Are you in a special track or focus during your residency?
Why did you choose UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program? Why Pittsburgh?
The Underserved Track at Shadyside initially caught my attention, but I really enjoyed my interview trip. I have a pretty atypical background, and through my conversations with residents and faculty, I felt that they recognized something unique in my experience. The residents also made me feel comfortable and at home, like I’d be supported if I was their teammate. I’ve spent the last ten years in Philadelphia and loved living there. Since I’m originally from northwestern Pennsylvania, residency in Pittsburgh felt like a great opportunity to live and work in a different city while also being closer to family.
What are your goals while here in the residency program? How will this prepare you to be an excellent physician?
I hope to become a great clinician and advocate in the future. Beyond leaving residency feeling confident in my abilities to treat patients independently, I also want to build and contribute to a strong residency family while I’m here. And finally, I hope to gain a greater understanding of, and get more connected with work that’s already being done in Pittsburgh to eliminate health disparities that impact its most under-resourced communities.
Do you have any specials interests outside of the residency?
Staying active is a big part of my mental and physical well-being. I love lifting weights and trail running. Secondly, I love food and have found that the community is often formed and cultivated over a delicious meal, so cooking and sharing good food and drink with close friends is one of my favorite pastimes.