September 18, 2019

Stephen Foster, M.D.

Medical School: UAMS
 

My name is Stephen Foster, and I am one of the current chief residents. I was born outside of Sydney, Australia, moved to the United States in 1999, and became a naturalized US citizen in 2016. I graduated from high school near Branson, Missouri and received my undergraduate degree from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, where I met my future wife. Prior to starting medical school, I spent 4 years performing research from bench to clinical trial coordination. I attended the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) where I obtained my Doctor of Medicine in 2018. I selected the UAMS Northeast residency program due to its strong reputation for academics and training, and through discussions with recent program graduates.

The UAMS Northeast Family Medicine Residency has provided valuable, practical experiences and allowed me to expand my medical knowledge under the guidance of expert faculty and physicians. Additionally, this program highly encourages moonlighting. From working rural emergency departments to providing medical care to incarcerated individuals, this program has helped me exceed job expectations and further hone my skills.

The strongest component is not the rigorous training, but the focus on family. The faculty and administration have gone above and beyond to ensure that the personal needs of the residents are addressed. This program not only provided protected time during a family emergency but also provided a month of modified paternity leave to spend with my newborn daughter. I appreciate the thoughtfulness afforded to me by this program and feel confident in my ability to handle future endeavors at the conclusion of my studies.