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Robert Wood Johnson
Biomedical Engineering, where she investigated imaging
markers for aggressive breast cancer.
On her first pediatric rotation, she found that she loved
caring for children and subsequently completed two child
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.
Through the St. Louis Children's Hospital, Washington
University hosts both a prominent pediatric residency pro-
gram and a renowned child neurology program, says Dr.
Agner. Its 90 residents care for children from a five-state
area in the Midwest. After her second year of general
pediatrics, Dr. Agner will move into the three-year child
neurology residency. She is delighted that the program
provides protected research time in which she intends to
focus on brain imaging.
esmond A.
Brown, PhD, MD
Neurologic Surgery Residency
Program, Mayo School of
Graduate Medical Education,
Rochester, Minnesota
hen he was in third grade, the
young Desmond Brown asked
his father: "What is the difference between my mind and
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
"Robert Wood Johnson Medical School was a great
place for me," adds Dr. Brown. "The education, prepara-
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.
While researching residencies, Dr. Brown did three
sub-internships, including a month in the neurologic sur-
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-
Davies, MD
Family Medicine Residency
Program, University of Idaho, Boise
s a medical student, Dr. Davies re-
ceived a grant from the Depart-
ment of Family Medicine and Community Health, sup-
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."
Dr. Davies is delighted with Idaho's residency program,
which emphasizes family practice over subspecialty care: a
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.
"Everyone is enthusiastic, supportive, and passionate
about what they do," she adds. She felt fortunate to begin her
first year with two outpatient rotations, in surgery and gyne-
cology; her first inpatient rotations will wait until spring.
affaela De Martino
DeRosa, MD
Urology Residency Program,
Tripler Army Medical Center,
r. DeRosa's career in urology
stems from an undergraduate in-
terest in infertility. In medical school, she enjoyed a third-
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.
As a fourth-year student, she joined the military and
subsequently accepted an early match with Tripler, where
her husband is an orthopedic surgeon. Tripler serves a
Pacific Basin population of more than 750,000 military
personnel and their dependents.
"In a military residency, you have more autonomy right
away. You do all aspects of patient care, from writing pre-
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."