Year in Medical School
Where did you complete your undergraduate education?
The University of Georgia. Go Dawgs!
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I have been in Athens now for 7 years and have loved every second of it, and between my wife, our two cats and our soon to be puppy, there is never a dull moment at our house. Saturdays in the fall, when the Dawgs are playing at home, are without a doubt my favorite days of the year—haven’t missed a home game in seven years. My hobbies include playing basketball, running and pretty much any type of outdoor recreation with fly fishing being the most recent activity I have picked up.
Why did you choose MCG and the Medical Partnership campus?
As a Georgia native, I knew I wanted to stay in state, and MCG is an incredible program that is dedicated to providing future physicians to this great state. As for the Medical Partnership there were many reasons. I was drawn to its emphasis on small group, case-based learning in the first two years, and the opportunity to work directly with community attending physicians in the third and fourth years. Also, Athens is an incredible city, and after four years of living here for my undergraduate program, I didn’t want to leave.
What is your advice for someone who is interested in medical school?
Just go for it. While challenging, medical school has been rewarding right from the start.
What is a typical day for you?
The start time of my days is varied depending on the rotation; however, prior to heading to clinic, coffee and 15 minutes of quiet reading time is a daily routine no matter what. In the evenings, I’ll usually head to the gym and then eat dinner with my wife before studying for a while, and then finish off my day with an episode or two of The Office. On the weekends, you can find me outside, on the lake, or hanging out with my classmates.
What motivated you to want to be a physician?
Aside from the problem solving, constant evolution of knowledge and the science of medicine, my primary motivation has centered around the opportunity to serve others. More specifically, as I pursue a career in emergency medicine, I am motivated to provide a sense of calm even in the most tumultuous situations a patient may face.
Favorite place to eat in Athens?
This is the toughest question on here, too many choices, but probably a toss up between Trappeze or Marker 7
If you could have dinner with one person, who would it be?