1st Year Fellow
Matt Pearce, MD
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
Undergrad: Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
Medical school: Mercer University School of Medicine, Savannah, GA
Residency: Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
Career interests/interests within pediatrics: Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Hobbies/interests outside of work: Hiking, skiing, rock climbing, anything outdoors with my two dogs
Why Utah Pediatric Hospital Medicine? I chose the Utah Pediatric Hospital Medicine program because of wonderful clinical and research mentorship, as well as the ability to obtain a graduate degree during fellowship training. I have a specific interest in patient safety and quality improvement, and the fellowship program here is perfectly designed to help integrate this into my practice. Coming from a different part of the country, my favorite part about the Utah Pediatric Hospital Medicine program is the welcoming and collegial nature of the entire hospitalist department. Salt Lake City is also a great place to live! The access to the mountains for all things outdoors cannot be beat.
2nd Year Fellow
Jonathan Sawicki, MD
Hometown: Durham, Connecticut
Undergrad: Boston University
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency: Internal Medicine-Pediatrics at UMMS/Baystate
Career interests/interests within pediatrics: medical student and resident education; diagnostic performance and improvement; identification of and response to deteriorating patients in the hospital
Hobbies/interests outside of work: When I am feeling active, hiking, skiing, golf, tennis, soccer, and basketball. When I am feeling less active, watching a variety of sporting events and movies.
Why Utah Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship? There are a number of reasons why I was drawn to the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship at the University of Utah. The curriculum's flexibility, the ability to obtain a Master's degree within two years, the exposure to a wide range of patients at one of the country's top children's hospitals, and the awe inspiring natural landscapes of Utah all played a role. However, the strongest draw to the program had to be the people within the Division of Pediatric Inpatient Medicine. Within 5 minutes of arriving for my interview, I could tell the people within the division were a supportive, kind, and brilliant group that not only would help me in the next steps of my career but also would make the fellowship a really enjoyable adventure.