MEMA Physician Spotlight with Melanie Artho, MD
Tell us why did you choose the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine for medical school?
I was in Lubbock, TX for my undergraduate degree and had a great support system there already and being just a few hours from home and near family, the location was great. During the summer, I was able to participate in several programs at the medical school and enjoyed my interactions with the staff, so I felt the school was a good fit.
Why did you choose Carolinas Medical Center for residency?
I chose CMC because it was rated one of the top programs in the country to train for emergency medicine. I didn’t know anyone when I moved to Charlotte but quickly found a great group of friends, colleagues, and now my family is here.
Tell us more about how you came to choose the field of medicine?
As an undergraduate, I had the opportunity to volunteer with a few physicians and enjoyed having the experience of combining science with caring for others. I was able to use my love of science and the human body to educate and help others on a regular basis. The idea of becoming a physician gave me a chance to care for individuals while doing something I enjoy.
How did you choose Emergency Medicine as your specialty?
Emergency medicine offered a variety of medicine and patients for whom it provided. I like the team approach it requires to adequately care for the patients.
What do you enjoy most about your day to day practice?
I enjoy the unpredictability and vast array of patients and people I interact with and the opportunity it provides me to give compassionate care.
What led you to practice with MEMA?
MEMA was interesting because it was a physician-operated group that was known for providing exceptional emergency care to the Charlotte area.
Has there been one patient, staff member, or caregiver story that has stuck with you during your MEMA tenure?
Overall, I have been sincerely impressed with how the MEMA team comes together to support each other during trying times. Whether it be within the department or personal, the cohesive culture of the team is solid.
Are you a member of any associations, societies, or organizations?
I am a member of both the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and the North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians (NCCEP)
Have you received any awards or been recognized from your peers?
In a previous position, I was recognized for having the highest patient satisfaction scores within the group.
Do you have any hobbies, interests, secret powers that are unique to you?
Charlotte is a growing city we enjoy as a family. We love being outdoors, traveling, and exploring new places.