Why Albuquerque: I found few programs that have such a large catchment area, an in house Peds Hospital, a culturally diverse patient population, and a strong emphasis on education. There was no other program that combined that strong foundation with the amazing opportunities to explore international and wilderness medicine to the level developed at UNM. I was impressed by the faculty that were supportive and flexible to help me achieve my personal goals during residency while balancing life with my family. Having the Sandia Mountains at arm’s reach is a mentionable cherry on top of a multi-scoop ice-cream sundae.
Life Before Med School: I loved to travel and lived in Europe for a total of about 4 years, and also spent time in SE Asia and Mexico.
Hobbies: Teaching my daughter how to jump in puddles, break icicles and ski. If time allows and my daughter is napping, I enjoy Mtn/road biking, skiing and fishing. I used to play a lot of Jazz saxophone, and I hope to pick that up again soon.
Worst/Best job: Shoveling out Outhouses as a young teenager was likely my worst job. My best job has been teaching teenagers how to ski steep powder and hit jumps, where I also got top notch meals everyday at lunch.
Favorite Band: Miles Davis or Pearl Jam
Favorite Movie: Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and all the sequels
Anything else interesting: I was a winner of a Turban tying contest at the camel festival in Pushkar, India.