Hometown: Colorado Springs, CO
Undergraduate Degree (and Institution): Integrative Physiology with a minor in Leadership at University of Colorado Boulder
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE
When did you know you wanted to be a doctor?: It all started when I took anatomy unexpectedly in high school. I had to switch out of an engineering class and didn’t look back. It still took years and tons of experience to decide on being a physician specifically, but that go the process going.
Why did you choose to specialize in ophthalmology?: Although I’d like to say it was Glaucomflecken’s humor, it had more to do with the uniqueness and precision of ophthalmology. I loved the opportunity to master so many skills in clinic and appreciated the balance of time in clinic and surgery.
How did you feel when you matched with IU School of Medicine for your residency? What about this program appealed to you?: My wife and I were very excited to couples match at IU (her in family medicine). We loved the size being a large academic center, but we also knew it was a place we’d find great community. Not going to lie, it also helps to have three Costco’s in the city to choose from …
What has been your most memorable experience in residency so far?: Getting to do wet labs as a PGY-1. It is a great opportunity to explore without the stress of real patients.
What do you admire most about your co-residents?: How we all come from different backgrounds and think differently – no matter the topic, we all challenge each other to think more broadly than we have before. I also appreciate our mutual love for game nights.
What gets you through a long, stressful shift?: Being able to look forward to long runs, time outdoors, and upcoming trips/time with family.
What are some of your hobbies and interests? How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?: I’m a big outdoorsman – anything from running to fishing to skiing. I prioritize quality sleep exercise and outside of work as much as possible and this keeps me sane. It also helps that our PGY-1 schedule is already very work-life friendly.