State University of New York Downstate Medical Center
I was born in Ithaca, NY and spent my first few years in Wilmington, DE. I don’t remember much of those days, but I remember being devastated when my parents told me we were moving. I got over it quickly, as 5 year olds tend to do, and ended up loving the rest of my childhood in Seattle. The move taught me an important lesson: new places, people and experiences are what make life worth living….that and football. GO SEAHAWKS!
I went back to Ithaca for college and got the best education I could possibly imagine. I joined a frat, played rugby and studied mechanical and aerospace engineering while taking pre-med and throwing in a little bit of everything else (like Shakespeare, meat science and wine tasting) for fun.
I spent the next two years in Delhi, India getting in touch with my roots, working with HIV+ orphans and meeting people whose upbringings and world views were completely different from my own. I can’t begin to describe how much I learned about life and human beings and it was there that I decided on medicine as a career.
I flew straight from Delhi to Brooklyn the day before med school started (I’ve never been one to waste time ‘settling in’) and the most eclectic city in the world certainly didn’t disappoint. In between classes and clerkships, I met more interesting people and enjoyed restaurants, museums, parks, bars with ridiculous themes (bacon bar!?) and old classics like a round trip on the SI ferry at sunset.
I was drawn to Ventura primarily because of the focus on training family physicians as broadly as possible. Now that I am here, I know for a fact I made the right choice. I know that whatever I end up doing, my training at VCMC will have prepared me fully, as evidenced by all the alumni who practice in middles of nowhere across the country and around the world. My teachers are brilliant, my colleagues are awesome, the town is charming and for the first time in my life, the weather is perfect.
True to my character, I have no idea where I’m going next, but I intend to cram as much as possible into the next three years: learn, hike, swim, surf, play, cook, eat, read (books…not medicine), watch the Seahawks and chill as much as I possibly can.