Resident Spotlight: Dr. Wilson Helmhout

Meet Dr. Wilson Helmhout, internal medicine PGY-2 resident, foodie, and cat lover. Here, Dr. Helmhout shares why she chose to continue medical training at UMMC, her favorite restaurants in town, and a little bit about her life outside of the hospital.

First things first. How do you pronounce your last name? 

Good question! It’s pronounced how it is spelled “helm-howt.” I hear tons of different pronunciations though- my favorite so far is “Dr. HomeHealth”*

*I am not affiliated with any home health organization

Why did you choose UMMC for residency?

I attended UMMC for medical school, and while we have many great rotations here, the IM rotation inspired my career choice! The patients, the pathology, the residents, the attendings all make for an amazing learning environment. I really loved the culture of learning and friendliness of all the residents and faculty here.

Tell us about a memorable experience from training.

Maybe because we just finished the rotation, but my first upper level month on blue medicine stands out! Having more responsibility was intimidating, but my amazing team made it easier.

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

Being an intern can be overwhelming, but you are not alone! Upper levels and attendings have your back and so do your co-interns. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and reach out! That’s the only way to learn.

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

Medical: hyponatremia or hyperkalemia

Nonmedical: Wilson’s guide to Jackson Restaurants

Which restaurants would be at the top of your list?

Wilson’s Restaurant Guide: 

  • Feelin a little fancy? Caet or Walkers Drive-In (my all time faves) 
  • Casual night? Tuk Tuk Boom, Krilakis, Aplos (try the veggie burger) 
  • Just get off a night shift? Broad Street, Primos, or Brent’s for breakfast 
  • Brunch? Elvies 
  • Underrated happy hour: Saltine 

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

The pandemic emerged at the end of my M3 year, so my whole M4 and intern year was shaped by covid. I guess I didn’t really practice medicine much before covid, but I can say that covid has changed how I live. Seeing people who were fairly healthy catch the virus then deteriorate rapidly makes you realize how quickly life can change and appreciate every moment with loved ones.

What are some small things that make your day better?

Gotta be my morning diet coke

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

Cooking at home, going out to eat with friends, weekend getaways and Costco trips with my boyfriend Andrew (EM PGY-3), or my true passion: watching Nexflix with my cat Lizzie!

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

My college major was Spanish, so probably a Spanish teacher

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