Resident Spotlight: Dr. Taylor Harvey

Dr. Taylor Harvey is a native of Jackson, MS and will be graduating residency this month before beginning pulmonary and critical care fellowship here at UMMC. Here, he shares why he chose to stay at UMMC and some of what he has learned along the way.

Why did you choose UMMC for residency?

I chose residency at UMMC because I felt like it was a group of people that I could spend 12-14 hours in a small room with while having a really bad day and still enjoy my job.

Tell us about a memorable experience from training.

I think unfortunately my most memorable time in residency was probably watching as my patient with COVID was simultaneously having a bedside c-section and coding.  The baby was subsequently emergently intubated on a counter, and resuscitation was attempted. 

What is one thing you would tell the incoming interns about what is to come?

I think there is probably 2 things I would say A) Learn what to worry about immediately and what can be watched and B) Sign out your inbox and delete Haiku off your phone when going on vacation. Time out of the hospital is as important as time spent learning in the hospital.

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

I can probably work through a chalk talk on planning a dinner party for 20.

How has COVID-19 changed the way you practice medicine?

This is a hard question I think for anyone who has started their training in the last 2-3 years.  The first 6 months of my residency I was just learning how to be a doctor, then was thrown into COVID. I think the main thing people have lost due to COVID is the personal aspect of medicine, the physical distancing and social distancing is only amplified in the clinic and hospital for the most part.

What are some small things that make your day better?

Coffee and Aura Bora waters

Where could we find you when you are not at the hospital?

If I am not in the hospital, I am probably at home cooking food and entertaining friends or family at my house.

What profession would you have chosen if you weren’t a physician?

I would want to say something crazy like chef or sommelier but, more likely a chemical engineer.

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