Dr. Amor Royer, PGY-3 in internal medicine, shares memories from training and his love for UMMC. A native of the US Virgin Islands, Dr. Royer shares about his interests and why he chose UMMC for training. Dr. Royer matched into Gastroenterology and Hepatology fellowship at the University of Louisville and will start July 2021.
Why did you choose UMMC for residency?
“Boom”, easy: 1. The people…..from the get-go you feel the “team” vibe. Everyone is here to care for patients while training residents/students to be great physicians. 2. The pathology. Being the most underserved population in the US lets you see pathology you’d be hard-pressed to see elsewhere. For those two main reasons, I knew I would get a stellar training here. Bonus: Its warm…usually.
Tell us about a memorable experience from training.
First day in the ICU. It was my first day of residency. We had a code a few hours in. I run to the room and must’ve looked like a deer in headlights because the nurse, while still doing chest compressions, says “You must be new here, welcome to the ICU, now lets get some pads on this guy.”
What is one piece of advice you would give to interns?
You are NOT alone. Don’t think that for a minute. You’re a part of a team that cares and wants the best for you AND your patient. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
What could you give a presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
How has COVID-19 changed the way you practice medicine?
Its augmented my view on the importance of support for patient AND family. Not seeing your loved one is hard for both patient AND their support.
What are some small things that make your day better?
A working speech mic. Laughing with my co-residents. Snacks in the lounge. Nightly ramelteon.
Where could we find you when you are not at the hospital?
Wherever my pup is at…so usually running around outside. If not, I’m trying to get more patient data for all the amazing research Dr. Glover is letting us work on!
What profession would you have chosen if you weren’t a physician?
Lol I used to be a nurse….would DEFINITELY do that again. Maybe a CRNA or something cool like that. If out of healthcare, I’d be a physics professor. Everyone follows the laws, numbers don’t lie, and I love to teach.