Internal Medicine, University of California, San Diego; San Diego CA - La Jolla, CA
is a University of California, San Diego
medical school graduate.
most memorable experiences in medical school came in quiet interactions with patients, often at odd hours.
still remembers one such patient, a person with a large foot abscess due to poor diabetic control.
"I talked with that patient for weeks about his
life, and from time to time asked him about his
thoughts on amputation, but did not want to push the decision until the patient had accepted it.
This patient will always stand out in my mind as many of our conversations occurred in the early hours of the morning while on-call; a great deal of healing can occur from a conversation at 3 a.m. when the patient can't sleep due to worry.
This patient showed me the necessity of being on-call and being able to have the time to just sit and talk.
is a natural at internal medicine - enjoying not only the complexities of managing a critically ill patient via careful attention to each organ system and the patient as a whole, but also being a guide to patients, helping them navigate the complex and often extremely confusing world of medicine, explaining consultant recommendations and helping them understand how to get the resources they need to succeed in the world.
As a San Diego native, he
is also a unique example of someone whose roots in medicine are tied in to his