David Wooldridge, MD, FACPProgram Director, Internal Medicine ResidencyDepartment of Internal MedicineUniversity of Missouri—Kansas City School of Medicine
How long have you been a member of AAIM?
Since it was founded in 2010. I’ve been a Program Director since 2009 and was a clerkship director for several years prior to that.
What is your favorite part of your job?
Teaching and coaching residents—I knew I wanted to be an educator before I found my way to medicine, and it remains my greatest source of professional satisfaction.
How has AAIM membership been of value to you and your career?
I’ve spent my entire career at a single institution. AAIM has provided a wonderful opportunity to network and learn best practices from others without “recreating the wheel” over and over again.
When did you know you wanted to pursue a career as a physician?
During high school—I had a great physician role model in my family.
What or who inspires you and why?
I think the thing that inspires me to be the best that I can be is the potential I see in the trainees with whom I have the opportunity to work. It’s a tremendous privilege to be part of their growth and help clear the path as they move forward in their careers.
What advice would you give to those who wish to pursue a career in this industry?
Go for it—there are so many ways to have a fulfilling career in medicine. If you’re not having fun, you’re not playing the game correctly.
What is your favorite book or movie?
My favorite non-medical book is probably Beryl Markham’s wonderful and inspiring memoir, West With the Night. For Audible fans, it’s a great audiobook, as well. For something in the medical realm, Siddhartha Mukherjee’s The Emperor of All Maladies is about as good as it gets