Local Grads Return to KCH as Med Students
November 19, 2007
Local high school graduates Kori Sauser and Eli Loch have returned to DeKalb County as a part of their rigorous medical school training. Both scheduled hospital rotations with doctors on staff at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb.
Sycamore native Eli Loch has returned to DeKalb County for a rotation at Kishwaukee Community Hospital with Dr. Michael Coulson, DO, chief anesthesiologist at KCH.
Upon his graduation from Sycamore High School in 2000, Eli began college at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. He graduated from Stetson in 2004 with a degree in Finance.
“I always had an interest in finance,” says Loch. “I wanted to get a business degree first and then go onto medical school.”
Even though both Eli’s parents, Jerry and Kay Loch, have backgrounds in health-related fields, he says they never tried to sway him into medicine. Jerry Loch is a diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management and works as a nurse anesthetist with the Pain Clinic at KCH. Kay Loch is a chaplain with DeKalb County Hospice.
Currently, Eli is in his third year of medical school at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, FL. His four-week elective rotation in anesthesiology at KCH will end mid-November, then he will be on to another rotation.
With one full year of medical school to go, Eli has some time to narrow down his interests to one specialty. Anesthesiology, emergency medicine, and orthopedic surgery are the areas he is considering.
“While I was completing my undergraduate degree, I’d come home every summer and work at Midwest Orthopaedic in Sycamore,” says Loch. “That’s when I became interested in orthopedics.”
Eli anticipates his graduation from medical school in June 2009. He is beginning to research options for his residency, which include staying in Florida or moving back to the Chicago area.
While he was a high school student, Eli also volunteered at KCH as a TAG (teenaged group service) volunteer for almost three years.
DeKalb High School graduate Kori Sauser recently arranged for a three week elective rotation with local surgeons Dr. Jack Wagoner and Dr. Roger Maillefer of DeKalb Clinic.
“I wanted to do this rotation in order to have a chance to experience general surgery in a community setting,” said Sauser.
Kori, the daughter of Paul and Peggy Sauser, grew up in DeKalb. She graduated from DeKalb High School in 2000 and was class valedictorian. After graduation, she headed for Boston and Harvard University. During her time at Harvard, Kori volunteered at Boston Children’s Hospital. She graduated from Harvard in 2004, cum laude in biochemical sciences.
Kori is currently a medical student at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. She anticipates graduation in May 2008 and is currently applying for residency in Emergency Medicine.
Kori says she enjoys the quick pace and response time involved with emergency room cases. She also looks forward to providing compassionate care to those in need.
“Being in an emergency room is a stressful time for people, and having a kind, personable physician in such a situation can make quite a difference,” Sauser added.
Kori will participate in a month-long sub-internship in the emergency department at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago after leaving KCH.
While at USC Keck School of Medicine, Kori has participated in research at the City of Hope Cancer Center, a research, treatment and educational facility in southern California that works toward the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.