Persistence Paid Off for This Resident

A Q & A with Anna Nelson, DO, University of Louisville in Louisville, Ky.

Though her path to becoming a hospitalist may not be straightforward, Dr. Nelson’s tenacity has opened doors. As a resident and member of The Hospitalist’s editorial board, she shares a fresh perspective.

Hospitalists are some of the best advocates for their patients.

Dr. Nelson

Dr. Nelson

Q: Why did you choose a career in hospital medicine?

Hospitals are scary places for patients and their families. While I love the workflow of inpatient medicine, I also respect the impact we can have on our patients in the way we communicate with and advocate for them in the inpatient setting.

Q: What’s been your biggest success?

Working as hard as I have to get where I am! I did not have a straightforward path from undergrad to medical school because my grades and research experience paled in comparison to others applying alongside me. Despite others telling me to opt for a different career choice, I persisted and have opened so many doors for myself along the way.

Q: What makes you happiest about the work you do?

The relationships I develop with my patients and their families.

Q: Why did you join SHM?

It is an avenue for me to become part of the medical community beyond my residency program. 

Q: Why did you become an editorial board member?

This was the first year the editorial board incorporated residents and fellows and I jumped at the chance to become involved 

Q: What’s the first page you turn to when you get your copy of The Hospitalist?

In the Literature—I love the quick-hitting summaries of new data.

Q: What topics would you like to see more of in The Hospitalist?

Medical education in the hospital setting as it pertains to all levels—attendings, fellows, residents, and students.

Q: What’s something someone would be surprised to know about you?

I spend a lot of my free time playing board games!

Q: What do you wish the world knew about hospitalists?

They are some of the best advocates for their patients.

In a word, hospitalists are/hospital medicine is invigorating.

Q: How do you stay motivated during stressful days?

I reward myself with a good meal—it’s the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow!

Dr. Nelson earned her medical degree from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, W.Va., and is currently a resident at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, in Louisville, Ky.


  1. Dennis Nelson

    We have all faced disappointment, but this one never doubted where she would wind up, and during a battle with a worldwide pandemic on top of the responsibilities and drive of a resident, she knew she was where she should be.


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