Alumni Board Scholar Profile: Q&A with 2005 Scholar Nick Breitnauer

Alumni Board Scholar Profile: Q&A with 2005 Scholar Nick Breitnauer

Boettcher Scholar Year: 2005
Hometown: Cedaredge
College/Degree: University of Colorado at Boulder, MCDB/Psychology, 2009

Tell us about your current work and how long you’ve been doing it. What is your favorite aspect of your current occupation?
I am currently a primary care provider through Denver Health. I’ve been in this role for a little over one year. I completed a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics and currently take care of kids and adults in our clinic. I also spend time working in the inpatient pediatric hospital during the year, as well as working with medical students and residents. I love the people who chose to work at Denver Health and enjoy the purpose and mission of the organization.

What role has being a Boettcher Scholar played into where you are and what you are doing now?
There is no doubt receiving the Boettcher Scholarship helped to create the momentum needed to be accepted and complete medical school and residency. The scholarship introduced me to people and opportunities that helped to grow my interest in the health sciences and encouraged working with an underserved population.

Tell us about your involvement in activities, organizations, or groups outside of work.
Now that my formal training is complete, I’m trying to grow in this area. I am very involved in our internal medicine/pediatrics residency program and serve as a core faculty member. I would love to reengage in meaningful community service and expand effort in groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics. But I’ll need to leave room for family, friends and as many ski days as possible!

What’s the best advice you’ve received and what advice do you have for current graduates entering your career field?
If you have an interest in this field, pursue it very aggressively and try to imagine your life in the shoes of those you are shadowing/working with. Know that this field leads to very deep, real and complex interactions with fellow humans.

If you could have dinner with one person or a few people from history, whom would you choose and why?
I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series. Would love to talk with J.K. Rowling prior to her success and imagine how crazy the idea of her book series would sound prior to its success.

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