For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we chatted with Dr. Susan Smyth, director of the UK Gill Heart & Vascular Institute. Dr. Smyth received her medical degree along with a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill, and she shared some pictures from her med school days (confirming that she has always loved dogs) along with a recent picture with Carmine and Selah, who, in addition to being our beloved therapy dogs at Gill, are Dr. Smyth’s personal pets.
Did you always want to be a doctor?
I knew entering college that I wanted to do MD/PhD training. I don’t know why, because no one in my family is either a physician or a scientist.
What was medical school like? Was it harder or easier than you expected?
Entering medical school as a dual degree student, I knew that I had a long training in front of me, so I paced myself to some extent. We had a pass/fail, or P/F, system back then, and though we joked that our class motto was "P = MD," the hard work and rigorous curriculum made me the person who I am today."
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