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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. William “Billy” Clark

SOMG Graduation Year

  • May of 2019

What are you doing professionally now?

  • PGY3 in Anesthesiology at Indiana University

Any personal life updates since graduating?

  • My son, Leo, was born during my M4 year at SOMG. My son, Charlie, was born during my PGY2 year. 

Best memory of your time at SOMG:

  • Winning a mens league basketball championship with my college basketball teammates Joe Crisman (‘21) and Ben Averkamp (‘22). The team was organized by Dr. Christian Moody, who is now a Hand Surgeon at Prisma and Dr. Michael Sridhar, an ortho trauma attending. 

How did your time at SOMG prepare you for where you are today?

  • My early clinical exposure through the EMT program and the proximity to the hospital allowed me to see patients and have early exposure to the specialties. 
  • The investment in clinical education during M3 and M4 by residents and faculty led to me feeling confident from day 1 as an intern. 

What person, course, or experience most influenced you while at SOMG?

  • The College system allowed us to form real connections with staff physicians of a variety of specialties. At many schools, students are assigned a mentor during their third year and only meet with them once or twice to help make career decisions. I was able to get to know the leaders of my college on a personal level over my four years, meaning they became invested in my career. During Christmas break of my M3 year, my advisor through the College system, Dr. Paul Miller, helped me arrange to spend some time with Dr. Matthew Vana of the anesthesia department. I found a passion for anesthsia during that week with Dr. Vana. He then served as a mentor and helped with the application process and forming a plan for making my rank list. 

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