I take pride in serving the City of Cleveland for over a decade as a paramedic in the Division of Emergency Medical Service. As my skill and knowledge develop over the years, so does my aspiration to advance my ability in helping my patients beyond pre-hospital care. I am thrilled to earn a seat in the inaugural Post-Baccalaureate Class of the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and Cleveland State University (CSU) Partnership. The collaboration, which creates a M.D. track emphasizing primary care in urban health, allows me to focus my medical training specifically on the needs of the residents of Cleveland.
Medical team is a well-established concept in emergency medicine, with examples including the trauma team and chest pain team. I am excited to apply the teamwork concept to the new model of care, the medical home to help my patients stay well physically and mentally and keep their chronic illnesses under control. To quote David Longworth, an internist in Cleveland Clinics medical institute, I wish to be a quarterback who orchestrates [my patients] care.
The 2012 National Healthcare Quality Report states, Across the lifespan, health care helps people stay healthy, recover from illness, live with chronic disease or disability, and cope with death and dying. Quality health care delivers these services in ways that are safe, timely, patient centered, efficient and equitable. As a future primary care physician, I will strive to lead my medical team in providing the type of quality and services that will benefit my patient and guide my community towards the optimal health care they need and deserve.