43201-Dirks, Rebecca

Rebecca C. Dirks, MD

Surgery-General Surgery, PGY 4
University of Virginia School of Medicine

EH 100
Indianapolis, IN


Why I chose general surgery as a career: I tried to talk myself out of general surgery. However, when it came time to pick sub-internships, three surgery sub-Is were more appealing than any single sub-I in a different specialty.

Why I chose the IU School of Medicine General Surgery Residency Program: Variety of hospital experiences, convenience and size of Indianapolis, and the gut feeling when interacting with the people in the program during the dinner and interview process.

Professional/Research Interests: Previous research has primarily included use of solid state NMR and direct positron imaging to investigate soybean metabolism (gap year before medical school) and Sarcopenia as a risk factor in surgical patients (medical school). Future research to include pediatric intestinal disorders including nectrotizing enterocolitis, radiation enteritis, and inflammatory bowel disease (two research years planned). My professional goals are malleable, though I’m trying to keep general surgery my main focus.

Personal Interests/Hobbies: Cooking when I’m not on a particularly busy rotation; jogging (yes, a half marathon IS possible intern year); sci-fi and historical fiction (Dr. Who is my recent addiction). Goals over the next five years: pick back up saxophone and tennis.

Titles & Appointments

  • Resident Appointee
  • Education
    2016 MD University of Virginia School of Medicine

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