Why did you choose UMMC for residency?
Not to sound cliché , but I chose UMMC for residency because of the people. Residency is challenging regardless of where you go, but it’s important to feel supported and welcomed by the program you’ll call home for at least the next 3-5 years. And although I was born in Japan, I grew up nearby in Madison. After being away for 8 years, it’s great to be home with family/friends and in a familiar place.
Tell us about a memorable experience from training.
There have been so many memorable moments after only one year, but I’d say the biggest one is working on the COVID ICU team. Seeing what patients are going through in real time vs. merely catching glimpses of it on the news are two very different things. Having the honor to provide care is something I won’t forget. Who would’ve thought they’d be a resident doctor in the middle of a pandemic the first year out of medical school ? Not me. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and social distance, y’all.
What advice would you like to leave for the incoming interns?
I know personally that Impostor Syndrome is real, but relax. Residency is for learning, and we’re all in this together. Your education will take a hit if you’re overly worried about asking questions or too afraid to ask for help. Intern year goes by quickly. The days are long, but the year is short. Learn as much as you can from your attendings/fellows/upper-levels.
What are you doing after graduation and where would you like to be in 5 years?
Wow, #QTNA (questions that need answers) as I’m currently still deciding. The beauty of internal medicine is that there are so many pathways that this field can take you whether that be hospitalist/PCP or subspecialty training. I do know that whatever I do will involve aiding recruitment efforts to increase diversity at medical schools and residency programs.
What are some small things that make your day better?
Listening to Beyoncé…because really, how can you not feel like a queen afterwards? Also, an episode of Parks and Rec or The Office while eating a bag of Trolli’s Very Berry Sour Brite Crawlers never gets old no matter how many reruns I watch.
What profession would you have chosen if you weren’t a physician?
It was so much fun when I did study abroad in Costa Rica during my time at Auburn. War Eagle, btw! I’d say probably international business so that I can travel the world while still being gainfully employed. There’s so much to do/see and many people to learn from out there in this world. I can’t wait until it’s safe for us to experience those moments again.