Are you in a special track or focus during your residency?
I hope to be considered for the underserved or global health tracks so that I can enhance my skills in practicing community-centered medicine that effectively engages the local community in primary prevention initiatives.
Why did you choose UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program? Why Pittsburgh?
My husband works in Pittsburgh and my family lives about 1.5 hours south of the city, so I knew I wanted to train in the Pittsburgh area. However, Pittsburgh has a lot of really outstanding family medicine programs. Fortunately I was able to do a visiting rotation with UPMC Shadyside, which provided a more extensive glimpse into the program. On the last day of my rotation I was reflecting back on my time there and I was incredibly sad to be leaving. That’s when I knew Shadyside was the right fit for me.
Throughout my rotation, everyone was incredibly welcoming. It’s easy to be kind and enthusiastic for one interview day, but if a program can be hospitable for days on end, you know it’s genuine. The staff was well-organized and very professional. Shadyside has a strong academic reputation and after meeting the faculty I understood why. They have created a well-balanced learning environment that teaches evidence-based, outcome-driven medicine and challenges the residents to be skilled problem solvers so that they graduate as proficient practitioners who have the confidence to work autonomously. I was especially impressed with the residents. They have very diverse and unique backgrounds culturally and professionally, which really strengthens the program. They are also very friendly and easy to work with. During all the patient encounters, I consistently witnessed a high level of competency and compassion. I knew if I trained at Shadyside I would be able confidently practice all facets of family medicine.
What are your goals while here in the residency program? How will this prepare you to be an excellent physician?
I plan to learn as much as I possibly can from the exceptionally intelligent and competent practitioners that will surround me. I also plan to learn from Shadyside’s incredibly diverse patient population. I want to be a well-balanced physician with a strong foundation in evidence based medicine that is prepared to work in any environment—whether rural or urban, academic or community based.
Do you have any special interests outside of the residency program?
I love to hang out with my amazing husband and our sweet cats. Pittsburgh has so many interesting little neighborhoods. When we find new ones to explore, we will take walks through the neighborhood, check out local coffee shops and restaurants, and peruse neighborhood antique shops and estate sales. When there’s time, we also love to travel and spend time with our family and friends scattered across the US.