and Medical School: Colorado State University; University
of Colorado School of Medicine
did you choose University of Colorado for residency? I
am a Colorado native and love living here. I am lucky to have such a great
training program in my home state. The attendings and fellows are amazing
teachers; the wide variety of training sites gives us exposure to
many different types of healthcare delivery; and personally, I am
a part of the Hospitalist Training Program, which provides great mentorship as
well as educational time focused on quality improvement, patient
safety, and the business of medicine.
are your plans post-residency? I am currently planning to be a
community hospitalist and hope to stay in the Denver area.
is your favorite part of living in Colorado?Colorado
is fantastic for many reasons. It is one of the few states that you can ski one
and day and then play golf the next. We get to experience all four
seasons, but a beautiful sunny day is never far off. As a city, Denver is
constantly growing and is developing an awesome food scene which my
husband I love exploring!
is your favorite Denver activity? I love catching a Rockies,
Avalanche, or Broncos game depending on the season. Playing golf is definitely
a close second.
is your favorite Denver restaurant or brewery?I have
too many favorites to pick just one. I am a huge foodie and can always provide
a recommendation! A few must-try dishes in Denver would be: soup dumplings at
Cholon, the miso black cod at Tag, shrimp and grits at Acorn, and the sticky
toffee pudding at Colt and Gray.
not a doctor, what would you be? I really can't see myself doing any
other profession, but I definitely wouldn't mind being a judge on Top
Undergrad and Medical School:
Undergrad at the University of Dayton, Medical school at the University of
Why did you choose University of
Colorado for residency? I loved the laid-back and friendly attitude of everyone
I met in the program. I was also attracted to the multi-hospital system and the
fact that it is an academically strong program where I knew I would be
challenged and become a great doctor. And of course, the fact that Colorado is
an amazing place to live definitely influenced my decision.
What are your plans post-residency?
After a chief residency year, I plan to apply for rheumatology fellowship.
What is your favorite part of living
in Colorado? The weather and going to the mountains! I love
that I can go skiing or hiking on my day off and it feels like I had a
What is your favorite Denver
activity? Going to one of the local parks (my favorites are Wash Park or
Cheeseman) with my dog, George. I also love going to the South Pearl Farmer’s
Market on Sundays in the summer, and just relaxing at a coffee-shop or brewery!
What is your favorite Denver
restaurant or brewery? Angelo’s and Vine Street Pub
If not a doctor, what would you be?
I would probably do something completely different like.. become a dog walker
or a fitness instructor.
of Maryland. Microbiology/Virginia Commonwealth University
after residency: I
plan to do to an infectious disease fellowship. Afterwards I hope to work
locally and abroad with Lynn (my amazing wife). We may one day work for the WHO
made you chose the University of Colorado: It was the best place for my
family and training. It is place that both my career and Lynn’s career could
grow and flourish. I really enjoy the great sense of community formed by
the residents and the program. Also, Colorado is a place that we wanted to buy
a house and we were able to do so. Colorado is an awesome place to live, bike,
hike, walk our dogs, and grow a garden.
Colorado activity: Gardening and trying new foods.
thing about the University of Colorado: The great support that residents
get at all levels (such as through attendings, residents, medical students,
nursing, pharmacy, etc.) It is truly an interprofessional place.
vacation plan: We
recently got back from an amazing hiking/camping trip in Hawaii. I can’t wait
for our next adventure together!
you weren’t a physician you’d be: A microbiology researcher and
Undergrad/Medical School: Undergraduate:
St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN; Medical School: Duke University in
Durham, NC 14
did you choose University of Colorado Denver for residency? Close
to family, close to the mountains, great primary care program, opportunity to
train at many types of facilities (VA, university hospital, private hospital,
do you want to do after residency? Primary care
is your favorite part of living in Colorado? The
mountains, the temperate weather, and the sunshine.
is your favorite thing to do in Denver? Biking
is your favorite place to eat? Walnut Cafe in Boulder
and Oblio's Pizza in Park Hill
you have any pets? Cat - Hercules
you were not a doctor, what would you be? Electrical
engineer or professional baseball player (the latter dream was crushed at age 8
when I found out the major league players were all men, and further crushed at
age 12 when I found out I was bad at baseball)
School: Stanford University for undergraduate. University of Texas
Health Science Center at San Antonio
Why did you choose
University of Colorado Denver for residency? Two
reasons: the people and healthcare leadership. The people (residents,
attendings, support staff, etc) make this residency stellar. At interview day,
I knew I would have a great experience educationally and clinically. Plus,
everyone is so welcoming, which is a huge win. Secondly, I have an interest in
healthcare leadership and shaping how healthcare is delivered, and the
University of Colorado Denver's Internal Medicine Hospitalist track is a unique
program that will afford me the skills and experience to make meaningful
change. And I guess the amazing weather and beautiful mountain view are
What do you want to
do after residency? (Sleep), but beyond that, I might pursue a
Palliative Care fellowship before working as a hospitalist. Then, onward to
more administrative work.
What is your favorite
part of living in Colorado? The parks - I love
that there are so many here and that they're all wonderful for running,
picnic-ing, Jazz in the Park, everything!
Where is your
favorite place to eat? In Denver, it's a close call between Hong Kong
BBQ and Dae Gee
Did you move here by
yourself or with family? I moved here with
my turtle, Turnip. Then my significant other tagged along a little later.
Do you have any
pets? I have a pet diamondback terrapin named Turnip. He's the
cutest turtle in the world.
you were not a doctor, what would you be? Entrepreneur
in silicon valley