Hometown: Albion, MI
Bio: My name is Megan Spencer and I grew up on a farm in southern Michigan with my parents and my older sister. After graduating high school, I attended the University of Michigan where I studied Ecology & Evolutionary Biology with a minor in Gender and Health. I took a year off to work after undergrad and then went on to attend Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine for medical school. Because my passion for working with people was one of the things that drew me to medicine, I knew early on that I wanted to work in a specialty that allowed me to build long-term relationships with my patients. Later during my clinical rotations, month after month I found something to love about every specialty. Realizing that Family Medicine allowed me to bring together parts of every specialty to provide long-term and comprehensive care, I knew that I had found my place in medicine.
Since coming to Memorial, it has been amazing the kinds of bonds I have been able to form with my patients in just 2 years. I have taken care of patients in the clinic, through multiple hospitalizations, and then when the time came, helped them transition to hospice. I have taken care of mothers throughout their pregnancy, delivered their baby, and have now been able to watch those children grow at their well child checks. It has been a wonderful growing experience and as I look out over the next year of residency, I will be honing in one which aspects I will be carrying through with me to my future after leaving Memorial.
Why Memorial: As a true family medicine physician, I had a lot of interests coming in to residency. I knew I wanted to go to a program that would allow me to explore and experience those different aspects of family medicine firsthand. I did not want my future opportunities or clinical interests to be held back by a lack of training. Additionally, I knew it would be important for me to go to a program that would push me to become independent and allow me to develop my own style of practice. Memorial does all of these things, but it is really the supportive community environment that I felt even on the interview day that drew me here. Looking back, I can still say that I am so glad that I ended up at Memorial!
Clinical interests: Outpatient family medicine, Women’s health, Geriatrics
Hobbies: In my free time I enjoy being outdoors and love hiking, kayaking, snowmobiling, gardening, and bird watching. Most of all, I love snuggling and playing with my Golden Retriever, Copper.
Favorite thing to do/place to go in South Bend/Mishawaka: The Morris Performing Arts Center