Hello, and welcome to my blog! I am a first-year Gastroenterology Fellow at University of Massachusetts Medical School-Baystate Medical Center, in western Massachusetts. My Internal Medicine residency training was completed at Orlando Regional Medical Center (Orlando, FL), Orlando Health’s flagship 808-bed tertiary referral center. I graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Phi Honor and Service Society from American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine (AUC). I earned my MD in December 2014 after completing basic sciences in Sint Maarten (MS1 and MS2), followed by clinical science rotations in New York City, Long Island, and Florida (MS3 and MS4).
In December 2017, I matched into a three-year clinical Gastroenterology fellowship. Along with training to become a complete Gastroenterologist, I hope to concentrate in gastroesophageal reflux, Celiac Disease, malabsorption, artificial intelligence (AI) augmentation in endoscopy, and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.
Originally from upstate New York, I graduated in the top 10% of my high school class. In 2010, I graduated with a bachelors in Psychology at the University of Rochester (Rochester, NY), earning a Distinction in the department, with a minor in Biology. During the interim year prior to medical school, I worked as an Emergency Room Tech performing phlebotomy, splinting, and assisting nurses/doctors at an upstate New York hospital. I learned an incredible amount about real world clinical care in a short amount of time. It is truly a life-long dream of mine to practice medicine.
Medical School History
While attending AUC, I was on the Dean’s List for strong academic performance. I was inducted into Alpha Omega Phi, AUC’s honor and service society. I was selected by senior faculty to serve as a teaching assistant (TA) for the Department of Anatomy. As a TA, my duties included preparing mock exams, demonstrating dissection techniques, and teaching in several heavily attended review sessions. I also served as a prosector for the department, demonstrating and teaching more complex forms of human cadaver dissection, including central nervous system dissection.
Additionally, I was selected to serve as an official tutor for the Molecular and Cell Biology course. Later on, I was a recipient of the Milestone Award for Academic Achievement in Neuroscience, which is presented to students who maintain a GPA of over 90% throughout the third block of Neuroscience. I was an active member of the American Medical Student Association and volunteered for testing, education, and awareness events for HIV and Alzheimer’s Disease.
Following basic sciences, I earned Superior marks on the majority of my clinical rotations as a third and fourth year medical student. I matched to my top-choice internal medicine residency program, Orlando Health in downtown Orlando, Florida.
My Blogging Story
Just before medical school in 2011, I stepped into the blogging world with my first website, My.Plasticity. I covered topics like the “MD vs DO debate” through my Step 1 experience. My blog’s name morphed on April 8th, 2013 into Medicine Avenue on the Tumblr platform. Most of my post-med school and pre-residency musings live at [Internal] Medicine.
I enjoy writing in my spare time, using the medium to collect my thoughts. Written works are important, particularly in medical education. Advancing one’s practice of medicine is directly related to clinical experience, reading, and writing. Using this website as a canvas, I hope to convey beneficial information and meet peers with similar interests.
Hobbies and More
During medical school, I fell in love with my (now) wife, Claudia. For extracurricular activities, I am a technology aficionado, photographer, and enjoy downhill skiing. I enjoy researching and reading about all categories of cars. I love traveling and the thought of experiencing novel things in novel environments. I grew up around boats. My father granted me the privilege of learning how to drive and enjoy boating.
I feel tremendously fortunate to have the opportunity to learn the core clinical concepts needed to become an independently practicing physician. To care for and heal people is my passion. I invite you to join me as I share my plasticity as a human being on the way to becoming a doctor in the 21st century.
– Spencer Knox, MD
The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.
– William Osler
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MS1/2/3/4 = first/second/third/fourth year of medical school