I grew up in Ontario and Alberta, Canada. I sought warmer weather and decided to move down south to California for medical school. I chose UF for residency because I appreciated that it was a large academic institution that provided the opportunity to explore sub-specialty interests. I enjoy inpatient rotations as well as procedures. In my free time, I like to hike and cook with my boyfriend and dog.
I chose UF because I felt like the residents were happy and had formed strong bonds with each other. I liked the family feel of the program and the university setting. Since moving to Gainesville, I’ve enjoyed exploring the swamps and beaches of Florida, going to UF football games, and being within driving distance of Disney World! My interests in medicine include underserved populations and Women’s Health. After graduation I hope to practice full-scope Family Medicine closer to my home in Appalachia.
I am originally from Northport, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama School of Medicine. During Med School, I was looking for a residency program that would equip me to become a well-rounded physician. University of Florida’s clinical experiences have helped me accomplish this and far exceeded my expectations. I am also interested in Sports Medicine, and UF has provided numerous opportunities for event coverage and clinical procedures. In my free time, I enjoy watching sports, going to the beach, and spending time outdoors with my wife (Julia) and our puppy (Chip). The residency program and Gainesville have been a perfect fit!
Tam T Le MD
Hi! My name is Tam Le and am excited to meet you! I grew up in Cary, North Carolina and I am a die hard Tar Heel, receiving my bachelor’s in Biology at UNC Chapel Hill before attending UNC School of Medicine. After spending so much time in Chapel Hill, I decided to pursue my residency training at another institution. I searched for training programs that reminded me of my time at UNC. Although I came across many great programs, I was ecstatic that I matched at the UF Community Health and Family Medicine Program.
I couples matched with my partner (Psychiatry) and we were both so happy to return home to Gainesville, having both graduated from UF undergrad. We both had agreed upon our top predictor of how we would rate programs, which was our relationship with the residents and staff. Everyone that I had interacted with throughout my interview experience was so welcoming and kind and I got along so well with all of the residents. I knew that this program would not only provide me with excellent training, but that I would also have the support from those around me. I felt comfortable with the decision to attend the UF Family Medicine program because it embodies inclusivity and it truly feels like a family. Gainesville is a wonderful and quaint city, with charming local restaurants (which I make the most of being a “foodie”). It is also close to many neighboring towns that are perfect for weekend getaways, including Orlando, St Augustine, and Tampa to name a few. I am looking forward to joining my father’s private family practice in Orlando, FL after graduation.
In medical school, I was unsure of the practice environment I envisioned myself working in. Would I find myself pursuing a career as a hospitalist, working in a private outpatient clinic, or working towards a career in academic medicine? I wanted a program that would provide me with adequate training to follow whatever path I decided upon within family medicine. During my years in residency, my co-residents have gone on to become hospitalists, work as sole providers in outpatient clinics, staff busy urgent cares, and pursue fellowships in sports medicine and palliative care. I believe this great diversity in career paths speaks volumes to the breadth and quality of training provided by our program. As I work towards completing my final year of residency, I can say that I feel prepared to take the next step forward and begin work as an attending physician caring for a wide range of patients with a diverse set of illnesses. The close friendships I have developed with my co-residents and support and dedication to teaching from attending physicians have made my time with UF Family Medicine a fantastic experience.
I originally chose to come to UF for residency because of the people. The residents and faculty I met on interview day were very personable, easy going, and laughed at my jokes which made me feel like I could fit in here. Finding the ideal ‘fit’ for a residency program is tough, but I believe I was successful in doing so when I chose UF. As a city boy (from Philadelphia), moving to Gainesville to settle into UF was quite the transition initially. Luckily, the variety of restaurants, breweries, warm weather, and plentiful outdoor activities made the transition much easier.
I’m originally a Gold and Blue Mountaineer of West Virginia, but decided to head south towards gator country for residency. When I interviewed for residency spots, I focused on two main aspects to judge a program: 1) Did I think that program would provide me opportunities to become the type of physician I wanted to be, and 2) Did I connect with the other residents? University of Florida was at the top of my list and was thrilled to match here. I had an interest in applying to a sports medicine fellowship at the end of medical school, but also wanted a program that was strong in clinic and inpatient rotations. Our residency clinic and inpatient service is busy and with challenging patients, but is what you need out of a residency program. In regards to sports medicine opportunities, they are extensive. As an intern you can shadow senior residents at high school football games, and become the lead team physician as a 2nd and 3rd year. There are also sports medicine rotations built into the curriculum, sports medicine elective rotations, MSK radiology elective, ultrasound elective, opportunities to participate in mass pre-participation physical events/race events, and opportunities for research/case reports….among others. I am currently applying for fellowship and am glad I chose this residency.
My specific interests in Family Medicine include a focus on outpatient care with the ability to form lasting relationship with patients and integrating office procedures into my everyday practice. I felt that the University of Florida Medicine Residency program allowed me to not only expand my knowledge and comfort in the face-paced outpatient setting, but also afforded me the opportunity to focus on areas that I wished to grow and expand, namely Sports Medicine. Having been in Gainesville since attending undergrad, I have found our city to be an extremely comfortable place to live with a relatively low cost of living while also offering a diverse range of activities including state parks and springs, local eateries, and sports (Gator football!). I feel that the University of Florida Family Medicine program has provided me with excellent training and exposure to many different patient pathologies, which will serve me well in the future as I pursue a career in the outpatient setting.