Undergrad/Med school: University of Missouri/University of South
Florida Morsani College of Medicine-Lehigh Valley Health Network SELECT medical
Why Colorado: I rotated as a visiting sub-I and on the first
day knew I was in the right place for me. Everyone I worked with made me feel
like a member of the team from the moment I joined them. Everyone from students
to attendings supported each other and would learn and grow together while
providing exceptional care to patients. The patients themselves also played a
large role. As people they provided meaningful experiences that helped us grow
in our roles as physicians from a humanistic perspective, but also the
complexity of their medical problems challenged us as students and physicians
helping us grow clinically.
Plans Post Residency: Cardiology Fellowship or Hospital Medicine both
would have a focus on health care systems and systems administration.
Favorite Part of living in Colorado: Everyone is always up for a mountain adventure
no matter if it’s for a few hours or few days!
Favorite Denver Activity: Sunday brunch followed by volleyball with
friends in Wash Park or City Park capped off with Jazz in the Park at City
Favorite Denver Restaurant/Brewery: Recess in the Highlands! It has a great patio
and I can take my dog and have a craft brew overlooking downtown. And there are
always plenty of games!
If I wasn't a doctor, I would be: I would be a big mountain, backcountry skier. Essentially
anything that would let me ski steep and deep everyday!
Undergrad and Medical School: CU Boulder and CU School of Medicine
Why did you choose University of Colorado for residency? After going to medical school at CU, it was clear that the
residents worked hard, but were still happy, kind, and really enjoyed the work
they were doing. I also really liked the 4+1 schedule that guaranteed you a
golden weekend every 5 weeks so you could go out and enjoy a bit of the
Colorado sunshine. I'm also a Colorado native so it's nice to be close to my
What are your plans post-residency? As of right now, I'm hoping to pursue a fellowship in Pulmonary
and Critical Care Medicine
What is your favorite part of living in Colorado? I love that we're so close to the mountains! It's so easy to head
into the foothills for a day hike or for a weekend getaway.
What is your favorite Denver activity? I'd have to say I'm a big fan of the classic Colorado trio of
yoga, hiking, and hitting up a brewery for a microbrew when it's time to wind
down at the end of the day.
What is your favorite Denver restaurant or brewery? My favorite restaurant in Denver is Phoenician Kabob located at
Colfax and Ivy. It looks incredibly sketchy, but the food is AMAZING! As far as
breweries go, I'm a big fan of Ratio or Our Mutual Friend in RiNo.
If not a doctor, what would you be? If I didn't pursue a career in medicine, I'd want to channel my
inner Olivia Benson and be a detective.
Undergrad and Medical School: Colorado School of
Mines (Golden, CO) / The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Baltimore, MD)
Why did you choose University of Colorado for
residency? I grew up in Colorado, so even before the residency application
process began, I already knew that the University of Colorado had an amazing
hospital system and a great residency program. I love the fact that as
residents we get the opportunity to work at four very unique hospitals with
very different patient populations, and get broad exposure to many different
types of healthcare systems.
What are your plans post-residency? I’m still
undecided, but I really love academic medicine so I will likely do a fellowship
so that I can dedicate some time to research. I’m hoping that intern year will
help me narrow my interests.
What is your favorite part of living in
Colorado? I can’t pick just one! The amazing weather, the friendly people, the
beautiful mountains….I could go on forever.
What is your favorite Denver activity? I love
exploring the different neighborhoods surrounding the downtown area, trying new
coffee shops and restaurants, and spending time outside.
What is your favorite Denver restaurant or
brewery? It’s hard to choose just one place! My current favorite is Declaration
Brewing, which is a great local brewery that has a different food truck on-site
every day and hosts lots of really unique events. Oh, and they have awesome
beers! I keep a list of places to try in Denver because I am always getting
amazing recommendations from the upper level residents.
If not a doctor, what would you be? An engineer!
Undergrad and Medical School: University of Oregon (go ducks!) for
undergrad and Oregon Health & Science University for med school.
Why did you choose University of Colorado for residency? I was
looking for a large academic program that could set me up for fellowship, as
well as a place that provided a variety of training sites (VA, Denver Health).
At my interview, I was impressed with how energetic, happy, and motivated everyone
seemed. Also at dinner, the residents were entertaining, and
clearly comfortable around each other.
What are your plans post-residency? I am interested in fellowship,
most likely cardiology. If I had my pick, I would work at a big academic
institution doing some medical education as well.
