Krissy Lee, MD
- Graduate of Northwestern Honors Program in Medical School
- Avid runner
- Rick Bayless cuisine enthusiast
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Tell us more about your background
I was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland just outside of Washington D.C. I attended Northwestern University as well as Northwestern Medical School. I was in the Honors Program for Medical Education, which allowed for college and medical school to be completed in seven years. It was difficult to decide a career path directly out of high school, but every day I am assured that it was the right one.
Why did you choose to go into Internal Medicine?
I love Medicine because it is constantly changing and therefore remains always challenging. Even on the toughest days, it's satisfying to go home and know that you are helping your patients live a better life. The combination of clinical exposure, intellectual stimulation and opportunities to conduct relevant research is extremely attractive.
Though I'm an East Coast girl at heart, I have been in the Midwest for the past eight years and I love it here. Go Hawks!
What other careers did you consider?
If I could try out a different path, I’d like to teach middle school. It strikes me as a very rewarding job plus it would be fun to watch people grow into and out of their awkward phases. Food is my passion so I know I would enjoy being a food critic as well. My friends and I love trying new restaurants in Chicago in our spare time. It’s a great way to experience the city and spend time together. I am a big fan of the Rick Bayless restaurants... and of course Chicago style pizza.
What advice do you have for prospective Internal Medicine applicants?
As Dr. Wayne puts it: “All you have to do it be nice, hardworking, and smart.” I feel that my fellow residents adhere to this simple principle and it truly makes Northwestern one of the strongest Internal Medicine programs in the country. In a couple of weeks I will be starting my second year as a resident and I have to say that my co-workers’ collegiality and desire to help each other out were a tremendous help to me over the last 12 months. I am fortunate to work with such a capable and devoted group of professionals.