Interview with Carisa Champion, DO, JD, MPH

June 24, 2020

NBOME Resident Ambassador, Carisa Champion, DO, JD, MPH, was recently selected as a fellow in the Grey’s Anatomy Surgical Communications Fellowship beginning next month. We had the chance to sit down with her to briefly discuss her accomplishments and talk more about her own unique Road to DO licensure.


What made you choose to specialize in general surgery?

I was drawn to surgery for the same reasons I was drawn to medicine as a career. I grew up doing medical missions and saw the disparities surrounding underserved populations. Surgeons are not only able to impact a community with medical care, but also with surgical care as well. I’ve learned that the scope of surgery can prepare me to best serve broadly underserved populations.


What motivated you to apply for the Grey’s Anatomy fellowship?

Passion—this opportunity was able to connect my masters of public health and my interest in media together. I’ve enjoyed conducting research on many topics over the years, and the studies I’m involved in have the potential to be read by other doctors; however, the general public gets much of their health information from the media. Grey’s Anatomy prides itself on increasingly aiming to be medically accurate and I’m excited to be a part of that!


What part of the fellowship are you most excited about?

I’m excited about meeting the staff and learning what goes on behind the scenes!


What advice would you have for a resident interested in applying?

Whatever your interests are, don’t put off chasing them.


What are your next steps after you finish the fellowship?

Finishing residency and seeing what the next adventure is. I live life one day at a time and I have a few goals I’ve been working on—so excited to see how those turn out.


Stay tuned for more success stories from other DOs, residents, and students in the coming months.

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