Hi everyone! My name is Deborah Kiserow. I am originally from Cary, NC and have lived in the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill region) for my entire life! I attended UNC Chapel Hill for my undergraduate education and majored in biology. I went straight through from undergrad to medical school and was fortunate to be able to stay at UNC! While in medical school, I discovered that continuity of patient care is essential to me finding joy in medicine, and after completing my third-year rotations in OB/GYN, pediatrics, and internal medicine, I realized that I also wanted to care for patients throughout all phases of life. Once I figured out what I wanted my career in medicine to look like, specializing in family medicine became the obvious choice!
I was also able to spend some time during medical school fostering a passion for teaching that I hope to carry with me throughout my career. I worked as a teaching assistant for undergraduate biology courses in the summer between our first and second year. I also volunteered at SHAC, which is the nation’s first student-run free clinic. As a third- and fourth-year medical student at SHAC, I was able to supervise first- and second-year students in patient care and loved the experience!
When it came time to start thinking about where I wanted to train for residency, I knew I wanted to find a program that would train me in full-spectrum family medicine but would also emphasize medical education and provide plenty of opportunities to work with and teach medical students. UNC’s family medicine program was the perfect fit for my career goals, and after working with so many fantastic faculty and residents in the department during my time in medical school (seriously, nearly every aspect of UNC SOM’s curriculum has a family medicine faculty member leading it, it’s really quite impressive), I knew this was the right program for me. I am so proud and humbled to be continuing my training here for residency!
Outside of medicine, I enjoy running, hiking (Umstead park in Raleigh has great trails!), rock climbing, playing video games on my PC (Skyrim was my COVID quarantine game, now currently trying out Diablo III), binging TV shows, playing with my cat, Otto, and spending time with my family, friends, and my significant other, Kyle.