Member Spotlight: Helen Heuer Memoli

Helen Heuer MemoliHelen Heuer Memoli
Assistant Director
University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine

How long have you been a member of AAIM?

I have been a member of AAIM since 2015.

What is your favorite part of your job?

Recruitment season to Match Day is my favorite part of this job. I love extracting interesting details about our candidates through ERAS. When I finally meet our applicants on interview days (in person or virtually), it is exciting to see their personalities shine through. And on Match Day, I share the excitement of those same medical students as they match at USF Health.

How has the AAIM membership been of value to you and your career?

The ability to network with other programs enables me to see the best practices showcased by fellow AAIM members. This allows me to think creatively about how to improve our own program.

When did you know you wanted to pursue a career in the medical field?

My path into medicine was a winding one.  I attended the United States Naval Academy for undergrad with the goal of becoming a Surface Warfare Officer. Unfortunately, during my Plebe year, it was discovered I had a laundry list of food allergies that disqualified me from all active-duty service lines. It was not until I took a course in Healthcare Management at the University of Florida that I realized academic medicine was the ideal niche for me. 

What or who inspires you and why?

Professionally, both my PD (Kellee Oller, MD) and my Vice Chair (Asa Oxner, MD) have been great mentors to me and never let me rest on my laurels. They have encouraged me to find interesting ways to excel and grow in my current role.

What advice would you give to those who wish to pursue a career in this industry? 

Graduate Medical Education is such a fun and rewarding line of work. Every day is a new day with something interesting to learn and challenges to tackle. If unpredictability doesn’t daunt you; this is the field for you!

What is your favorite book or movie? A few books rank at the top of my list.

Patriot Games by Tom Clancy and Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris are my favorite fiction novels, and, without a doubt, Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, a nonfiction account of the serial murders at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago.