First Year Residents
Tigist Adugna, MD
I was born and raised in Ethiopia and completed medical school at Addis Ababa University Medical Faculty. After gaining qualifications in medicine in my hometown, I worked in different places including Botswana and Ethiopia. I also completed my Masters in Public Health (M.P.H) in Sweden at Umea International School of Public Health.
From the moment I first visited IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program, I knew without any doubts that this was where I wanted to be. What drew me towards this program is how clinically strong the staff and residents are, which speaks to the value of being able to work in an environment that gives you the opportunity to deliver care to such a unique population with diverse and complex pathologies. So, I am excited and grateful for this great opportunity. I am proud to call Muncie my new home and IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital my family.
Aside from medicine, I enjoy attending spiritual events at my church, spending quality time with my family, traveling and cooking authentic Ethiopian food.
Swetha Boddeda, MD
I am originally from India and graduated from Rangaraya Medical College. After getting married, I moved to the US where my husband completed his residency in Salt Lake City, Utah. While in Utah, I had the opportunity to work in the division of Nephrology in a nationwide BP project called SPRINT, which fortunately allowed me to have encounters with the IM attendings and their patients. The attendings there noticed my inquisitiveness and interest and allowed me to complete an externship with them. While doing my externship, I developed an immense passion for Internal Medicine.
After my husband completed his residency, we moved to Muncie. This is one of the best decisions we have made. He began working as a hospitalist at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. This is how I came to know of the program. The attendings are so down to earth, knowledgeable, caring, approachable, gracious and instrumental in shaping the residents to be the best future doctors. When I learned that I had matched here, my husband and I were so thrilled. I feel so fortunate to train at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital.
Finally, I’m also glad that we found our cozy, little dream home in one of the best neighborhoods in Muncie. I feel so elated to say that “Muncie has been our home away from Home”.
Sarah Jeong, MD
I’ve spent the majority of my life living in both Illinois and Ohio, so I am essentially a Midwestern girl at heart. Specifically, I was born in Youngstown, Ohio, grew up in central Illinois, went to undergrad at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and then attended medical school at Rosalind Franklin University in North Chicago. I’d be lying if I didn’t say location was a big part of what brought me to IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Being in Muncie places me at almost equidistance from both my parents in Illinois and grandparents in Ohio. However, being here also means that I can spend time learning and growing alongside the wonderful members of my new residency family.
One of the things that really drew me to this program was the degree of closeness between the residents and faculty. To me, this is such an important aspect for the growth of a young physician. There are not many programs that offer the degree of individualized attention, mentorship, and support like IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital does. Personally, I am so pleased to be in a program where it is truly impossible to “get lost in the crowd,” where all of my weaknesses will be addressed, and my strengths will be further cultivated. This gives me confidence that I will graduate residency as the best physician I can possibly be.
Mounish Karlapudi, MD
It’s so nice to be home! Although I was born in Chicago, I grew up in Muncie and consider myself a diehard Hoosier! I graduated from Delta High School and attended Indiana University where I completed my pre-med coursework while majoring in Neuroscience.
I continued my medical career by moving 2,425 miles away from Indiana to St. Georges University School of Medicine, where I completed both my Masters in Public Health and my basic medical sciences on “The Spice Isle” of Grenada, West Indies. During my time on the island, I was able to learn so much about the culture there and was able to play an active role in the preventative medicine guidelines for the country. I also had the privilege to be a part of the One World One Health initiative that brought both the School of Medicine and the School of Veterinary Sciences together. Through this program we were able to provide free medical clinics for both the citizens of the country, as well as, their pets! It was a great way to provide free medical clinic exams and provide public health awareness at the same time. I completed the last two years of my medical school career by finishing up my clinical rotations in New York City. Living in the city was so much different than Muncie, IN! Learning about the diverse socioeconomic systems of New York and learning how to treat such a diverse population of patient was truly eye-opening.
I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to train at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, where the caring staff and attending physicians are not only knowledgeable but approachable. IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital offers the perfect setting to foster medical education while learning how to work as a team to provide better healthcare for our patient population. I am excited to be here, learning from my seniors and sharing experiences with my co-residents.
Jake Liang, MD
I was born and raised in Guangzhou, Southern China. I caught the medical research bug while finishing a Bachelor degree of Medicine in Public Health from the College of Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University (Guangzhou, China). I then went straight into the Master of Science program in Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, Ohio). Realizing how important math and statistics are in research, I also completed a second Master of Science program in Statistics from Wright State University (Dayton, Ohio). I then had a blast working as a Biostatistician for the FELS longitudinal study (Lifespan Health Research Center, Dayton, Ohio). I must have some self-torturing tendency because as soon as I felt somewhat comfortable in math and statistics, I started med school. The last four years as a medical student in Chicago Medical School (North Chicago, Illinois) however, were the longest four years in my life. Having had my share of academic and professional life before residency, I value a nurturing learning environment more than anything else. I am grateful for the residency opportunity IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital has given me.
As for fun, I love everything outdoors (hiking, biking, travelling, scuba diving, rock climbing …). I am also a second degree black belt and USA TKD certified referee in TaeKwonDo. Thanks for Master Christina Bailey, Master Luciano Medina, and many other excellent instructors. They made a nerd like me fall in love with fighting sports, as well as made that sport an important part of my life.
Audreen Singson, MD
I have lived all over the world and my family has lived in Springfield, Illinois since I was in high school. I went to Northwestern University for college and the University of Illinois for medical school, where I met my husband.
I am fortunate to be a resident at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital because the attendings get to know the residents well by working with us longitudinally.
Outside of work, I love running, finding new places to go running, and traveling with my husband.
Allison Wildin, DO
I have lived in Indiana most of my life. I was born and raised in Terre Haute, IN. I attended Indiana University in Bloomington where I earned my bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, with minors in Biology and Folklore before venturing outside the state to get my Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree at Des Moines University in Iowa. However, I am now happy to be back in the Hoosier state. I chose the Internal Medicine program at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital after getting some firsthand experience with the great learning environment and wonderful residents, faculty and staff during a wards rotation during my fourth year of medical school. It is a supportive environment where I know that I can have a balanced life while working towards becoming the best physician I can be.
I love music and in my spare time I listen to music of various genres, play piano, and sing. I also like musical theater and enjoy going to the opera or to see Broadway shows. I also enjoy baking, playing tennis, hiking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. I like to read about history and cultures and hope to do some traveling in near future to see and experience many of the places I’ve read about first-hand. However, I am also content to curl up in a chair at home with a cup of mint tea and my cat, Calpurnia.
Samerawit Zeleke, MD
I was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and moved to USA in 2004 with my family. I finished my undergraduate study in chemistry at university of South Dakota and medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. My family is the most important part of my life, and spending time with them is always precious to me. Traveling, spending time around place surrounded by water, and watching movies are some of the things I enjoy doing in my leisure time.
What stood out about IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital to me was how welcoming the residents and the staff were. Now I am in the program, the support, the education emphasis and the individual attention given to each resident assures me that I will become the kind of physician I always dreamed to become, knowledgeable and compassionate.