The Emory Pathology Residency Training Program welcomes candidates from all backgrounds and lifestyles. We are a collegial and diverse group, encompassing residents from all regions of the country and from abroad. Each year the department hosts several events such as a barbeque, Holiday party, end of year banquet for all residents, fellows, and faculty to attend. Additionally, the department hosts a monthly “liver rounds” on Friday afternoons to ease the faculty and residents into the weekend. These events promote the collegial atmosphere that Emory enjoys between the resident and faculty.
The chairman of pathology at my medical school told me that Emory was a very good program. When I interviewed at Emory, I was impressed by the accomplishments of the faculty, the number of fellowships available, and the volume and variety of cases. The main reason; however, that I put Emory at the top of my rank list was the residents. They were very smart, socially adept, and genuinely happy. I liked them and I wanted to work with them.
I loved my introduction to forensics, autopsy, neuropathology, cytology, pediatric pathology, and hematopathology. I love that I absorbed so much knowledge, and that my eye has improved at the scope. I love that I have presented research at multiple national conferences and been encouraged to represent Emory as a delegate in the College of American Pathologists Residents Forum. I love that I’ve found female mentors after whom I may model my career. I love that attending pathologists have welcomed my boyfriend and I into their homes for holidays and weekend dinners. I love that I have met residents who have helped me gross when we were swamped, swapped call, taught me differential diagnoses, invited me to weddings, baby showers, and children’s birthday parties, flown with me across the country, explored new cities with me, and will be my friends and colleagues for years to come.
As a rising fourth year, I can confidently say that I am building a strong foundation in anatomic and clinical pathology. I have been accepted to an amazing fellowship at the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office in Atlanta, Georgia. I’m so excited about the future and I’ll answer this question when I get my first job.
I love my neighborhood. Atlanta is an affordable city built of many small neighborhoods, which each seem to have unique identity and charm. I live in Inman Park-- a stone’s throw from the beltline (where I walk after work) and moments from a free outdoor yoga class attended by hundreds of people each Tuesday. I can walk or ride my bike to Piedmont Park for live music, festivals, and art fairs. My boyfriend and I are in the process of exploring the restaurants within walking distance of our apartment, and our favorite places so far are Krog Street Market, Barcelona wine bar, Juliana’s Crepes, and Zuma sushi bar.
My initial interest in Emory Pathology started after I developed an interest in Soft Tissue during my post-sophomore fellowship. Emory is led by Dr. Sharon Weiss who, along with being a great teacher, literally wrote the book on soft tissue tumors.
During my interview, I was impressed by how well the residents got along with each other and how genuinely happy they seemed. I knew that being a part of that type of atmosphere would allow me to flourish both personally and professionally.
Emory has a really strong AP and CP program. While I am more interested in AP, I wanted to make sure I had great CP training. Emory serves ones of the highest sickle cell populations in the country. On our transfusion medicine service, we become efficient at managing complex issues that I know will serve me well when I will have to take CP call as an attending. Additionally, the type of cases we see daily re-inforce concepts that we will be tested on for Boards. That means less learning from a book and definitely makes CP more enjoyable.
My long-term goal is to be an Academic Pathologist. Part of those duties would include teaching and research. As a resident at Emory, I have been involved with teaching medical students as part of their pathology curriculum. I have also been involved in many research projects and feel that Emory is supportive and promotes research. In fact, Emory will provide up to $2500 each year for travel expenses if you present research at a national conference. I know that once my training at Emory is complete I will feel more prepared to transition to the duties of an Academic Pathologist.
I grew up in a small town. While Atlanta is a big city and sometimes that traffic can seem a little much, I enjoy how green it is. Atlanta is known as the “city in a forest.” The lush greenery makes the city feel much smaller than it actually is. I often feel like I am back in my hometown but with all the comforts of a major city.
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