Chief Resident – 4th year
Hometown: Republic, Missouri
Personal statement: I was born in 1980 in Springfield, MO. I grew up in SW Missouri with one older brother and my parents. There are no other physicians in my family, but my mother is a heart transplant recipient, and I was always interested in science and medicine. I earned a bachelors degree in Biology from Drury. I also met my wife in college. We were married just before medical school and now have two young sons, who are two years apart in age. I did my medical school training at MU. It was there that I was introduced to the field of pathology.
Hobbies: Playing with kids, lawn care, movies, hiking.
Why I chose this program: Columbia is a very, very nice and cheap place to live and raise children. The MU pathology department is a very resident friendly department with quality training, a great (low stress) work atmosphere, and good (very good) benefits. We get 4 weeks of vacation and great parking. There are opportunities for various types of research and teaching. The hospital is in a very safe area and within walking distance to MU campus amenities. I am able to enjoy afternoon group coffee breaks with very nice attendings and fellow residents/med students.
Professional interests: I am interested in many areas of pathology including hematopathology, chemistry, transplant medicine, blood banking, and renal pathology. I am currently completing my AP and CP training and plan to be board certified in both fields. I enjoy teaching and research activities. Subspecialty training is also something I am interested in, though I have not chosen a specific field yet.
Long-term plans: I plan on working either in private practice or academics. I hope to bring new skills and/or updates in modern advances to a pathology group. I want to play an active role in quality improvement. I look forward to finding a work environment that is similar to the aforementioned MU pathology department.