Medical School: University of Arkansas
Residency: University of North Carolina
Describe your path to finding medicine as a career?
I have always loved math and science and pursued an undergrad degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Arkansas. During my sophomore year of college I developed type 1 diabetes and became more interested in the field of medicine. Medicine not only provided an outlet for my math and science interest, but also afforded me the ability to help people live healthier lives. After lots of reflection, I started on the path towards a career in medicine and now a career in endocrinology.
What were your reasons for choosing UNC for your training in endocrinology?
I have been at UNC for 7 years. First as a resident in Internal Medicine and then as a hospitalist attending. The consistent theme at UNC Healthcare is a culture that supports its residents/staff and has patient care at the forefront. The endocrinology group is the exact same. The faculty are supportive, available and will help in any way possible. The training allows you to have your own panel of clinic patients and to really learn how to be a skilled, caring endocrinologist.
What is your favorite hormone and why?
Glucagon, gets no respect in day to day endocrinology practice but comes in clutch in times of crisis.
What kind of research projects/scholarly work are you involved in?
During the past several years I have been involved in medical student and resident education, which I plan to continue while in fellowship.
Now that you are here as a fellow, what is the top selling point you would tell someone considering fellowship at UNC?
First and foremost, the people. The current class of fellows (first and second years) all have diverse backgrounds, personal and professional interest. They are also just great people. The clinic experience is also wonderful. You mostly have continuity clinic and take care of a wide variety of endocrine diseases as the primary provider. The faculty are there to teach and support you.