Residency Program - Current Residents
Class of 2025
Name: Shawn Best
Hometown: Tallahassee, Fl
Undergraduate school: Harvard BA
Medical school: Stanford Degree MD
Hobbies: music, snowboarding, tennis, travel
Things you should know about UVM residency: "Of all the places I interviewed, UVM stood out as the program where the residents seemed the closest-knit. Having been here a few months now, reality has more than matched my initial impression".
Name: Jordan Conroy
Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Undergraduate school: Carleton College, Grand Canyon University
Medical school: Case Western Reserve University
Degree (s): MD, MS -Applied Anatomy, BS -Biology
Hobbies: sports, grilling, space, spending time with my wife and our pugs
One thing you should know about UVM residency: "When on the general surgery months of intern year there is protected time for ortho education to immediately start building that foundation".
Name: Greg Roy Hometown: Rutland, VT
Undergrad: UVM Medical school: UVM
Degree: BS mechanical engineering
Hobbies: hiking, camping, fishing, woodworking, exercising
Things you should know about UVM residency: "Great group of residents and faculty. And the faculty are dedicated to resident education. Plus Burlington is great"!
Class of 2024
Name: Michael Danaher, Hometown: Apalachin, NY
Undergraduate school: Binghamton University ‘09-13 BA Biology
Teach For America, Mississippi Delta ‘13-15
Medical school: Upstate Medical University ‘15-19
Hobbies: baseball, basketball, college football, skiing, photography, playing the guitar, and the Buffalo Bills
Things you should know about UVM residency: "UVM is the type of place where you will be treated with dignity and you can grow in a positive environment".
Name: Hailee Reist, Hometown: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Undergraduate school: Wartburg College, BA(Math)
Medical school: University of Iowa
Hobbies: hiking, biking, running, cooking, smiling
Things you should know about UVM residency:
-Since we are a smaller program, so get to know everyone in the program and the hospital pretty well. We are friends other specialties which leads to good relationships both at work and outside of work. We get to know the attendings well, too, which is helpful for allowing independence in the OR as well as for lifelong connections.
-In Vermont, you are living in a wilderness vacation spot, so any outdoor hobby you can think of (skiing, hiking, sailing, mountain biking, etc.) is within less than a 30-45 minute drive (if not walkable from your front door!). As residents, your free time is precious- so instead of wasting time driving through traffic or having to wait until vacation weeks to do fun outdoor activities, these are accessible even on weekdays!
Name: Luke Seeker
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Undergraduate school: Southern Methodist University
Medical school: University of Texas Medical School , San Antonio
Degree (s): Finance, Biology
Hobbies: Skiing, biking, ranching, painting
One thing you should know about UVM residency:
There is an unbelievable wealth of human capital in this Orthopaedics program. I am 2000 miles away from my roots but the people here make me feel like I am at home.
Class of 2023
Name: Evan Boyd
Hometown: Walton, NY
Undergraduate school: Cornell University
Medical school: NYU
Degree (s): Nutritional Science
Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, working out, cooking,
One thing you should know about UVM residency: I consider UVM a true mix of a blue- and white-collar program. We operate early and often, but keep an academic focus. Being a small residency program allows us to meet every day as a group with an attending(s) [daily lectures and/or sim sessions]. Being a program of 15 also allows us to form strong relationships with our attendings and ancillary staff.
Name: Big Willy Efird
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Undergraduate school: Virginia Tech
Medical school: UNC Chapel Hill
Degree (s): BS Biochemistry, minor in Spanish, MD
Hobbies: gardening, hiking, video games
Things you should know about UVM residency: Close knit group of residents and attendings. All the attendings are very approachable and helpful. Excellent place to learn to operate and operate early/often.
Name: Ben Kindred
Hometown: Morton, IL
Undergraduate school: Wheaton College (IL)
Medical school: University of Illinois (Peoria, IL)
Degree (s): MD
Hobbies: Wife, golf, skiing, hiking, traveling, movies, beer
Things you should know about UVM residency: Good- small tight knit group of residents keeping you accountable.
Name: Michael Roberts
Hometown: Louisville, Colorado
Undergraduate school: University of Miami (FL)
Medical school: University of South Florida – Morsani College of Medicine
Degree (s): Dual degrees in Biology and Economics.
Hobbies: Ice hockey, backcountry skiing, mountain biking, backpacking, international travel and
losing balls on the golf course.
Things you should know about UVM residency: What drew me to UVM was the camaraderie within the residency, which stems from both the size of the program and the collective culture that has been created here.
Class of 2022
Alec Sundet, MD, University of Colorado
Mitchell Tarka, MD, University of Missouri