Hodan Ismail, MD

  • Second Year Resident

Are you in a special track or focus during your residency?

Why did you choose UPMC Shadyside FMR program? Why Pittsburgh?
To be honest, UPMC and living in Pittsburgh was not on my radar when application season started. I initially applied in the region just to be closer to home, as Pittsburgh is a lot closer to my hometown of Toronto than Nashville is. I was excited to hear back from UPMC Shadyside as UPMC is a very prestigious institution. When I came for my interview, I felt completely at home. All of the faculty and residents were so kind and it really seemed like every resident’s success is a team effort. There are also so many opportunities for mentorship within the faculty; it seems like for every interest there’s someone who is an expert on it!

I am gradually learning that Pittsburgh is a hidden gem in the northeast. There are a ton of diverse cultures and history in a city full of friendly people. There is always something to do here, alone or with friends. There are also a ton of great restaurants which is perfect for someone that loves to eat as much as I do.

What are your goals while here in the residency program? How will this prepare you to be an excellent physician?
I think the challenges of having such the diverse patient population UPMC Shadyside has; with different privileges and struggles will prepare me to be a great doctor anywhere.

Do you have any special interests outside of the residency program?
In my spare time, I enjoy talking to my loved ones, watching trashy reality TV, listening to a variety of podcasts, and being disappointed by Toronto sports teams. Go Leafs!


Toronto, Ontario, Canada