Graduate Profiles

Samantha Agar, MD

Family Medicine Residency Southern Illinois University
Samantha Agar practiced as a registered nurse both in labor and delivery and the neonatal intensive care unit at a hospital in Mississauga, Ontario after earning her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. As an undergraduate student at McMaster University School of Nursing, she was a standout student and received an award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. Going to medical school was never far from her mind though. “I worked with a resident at my hospital who had told me about how she attended medical school in the Caribbean.
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Areef Kassam, MD

Residency: Psychiatry, Community Health Network, Indianapolis
Trained as a psychiatrist and devoted to children, Areef Kassam is in the wonderful position of combining two of his passions. While completing his psychiatric residency in Indianapolis, this 2014 graduate of Medical University of the Americas is also working in the city’s juvenile court system, serving as a special advocate for children.
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Michael Swikehardt, MD

Residency: General Surgery, PGY-1, Mt. Sinai Health System
He was a standout in MUA’s class of 2016. And now he’s a resident in one of the top surgery programs in the world—Mt. Sinai in New York City. With more than 200 full-time faculty members and nearly 150 operating rooms, the Department of Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai in New York City is one of the largest and best-known in the country. It can claim numerous firsts in surgical procedures and in areas such as the surgical treatment of liver cancer it is one of the world leaders.
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Dr. Becky Wu

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Dr. Becky Wu, MUA 2016 grad, is currently a currently a third-year psychiatry resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia.
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Brian Chwiecko, MD

Residency: Internal Medicine
Born with a life-threatening heart condition, Brian Chwiecko was a critical care patient before he even knew it. Being called to medicine was no surprise, but what kind of medicine would it be?
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