Early on, Brandon Pope was not thinking about a career in medicine. He had a passion for business, the great outdoors, and sports — and it played out in his early academic career. While attending the University of Kansas, Pope helped build an upper wilderness trails touring company, worked on marketing for a sports media website, and even spent time at a small film studio in Wichita.
Still, he was intrigued by his organic chemistry and physics courses and he graduated with a rather eclectic portfolio: a major in business administration with a minor in chemistry and a concentration in entrepreneurship. He went straight into medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
In March, in the annual ritual known as Match Day, he, along with 16,000-plus US medical school seniors, anxiously awaited to hear where his training would take him for the next few years. The news was good — he matched to his top choice: a neurology residency at the University of Colorado.
Pope was drawn into neurology by University of Kansas neuroradiologist Michael Abraham, MD, who worked in the neuro-critical care unit. Pope assisted Dr. Abraham in removing a potentially deadly occlusion in a woman's right cerebral artery. He watched ventilated patients with devastating brain injuries find their way back to the breathing world.
Pope has his eye towards the future with all of the possibilities of research and the development of drugs for neurological conditions. He hopes to put his business acumen to the test, as well.
Augusto Miravalle, MD, the neurology residency program director at the University of Colorado, said Brandon's interest in business and proven leadership skills will be welcome in the new health care environment. “Leadership is a critical skill for medical professionals who are key players in achieving safer and more effective health care delivery systems,” he said.