Degree: Exercise Science at Truman State University in Kirksville MO
Hometown: Springfield IL
Medical School: A. T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine.
After residency: On the job hunt now for an inpatient/outpatient PM&R job.
Career Interest/ Research: I really enjoy inpatient PM&R, but I also enjoy neuro rehab in the outpatient clinic.
Hobbies/ Interest: biking, hiking, adventuring with my Husband and 2 dogs, and traveling as much as possible.
Bio: One of the things I love about PM&R is the focus on quality of life, and the ability to see the tangible progress that our patients make while on the inpatient rehab unit. They have just gone through a significant life change, whether that be a Spinal Cord Injury, a Brain Injury, Amputation, Stroke, or multi-trauma, and we see them during their most vulnerable time. I really enjoy working on the inpatient unit, because we are able to watch them progress every day, and we focus on adaptive strategies to getting them home with family so they can return to the life that they left.
Columbia is a wonderful place to live and train. For me it is the perfect size town, to have the variety in entertainment and restaurants you would get in a bigger area, while avoiding the high cost of living and traffic. My husband and I love to be outside, and Columbia is very outdoor oriented. You would be hard pressed to find another town with a better trail system integrated within the city, as well as connecting to the Katy Trail, which spans across Missouri, giving you endless miles of biking and running. There are also 2 state parks within a 15/20-minute drive, with many more within a couple hours, so there is plenty of hiking and camping options as well.
One of the things that makes our program the BEST, is the friendship between all the residents. We regularly get together for board games, happy hours, and dinner. We also have a department Slow Pitch Softball team, which has included attendings, residents and their families. We have previously had kickball teams, and we currently have a monthly book club which focuses on fun books to read, not journals, and includes not just the docs, but all supporting staff in the department. Because of the strong bond we have outside of work, this makes working together even more fun. Everyone supports each other and helps out when needed so that one person isn’t always the resident staying late to finish work. If I could choose my program again, it would definitely be Mizzou.