Medicine-Pediatrics Residents



conley_edwin_2015.pngJames "Edwin" Conley, Co-Chief Resident

Undergraduate University: Fisk University

Medical School: Meharry Medical College

Hobbies: Songwriting and producing music, going to the Movies, spending time with family and friends, traveling, and exercising at the gym

Why did you choose USA? Small program with a welcoming atmosphere. Diverse patient population and pathology. Close proximity to several beaches, in addition to major cities such as New Orleans and Atlanta.

Plans after residency: Med- Peds Outpatient Group Practice


polcari_mike_2015.pngMike Polcari, Co-Chief Resident

Undergraduate University: University of Alabama (Roll Tide)

Medical School: Georgetown University

Hobbies: College football, fantasy football, guitar, video games, watching TV shows with my wife, poker and other card games

Why did you choose USA? I felt at home. When I interviewed, I felt like I got along really well with the faculty and residents and it didn't feel forced at all. I was tremendously impressed with the hands on style of Dr. Crook, and everyone seemed genuinely happy. Add that to the close to the beach location, being closer to my parents and in-laws, and close enough to Tuscaloosa to head back for a few games here and there and I was sold. Since being here, I have only felt more comfortable and more at home with the faculty and other residents. I've made lifelong friends here. I feel very comfortable being myself (for better or worse) in all situations because of how approachable the attendings are. I'd do it the exact same way if match day were tomorrow

Plans after residency: Allergy/Immunology Fellowship. 2017-2018 Internal Medicine Chief Resident



bouges_shenikqua_2015.pngShenikqua Bouges

Undergraduate University: Winthrop University

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina

Hobbies: Enjoying running, taebo, kickboxing, traveling, shopping

Why did you choose USA? They had a large sickle cell population and I’m interested in Hematology/Oncology

Plans After Residency: Contemplating a heme/onc fellowship after residency


harris_johnny_2015.pngJohnny Harris, II

Undergraduate University: The University of Florida (Go Gators)

Medical School: Morehouse School of Medicine

Hobbies: I enjoying working out, going to the beach, zip-lining, rock climbing, playing any board game, hanging out with friends, traveling, listening to music and watching action/adventure movies.

Why did you choose USA? I felt very comfortable on my interview day. The staff was very approachable and friendly and I liked the camaraderie amongst the residents. I am very happy with my choice and enjoy the company of my co-residents. I also feel very comfortable talking to the faculty and staff. USA is also close to my home state (Georgia) and is not a far drive whenever I want to go and visit family. 

Plans After Residency: I am still deciding. I’m thinking about becoming a Dual Hospitalist in Pediatrics and Internal Medicine.


modic_andy_2015.pngAndy Modic

Undergraduate University: University of Virginia

Medical School: University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Hobbies: I enjoy reading (favorite author is Malcolm Gladwell), playing and watching basketball, sleeping, and going to events in the greater Mobile area.

Why did you choose USA? It offers a great place to practice medicine/pediatrics that I believe is appreciated more when you come for an interview.  Residency can be stressful, but we offer a supportive environment that emphasizes learning and taking care of patients from different socioeconomic backgrounds.  Also, there are lots of things to do around Mobile, and if you are tired of the city there are beautiful beaches 45 min away on Dauphin Island (my favorite) or 1 hour away in Pensacola.

Plans After Residency: Primary care with the US Public Health Service in an underserved area



carpenter_meagan_2015.pngMeagan Carpenter

Undergraduate University: Mississippi State University

Medical School: University of Mississippi Medical Center and University of South Alabama

Hobbies: Being a mommy, cooking, watching sports with my husband, going to the beach, and going to church 

Why did you choose USA? What attracted me the most to the USA Med-Peds program is the people. The camaraderie between the Med-Peds residents as well and the categorical residents is fantastic. I fully feel integrated into both programs. I was also impressed with the academic strength of both the medicine and pediatric programs. There is a wonderful balance between clinical exposure and didactic learning opportunities. The Gulf Coast is a bonus as well. The weather is beautiful, and it is a great place for an outdoor enthusiast!  

Plans After Residency: Primary care Med-Peds in a rural location 


taylor_kelsey_2015.pngKelsey Taylor

Undergraduate University: University of Alabama (Roll Tide)

Medical School: University of South Alabama

Hobbies: Spend time with family and friends, watch Alabama football, read, Watch Netflix, Chill with my Husband and Friends.

Why did you choose USA? I went to USA for medical school so I had a lot of experience working with faculty. The people are the main reason I chose to stay. There's not a better group of residents or faculty that you could work with. Everyone is extremely helpful and welcoming. Also I appreciated the smaller size of the program. That allowed me to get to know my fellow residents better as well as have a more personal relationship with attendings. I'm also very interested in doing a lot of procedures. At USA, you get more than ample opportunity for procedures. You don't have to compete with fellows or other residents for the experience.

Plans After Residency: Unsure right now. Considering being a hospitalist, but right now I'm ok with surviving intern year



regina-brown-2016.jpgRegina Katherine Brown

Undergraduate University: University of South Carolina - Columbia, SC

Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina - Charleston, SC 

Hobbies: singing, cooking, traveling, reading 

What is your favorite thing about USA? the people! I love my co-workers; I feel very close to the Med-Peds residents and the residents in both categorical programs. The staff at both the Medical Center and Children's and Women's hospital are always friendly and helpful. I felt welcomed from day 1 of residency! 

Plans after residency: Likely Med-Peds hospitalist and possible Academic Fellowship


erin-peeden-2016.jpgErin Peeden

Undergraduate University: Mississippi State University

Medical School: University of Mississippi Medical Center 

Hobbies: Kayaking, spending time with my 3 dogs, renovating my midtown 150 year old home with my husband, Bible Study Fellowship, baking, cooking

What is your favorite thing about USA? The people, attitude, proximity to beach and family. USA was the right size for me, large enough to guarantee a variety of pathology but small enough to ensure we were well trained in managing chronic conditions well. The residents are also amazing. Whenever I need something, a silly question answered or a place to stay while some aspect of my home is re-done or just someone to hang out with, they are always there. The attendings are also relaxed enough that I am not intimidated to ask questions while at the same time challenging me. When we do have a break it is so nice to have such a short drive to a beautiful beach!

Plans after residency: I am going to Disney world. Then I want to do international medical missions. 


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