My name is Tess and I'm very excited to be headed to Providence for residency! Brown stood out to me on the interview trail for its commitment to training residents to understand the medical and social needs of all patients. I grew up in Maine and most of my family still lives there; after 4 years of medical school in New Orleans I can't wait to be closer to my nieces and nephews. A career in medicine wasn't on my radar until I began volunteering with new immigrant families in college. I learned how zip code and social determinants played such a large role in our physical and mental health and my interests grew from there. After college I worked as a health educator in Guatemala City and as a research coordinator for an infectious disease group in Boston. Throughout med school I expanded infectious disease screening and outreach around New Orleans. These experiences and others helped steer me in the direction of primary care. Becoming a primary care physician will enable me to connect with a broad array of people, work to prevent disease through health education and get to do interesting and rewarding stuff every day at work. In my free time I love to do anything outside - running, biking, skiing, Mardi Gras parading, camping, etc. I also love to cook/potluck, reaaally want to adopt a dog and am a master jigsaw puzzler.