Hometown: Savannah, GA
Year in Med School: Second Year
Achievements / Awards: President of AU/UGA Medical Partnership’s Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) Student Section
Please tell us a little about yourself. Feel free to discuss your academic and professional background, your hobbies, family background, etc.
I am 25 years old. I graduated with a biology degree from Georgia Southern University in 2016. Hail Southern! Before joining the Medical College of Georgia family in 2018, I worked as an ER Tech at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, GA and as a Medication Reconciliation Tech at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah. These positions were very formative in my decision to pursue a career in medicine. I am very happily married to my wife, Morgan Brodmann; this August will be our 4 year anniversary. She, along with our daughter Lexi ( cat), get me through the days when medical school is especially heavy. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, lifting weights, watching movies, and playing basketball with my classmates on Friday afternoons.
What is a typical day for you like?
During my first year, I tended to wake up an hour or two before our 8 a.m. class to study; I feel that I concentrate better in the mornings than at night. I would have small group learning from 8-10 a.m., where my classmates and I would discuss a patient case that integrates the learning material for that week. Then I would have anywhere from 1-4 hours of large group lecture, where our professors expounded on the learning material that was introduced during small group. How I spent my time for the remainder of the afternoon varied depending on the day of the week. I may have attended our Anatomy lab or I may have attended Essentials of Clinical Medicine course, wherein we are taught the art of doctoring through means of taking patient histories, performing physical exams, and learning how to engage with patients in a professional and caring manner. After all this, I would often times read some of our recommended text for the week before packing up and heading home for dinner.
What is something people may be surprised to know about you?
During this summer, my wife and I went on a 3 week backpacking trip through Europe. During our time spent in Interlaken, Switzerland, we did a “canyon swing,” free falling from 90 meters and swinging through the canyon on a bungee cord at 70 mph!
What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Scoring the most beautiful girl in the world and somehow managing to not royally screw it up after 10 years. Thanks for sticking with me for life, babe!
What advice do you have for students just starting their journey in Medicine?
First, make time to serve others in your community to some capacity during medical school. It will help you remember your passion for wanting to be a doctor, when the waves of studying come crashing. Second, don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know.” Instead, be willing to look for an answer. I used to think that being a doctor meant you knew everything about everything in medicine. False! Brilliant doctors don’t equal best doctors. There is rarely a perfect answer to the question in medicine. Caring doctors equal best doctors. The caring doctor will do everything he/she can to find the best answers for the good of his/her patients.
What motivated you to want to be a physician?
My time spent at East GA Regional and the patients I met there were very influential in my wanting to be a physician. My eyes were opened to the prominent role that a caring doctor plays within a healthcare team towards the goal of strengthening a patient’s health and well-being. I believe God has called me to love my neighbor and to serve those around me, and He has given me the resources and the passion to do that through being a physician.
What do you hope to do after completing med school?
At this stage of the game, my top specialty interests are Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, and Cardiology.
Who are your role models?
My mom and dad are two of my biggest role models. They have taught me so much. Unconditional and sacrificial love; faithfulness to God and to each other; working diligently for what you want; and the importance of admitting fault and forgiveness, just to name a few.
Why did you choose the Medical College of Georgia’s AU/UGA Medical Partnership Campus
When looking for a medical school, I wanted to a place that would challenge me as an active learner, rather than a passive one. The AU/UGA Medical Partnership Campus has done exactly that through their small group, problem-based teaching style. This method constantly encourages me to further engage my fellow classmates in respectful and collaborative discussions. In this setting, I find myself feeling more comfortable and equipped to learn from each of their unique insights and talents, in order to strengthen my own medical knowledge base and skill set. This school as a whole, from peers to professors, has truly felt like family to me since week 1.
What has been your favorite or most powerful experience in medical school?
The first time I presented a patient case history in front of my small group, I felt like I had not done a good job. After talking with my preceptor, he agreed to help me with this skill. A number of times throughout the rest of the semester, he would meet with me before class and we would discuss the current case, practicing how to interpret and articulate the relevant findings. I am extremely thankful for his willingness to set aside his time and energy for me in this way.
What has surprised you the most, or what would you like people to know about MCG?
My experience above is just one of the countless examples of the lengths in which the MCG teaching staff has gone, all for the purpose of bettering our efforts to take care of our future patients in the best way possible. So many professors have impacted my learning, not simply by their lectures, but primarily by their actions. Sitting down with any one of them, it will take all of 15 minutes to know how much they care about you and want to help you succeed.
What is your favorite thing to do at your campus? What is your favorite thing to do in Athens?
My favorite campus pastime is to play a game or two (or three, or ten) of ping pong. It is a great way to get some blood flow to another part of your body other than your brain, especially after a heavy lecture. My favorite thing to do in Athens is to try new restaurants. I’m a huge foodie and Athens has some really great places to eat!