Falling in love with the best north eastern city (next to New York, Boston, and D.C. of course) I was wooed by the medical mecca of Philadelphia and spent 4 amazing years soaking up as much knowledge as I could at the illustrious Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Through some screwy “sell-my-soul-in-exchange-for”- type miracle I matched at Indiana University’s Emergency Medicine residency. After three intense and amazing years surrounded by brilliant leaders and accomplished co-residents I began repaying Uncle Sam’s generous financial contribution to my education. Over the various assignments and rousing experiences that four years of active duty in the Army afforded, my desire to dedicate my career to academic medicine was crystalized. Like everyone in academia, I spent many hours considering the niche I wanted to pursue. It wasn’t long before I realized all of the career enriching benefits that the subspecialty of medical toxicology afforded.
I was blessed to have married a wonderful, smart, and supportive woman who fortunately mandated we move to a city that happened to be home to two medical toxicology fellowships. Déjà vu all over again, we were back in the city of brotherly love.
The next two years I served as both a medical toxicology fellow as well as a part-time emergency medicine attending in one of the most gritty, fun, and busy emergency departments in Philadelphia: Einstein Medical Center. Having trained under a cadre of (mostly 😉 young) super-enthusiastic and supportive toxicology attendings, I learned the importance of “paying it forward” in graduate medical education. It was in the spirit of giving back to “as many as possible” that this podcast was born.