University of Michigan
Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training
Since I left Grand Rapids over 8 years ago, the city and the population have grown immensely. With that came a surge in healthcare infrastructure and an increase in the diversity of the patient population. With a high ED volume, a strong academic drive, and a premiere healthcare system in a medium-sized city, I was drawn back home. I have pride for the city I grew up in and for what it is today, and I am excited to learn and practice in this type of ED environment.
Furthermore, Grand Rapids is a beautiful city with a rich food and beer culture, excellent sports teams, and a family-friendly attitude. Speaking of sports teams, 4 Red Wings players visited Devos Chidren's Hospital while on my away elective there. Besides being star-struck, I was hooked.
Hobbies/what I do outside of work
I enjoy ice hockey, weight lifting, football, baseball; essentially, any and all sports. I love hiking, fishing, and camping as well. I also have developed a skill for automotive repair and hope to build a car from scratch someday. My ultimate passion in life, however, is my family. I have two sons and a beautiful wife.