JamesCotton, MD

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Class of 2019


University of California, San Francisco SOM


Enjoying the outdoorsName: James Cotton

Hometown: Rifle, CO

Undergrad: Lewis & Clark College

Life before med school: fishery ecologist, molecular biology/toxicology research for DOE, US Forest Service worker/wild land firefighter, dive/hyperbaric medicine research for DAN, high school teacher in Indonesia, R&D for biotech startup

Med school: University of California at San Francisco

Hobbies: Skiing (telemark and alpine), creek boating, backpacking, travel, photography, SCUBA, mountain biking, reading funny/witty blogs, cooking (once in a while), finding the perfect craft brew.

Favorite band: Mason Jennings, Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Black Keys, Elephant Revival, Jurassic 5….

Favorite movie: The Departed, Jumanji, Zoolander, The Matrix, The Big Lebowski....

Why Albuquerque: Excellent clinical training with emphasis on critical care and great teaching in a down-to-earth environment that supports development of individual interests. All of this in a 3 year program! I was born in Durango, CO and my parents live in Santa Fe; excited to be close to family, have great access to outdoor activates, and live in a town with a low cost of living and great weather.

Anything else interesting: I have terrible handwriting. Prefer crunchy peanut butter and OJ with pulp. I hiked out of the Grand Canyon with pneumonia when I was 12.