Are you in a special track or focus during your residency?
I am not in any specific track however, I would like to focus on Urban Underserved populations, community health programming and evaluation, community advocacy, and healthcare policy.
Why did you choose UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program? Why Pittsburgh?
From an educational standpoint, UPMC Shadyside is the perfect balance between a community hospital setting and an academic setting, delivering the rigor and specialized training of an academic hospital system in a setting that has a community feel to it and is largely run by family medicine residents. From a personal standpoint, my fiancé and I have family in Pennsylvania and Kentucky, so Pittsburgh is much closer to home than we’re used to. From a community standpoint, Pittsburgh seems like a great place to live, a great place to learn medicine, and a place that is ripe for patient advocacy and building relationships between healthcare providers and the patients they serve.
What are your goals while here in the residency program? How will this prepare you to be an excellent physician?
My medium-term goals are to become a knowledgeable, capable, and humanistic family physician. The knowledge will come from the rigorous, varied clinical experiences I’ll get from rotating through Shadyside and other UPMC hospitals. The capability will come from the responsibilities I’ll take on for my patients in the hospital and in clinic, and the organizational skills I’ll need to hone so that I can manage these responsibilities efficiently. The humanism will come through the real, person-to-person connections I’ll make with my patients, colleagues, and community as I practice medicine and advocate for those that I serve. It is my long-term goal that I can use the things I learn to practice full-spectrum primary care in an underserved community, with an eye on both the individual healthcare needs of my patients and the larger, community health needs of the community I serve. I want to be a physician advocate who uses my position to make people healthier, help communities thrive, and fight for social equality.
Do you have any specials interests outside of the residency?
I am an avid outdoorsman who enjoys camping, hiking, mountaineering, kayaking, and skiing. I also have played soccer since I was a kid, and am a diehard Liverpool supporter. My other interests include making music, trying new foods, cooking, meditating, gardening, reading, and writing short fiction.