medical school, I developed a passion for healthcare advocacy and working with underserved populations. For residency, I chose Med-Peds because I wanted to be able to work with all age groups and be able to treat a gamut of issues from the simple to the complex. I chose to stay at Mizzou for residency because I love the area and the program here. The program here is a tight-knit, supportive family and I felt right at home. When I am not at the hospital, I can be found working on some new hobby and spending time with my wife, daughter, and our many pets.

John Rockett, MD

Parker Russell, MD

Parker Russell, MD

Bio

Hometown: Eldon, Missouri
Medical School: University of Missouri
Career/Research Interests: Right now, thinking fellowship but unsure in what.
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Biking, learning random fun skills
Bio: I grew up at the Lake of the Ozarks and attended Mizzou for undergrad. I pursued a degree in Physics and Mathematics so that I could play in the nuclear reactor and tailored my courses to work on nanoparticle research with specificity in cancer binding. As you can tell, my interests are so broad, I found that Med/Peds was a perfect choice! When not at the hospital, you can find me enjoying coffee too late at night and then reading some random books/articles!
Parker Russell, MD

Jacqueline Santamarina, MD

Jacqueline Santamarina, MD

Bio

Hometown: Miami, FL
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean  – Sint Maarten
Career/Research Interests: Hospitalist medicine
After Residency: Med-Peds Hospitalist
Hobbies/Interests: playing piano, anime/manga, listening to music, eating all the foods ;)
Bio: I’m a first generation Cuban-American, born and raised in Miami, Florida. I studied biological sciences at Florida International University. For medical school, I went to American University of the Caribbean in Sint Maarten. During my free time, you can find me watching cat videos on youtube, sipping on Cuban coffee, making chocolate chip pancakes (I’m a chocoholic and need my daily dose, or else I go into withdrawal), or watching scary movies on Netflix. I chose University Hospital here at Mizzou because everyone is so friendly and supportive. The faculty, staff, and other residents really make you feel at home. This is where I was meant to be and I couldn’t be happier!
Jacqueline Santamarina, MD

Class of 2023

Abdul-Azeez Abdullahi, MBBS, MD

Abdul-Azeez Abdullahi, MBBS, MD

Bio

Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Medical School: University of Lagos College of Medicine. Lagos, Nigeria.
Career Research/Interests: Outpatient Medicine, Hospitalist Medicine, Rural Medicine.
After Residency: Unsure if I want to pursue a fellowship program yet.
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy exploring nature, hiking, listening to music, trying out new places to eat, playing soccer and going down old town roads.
Bio: I was raised with three siblings in a densely populated city in Lagos State, Nigeria. For me, growing up in my city can be summarized as lots people going lots of places and car horns that seemed to never stop blaring. 7-year-old me loved it. I didn’t always want to be a doctor. At age 9, I was certain I would become President. Why not? It was the most important job in the nation. I would even insist people addressed me as ‘your royal highness', which in hindsight doesn't make any sense. At age 13, my city came to grips with an incident that left many injured. I remember watching the news, waiting for the President to address the situation. Instead, I saw people in white coats swinging into action, saving the day. At that point, I decided I would rather be a superhero like them.
After graduating medical school, I spent a year working in a primary health care center located in a rural community. Med-Peds was the obvious choice for me because I wanted to continue working with patients of all age groups. The focus on variety without sacrificing depth of knowledge will prepare me to provide care in any clinical setting life throws my way.
I chose Mizzou because it combines the quiet serenity of living in a small town with the perks of training in a large academic facility. I can’t explain the exact reasons why I felt connected to the people I met during my visit. It was one of those ‘when-you-know-you-know’ moments. After hanging out with them, I left looking forward to spending the next 4 years in their company. As far as life changing decisions go, this was an easy one.

Abdul-Azeez Abdullahi

 

Amenah Jafarey, MBBS/MD

Amenah Jafarey, MBBS/MD

Bio

Hometown: Karachi, Pakistan
Medical School: Ziauddin University, Karachi, Pakistan
Career Research/Interests: ID and critical care, health education and advocacy
After Residency: Fellowship or MPH
Hobbies/Interests: photography, watercolor painting, biking + swimming, collecting cacti and succulents.
Bio: I was raised in 3 widely different cities in Pakistan and then went to high school in Singapore. I’ve known since I was very young that I wanted to become a doctor, and had always been interested in pursuing a career in Pediatrics. In medical school, I enjoyed working in the community, designing health campaigns for disease prevention and health education and advocating for the health needs of patients in underserved communities. During this time, I was exposed to patients of all age groups and became acutely aware of the lack of general practitioners as well as continuity of care in Pakistan. I decided to pursue a Med-Peds residency because seeing patients from birth to adulthood will allow me to provide them with the best possible care and foster strong bonds with them. I chose Mizzou because coming from a big metropolitan city, I wanted to do residency at an academic center while living in a small town, away from the noise and chaos I was so used to. After meeting the residents and faculty during interviews, I was convinced I’d be happy working with the people here. In my free time, I enjoy playing my ukulele, learning and practicing modern calligraphy, swimming and reading.

Amenah Jafarey

 

Errisha Richardson, MD

Errisha Richardson, MD

Bio

Hometown: Oakland, CA
Medical School: American University of Antigua - Antigua & Barbuda
Career Research/Interests: Combined or adult rheumatology, Sports Medicine
After Residency: Rheumatology fellowship
Hobbies/Interests: Watching/playing sports, chilling with friends, shopping, reading, traveling, going to movies, weight lifting, cooking, trying new things, working on puzzles.
Bio: I was born and raised in Oakland CA (part of the San Francisco Bay Area). I completed my undergraduate education at Spelman College (HBCU located in Atlanta GA) majoring in biology/pre-med. I attended American University of Antigua, College of Medicine. I am grateful for my experience living outside of the United States for two years, as I learned to appreciate the good and the bad.
I wanted to work in medicine since I was 5 because my mother was a nurse. I heard all types of stories growing up. She mainly worked in the ED where there was never a shortage of good tales. I actually wanted to be a pediatrician and a veterinarian from about age 5 until maybe age 8. Then I learned that you have to do them separately, so I ended up choosing pediatrician. As I got older, my interests changed, and I wanted to be an internist. During application time, I decided to apply to combined medicine-pediatrics programs because I still liked working with kids, but I didn’t want to give up the adult side. Fast forward and I enjoyed my interviews so it was easy decision. I ended up at Mizzou because the university education system has a broad spectrum of opportunities and provides a chance to truly learn about all the diseases we spent so much time reading about. The residents that I met during my interview day were also a huge reason. Everyone was so nice and made you feel at home, which was important considering I’ll be here for 4 years of my life. This is also the only part of the US that I have not lived in; West, South, and East have all been covered, so time to explore a new part!

Errisha Richardson