Our chief residents – Drs. Awad Hirpara, Jeff Kim, and Libby Wang – were fascinated to learn more about Dr. Drewry, one of our new anesthesiology interns, and asked him these questions:
Where are you from, and where did you attend college and medical school?
I’m originally from a village called Crowland in the east of England. I grew up there until I was fourteen, and then my dad got a job in the United States, so my family and I moved to Gilroy, California. My undergraduate studies were in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology here at UCLA, and then I went to Chicago to attend medical school at Rosalind Franklin University.
What made you decide to pursue anesthesiology training at UCLA?
There are three main reasons I decided to train at UCLA: the location, the opportunities after graduation, and the people. Since my days as a UCLA undergraduate, I feel at home in Los Angeles. The sun, the beach, the abundance of things to do, and the proximity to my family, make LA a perfect location for me. Additionally, UCLA Health has a global reputation for training excellent physicians, and I believe this will provide career opportunities that may not be available at other programs. But the biggest factor which pulled me here was that the people at UCLA Anesthesia are warm, supportive, and foster a culture geared towards education.
What do you like to do in your free time in LA?
I love hanging out at the beach! If I want to chill out and lie on the sand, I’ll head towards Malibu, but if I want the more eclectic, lively vibe then Venice Beach does the job. LA is a basketball city, which gives me lots of opportunities to play. I also love playing soccer at the UCLA intramural field. Checking out the Getty Museum or Griffith Observatory are more favorite LA activities.
What plans do you have for life after residency?
I like the intensity of cardiac anesthesiology, but I also look forward to the opportunity in pediatric anesthesiology to look after children. A fellowship in one or the other (or maybe both!) is my plan. Additionally, sometime in the future I aspire to teach residents or medical students. Other than that, I want to keep an open mind and see what opportunities arise!