Much to the dismay of my papaw, Dr. George Day – an East Tennessee small-town family physician of 62 years and my best friend – my softball career started and ended with two seasons of tee-ball. Though I know he’s most proud that I ultimately followed in his footsteps to become a physician, my papaw also hoped I would grow from the life lessons that come with afternoons spent on the diamond. Little did we know that my medical school experience would prove to be the most turbulent yet rewarding game of softball I could’ve ever played, teaching me life’s greatest lessons as I advance towards a career in academic internal medicine. As a fourth-year medical student, I served as an instructor for the Medical Students as Teachers program, teaching internal medicine lectures to third-year students, and as a Problem-Based Learning co-facilitator. Additionally, in medical school, I was the primary author of a curriculum for an elective on healthcare for the homeless. In residency, I plan to further cultivate my teaching skills and translate my love for education into a lifelong career in academic medicine and medical school administration.
Why I Chose Cincinnati
My best friend is one year ahead of me in training and currently a categorical resident in Internal Medicine at the University of Cincinnati. Ever since matching at UC, he has sung the program’s praises – wholeheartedly convinced that this is the program for me. The more I learned about the program’s values and mission statement – namely its emphasis on medical education, growth mindset, patient centeredness, and diversity and inclusion – the more I realized my best friend was right. This is where I belong. Being led by World’s Best Program Director, Dr. Warm, is a wonderful bonus!
MD: University of Louisville School of Medicine