Hometown: Boston, MA
Undergrad: Tufts University
Medical interests: International medicine. Ultrasound.
Non-medical interests: Food. I love great food and NY is a great place to find it. Watching a good food show, being inspired, and then cooking something I've never cooked before is something I enjoy doing in my free time.
Life before med school: Life before med school was definitely more unstructured and random. I majored in International Relations and French in college and wanted to work in the international humanitarian aid field like my dad. I'd grown up living in a different country every few years because of his job and I loved it. When I graduated from college, I entered a tough job market and after a couple months of futile job search and doubts about my future career path, I ended up working in a Japanese restaurant in DC as an apprentice Sushi Chef. What I loved most about that job was the controlled chaos of a busy restaurant, multitasking, being on my feet for hours and hours, the teamwork, and keeping hungry and impatient customers happy. (Doesn't that sound like the ER?) I continued working at the restaurant on nights and weekends after I found a job with the research department of a large international public health non-profit. I also took EMS classes and got my certification at an EMT-B. That was my first exposure to to clinical medicine and that's when I knew I wanted a career in medicine. I moved to Miami, completed a post-bac premed program and the rest is history.
Why Maimonides: Honestly, I had never heard of Maimo until the whole residency application process started and I was clicking on boxes of places I wanted to apply based primarily on geographic location. So when I got the interview invitation, I had no preconceived notions. Maimo turned out to have everything I was looking for - a diverse patient population, a high-acuity high-volume ED, a strong ultrasound division, great ancillary staff, and happy and fun/crazy residents that work hard and play hard. My gut told me Maimo is where I would thrive and be happy. Residency is tough no matter where you go, but I couldn't be more thankful that my coworkers are also my friends and approachable mentors.
Favorite thing(s) to do in NY: NY keeps my love of randomness sated. There's always something going on and you're bound to find something fun to do without putting a huge dent in your wallet. Some of my favorite NY activities have been going to flea markets and food fairs, impromptu karaoke nights, grabbing a great bowl of ramen noodles in Manhattan, unexpectedly finding a electronic music concert in the basement of a bar, and bike riding in Central Park.