I can still remember my parent’s reaction to the news that I had taken my first job in the 49th state. Why Anchorage ALASKA they asked? If you are reading this you may be asking yourself the same question.
Well my answer starts in New Jersey where I was born and raised. My family emigrated from Cuba in the 1970’s with essentially the shirts on their backs and “set up shop” in Elizabeth NJ. That’s exit 13A on the NJ turnpike for those wise guys interested in this sort of thing. My home town is a gritty mid- sized town about 15 miles/ 20 min from Manhattan where street smarts and books smarts are always suggested and often required. From the “hustle” of everyday life in that area I came to appreciate the importance of hard work but also the need for balance and recreation.
With this background, I set my eyes on Rutgers University where I graduated with honors. Staying in-state, I completed my medical school training at UMDNJ- New Jersey Medical School in delightful Newark NJ becoming the first Dr Delgado in my family.
Needing a change of scenery I moved to hot, hot, hot South Florida where I completed my internal medicine training at the University of Miami- Jackson Memorial Hospital. Next stop was University of California- San Diego. At UCSD, I finished my Pulmonary and Critical care training and stayed on an additional year as faculty.
As my job search began, an early concern that proved to be valid was that many of the opportunities available involved practices with much more senior practitioners who had different perspectives on the importance of work/ time off and business transparency. Early on in my interactions with The Alaska Hospitalist Group, I realized this was a young, highly motivated, intelligent and successful group that valued those principals as much as I did.
Once I arrived in Anchorage, it became apparent that this was where I needed to be and was thoroughly impressed with the facilities, staff and collegial work relationships in place. In addition to the above, I was also impressed with the room for professional growth and advancement often not possible in other regions I have lived. Currently I am the ICU Medical Director at Alaska Regional Hospital.
When enjoying my time off, I like to hike, travel, entertain my crazy dogs, and explore the stunning wildness and beauty of Alaska. I find it funny that my parents don’t ask me “why” anymore? They know that it is not everywhere that one can have a great work/ life mix, have amazing partners with similar goals and philosophies, while living in a place as special as Anchorage, Alaska.