markers for aggressive breast cancer.
neurology electives. Working with pediatric outpatients at
the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, she discovered
new areas of interest, such as the inflammatory process
that can cause neuropathy.
gram and a renowned child neurology program, says Dr.
Agner. Its 90 residents care for children from a five-state
pediatrics, Dr. Agner will move into the three-year child
neurology residency. She is delighted that the program
focus on brain imaging.
Program, Mayo School of
Graduate Medical Education,
young Desmond Brown asked
my brain? What makes me me?" As his curiosity grew,
he recalls, "I knew I had to interact with--to touch--
that beautiful organ, at the same time so simple and so
tion, and opportunities were phenomenal, and everyone
always had my back." While earning his MD, he com-
pleted doctoral work in the Department of Molecular
Biology at Princeton University, writing his dissertation
on the development of brain tumors.
gery program at Mayo, where the collegiality and empha-
sis on teaching felt ideal to him. The seven-year program
accepts three residents each year and includes no prelim-
inary year; Dr. Brown is spending his first six months in
the neurology ICU and other areas of the neurology ser-
vice, including stroke, pediatric neurology, and neuro-
Program, University of Idaho, Boise
ceived a grant from the Depart-
porting her work in a 10-bed clinic on a Navajo reserva-
tion. "Outpatient care in a clinic setting is part of what I
like about family medicine," she says. "It's preventive, with
the goal of keeping people healthy and out of the hospital."
patient-centered medical home, where women get OB/GYN
care and take their children for primary care. "Idaho has an
excellent reputation for training providers who will go to
small--often very remote--towns to care for anyone who
comes in the door," she says.
first year with two outpatient rotations, in surgery and gyne-
cology; her first inpatient rotations will wait until spring.
Tripler Army Medical Center,
stems from an undergraduate in-
year urology elective, and a surgery rotation which final-
ized her decision. "I liked the variety of patients, from
children with congenital conditions to older adults for
whom you could improve the quality of life," she says.
her husband is an orthopedic surgeon. Tripler serves a
Pacific Basin population of more than 750,000 military
personnel and their dependents.
scriptions to performing procedures--from the straight-
forward to the complex," says Dr. DeRosa. "Without wor-
rying about affordability, you can give all your patients
the best care and the best interventions."