Read below for an interview with Internal Medicine PGY-3 Dr. Malorie Holmes.
Why did you choose UMMC for residency?
I chose UMMC for residency to be closer to my family and because of how awesome the residents were! After living in Nashville for a while, I realized I needed to be close to my family so that I can get home cooked meals after work. Also, I was lucky enough to meet residents from UMMC at the Meharry recruitment dinner and even had the chance to stop by the hospital on my way home during Christmas break as an M3. Jeremy Courtney gave me a tour of the hospital and introduced me to other residents during my visit and I was hooked!
Tell us about a memorable experience from training.
This is such a tough question. There are too many to choose just one! Doing my first central line during intern year was a memorable and rewarding experience. I did it with Ellie and I was super excited about it! She is such an awesome teacher.
What is one thing you would tell the incoming interns about what is to come?
You won’t be perfect and no one expects you to be. Take a deep breath, take it all in stride, you’re here to learn and have fun! I guess that’s 4 things.
What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
USA Gymnastics and the Olympic team. I am always so amazed by the level of mental and physical strength those girls possess. The level of stress that comes with competing is outrageous and I truly feel those girls are so brave. There are more qualified athletes than there are positions and it’s quite interesting to see the rise and fall of some of the most talented athletes the world will never know. I enjoy making my own little bracket comparing the athletes based on physical and mental agility to see who I think will make the Olympic team. Did you know some people say it is harder to make the USA Gymnastics team than it is to actually win a metal at the Olympics?
What are some small things that make your day better?
Coffee always makes my day better but aside from that, I love running into residents of other subspecialties that I may have worked with as an intern. It’s always fun to catch up and see how things are going. I also love the occasional visit to the nephrology work room!
What profession would you have chosen if you weren’t a physician?
If I had not become a physician, I would have opened a competitive cheerleading gym. I coached high school and competitive cheerleading after college and had a blast! In many ways, it is similar to academic medicine in that you teach skills and watch people learn and grow. I truly felt fulfilled with my coaching experience. I volunteered with a high school cheerleading team when I first moved to Mississippi and I’m hoping to get back involved!