I was born in Baltimore, and being proud of my roots, feel obligated to tell newcomers about what a great city they've landed in. Lots of sports, parks, music, eateries, indie films, and benches promising a literate citizenry. The best seafood in the world. Close proximity to the shore. Around town, there is plenty of public and private renovation along with historic preservation. It's the birthplace of H.L.Mencken and the deathplace of E.A.Poe. And for the most part, Baltimoreans tend to be a very friendly bunch of people.
After getting my bachelor's in history and earning sneers from my career-prepared friends, I spent time working in medical research, touring with a band, and working with a start-up dotcom in northern California before finally committing to medicine. I attended Drexel University for medical school, and while Philly was a great place to be, I was very excited to return to B-more. The EM program at Maryland is terrific -- I couldn't be happier with my choice. I'm very lucky to have several friends still living in the area, and to have a great intern class to spend the next three years with.
The first few months can be a little overwhelming at times; I've been working on balancing residency with getting my new house in order. Fortunately, support from attendings and residents has the made the transition a smooth one. The EM program places a strong emphasis on teaching and comradery which, in my opinion, makes Maryland the ideal place in which to train.