Resident Spotlight: Dr. Leiah Moore

First, tell us about yourself.

I was born and raised in middle TN and lived there my entire life until I moved for medical school. I have one younger sister who is currently in FNP school and also planning a wedding for next year. My dad retired from the Army about 2 years ago, my mom works as an RN, and they now live in the country with land that we love to enjoy when we go back home to visit! I attended Vanderbilt University for undergrad and VCOM South Carolina for medical school where I met my sweet husband, Kyle. We got married right before graduation in April 2016 and moved to Jackson for residency. I gained an incredible family when I married Kyle and have absolutely loved living in MS with them over the last 3 years! We are currently expecting our first child in June and are planning to move back to TN after graduation. We will both be working at a community hospital in Dickson, TN (about 45 minutes west of downtown Nashville), myself as a Hospitalist and Kyle as an ED physician.

What do you like most about UMC and what will you miss most?

I love the people! The residents, administration, and staff really make our amazing program what it is today. I felt like family from the very first time I stepped foot on campus and could not have imagined training anywhere else. This has been my home away from home and I am going to miss it tremendously!

Share a story of your time here and someone who has been a mentor or made an impression on you.

A few of the girls in our class started a “Brunch Club” during intern year. We would try and meet once a month for brunch (or happy hour/dinner, really whatever our schedules allowed for), to just catch up outside of the hospital! We have continued this throughout training and the group continues to grow! It has become something I really look forward to and have enjoyed getting to know these incredible female physicians that I get to call my friends!

What is a piece of advice that your current self would give to your intern self?

It gets easier, I promise! The days seem to last forever but the months fly by. Before long you will look up and be 3 months away from graduation!

What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?

Oooo…..we see a lot of sepsis, COPD, and heart failure exacerbations, so maybe something along those lines! But I really hope I don’t ever have to do that on the fly!

What are some small things that make your day better?

Food always makes my day better! (I’m also pregnant so that might have something to do with it!)

What takes up too much of your time?

Definitely the computer. I would much rather be sitting and talking with my patients/team than in front of the screen.

What is something you wish you knew more about?

Everything! I feel like there is always something to learn or take away from every experience and I want to be as well-rounded as possible both in medicine and life!


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