Name: Rishi Laroia, M.D.
Department: I’ve been a pediatric resident here for six months.
Why did you move to Charleston: To do my residency after earning my medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va.
What did you want to be when you were little: First a fireman, then I wanted to be a pediatrician since I was 8.
What was your first job: Dairy Queen. (My mom made me get a job, because my sister worked all the time.)
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job: Seeing the children get better so fast.
What about MUSC inspires you: The very knowledgeable attending physicians who really push you.
What individual do you most admire: Casie King, M.D., a fellow intern. Her work ethic is amazing.
If you could change careers, what would you be doing: I’d teach kindergarten.
Pet peeve: Slow drivers.
Something people don’t know about you: I’m a candiholic.
“If I were U.S. president for a day, I would...” Mandate that residents get paid at least minimum wage.
If today were your last day on earth how would you spend it: I would start a road trip to California and see how far I got.
Friday, Jan. 9, 2009