Part of our ‘They Chose OHSU’ blog series. They could have gone anywhere, and chose OHSU. These accomplished scientists, promising students and leading clinicians were convinced they could do their best work at OHSU. Here, according to each of them, is why.
Jim Goodman is in his fifth year of the combined M.D./Ph.D. program at the OHSU School of Medicine, and conducts research on the physiology of cerebrospinal fluid in the context of Alzheimer’s disease. He is a student representative on OHSU’s undergraduate medical education curriculum committee and serves as a member of the Organization of Student Representatives of the Association of American Medical Colleges. He earned his undergraduate degree from Westminster College in his home town of Salt Lake City, Utah. After college, he worked for a year as a research assistant at the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
"My father is a vascular surgeon and so my whole childhood was steeped in medicine. He was on call every other night for 10 years — he would be paged away from home at all hours. At first I thought ‘There’s no way I want to go into medicine. This is hard work.’
“But later on, when I spent time with him and other physicians, I was able to see why people are willing to get up in the middle of the night and go to the hospital and take care of sick people.
“Being the person who gets to walk through the door and inspire confidence in people who are suffering from the worst disease they’ve ever had — and show them that you are there to shepherd them through this process, and that you’ll take on this problem with them … there’s nothing like that. That’s the capital W in the Why.
“What brought me to OHSU? First and foremost, the leadership we have here in the M.D./Ph.D. program under Drs. David Jacoby and Daniel Marks is absolutely incredible. OHSU also has a unique environment — it’s well-funded and the scientific investigators here are very bright, motivated and collaborative. And that collaborative spirit is not something you see at every institution.
“My goal while I’m here at OHSU is to unravel some of the secrets of neurological disease. We still have a profound lack of understanding about how the brain works. I hope to remain in neuroscience research and help answer some of these big questions.”
"The scientific investigators here are very bright, motivated and collaborative. And that collaborative spirit is not something you see at every institution."