Medical Student VCU School of Medicine
How long have you been a member of VOS?
Please list a few of your most recent accomplishments:
Drs. Golladay, Kates, and Nirav Patel here at VCU have been impactful mentors and facilitated my research involvement. My research interests include implementation of pre-operative optimization protocols prior to total joint replacement. I am also interested in risk stratification in geriatric hip fracture patients and the use of incisional wound vacs to prevent PJI in total joint arthroplasty. I’m excited to present some of this research in Toronto in October.
Why did you join VOS?
As a student, I felt the best way to learn about the field of Orthopedics was to fully immerse myself within the local orthopedic community. VOS offers an incredible opportunity for mentorship and guidance – in both the clinical and political realm, and I look forward to the chance to learn from our community’s leaders.
VOS provides a means for building relationships and collaboration with colleagues that I hope to work alongside one day. I’m excited to learn more about the research being done around the state at the annual meeting in Virginia Beach next May, and hope to share some of the projects that I’ve been working on with the department here at VCU.
I grew up in the small town of Warsaw, Virginia on the Northern Neck. I attended Rappahannock High School, where I played baseball, basketball, and golf and developed a passion for hunting and fishing – staples of life in the Northern Neck.
I spent my undergraduate years at the University of Virginia, where I majored in Kinesiology and discovered my interest in orthopedics while working as a manager with the UVA Football team. My work as an adapted personal trainer for sufferers of spinal cord injuries and Special Olympic athletes has been my most rewarding experience to date, and my childhood in a rural community has inspired great interest in underserved medicine.
I’m currently a 4th year medical student at VCU. Most of my free time is spent with friends and family, working out, and exploring the Richmond brewery scene.