Attending UT Southwestern Medical School was a clear choice for Dr. Taylor Guinn, who grew up in Frisco and was familiar with its reputation.
“I knew that I would get an incredible education and that I would really have a leg up when it came time to match for a residency,” she said. “Finding out I was accepted to UT Southwestern Medical School was one of the most exciting moments ever for me.”
At Match Day last year, she was excited once again to be accepted at UT Southwestern, this time for residency. And she was thrilled to know that she would continue to have the same support from nearby family and friends that she enjoyed during medical school.
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Now, as a resident training in emergency medicine at Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dr. Guinn has the opportunity to handle a wide variety of diseases and procedures.
“My favorite part of being a resident is that I really have an impact on my patients and can apply what I’m learning,” she said.
There’s no doubt that the ER of any hospital has its own energy and rhythm. Two hours – or even two minutes – are never the same.
“One second someone could be coming in with something like a cold, and a minute later someone comes in with a heart attack. You have to be able to adapt quickly and multitask. You’re always moving.”
Dr. Guinn started moving early, when she took karate lessons in elementary school and eventually earned a black belt. Her interest in science in high school led her to declare pre-med as her college major.
“In college, people didn’t expect me to be a pre-med major. I often heard comments like, ‘We’ll see how long that lasts,’” she recalled. “Today, I would tell other young women to ignore what people say and do what you want to do. That’s all that matters.”
A key part of a medical education is the mentorship that students receive from more experienced physicians. In emergency medicine, Dr. Guinn is particularly grateful for the guidance she received from Dr. Deborah Diercks, Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine; Dr. Christine Kulstad, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine; and Dr. Mary McHugh, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine.
Like many others, Dr. Guinn came out of medical school with more than an education. She also reconnected with the person who would become her future husband. Alex Guinn grew up in her neighborhood, but the couple didn’t grow close until they were students together at UT Southwestern. Now married for a little over a year, they share a puppy named Lila and the excitement of serving in medicine. Alex is in his fourth year of study at UT Southwestern and also hopes to build a career in emergency medicine.
While her work at Parkland is exciting, Dr. Guinn will always remember the thrill of starting medical school at UT Southwestern.
“On that first day when you go into the anatomy lab, it really hits you that the opportunity to learn medicine is a gift that someone gives you.”