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Kurt Curtis, MD
Where are you from?
I’m from the Lou and I’m proud (St. Louis)
What are your personal interests/hobbies?
I like to push my comfort level climbing and mountain biking. I also love watching and playing soccer (Spurs and Barca fan).
What are your professional interests?
Overall I’d like to use EM as a vehicle through which to live an adventurous life.
Why did you choose UA EM?
UAEM is an amazing program. At University campus you see plenty of complicated pathology, trauma, and a mix of patient population from all walks of life. The pace is fast and furious and every shift is a new adventure. As an intern, it’s easy to get in over your head, but there are always a few wiser attendings and/or senior/junior residents around to help you in a pinch.
At south, you get to treat 3rd world pathology with 1st world resources. The patient population changes to primarily Latino, and you see a ton of border-crossers, prisoners, and psychiatric patients. Your role in the ED changes to taking a bit more responsibility for your patients simply because there are less consultants available at any notice (I’m a bit biased because I’m a southie). The pace is a little more relaxed and there is a nice close-knit community feel.
Favorite activity in Tucson?
1. Mountain biking on Mount Lemmon
2. Climbing on Mount Lemmon
3. Hiking on Mount Lemmon
4. Thinking about Mount Lemmon
5. Dreaming about Mount Lemmon
When life gives you Lemmons...
What are your non-medical goals during residency?
1. Go to Mexico
2. Beat my brother at any video game
3. Explore the Southwest