AAIM Volunteer Spotlight: Joy Lyle

March 2023 Member Spotlight

Joy Lyle
Program Administrator
Piedmont Athens Regional

How long have you been a member of AAIM?

I’ve been a member of AAIM since August of 2022. So, I’m fairly new.

What is your favorite part of your job?

The best part of my job has been meeting residents and faculty from all around the world. If the saying is true that, we are a sum total of all of the people we meet, then being exposed to various cultures and learning from each is sure to help me improve upon my world knowledge and become a multifaceted individual.

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

 AAIM has been valuable to me because I’ve been provided an opportunity to meet AAIM leadership and other AAIM administrators. I’ve gained a platform to network with other administrators and share beneficial information and receive help if I should need it.

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

I knew in high school at the age of sixteen that I wanted to pursue a profession in the medical field. My initial interest was nursing but l took some time to explore other positions as well. Academic medicine has been a perfect fusion of two things that I’m passionate about which are medicine and lifetime learning.

What or who inspires you and why?

I am inspired by, Dr. Catherine Apaloo, my Program Director. Her accolades speak for her. Seeing a woman of color achieve so many great things and go on to assist others along their professional journeys, is an inspiration in itself. She’s truly selfless and challenges us all to seek our best selves.

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

If someone wishes to pursue a career in academic medicine, I’d say, “Go for it”! It’s a great industry that will provide you many opportunities to learn. Some days are extremely challenging and others are rewarding. You’ll never grow bored because your days will be ever changing.

What is your favorite book or movie?

My favorite book is, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. It reminds me that sometimes life doesn’t go exactly as planned but if you search deep enough within yourself, you can find the true meaning of it and exactly how to go about living one that truly fulfilling, full of meaning, and full of love.