My husband, Brett, and I were not particularly interested in coming back to South Carolina for residency. We’d met in Nashville, TN in college, and then moved to the mountains of Eastern KY for med school. We loved the hiking and the gorgeous scenery of Appalachia. And, having been married a few years, we were eager to explore other parts of the country. We have hobbies that you can take anywhere: cooking, movies, video games (I’m unashamedly a video game fan), books (particularly theology…I particularly like Merton, Brett likes Augustine and Aquinas. We’re basically nerds.). Throw in a little outdoors for camping and hiking, and we’re pretty satisfied. So the location of South Carolina (despite me being from the state) wasn’t a huge pull when we started on the residency interview trail.
Self was my first interview, and I already had been impressed with the quality of the residents I’d met at a residency fair. When I left the interview day, I knew everywhere else I went would have to be measured against Self Regional. I loved the camaraderie and respect between the residents and faculty. The inpatient training is superb and their curriculum challenging. And I appreciated the interest the staff took in not only me as a candidate, but also my husband (who is non-medical). I wanted to be at a residency that would equip me to do practically anything after residency, and do it well. Self Regional clearly had that sort of program. After interviewing at several other stellar programs, it was clear that Self Regional was still where I wanted to train.
I’m in my second year now, and I couldn’t be happier with my place at this residency. Brett and I just had our first child and the support for me as a physician and now a mother has been great. Self Regional is the kind of residency that attracts faculty and residents that, of course, want to be exceptional physicians, but it also is a place where I’m encouraged to be a better person. That’s just as important to me. I wasn’t looking to come back to the Southeast for residency, but I’m thankful now that I stumbled across those Self Regional residents at a residency fair. I couldn’t be happier to be here.