Hometown: Glastonbury, CT / Cambridge, MA
Undergraduate: Tufts University
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
A look into my world: Having grown up on the East Coast, I longed for sunnier days filled with more beaches and less blizzards. I transplanted myself out West and have loved every second of it. As for myself, I like to think of myself as a collector of hobbies! It is always exciting to learn something new, to put in some hard work and dedication in learning the craft, then ultimately finding enjoyment in the hobby itself (hence why pursuing a career focused on continuous learning suits me well). I have trained in Taekwondo for over 20 years (Code Green anyone?), and classically trained in piano for 11. Some of my more eclectic hobbies include also bowling, ping-pong, magic, Ultimate Frisbee, and I’ve even dabbled a bit into lock picking. Even more enjoyable, however, is sharing these hobbies with my co-residents. Examples include: Surgery vs Medicine Bowling Nights, Interns vs R2/R3s in Beach Volleyball during retreat, or even just hanging out and playing video games at HQ. All in all, I enjoy spending good times, with good people, and I’ve found that here at Harbor.
Most memorable Harbor moment: My first rotation officially as a Doctor was my clinic rotation. A week or two in, I was working in Urgent Care when I was assigned a young adult and her mother. I forget what the initial chief complaint was, but near the end of the interview, the mother hands me a written note expressing her and her husband’s concern for their daughter’s recent suicidal ideation. The difficulty was that the daughter was reluctant to address these issues, and being an adult, had the capacity to leave anytime she wanted. Two weeks into the job and I felt overwhelmed. However, seeing the concern on the mother’s face, and knowing that this would ultimately be in the patient’s best interest, I brushed off the dust on my Motivational Interviewing training I received in medical school, and did my best to convince her to stay just a little longer and visit the Psych ER to be evaluated. The gratitude of the patient’s mother when the patient finally agreed was truly rewarding and taught me my first of many lessons here at Harbor: You must advocate for your patients, because sometimes they don’t have anyone else to advocate for them. That experience has stuck with me and has guided me thus far during my Intern year.
Why Harbor? When evaluating Internal Medicine programs, Harbor truly seemed to be the Trifecta. Amazing teachers (with multiple recognitions for excellence in teaching residents and medical students), great pathology (we had leprosy diagnosed in our halls for crying out loud), and awesome residents (come for an interview and you’ll see for yourself). Although I planned on pursuing a subspecialty, I really wanted to have a solid understanding and training in general medicine prior to specializing. A building can not be stable without a strong foundation so consequently, I believed that I would not be able to excel in a subspecialty without first having a strong fundamental understanding of General Medicine. Harbor provided the ideal environment for my Internal Medicine training, and I feel very fortunate to be a part of this program.