Sports have always been a big aspect of my life. I was a three-sport athlete in high school and went on to play collegiate tennis at the University of Mary Washington. As I focused my sights on a career in medicine I discovered the niche of a Family Medicine trained Sports Medicine physician. I always enjoyed the relationships I built with patients through Family Medicine. I also knew I wanted to work with athletes moving forward in a non-surgical arena. Sports Medicine through Family Medicine gives me the perfect opportunity for this. As I researched Family Medicine programs for residency I knew I wanted a program that had a Sports Medicine Fellowship. Being at St. Francis has allowed me to build relationships with our Sports Medicine attendings early on. It has also allowed to me to be involved in sideline coverage, sports specific workshops, and research throughout my time here. I look forward to cultivating my skills in Sports Medicine next year as I take on this new opportunity.
I initially became interested in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) during my inpatient palliative medicine rotation in medical school. I found it very meaningful to be able to deal with patients with complex health issues, build trusting relationships with patients and their families, effectively collaborate with an interdisciplinary team, and discern when a patient’s well-being and quality of life need to be addressed. Throughout my family medicine residency training, I incorporated goals of care conversations during various patient encounters, worked on an advanced care planning initiative within our clinic, and fostered my interest by seeking out elective rotations in HPM. I further witnessed the importance of this specialty during the COVID-19 pandemic and decided to pursue fellowship training in HPM. I am very grateful and excited for the opportunity to obtain further training in order to fulfill the distinct needs of this patient population as a Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellow this year.