Hello, and welcome to the University of Maryland! I have not exactly taken the direct route to Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland, but I'm happy with where I am now. Fourteen years ago, I was mucking oil-filled bilge water out of the bowels of an 800 foot oil tanker. Today I'm reading EKGs alongside Amal Mattu.
I grew up in a small town called Washington, PA, just south of Pittsburgh. I graduated from undergrad with a BS in marine engineering at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. I sailed around the world (literally, but it took 102 days instead of 90) for a few years, had stops to live for a few months in Baltimore, Cape Canaveral, Florida, and ultimately ended up in the amazing city of New Orleans for nine years. That city changed my life in many ways including meeting my amazing wife, but most importantly, after a small event called Hurricane Katrina, I was compelled to change careers and become a doctor and enrolled at Tulane med school.
In choosing a residency, the University of Maryland gave me everything I wanted: unparalleled access to the forefront of the EM education elite, a diverse city population badly in need of medical help, a close knit group of friends, and an eclectic city with a ton of things to do and explore.
It's an amazing place to build the core of your EM knowledge that will serve you the rest of your career. You can rub elbows with the leaders in the industry and have a good time in the process. Feel free to email me with any questions you have!
Impact of communication between specialties on patient care