Are you in a special track or focus during your residency?
I am not in a special track, though I am particularly interested in care for underserved populations and care for people with developmental disabilities.
Why did you choose UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program? Why Pittsburgh
My initial impression of the UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program was that it provides robust training in a very supportive environment. I was excited about the underserved medicine track, as well as the program’s commitment to expanding learning opportunities for residents, such as developing their medication-assisted treatment (MAT) training. While Shadyside is a close-knit residency program, being part of a big academic medical system like UPMC with a wide range of resources was also attractive. Finally, UPMC Shadyside was one of the few programs I encountered that, during the interview process, discussed their commitment to recruit diverse residents and faculty. Because they believe this contributes to better care for patients and improve medical decision-making among trainees. This resonated with my own values and I am honored to begin my education in the program.
Pittsburgh is close to my husband’s family and we are lucky enough to have a few friends in the area; it was crucial to me to train in a place where my husband and son would also feel well supported. There are a lot of green spaces in the city and activities for kids, which are important to us as we raise a toddler.
What are your goals while here in the residency program? How will this prepare you to be an excellent physician?
During the residency I hope to grow into a competent, compassionate physician with the ability to consider patients’ health in the context of their whole lives. There are so many opportunities available in the UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program. I think it will be important for me to lean into areas of practice I am less comfortable with, including procedures. I aim to consistently improve my medical knowledge without ever losing sight of the fundamental dignity and humanity of my patients.
Do you have any specials interests outside of the residency?
My family is very important to me, and I try to spend as much time as possible with my husband and son. My faith is a significant part of my identity. I enjoy being outside and particularly love hiking and canoeing. I also try to carve out space for reading, journaling, and practicing yoga.