My hometown is Cleveland, Ohio. I am currently living in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
I attended Miami University of Ohio for my undergraduate education. For medical school, I attended Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. I am currently in my third year of orthopedic surgery residency at Western Reserve Hospital in Cuyahoga Falls.
The most valuable learning experience I’ve had in residency has been my time taking spine trauma call at a level I trauma center. Level I spine trauma call gives you the opportunity to see a variety of injuries and presentations, while learning management strategies in unstable patients and valuable surgical skills.
I joined NASS because I wanted get more involved in the field of spine as well as gain valuable knowledge and mentorship from more experienced spine surgeons.
Joining a committee during residency has benefited my membership by allowing me to interact with spine surgeons from around the country on a monthly basis. I have been able to take part in conference calls and meetings where I have the ability to share my ideas and see how committees work inside NASS.
It is important to be an active participant in the societies I join because it allows me to get the most out of the society. Being active gives me the opportunity to interact with other professionals who I might not meet under normal circumstances. It also gives me new learning opportunities to see new techniques and innovations.
The advice that I would give medical students is to stay motivated and stay active. It is very important to take every clinical rotation seriously. You can always learn something new on a rotation, even if it is not in your desired field.
I do not currently use social media professionally. I do intend on using it once I become a practicing physician. It is important to market yourself, so that you can reach as many potential patients as possible. Today’s patients are educated and research everything they can online. A practicing physician needs to make sure that their online presence is a positive one, through various social media platforms and websites.
I believe that the media does a good job reporting on the health care industry. They report on many issues that are pressing to patients and allows physicians to see issues from our patient’s perspectives.
Once I am done with residency, I am planning on attending a spine surgery fellowship. I apply to fellowship in this upcoming year. After fellowship, I plan on returning to Cleveland, where I would prefer to work for a hospital system, preferably taking level I trauma call while building my patient base.