Executive Medical Director of General Medicine and Hospital Medicine Service Line - Wake Forest Baptist Health System in Durham, North Carolina
What was your involvement in the MSC?
MSC Jordan Institute, MSC OPAS, and Century Singers
What does a day in your life look like currently?
I am seeing patients admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 and overseeing the inpatient services at our five hospitals from a leadership standpoint within the Wake Forest Baptist Health System.
The MSC helps build leaders by providing opportunities to improve skills such as critical thinking, active listening, giving and receiving feedback, and others. What skills did you gain in your involvement with the MSC and how did your time as a student leader prepare you for your role during this challenging and unforeseen time?
In retrospect, I realized that my education at the MSC was as important or more important than what I learned in the traditional classroom setting. The different organization within the MSC taught be how to follow, how to lead, how to be a team player, how to organize projects/programs, and how to get to yes.
If you were to return to your time in the MSC, what skills would you personally focus on strengthening, especially in your current situation?
If I were to return back to my time at the MSC, I would focus on how to communicate effectively in small and large settings as a public speaker. In addition, I would seek out mentor and learn how manage and lead people.
The MSC core values are Respect, Excellence, Leadership, Loyalty, Integrity, Service and Diversity. What core value best describes the work you do today?
Leadership. I spend most of my time when I am not seeing patients leading groups. Managing and leading are important skills especially during the times of crisis such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Integrity. One of my mentors taught me that integrity is "doing the right thing at the right time especially when no one is watching." There will be times when doing the right thing will be costly.
What is one of your favorite memories from being involved in the MSC?
Singing in the Century Singers