Justin La

Justin La

To say He had an eventful final year of school would be an understatement



Justin LaTo say Justin La had an eventful final year of medical school would be an understatement. He gave an oral presentation on how primary hyperparathyroidism impacts sleep quality to a national audience at the annual meeting of the American Association of Endocrine Surgeons. The presentation was the culmination of work he began as an M1 as part of a pathways research project.

“I was interested in surgery coming into medical school, so I contacted several faculty members in the department of surgery during my first year,” Justin said. “I had conducted basic science research before coming to MCW, so I wanted to gain some experience in good clinical research. The prospective study in primary hyperparathyroidism with Dr. Tina Yen was a good opportunity for me to get that experience as I coordinated the entire research project from beginning to end – developing the study design, getting the Institutional Review Board approval, recruiting patients, collecting and analyzing data, preparing the oral presentation and writing a manuscript. Under her supervision, Dr. Yen allowed me to take the reins of the entire project and was truly a dedicated mentor and advisor throughout the project.”

Justin La


Justin will be doing his residency in urologic surgery at University of California-Irvine, and said his experience at MCW will stay with him during residency and beyond.

“Every single faculty member I interacted with at MCW had a genuine passion in teaching and was a role model I hope to emulate as a physician,” he said.

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