Jo Li, DO, PGY 2 

Mount Sinai Downtown Residency in Urban Family Medicine Residency, New York, NY
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kansas City, MO
MPH at Columbia University; MBS at Rutgers University

August 29, 2023

Why did you choose this residency program?

I’m a native New Yorker and I wanted to be in a program that allowed me to serve the communities I grew up in. Additionally, I wanted to be part of one of the largest FQHC in the city. This program was a great combination of strong inpatient and outpatient training with lots of opportunities to expand procedural and reproductive health training.

Why did you choose family medicine?

I chose family medicine because of its incredible versatility. Being able to work with diverse populations, from young to old, as a family unit, has been truly rewarding. Moreover, with my background in public health, I am inspired by the opportunity to address health determinants in this field. Additionally, family medicine offers a unique opportunity to shape your career according to your interests and passions, which contributes to an overwhelmingly positive quality of life. The field provides a significant level of autonomy in performing procedures and providing preventative care, allowing family doctors to make a meaningful impact on their patients’ well-being.

What is a typical day like in your life as a resident?

Residency can be very busy and depending on your program, it can change day by day. If you’re interested in learning more about specifics, definitely talk to the residents in the program you’re interested in. In my program, we rotate each block every 2-4 weeks. Each block is different, but we maintain our continuity clinic each week.

What do you like to do in your time outside of residency?

I like spending time with friends and family. Additionally, I enjoy sports, hiking and most importantly traveling!

Why did you volunteer to join the Resident Council?

Resident Council is a great way to connect with like-minded peers and also expand your network. I think this is a great way to meet people from other programs, make connections, meet potential mentors, learn about different education and career opportunities and get the most up-to-date information relating to family medicine.

Were you involved with ACOFP as a Student?

Yes!! Definitely recommend! I started out as a member and wanted to get involved as soon as I heard about all the great benefits and relationships you build. After medical school, I’m still here!

What is your one word of advice to students?

Reach out!! It never hurts to extend your hand to meet someone and ask questions! You’re never alone

When was the first time you realized you wanted to be a physician?

I’m a non-traditional medical student and realized I wanted to become a physician after working in the Public Health field for some time. I wanted to expand my knowledge in Medicine and to provide direct health care for people.

What would you title an autobiography or memoir?

“The kid from Brooklyn with big dreams”

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