Dr. Regina Troxell, PGY-5

Child Neurology Resident – PGY 5

What inspired you to go to medical school?

It combined all of things I love: developing relationships,  reading and thinking (applying scientific thought), giving back to the community and was something I thought I would be good at and also challenged by. So far it has been all of this and more!

Who are/were your models in medicine?

I have a variety of mentors in both clinical and research settings. Historically I am inspired by strong female physicians and scientists such as  Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell who was the first female physician in the US, Dr. Virginia Apgar who gave us the APGAR scoring system for newborns and Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross who taught us much about death and dying and wrote an amazing book. I also have many contemporaries that inspire me such as Dr. Lucy Kalanithi and her late husband Dr. Paul Kalanithi who wrote “When Breath Becomes Air” which was a beautifully written memoir and tribute to medicine and the privilege of being a physician.

And on a more personal scale my mentor Dr. Lauren Krupp, an adult multiple sclerosis (MS) specialist in New York who created the very first Pediatric MS Center and allowed me to develop my interest in Pediatric MS and demyelinating diseases which has always been a model for me and she has greatly influenced my decision to become a Pediatric Neurologist.

During my time at UT I have been inspired by every single person on faculty of Pediatric Neurology, we have a small division but I appreciate each faculty member’s unique contribution and style and they are all models in different ways of what i means to be an academic physician.

What is your favorite things about UTHealth?

I love the diversity and collaborative approach that is taken by UT in all aspects of medical education. Many of my co-residents are from different areas of the US or from a different cultural background than I grew up with and we can teach each other so much. I love that I often find myself as the “minority” in a group of residents as the only white girl among friends and and co-residents comprised of a many different ethnicities.

What do you feel that a Diverse and Inclusive learning environment is so important in medical education?

Our patients are diverse in their needs and creating a learning environment that encompasses this diversity and fosters inclusion make us more likely to relate to our patients.