Taylor D. Jenkins, MD is a second-year Internal Medicine/Pediatrics resident at the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Growing up in small town Columbus, TX, Taylor would not have imagined that he would be a physician today. In fact, he distinctly remembers saying, “I would never be a doctor. They’re in school for way too long.” Of course, those feelings changed by the time he finished high school. Having dealt with his own personal injuries and the illnesses of several of his family members, Taylor was drawn to the complexities and unpredictability of the field of medicine.
Taylor graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting before matriculating at The University of Texas Medical Branch. While he tried to keep an open mind, it was no question that he wanted to work with children. However, Taylor quickly realized, while rotating through the internal medicine wards that he did not want to surrender his knowledge of adults, either. With the guidance of one of his mentors, he discovered Med/Peds as a specialty and knew it would be the perfect fit.
Taylor went into his chosen field because he truly enjoys treating both children and adults, so it comes as no surprise that he plans to enter into a career as a Med/Peds hospitalist after completing residency. Being able to work with residents would make that job even more enjoyable. When he does have free time, Taylor likes to listen to music and involve himself with sports (both participating and spectating). He most enjoys relaxing and spending time with close friends, both old and new, along with his family back home. It remains to be decided where Taylor will ultimately settle, but for now, he is enjoying the learning and life experiences his new home away from home has to offer.