What made you want to train at UCLA?UCLA's program has so much to offer, such as opportunities to work with and teach medical students, numerous opportunities for resident involvement within the program, strong clinical experiences, great mentorship, and many research opportunities in a variety of specialties. More than anything, the number of diverse clinical training sites was a big appeal (and well worth the driving time!). We get strong training in all different clinical settings, including "bread-and-butter" pediatrics, care of very medically complex patients, underserved public hospital experiences, and opportunities to see rare "zebra" cases. But, the most important factor was the people here. Everyone here supports each other, and every faculty member I've met so far has been a strong advocate for resident education.
What part of your training has been the most meaningful, so far?I have learned SO much from all of my Senior Residents! I love how much we get to know each of the seniors. There are many rotations where only one or two interns are paired with a senior, and these are some of the best opportunities to learn, receive mentoring, and get feedback and guidance tailored to us. All of the senior residents have been amazing!
What projects are you working on?So far, I've been focusing on being an intern, but I want to get involved with clinical research and also our Residency Advocacy Council!
What are your plans after residency?I definitely plan to do a fellowship, but my specific plans are still evolving (check back in a year or two for the final answer)! I've loved all of my rotations so far, and I always find myself considering a new specialty when I get to experience it.
What I’m not in the hospital you can find me…On one of the amazing beaches on the westside of LA or out exploring new cuisine and restaurants in our area.
What made you want to train at UCLA?Rotating with UCLA Pediatrics at the beginning of my 4th year of medical school really opened up my eyes to the incredible teamwork for patient care, the compassion shown to patient families, and enthusiasm for evidence-based learning. I was actually planning on applying into another specialty previously, but the overall quality of care to patients and also promotion of quality of life of residents/staff switched me to pediatrics. I also love being in the LA area with the incredible weather, food, rock climbing gyms, beach, proximity to family in Northern California and friends, made UCLA a no brainer to me. I also wanted to train at an institution that I knew had strong public health, infectious disease, and global health programs as I look towards my future career.What part of your training has been the most meaningful, so far?As an intern, my most meaningful experiences so far has been in meeting all the other residents and our attendings as well as other staff. I get to see incredible multidisciplinary team work and coordination of care for our some of patients most at need of social support. I get to be continually inspired by everyone's hard work on a daily basis. Another great aspect (and another reason I ranked UCLA as my #1) is that we get to rotate through so many different medical centers throughout LA. I've had the opportunity to, again, work with teams at different sites that offer thoughtful care to their specific patient populations.
What projects are you working on?I am currently finishing up some infectious disease and nutrition research projects that I started while in medical school. Additionally, coming from a Theatre-Performance Studies and a urban dance background, I'm excited to join with some residents to hopefully form an a dance program for kids at a medical home to help show them the fun yet physically invigorating effects of dance in their lives.
What are your plans after residency?As of right now, I am thinking either a Pediatric Infectious Disease or Emergency Medicine Fellowships with Epidemiologic Intelligence Service Fellowship somewhere down the line afterwards.
What I’m not in the hospital you can find me…1) Cooking up a storm, then attempting to plate the meal neatly with my partner, Kevin.2) Crushing slopers at a rock climbing gym with my fellow interns! 3) Doing cartwheels or looking for dolphins with friends at a nearby beach.
What made you want to train at UCLA?The high acuity patients, diverse faculty, and large Spanish-speaking patient population. UCLA was the perfect combination of academic and community medicine, and located in a city that feels like home. I love the endless opportunities available here to help carve our future medical careers early on and throughout residency. We also have a faculty that really took me under their wing and provided mentorship even as a visiting medical student. What part of your training has been the most meaningful, so far?Learning with a diverse group of colleagues, patients, and faculty in an environment that fosters inclusivity and resident wellness.What projects are you working on?Bench testing of low-diameter balloon expandable stents used in congenital heart disease. Also involved in the initial planning of improving heart transplant medication compliance through new medical education programs for families. What are your plans after residency?Pediatric Cardiology FellowshipWhat I’m not in the hospital you can find me…With my dog, and outside!