Pediatric Hematology Oncology

Class Of:

2019

Jenna Gedminas, MD

Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University

Jenna Gedminas, MD

2019

Graduate

Residency at Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn

Hometown

Chicago, IL

Professional Interests

At this time I'm interested in obtaining training in the full spectrum of hematologic and oncologic conditions in order to determine where my future path will take me.

Undergraduate

University of Florida

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I chose to complete my fellowship training here mainly due to my experience on my interview day. All the fellows were very happy with the training they were receiving and the faculty are extremely invested in the education of the fellows. I was also impressed with the opportunities for research and large and varied patient population.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

I love spending time outdoors, running, hiking, biking. I am also an avid sports fan and pretty much love anything Chicago sports and Florida Gators.

2018

Rebecca Weicht Graves, DO

Des Moines University

Rebecca Weicht Graves, DO

2018

Anticipated Graduation Year

2018

Undergraduate

Montana State University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

I was impressed at the level of satisfaction of the current and previous fellows. The faculty are invested in the fellow's education and the healthcare team members were very supportive of one another. Since it is a small program it can be somewhat tailored to the interets of the fellow and there are several unique opportunities for the scholarly project component. I especially liked that obtaining a Master's in Public Health is an option. Having grown up in a small town and being very interested in outdoor activities I also really enjoyed Grand Rapids and the surrounding area. It is a small city with many of the same highlights I have enjoyed in larger ones. I look forward to further exploring the area.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work.

I enjoy just about anything outdoors, especially if it involves water, my husband and dog. Having grown up in a a rainy area I try to get out to enjoy the sun at every opportunity. My newest endeavors include paddle boarding and scuba diving. Running, biking and rollerblading are other favorites. If the weather is not in my favor curling up with a cup of tea and book is my go-to alternate.

Hometown

Valdez, AK

Professional Interests

At this point in my training I am most interested in obtaining training in a wide variety of hematologic and oncologic conditions to help me become a well-rounded specialist. I intend to practice in a relatively underserved area where this will be particularly important. I am also interested in palliative care and how this can be best incorporated, both in primary care and by specialists, into the care of patients with any type of chronic illness, particularly those that are life-threatening.

2017

Matthew Pridgeon, MD

Matthew Pridgeon, MD

2017

Hi, I’m Matt Pridgeon. I am a 2nd year fellow at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. I grew up in Michigan two hours south of Grand Rapids in a small farming community. I first experienced Grand Rapids as an undergraduate at Hope College in nearby Holland, MI. I quickly fell in love with West Michigan during my time at Hope, so I had a bittersweet departure when I left for buckeye territory to attend medical school at The Ohio State University. My wife and I were excited to return to Michigan for residency here at HDVCH and even more delighted to have the privilege to continue my training here with the acceptance into the Peds Heme/Onc fellowship.

Having trained as a resident at HDVCH, I’ve had the unique opportunity of having an inside look at the Heme/Onc program. I was constantly impressed. The division sees a large volume of patients that has representation from the “common” and extremely “rare” diagnoses both within oncology and hematology. The physicians and staff within the division are extremely dedicated to their patients and families. This dedication leads to excellent medical care as well as what has become my model for great physician/patient relationships. The division also has a commitment to excellence in education. As a resident, I was taught more than just the pathophysiology and medical management of the patients I was seeing; learning points also included ways to approach the difficult conversations, professional career advice, and tips on becoming a well-rounded physician. These defining attributes of the program were extremely attractive to me as a fellowship candidate. The program provides a terrific experience such that fellows receive excellent training and professional mentorship.

As far as a couple things about myself, I met my wife Laura during undergrad at Hope College. She too grew up just outside Grand Rapids, and already knew about the vibrant city and the many other benefits to the lakeshore community. We have 2 young daughters that keep us very busy, Kate and Olivia. We spend as much time as we can outside with family runs, hikes, or bike rides. Laura and I are also enjoying many newly discovered activities and venues around town that we were unaware of until we became parents.