- MD, University of Maryland
About Garrick Anderson
Hometown: Nairobi, Kenya
Undergraduate institution: Sewanee, The University of the South
Medical school: University of Maryland School of Medicine
Why did you choose WVU?
I felt they walked the talk of having a family-like, close-knit vibe to the residency. Also, the lifestyle I could live while not at work was ideal.
Several years after college, I did a post-baccalaureate premedical program following uninspiring and futureless forays into journalism and political analysis with some bartending on the side. Volunteer EMS work, proved the trigger for my pursuit of medicine and the proverbial foot in the door to working in the hospital as a tech, prior to my medical education.
Emergency Medicine was the natural and obvious choice, but I remain interested in niches outside the standard EM scope of practice such as addiction medicine, and while I have no idea what I want to do when I grow up, I would love to spend time every year back in Kenya where I grew up and family still live. I also feel strongly that the actual providers of healthcare should be leading the conversation of healthcare reform, and I intend to educate and involve myself to a greater degree within the sphere of healthcare policy.
In my free time I row on the Monongahela, both individual sculling, and with the community rowing association. I take my dog on long hikes in parks and on the rail trail, and I’m investing in a rod and reel so as to wade into the fly-fishing scene.