Today we are joined by a very special guest Dr. Carisa Champion. Carisa is currently a second-year general surgery resident in the Philadelphia area, holds a master’s in public health, and is a JD, a doctor of the law. Carisa is a dear friend of mine and I could not be more excited to share her story. As it goes with all surgery residents, time is valuable. Carisa was gracious enough to record the podcast with me at 5:30am on a Saturday morning because that was the only time she had available. She graduated medical school as an osteopathic medical physician and has served at the highest level working as a student delegate on the AOA Board of Trustees and on numerous national task forces. Carisa was the student body president when in medical school and the chair of the council of osteopathic government presidents, something we discuss in the interview. Carisa truly is an inspiration and someone who knows first hand what it is like to struggle through adversity and also fight to stay afloat amidst a chaotic work/life schedule. In this interview we dive deep discussing her passion for helping others and her commitment to being the best she can be at any given moment. Carisa is a pioneer in the medical field and continues to be one of the most generous physicians that I know as you will hear at the end of the podcast.