I believe VCOM helped prepare me well by structuring our lectures with many different physicians who brought clinical background to everything we learned. VCOM also instilled in us a strong sense of professionalism and pride that I have carried with me as a resident physician.
Name of practice or hospital where you currently work
Brenner Children's Hospital, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
What my Practice looks like today
I am a pediatric hospitalist and love taking care of all children who are admitted to our hospital. Additionally, I do pediatric palliative medicine, specifically with some of our pediatric oncology patients. That is a special group of kids, and I am very grateful to work with them and their families.
The accomplishment I am most proud of thus far in my career is
The accomplishment I am most proud of thus far in my career is bringing my graduate studies in Bioethics to my everyday work as a pediatrics resident. I have a large interest in pediatric palliative care. Being there for my patients and their families during the most trying moments as they make difficult choices for their children is incredibly rewarding.
When I look back on my time at VCOM, I think fondly about
When I look back on my time at VCOM, I think fondly about the craziest events our administration let us plan for students! We truly had the best time as med students between 60 feet of subs to feed the students and a DO Palooza carnival on campus. We always had a good time, and VCOM made that a part of our education.
I am pleased to be a DO because
I am pleased to be a DO because it allows me to bring another thing to the table both for my patients and my co-residents. Being able to utilize my osteopathic training in my practice and sharing techniques with other residents has made me a better doctor, and at the end of the day, I know I am treating the person, not the patient.
For me, the most unforgettable moment in medical school was
For me, the most unforgettable moment in medical school was building my family that I still have today. I have made lifelong friends at VCOM that have become family, in addition to meeting my husband and starting our own family. VCOM is where it all started and will always be a home for us!
When not working, what activities do you enjoy?
Playing with my husband and kids!