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.

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