Name

Artie McCarty

Hometown

Peachtree City, GA

Year in Med School

M1

Where did you complete your undergraduate education

University of North Florida

Tell us a little bit about yourself:

I love people 😀 and I love what I do and the people I get to do it with. I am passionate about social justice, food/nutrition/cooking, meditation/mindfulness, my family, my friends, running away to the woods, learning about new cultures, photography, music, and traveling. I think that should suffice.

Why did you choose MCG and the Medical Partnership campus?

I chose the Medical Partnership because I could feel the passion the students here had for their school. It’s hard to describe – an overwhelming sense of belonging and authenticity. I can unquestionably say that I feel that everyday here. We are a family, and I hope future medical students come and experience our connectedness and the light that we radiate.

What is your advice for someone who is interested in medical school?

Learn to meditate (especially if you are still taking the MCAT). Also, embrace gap years. They are such a wonderful opportunity for self-growth and were vital to becoming the person I am today. I recommend traveling outside of the US for a significant period of time because it will make you significantly stronger and more well-rounded person. Work-exchange programs (e.g. Worldpackers, Workaway, etc.) are an excellent way to travel for long periods on a budget. Traveling is not the only option – do what makes you happy and builds you.

What is a typical day for you?

Wake up at 5:55 (sounds fun right?). I do a morning routine consisting of walking or dancing (yoga warmup!!), yoga, meditation, and writing/reading. Ideally, I get to school by 7:30 and make breakfast (usually avocado toast) before 8. I study throughout the day with walks every 30min or so. I eat A LOT of food in between too. By 8ish, I usually am preparing to head back home. Spending 12 hours at school a weekday might sound overwhelming to some, but I am happier than I’ve ever been. Frequent breaks, friends (what we call classmates at the Medical Partnership), and outdoors make every day better.

What motivated you to want to be a physician?

During high school, I was a caregiver for my grandmother when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and began losing her autonomy. While watching one of the strongest women I knew lose her independence and sense of self, I learned powerful lessons about the role I wanted to fulfill for others in this world. Even when she could no longer recognize me, I always felt this immense love from her that I cannot explain. While she has moved on, that love has never left.

Favorite place to eat in Athens:

I don’t have a favorite restaurant (thanks pandemic…), but my favorite place to buy food is the Saturday morning Athens Farmers Market – I love the local farmers and their wonderful, fresh produce.

If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be?

Barack Obama

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