What is your favorite part of living in Colorado? The sun, the
mountains, the people! Before moving here, I had heard "300 days of
sunshine" and about how active everyone in Colorado is (which is
totally true), but no one mentioned how friendly people are!? There is so
much to do in/around Denver, and in a big program it isn't hard to find
someone to do something with at all times.
What is your favorite Denver activity? The park BBQ scene is
pretty amazing. Also, I love trying new Happy Hours/restaurants and there
are endless places to choose from. Oh and Rockies games are a
blast and basically free...
What is your favorite Denver restaurant or
brewery? Impossible to pick just one, but I find myself at Avanti a lot -
variety of foods to choose from, a rooftop patio, and a great view of Denver.
If not a doctor, what would you be? Travel blogger. Travel the
world and write about it.. Yep, sold!
Undergrad and Medical School: The University of Texas at Austin
(undergrad), Baylor College of Medicine
Why did you choose University of Colorado for residency? Internal Medicine is such a broad field, so I wanted an
academically strong program that would provide the support and training to go
into whichever path I choose (e.g., hospitalist, primary care, any
subspecialty, etc). The best part of my interview day here was seeing that the
program provided great training AND that the residents were happy, caring,
and overall a great group of people. In addition to my co-residents, our
faculty and staff are very supportive and are great mentors. A great support
system in a beautiful city - Denver is a wonderful place to be!
What are your plans post-residency? At this point, I have not yet decided. I like general inpatient
medicine, but am also interested in Hematology/Oncology. We shall see!
What is your favorite part of living in Colorado? I was born and raised in Texas, where we have summer 24/7/365. I
was looking for a change in scenery, mainly somewhere where I could enjoy
the outdoors. The weather here is awesome, and there are a lot more places
to enjoy it, even if you're not in the mountains. This is truly a
What is your favorite Denver activity? I love hiking and trying new places to eat. There are so many
trails here that cater to hikers of all levels. It's always nice to reward
yourself with a nice meal afterwards. There are lots of little places to try!
What is your favorite Denver restaurant or brewery? So far, my favorite has been Avanti F&B - great
food, beer, and a view
If not a doctor, what would you be? I would probably be a professional paper-crafter and open up a
shop on Etsy
and Medical School: I went to
UNC-Chapel Hill (Go Heels!) and Wake Forest for med school.
you choose University of Colorado for residency? I had been
in North Carolina for a long time (minus one year in DC during med school),
and, though I loved it there, I wanted to see things in a different part of the
country. So I knew I wanted to move outside of NC, and I knew I wanted a strong
program with strong clinical training, interesting research opportunities, and
an administration that would be open and responsive to feedback. When I
interviewed here, I just fell in love with the area. Denver is a really great
city with fun and interesting things to do at all times of the year. Also, I’d
gotten much more into outdoor activities over the past 4-5 years, so the
mountains out here were a really huge draw for me.
your plans post-residency? My plan is
to apply for fellowship in cardiology. Lately, I’ve been increasingly thinking
of working as a hospitalist for a year or two before applying.
your favorite part of living in Colorado? Definitely
the proximity to the mountains. It’s just incredible. The University hospital
has an amazing view of the Denver skyline framed by the Rockies, especially
nice at sunset. The view still hasn’t gotten old, and I don’t think it will.
Rocky Mountain National Park is only an hour and a half drive from Denver.
There are limitless outdoor opportunities to explore within a 2 hour drive, and
many are even closer. Many of my classmates and I have done a variety of
different hikes already, including many people summiting different 14ers out of
the 50+ 14,000 ft peaks in CO. Not to mention ski season, during which the
medicine interns traditionally rent a cabin in the mountains to share. Pretty
much every outdoor activity you can think of is available here.
your favorite Denver activity? Inside
Denver, I’ve loved hanging out in the different parks throughout the city as
well as outdoor festivals, many of which are free. Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a
little bit outside of Denver technically (30 min drive) but is probably the
coolest venue around. They have events like movie screenings in addition to
concerts. Also, Denver is very bike-friendly, and the weather and smooth riding
around here just make me happy.
your favorite Denver restaurant or brewery? I don’t
think I’ve explored enough to really pick a favorite yet. There are lots of
interesting hole-in-the-wall places I have yet to try. One of my favorites so
far, though not unique to Denver (started in Texas), is Torchy’s Tacos.
If not a doctor,
what would you be? If I could
have my dream job outside of medicine, I would want to be a Nat Geo
photographer! This, of course, is highly unrealistic, and I think I’ll stick to
being a resident for now.