Program, Moran Eye Center,
University of Utah School
evisceration," or surgical re-
her first full year of ophthalmology training. Following a
preliminary year in internal medicine, she was thrilled
that her first rotation, oculoplastics, provided challeng-
ing, hands-on experience in surgery, the field that origi-
nally led her to ophthalmology.
caring for 120,000 patients each year. Each floor is divid-
ed between patient care and basic research, enhancing
opportunities for translational research. Most trainees
participate in medical missions abroad and on reserva-
tions in the West.
at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. At Moran, in
collaboration with two senior faculty members, she is
investigating the role of genetic risk factors and serum
biomarkers for age-related macular degeneration. The
ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists)
Foundation awarded her a one-year, $15,000 grant,
which Moran will match in the following two years of
Program, University of California,
San Francisco (UCSF)
a career in orthopedic-focused
pace of patient care. During his first two years in the
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at UCSF, he
received general training in various surgical fields. Now
in his third year, he is excited to be gaining hands-on
operative experience in orthopedics and mentoring
from community physicians--unusual cases that even
UCSF may not have seen. But we may have seen something
similar, and from there, we can develop a treatment plan
using a combination of approaches."
research in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering. During medical school, he earned a PhD in
biomedical engineering from Rutgers University, focusing
on a new type of neural interface that would restore better
capabilities to patients with prostheses.
Endocrinology and Infertility,
National Institutes of
Health (NIH)/Walter Reed
National Military Medical Center
might become a cardiologist," says Dr. Patounakis,
degree. "But I found my OB/GYN rotation so interesting
that I followed up with electives in the division of
maternal-fetal medicine and the division of reproductive
endocrinology and infertility. And that clinched it for me.
I enjoyed surgery, learned a lot, and made good connec-
tions with patients."
tinuing research in collaboration with colleagues at
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, studying genetic
factors that influence embryo implantation.
organelles on reproductive health, investigating whether
these parts of the cell can be changed or somehow used
to predict the reproductive potential of the egg. "The
NIH is an exciting place to be," he says. "It's an oppor-
tunity to pursue my research alongside world experts."
military couples at Walter Reed. In addition, he sees both
civilian and military patients at the NIH clinic, learning
about and addressing rarer forms of endocrine disease.