Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Hey all, I’m Kat! I’ve lived a nomadic life, but grew up primarily in Ft. Collins, CO and then San Diego, CA. Growing up, I purposefully did nothing involving the outdoors or medicine. Instead I ambitiously pursued the career of a classical trombonist. I attended Interlochen Arts Academy and then Oberlin Conservatory and Oberlin College for undergrad. My musical opportunities enabled me to travel to increasingly lower-income and faraway places, which ironically made me question the utility of classical trombone and turn toward a career full of art and creativity, but also social justice and humanism—medicine! Switching to medicine was a difficult decision (and I may have bummed around the Philippines and NYC to avoid making it), but I eventually went to Thomas Jefferson University in Philly for med school. I’m so glad I did, because I’ve since developed deep interests in global health, disaster medicine, and wilderness medicine. While I still play trombone now and again, I’ve also really gotten into rock climbing, mountaineering, bike touring, solo backpacking, and just being an international dirtbag in general. I’ve lived out east for the past ten years, so returning to my favorite place in the world (the Southwest) for one of the best emergency medicine residency programs in the country is a dream come true. I chose Maricopa for the compelling patient population, family vibes, and opportunities to dive into any of my interests. Come over and say hi! We can’t wait to meet ya.