Are you in a special track or focus during your residency?
I am not in a special track but I am interested in working with underserved populations and in preventive medicine.
Why did you choose UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program? Why Pittsburgh?
I was looking for a residency that was established, had an emphasis on academic medicine and community health, and UPMC Shadyside had all of the above. Also, during my visit I noticed the sense of collegiality, and the diversity of the faculty and residents, which further drew me in.
I came to Pittsburgh for a med school rotation working with Dr. Withers and Operation Safety Net, and really liked the city. The city size is just right, and everyone here is friendly.
What are your goals while here in the residency program? How will this prepare you to be an excellent physician?
My goal is to be a well-rounded family physician, and to be able to care for anyone who walks through the door of my clinic. I enjoy helping others, as others have helped me, and family medicine offers opportunities for that daily. I believe that as a family physician, my background and experiences will allow me to build more meaningful relationships with, and give more personalized care to my patients, in order to help them better heal and improve their quality of life.
Do you have any specials interests outside of the residency?
I enjoy the outdoors, including: hiking, nature, and plants. I also enjoy cooking, baking, writing haikus, doing minor car and electronic repairs, and spending time with my family and friends.