Family background: I was born in Beijing and raised in Shanghai, China. I immigrated to the USA when I was 8 years old. My dad had a PH.D in Materials Science and Engineering and worked in the industry and taught as a professor at a University. When he came to the US, he got a masters in Computer Science from Loyola University and worked for IBM. My mom was an Ophthalmologist in China and currently works as an Ophthalmic Technician at Illinois Masonic. My dad passed away when I was 12 from heart failure. His passing influenced my decision to go into medicine greatly. For the last four months of his life, I spent nearly every day in the hospital with him. Initially, I found the hospital threatening and sterile, but I instantly warmed to my dad's physician, Dr. Fang. He always asked me how I was and truly listened to me. He could see I was struggling and realized that the one thing that made me feel better was knowing as much as I could about what was going on. He spent time explaining everything to me from surgery to medications. Going through the entire ordeal with my father and getting a chance to meet Dr. Fang made me realize that being a doctor was what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to help people in their time of need, whether by curing them or by simply providing a hand to hold and a shoulder to cry on. My father's death strengthened my resolve to care for others.
College: I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Illinois Institute of Technology in Biomedical Engineering. BME included my love for math and helped closed the gap between engineering and medicine. It combines the design and problem solving skills of engineering with medical and biological sciences to advance healthcare treatment, including diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and therapy.
Medical school: RUSH University Medical College class of 2014. The first two years of medical school were spent in the lecture halls, learning basic science subjects such as biochemistry, genetics, pharmacology, pathology, anatomy, and physiology. The third year of medical school involved spending 4-8 week rotations through internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, and neurology. Fourth year is filled with electives and applying/interviewing for residency programs. It was the third year that allowed me to see what being a physician is all about. I learned how to work as a team with other classmates, residents, and attendings on interviewing, examining, developing differential diagnosis, and creating an assessment and treatment plan for patients.
Residency: I've decided on Emergency Medicine as my specialty and will be applying to residency programs across the country this year. I have no idea where this year will take me and where I'll be doing my residency next year, but I'm very excited to see what the future holds.
Favorite part of working for the Sox: The best part of this job is the amazing people I get to work with and the best fans I get to interact with. Every time I step into the stadium, an overwhelming feeling of excitement flows through me.