Road to Residency
NAVIGATING THE STUDENT JOURNEY
Non-Traditional Med Student Kai Tubb Ready for ER Residency
Class of 2021 Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) graduate Kai Tubb has always thrived in fast-paced environments with multiple responsibilities. During undergrad at Midwestern State University, he worked as an emergency room (ER) scribe, a job that gave him a firsthand glimpse of his future.
“It was exciting to work in the trenches and to be the first barrier of what comes into the hospital from the outside. You don’t get bored doing the same thing over in the ER. You can treat a mild sore throat and then turn around and begin chest compressions for a heart attack. There are no dull moments, it’s fast paced. I knew it was for me.”
Kai will now begin his career as an emergency medicine physician after matching at his No. 1 choice — HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood. “It feels good to have all the work finally pay off and to be exactly where I hoped to be.”
Paying it Forward
Surviving a horrific childhood bicycle accident, the Dallas native knew he wanted to emulate the care he received in the hospital. And his position as an ER scribe helped him finalize his plans for medical school. “I knew the flow of the ER and the process, which helped. And when I learned about the lifestyle and that it was conducive to starting a family, I was sold. I couldn’t wait to start giving back.”
The outdoorsman hopes to create a bridge between nutrition and medicine, something he wished his childhood doctor had recommended as he battled weight issues. “Proper nutrition is vital to maintaining physical health. I want to solidify that gap for my patients as I practice medicine.”
For future Match candidates, Kai advises to remain proactive. “At the beginning of med school, the instructors tell you that RUSM gives you your medical doctor degree but it’s up to you to decide where you want to go and how you want to use it. I suggest students research their interests and always stay one step ahead to set themselves up for success.”
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