Nick Sparler, CA-2, 2012
Why did you choose anesthesia as a career path?
I chose anesthesiology as I enjoy the immediacy of making a diagnosis and fixing a problem by manipulating a patient's physiology. With my background in mechanical engineering, the practice anesthesia and study of human physiology were areas that were a natural fit.
What was your deciding factor for choosing Wake Forest School of Medicine for your residency?
I chose Wake Forest because I felt that in addition to unparalleled clinical training, the residents and faculty were great people that I would enjoy spending the next 4 years of my life with.
List two aspects that make Anesthesiology at Wake a unique educational experience.
One of the most unique aspects about training here at Wake is our experience with airway management. Not only do we get training in almost every ancillary airway device and technique, but we have faculty that train others nationally on the use of airway blocks and awake intubation. This allows us to routinely perform awake intubations extremely quickly and smoothly.
Another unique aspect of the training here is the approachability of attendings. I am an avid cyclist and race/train with many of my attendings on a regular basis.
What has been the biggest surprise about your residency?
The biggest surprise about residency is how much I love going to work every day. Some days are better than others, but overall I am truly excited to be able to learn and practice anesthesia here on daily basis.
What is unique about living in Winston-Salem?
Winston is a great place to live. It offers everything you need when it comes to outdoor activities. The mountains are only 1.5 hrs away and the beach not much further.
What are your career goals?
I hope to pursue fellowship training and possibly pursue a career in academics.
Do you feel your Wake training is preparing you to meet your career goals?
Yes! Not only are research interests supported but the clinical training is very strong. I think that after finishing here I will be equally prepared to either enter the world of academics or private practice.