Hello, and welcome! My name is Spencer Knox, and I am currently training as a PGY-3 resident physician at Orlando Health (Orlando, FL) in Internal Medicine. 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 M.D. in December 2014 after completing the basic sciences portion of medical school in Sint Maarten (first and second years), followed by clinical science rotations in New York City, Long Island, and Florida (third and fourth years). Ultimately, my career goal is to practice subspecialty medicine in Gastroenterology, with a concentration in Celiac Disease, malabsorption, and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.
I am originally from upstate New York, and 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 starting medical school, I worked in an Emergency Room as a Tech drawing blood, splinting, and assisting nurses/doctors at a local upstate New York hospital. I learned an incredible amount about real world clinical care in a short amount of time. It has truly been a life-long dream of mine to practice medicine. Nothing worth-while comes easy, as I have learned from experience.
Detailed Medical School History
While attending AUC, I was on the university’s Dean’s List. For my high academic achievement and commitment to community service, I was inducted into Alpha Omega Phi, AUC’s honor and service society. Also during the basic sciences years of medical school, 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 holding heavily attended review sessions on material presented in class. I also served as a prosector for the department, demonstrating and teaching more complex forms of human cadaver dissection, including central nervous system dissection, for my fellow students.
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. All of my efforts culminated with successfully matching to my top-choice internal medicine residency program in Florida.
Blogging Story: How It Began, and Its Future
I stepped into the blogging world years ago, just before starting medical school 2011, and called my first website My.Plasticity. Many posts from my very first blog have been archived. I covered topics like the “MD vs DO debate” through my Stelp 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 experience, collaboration with medical colleagues, and studying. Using this website as a medium, I hope to convey beneficial information and meet others with similar interests.
Hobbies and More
I fell in love during medical school to my now wife, Claudia. She recently graduated from residency, making her a physician as well! For extracurriculars, I am a huge technology aficionado, golf enthusiast, and hobbyist photographer (aerial and ground). Don’t even get me started on cars (it’s only a mild obsession). I love traveling and the thought of experiencing novel things in novel environments. I am a baseball (go Yanks!) and NFL fan. I grew up around boats. My father allowed 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 one day 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.
The good physician treats the disease; the great physician treats the patient who has the disease.
– William Osler
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