Tell us about which medical school you attended and why it made the top of your list.
I graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina and loved living in Charleston. So much, that staying for an additional four years seemed ideal. Plus, the University offered me a merit-based scholarship which made the financial decision very easy.
Where did you complete your residency? How/Why did you end up choosing that location?
I recently graduated from the residency program at the University of Virginia. I looked at programs mostly along the East Coast and ended up ranking UVA my top choice. Charlottesville was a great location and during my interview, I felt like I belonged. They see lots of complicated patients which made the program challenging and the leadership and teachers there are top-notch.
Tell us more about how you came to choose the field of medicine?
I have always loved math and science. During college, I worked as a patient transporter at Presbyterian Matthews and felt the hospital was definitely a cool and inspiring place to work. It was then, I chose to focus on getting into medical school.
What about becoming a physician was attractive?
I have always known that I did not want a typical desk job and becoming a physician offered the chance to make a difference in other’s lives, as well as have me continue to learn for the rest of my career, which was a huge motivator.
How did you choose Emergency Medicine as your specialty?
Emergency medicine combines complex problem solving, using your hands, and helping someone on what may be their worst day. It is extremely rewarding, different every day, and you always have the best story at parties.
What do you enjoy most about your day to day practice?
I enjoy what I am doing when our team is able to turn around a critically ill patient. Also, I have learned to appreciate and reflect anytime a patient or family member tells me, “thank you”.
What led you to practice with MEMA?
I am a native Charlottean and had the chance to see MEMA in action when I worked as a transporter at Presbyterian Matthews during college. Growing up, I was close with the Zban family. Dr. Zban became a mentor and I was able to shadow him prior to medical school. I knew he regarded MEMA in such high esteem. My interview with MEMA confirmed this was the right organization for me, which made it an easy decision for my wife and me to come back home.
Has there been one patient, staff member, or caregiver story that has stuck with you during your MEMA tenure?
I have only been on a handful of shifts so far but working side by side with Dr. Zban as co-workers has been both surreal and amazing after all these years.
Are you a member of any associations, societies, or organizations?
I am a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians (NCCEP), the NC Medical Society (NCMS), and the American Medical Association (AMA).
Have you received any awards or been recognized by your peers?
During my residency at UVA, I was chosen to be one of the Chiefs by the faculty and other EM residents and at graduation, they also awarded me the “Teaching Resident of the Year.”
I am most honored by receiving the “2018-2019 Admitting Resident of the Year”, which the internal medicine residency at UVA voted on this and chose me as the recipient.
What was your dream job when you were a child?
I wanted to be Batman, a baseball player, or an astronaut…pretty much in that order.
What about Charlotte excites you?
I haven’t lived in the Queen City in over 11 years, so I am excited to experience it as an adult. My wife, Lauren, and I cannot wait to try out all the restaurants, attend Panthers games, and see some upcoming theatre and comedy performances.
Do you have any hobbies, interests, secret powers that are unique to you?
Fantasy football and trivia are some of my go-to favorites, but my absolute favorite is going to the movies to see any horror film. I enjoy live music, traveling, and any form of competition. After finishing up 11 straight years of college, medical school, and residency I am looking forward to finally discovering my superpowers.