My clinical specialty is emergency medicine. I chose medicine because I have always enjoyed learning how the body works and how the science of caring for our bodies is ever-changing. I appreciate working with children, as caring for them automatically includes working with the family. Working with children gives us an opportunity to set foundations for life-long health.
I am interested in global health — it is the basis for my research interests. Growing up in the military and learning about different cultures gave me an appreciation for our connectedness with one another. I also enjoy learning and appreciating what different cultures bring to our western understanding of medical care.
To contribute to my global awareness, I chose to complete my dissertation in Nicaragua. I value the experience of learning about another culture and language. It was helpful to learn to work with another university and government to contribute to the understanding of some of the problems they face. This experience contributes to working with any system to improve healthcare.