Hometown: Kaysville, Utah
Bio: I am so excited to be continuing my medical education in South Bend! My name is Gerrit Seymour and I am from the city of Kaysville, Utah. I lived there my whole life until at the age of nineteen when I served two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bulgaria and Turkey. This sparked my interest in working with underserved and refugee populations in particular. One year after completion of my mission, I went back to Turkey to work at The Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies studying the Syrian Civil war and resultant refugee crisis. After completion of that time I went back to the school at the University of Utah where I completed degrees in music and Middle Eastern Studies, worked at the political science institute, and met and married the love of my life, Kaitlyn. After my wife completed her degree music with a minor in Spanish, we set off to Pennsylvania to start medical school. Since beginning medical school we have been blessed with two children: Elliott and Lucy. Outside of medicine I love spending time with my family, playing disc golf, watching/playing any sport, hiking, or playing music.
Why Memorial: My family and I interviewed all over the country to find the family medicine residency program that was the best fit, and Memorial was the one! There are many reasons why I picked Memorial, but first and foremost was the people. Even from my virtual interview, I could tell that the people were genuine, caring, and dedicated to helping their patients and residents succeed. The faculty have varied areas of interest and expertise, but all are united in the goal of training great residents and I could feel that even during a virtual interview. In addition to the supportive people, I have a passion for underserved medicine, particularly working with refugees, and Memorial is one of the few places I found across the country that has refugee medicine available to residents. Add to this the underserved curricular tract, being a family-friendly residency for my wife and kids, and then living in such a great city like South Bend and it really was an easy choice for us.
Clinical interests: Underserved medicine, refugee medicine, international medicine, behavioral health, full-spectrum family medicine
Hobbies: Soccer, basketball, disc golf, music, yard work
Favorite books: Better – Atul Gawande