Hello, I’m Maddie! I’m from Nixa, Missouri, a smallish city in southwest MO, located about halfway between Springfield and Branson. Growing up, I was a typical middle child of my three other siblings and was the nerdy one, playing both softball and soccer, but also belonging to our high school’s Quiz Bowl team and Math Team. I was always interested in science and medicine and I was fortunate enough to attend Notre Dame, where I earned my undergraduate degree in Biology – and where South Bend became my home away from home for four years.
After graduating, I spent two years working as an anesthesia tech and surgical assistant at a hospital in Springfield, which saved my sanity by giving me a break from studying and exams. It also provided a wonderful education in the realities of how healthcare and a hospital functions and how all members of the healthcare team are essential to good patient care. (It also showed me that I probably wasn’t cut out for a career as a surgeon!) I then attended medical school at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, which provided fantastic training in the Jesuit tradition, calling for students to care for the whole patient: mind, body and spirit. I always had an inkling I would be happiest going into family medicine, and my experiences at Creighton – working with wonderful family medicine mentors and caring for patients within the Omaha community in the primary care setting – made it an easy decision to go into family medicine!
When applying for residencies, it was a no-brainer for me to look at programs in South Bend, and the program at Memorial had everything I wanted in a residency and more. From the rigorous inpatient curriculum and community focus to the support provided by faculty and residents and the camaraderie evident within the program, I left my interview day excited by the prospect of potentially joining the Memorial family. Outside of medicine, I enjoy listening to podcasts, trivia, baking, puzzles and (poorly) singing along to Broadway musicals. I also have a great love for sports of all shapes and sizes, but especially softball and baseball, and I look forward to attending as many Notre Dame sporting events as humanly possible over the next three years!