As an undergrad, he fell in love with microbiology and infectious diseases. (“Yes,” he says, “I’m that kind of nerd.”). Then cardiology (“I really liked acid base.”) He considered, then rejected, thoughts of a career in surgery? “Intense, but not complicated enough.” Ob-Gyn? “The excitement is really addicting but…”
At MUA he was a standout student, scoring in the top 2.5% on the USMLE. It was during his MUA clinical rotations in Louisiana that he found his calling, in effect pulled back to his infancy in critical care: he was born with a condition known as transposition of the great arteries, underwent heart surgery at seven days old and has checked in with a cardiologist every year of his life.
“On my clinicals I saw just an absolutely outrageous amount of pathology. A lot of cardiology, renal, and infectious disease. I had a patient with cholera. It was amazing. I loved it.”
A 2015 MUA grad, Brian is now a resident in in his hometown of Reading, PA, in Reading Hospital’s three-year internal medicine program, his No. 1 choice, heading for a fellowship in…what else would you expect?: pulmonology and critical care.
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