What advice would you give a prospective resident/fellow?

Choosing a residency or fellowship is a crucial step in the building the foundation of your medical career. There are many factors that weigh into your critical decision, but there are two important things to consider, which were priorities to me. One, how well you jive and fit in with the program’s environment because you should be able to enjoy this formative period with colleagues who will become lifelong friends. Two, identify opportunities for mentorship to accomplish your goals.

What most attracted you to doing your GME training here?

The most attractive feature of the cardiology fellowship program was its collegiality. I feel that this supportive atmosphere fosters professional as well as personal growth. It is also an exciting time to be a part of the growth of the cardiology department.

Describe the Long School of Medicine in three words…

Invested, collaborative, and formative. From the top down, our program leadership team is receptive to feedback and invested in the constant improvement of fellow education. The collaboration between faculty and fellows is incredible; for example, we have a WhatsApp group to share interesting cases in an informal setting to focus on educational topics. Fellowship training in the cardiology training program has and will continue to help prepare me for a successful career.

What is your favorite playlist, and why?

I am a huge Eagles fan so I can always listen to their Greatest Hits album, which is actually the biggest selling album of all time. They have great harmonies and soothing tunes that make me feel like I’m chilling on a California beach.

-James Zachary Keeton, MD, Resident, Cardiovascular Disease

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