Year in Med School
Where did you complete your undergraduate education?
Tell us a little bit about yourself:
My wife of three years and I have been living in Athens since 2014. We have a two-year-old Cocker Spaniel named Palmer and have one child on the way. Most of my free time is spent with my family, or you might find me at the UGA golf course on any given Saturday so long as UGA football isn’t playing that given day.
Why did you choose MCG and the Medical Partnership campus?
I knew MCG was for me as it is the state’s flagship public medical school, and I’d be lying if I didn’t mention the cost of tuition. Having been in Athens for undergraduate school, I initially thought Augusta was the place for us the next four years until I learned of the unique style the Medical Partnership had to offer. The smaller class size is the biggest perk of being at the Medical Partnership. Most medical students do not have the opportunity to know every single classmate as well as I know mine. I knew being such a smaller class I’d have more opportunities for one-on-one learning and more time with faculty, and I wanted to try something different having been used to 300 student classes at UGA. Without a doubt, I could not see myself anywhere else.
What is your advice for someone who is interested in medical school?
You can take virtually any path into medical school. I fell into the trap early on at UGA thinking I needed to get a degree in Biology because it would best prepare me for medical school. Learn and study whatever interests you in undergrad and enjoy those 4 year and it will show on your application for medical school. They do a good job of teaching medicine (obviously), and I was surprised at how little my knowledge from my degree translated into medicine (outside of things like Anatomy and Physiology). You do not need a degree in Biology to take anatomy and physiology classes, so study what you enjoy. That translated into a minor in Exercise and Sports Science for me once it hit me that I needed to enjoy more of what I was studying!
What is a typical day for you?
A typical day as a third year depends on your rotation but largely involves seeing patients from 8am until 4 or 5pm. The added challenge with third year is finding time to study for exams outside of clinic hours, so I will come home and do some practice problems for the rotation I am in before dinner and call it day soon after. I always make time to spend with family as I am nothing without them, and of course how can I not play with my dog when I’m greeted with a toy when I get home.
What motivated you to want to be a physician?
Seeing the relationships providers developed with patients attracted me to the field right away. Taking on the huge responsibility of caring for patients perhaps during their worst times of health is something I see as both a privilege and an opportunity to impact people when they need help the most.
Favorite place to eat in Athens:
Taqueria La Parrilla (east side)
If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be?
Alive, Elon Musk. Historically, Ronald Reagan.