Newswise — MAYWOOD, IL – Following the family tradition, triplets Emily, Kevin and Martin Walsh are all studying to become physicians at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Both their parents earned their undergrad and medical degrees from Loyola. Also, the triplets were born at Loyola University Medical Center and received care in the neonatal intensive care unit.

"Being part of the Loyola family has been pretty special because it's like a part of my family," Kevin said.

Their parents, John Walsh, MD, and Therese Zeman, MD, met while they were undergrads. After graduating from Stritch School of Medicine, they both completed their residency and fellowship training at Loyola.

The triplets were born Dec. 30, 1992. Martin was born first, followed by Kevin and Emily.

"It's kind of crazy, when I think of it, that the connection I have to this place goes back to when I was born," Martin said.

Dr. Zeman recalls that caring for the triplets was exhausting. "It would take 45 minutes to feed a kid and change it. Just about the time you got the third one done, the first would be up again," Dr. Zeman said. "I'd have to say, I enjoyed every minute of it."

Drs. Walsh and Zeman both are pulmonologists. "Growing up and listening to their stories, it was pretty obvious that their patients really like them," Emily said. "They are very highly regarded. I always wanted to be like them."

Kevin added, "From a very early age, we got to see the effect a doctor can have on a patient's life."

Drs. Walsh and Zeman are pleased that Emily, Kevin and Martin are carrying on the family tradition.

"It gives us a very proud feeling, knowing that they're going to come through and be part of the Loyola-Stritch family," Dr. Walsh said.