Hey there. I’m Ryan and I am currently a third year medical student at Lincoln Memorial University’s DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine (LMU-DCOM) in Harrogate, Tennessee. I’m 28 years old and married to my awesome wife Erin. We have a dog named Olive who is obsessed with playing fetch and a new doberman named Phinn. I grew up in Nashville, Tenn., went to undergrad in Nashville at Belmont University where I met my wife (who grew up in Syracuse, NY), and now I am in the midst of medical school in the mountains of East Tennessee (in the Cumberland Gap).
The past few years have been the best of transformations. I found out I was accepted to LMU-DCOM in March, got married in May, and started school in July – my entire life changed in 5 months. It has been an incredible experience thus far and I’m excited to keep you in the loop for the rest of med school.
I developed an interest in medicine in the middle of my undergraduate career. I originally went to Belmont to study music business and planned on becoming the next big music producer (yeah, me at 1,000 other people…). After a while at that, I saw the light and decided to pursue something with a little more purpose – something that was interesting, challenging, and important – something like medicine. So I changed my major to pre-med and began the long journey to becoming a physician. After I began studying the sciences I developed an interest in medical research as well and I began a research internship down the street at Vanderbilt University. My time spent in the laboratory at Vanderbilt cultivated a deep respect and value for research and the enormous value scientific discovery brings to the field of medicine. After graduating from Belmont I worked as a research assistant at Vanderbilt for two years studying the genetics of inherited peripheral neuropathies.
My wife is an occupational therapist and has been a huge support and insight into medicine. She is responsible for my initial interest in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) – a medical specialty that happens to be a perfect match with osteopathic medicine. Now she is my the one who keeps me going through the tough times and makes this whole journey worth all the hard work.
I love to hike, bike, kayak, woodwork, paint, build (anything), grill, and read (my wife and I met in the library…). I love studying medicine, learning about the body, understanding diseases, making sense of illness, and optimizing health. I love exercising, being active, and traveling, but also love sitting on the deck looking at the mountains enjoying a G&T soaking in life. I want to get the most out of life, learn as much as I can, and experience as much as possible. Studying medicine is one way I am trying to extract as much from life as I can, learning the most about life and death, and experiencing all the realities of humanity and humanness through my own experiences and from others.
I remember when I was researching medical schools I always wanted to know more about what it was like to be a student at each school, and especially wanted more pictures of campus, lecture halls, labs, etc. (I’m more of a visual learner). I hope to document what it’s like to be a medical student at LMU-DCOM and provide lots of pictures. Please let me know if you have specific questions or have any suggestions! AND you should follow my blog!!! Just click FOLLOW (on the right >>>). You rule!