Transitional Year, Graduating Class of 2021
Where are you from originally?
I was born in Flint, Michigan and grew up in Linden, Mich.
- Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, East Lansing, Mich.
Why did you stay in Michigan?
I have not left Michigan for my undergraduate training, medical school, and now intern year. I love Michigan. It's a great place to grow up and there's no shortage of unique places to visit when you have downtime. The weather can be rough in the winter, but there is nothing better than Michigan summers and the seasonal changes. Most of my family and my wife's family also live in the area, so that is another reason we've enjoyed staying close.
Why did you choose your specialty?
I chose to pursue a residency in diagnostic radiology for a number of reasons. Primarily, I have always been fascinated with human anatomy. Radiographic studies allow you to view the body objectively inside and out with great accuracy in some cases. The profession has incredible technology integrated into its framework and is always advancing at a fast pace. I will always be drawn to the field because of its complexity and dependence on identifying details and subtle clues of disease. I remember a quote from a radiologist I worked with in the past: Anyone can look at a brain and recognize that it is indeed a brain; however, if you don't know what you're looking for, you will never find what makes each brain unique.
I currently live with my wife Megan, she works in advertising and marketing. We just got married 2 weeks before residency started. Both my family and my wife's family live in Linden as well, so everyone is still close.
When you're not working, what do you do for fun?
I enjoy exercising and going on walks when I'm not in the hospital. I try to do something outside every day when the weather is nice to take advantage of the good days while they last. I also really enjoy playing music. I can play the piano, guitar, and recently started learning the ukulele. Music has always been a great stress-reliever for me .
What do you love about Michigan and Hurley?
I can't say enough good things about living in Michigan. I have lived in the state my entire life, and it will always feel like home. I was born in Flint, and Genesee County is still the area I am most familiar with. Hurley is a great place to train because of the community and the unfortunate situation regarding the city it serves. Hurley services the people of Flint, who have unique problems associated with being considered an underserved community. The pathology is more advanced, the conditions are more critical, and mental health is part of many cases. Hurley recognizes its place in the community, and the healthcare team understands and accepts the challenge every day. I wanted to work at this hospital because I knew that it would not only be a great learning experience, but I also wanted to give back to the community I lived in through my medical training.
- Film: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
- Music: Classic rock
- Restaurant: Ima in Madison Heights (The best ramen I've had)
- Beach: Rosy Mound Natural Area in Grand Haven. (I proposed to my wife here.)
We are who we choose to be. The Green Goblin in Spiderman
I like this quote because it places all successes or failures, both personal and professional, in your hands. I like the idea of total accountability for the things you do. In every situation, we are presented with choices and options; how we respond ultimately determines who we are.
What's the best thing from the Hurley cafeteria that's not listed on the menus?
It has to be plain grilled chicken breast. They only list the grilled chicken sandwich on the menu, but you can leave off the bun and cheese if you feel so inclined. I order 2 grilled chicken breasts anytime I eat at the cafeteria. The chicken is great and relatively cheap!