Resident of the month

Brad Huff, his wife Whitnie, and their two hairless cats

Brad Huff, his wife Whitnie, and their two hairless cats

Name: Brad Huff, MD

Medical school you attended/year you graduated: University of Washington School of Medicine, Class of 2020

Residency/fellowship at UNMC: Emergency medicine

Program director: Chad Branecki, MD

How long is your training program and how long have you been at UNMC?

Three-year training program; I have been at UNMC since 2020.  

What do you like the most about your training program?

What I like the most about my training program is the variability in location and different styles of medicine that we are exposed to. We train in large academic centers, community and rural locations, alongside toxicology and in children’s hospitals. Our training program uses ultrasound extensively, which has allowed me to become proficient in its use in order to provide better care for our patients at the bedside. All in all, this training program has allowed me to grow and become a more well-rounded physician with the ability to practice medicine in any setting.

What challenges do you foresee in graduate medical education in the future?

Burnout. It’s here now and will continue to be an issue in the future. It is a difficult balance between working until the  point of exhaustion and the need to get more repetitions to be competent physicians. There is never going to be a “one plan fits all” to prevent this. Continuing to identify this issue, talk about it and learn from it is key to managing it in residency and our careers. Identifying burnout and seeking help is not a sign of weakness but strength.  

List some accomplishments that you are proud of:

  • Making it to the final year of residency!
  • Presenting research internationally in Gaziantep, Turkey.
  • Buying our first home.
  • Serving four years in the Navy, two tours.

Tell us three things about you that others may not know:

  • I have road biked across the U.S. (California to Virginia) in 49 days for charity.
  • I was a bartender before joining the Navy and pursuing medicine.
  • I was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.