Prostate Cancer, Johns Hopkins, NIH discussed on The Peter Attia Drive
And I don't think I was I don't think could process it what it would have meant. Anyway, if I had asked, but when I was a medical school, and I was doing my PHD I asked. My parents what he died of and he died of prostate cancer. So I was at the NIH I was doing science. I had done some clinical work. I realized what people in DC not in science. But in politics were interested in their interested in cancer biology, and they are interested in prostate cancer. I saw at other people are interested in and I had this very vivid memories of my, you know, my father migrant, my grandfather, having prostate cancer and dying from it. And I decided that that's what I wanted to do. So when I came back to medical school. I knew that I wanted to be to be a prostate cancer biologist and understand the disease. I also knew that I wanted to be a surgeon. And so I didn't to be a medical oncologist. Although that appealed to me a lot, and I'm always flattered when people think of a medical colleges because those guys are smart, they're smart. But I knew I wanted to do something I love working with my hands. So for me, the I. The of being a surgeon. Scientist was just it just made sense. I loved the biology I love, but I still love the idea of not just conceptually deconstructing something and putting it back together. But actually, physically deconstructing something putting it back together. So as a perfect fit for what I wanted to do for the listener to put some things in context at the time that you and I began our residencies. I don't really think there was any debate about what the best urology program was in the United States. I think there is a good race for number two or lots of programs that would have competed to be the second best urology program in the country. But but Johns Hopkins was hands down in a league of its own. And they only take two residents per year. So if there are four hundred or five hundred medical students graduating who want to go into urology only two of them get to go to Hopkins, and you were one of them, which perhaps isn't surprising. Did you wanna go to Hopkins for reasons other than it was the best program? Was there something about the environment? There. There that drew you to it. Yeah. It was a people. It's an amazing place that I think about think about it all the time. So I interviewed there and the chair of the department. The time was is the godfather of my field. He made all the contemporary modern discoveries in prostate cancer. And it was real simple. He looked me in the eyes. And he said, I looked at your CV. I know what you have the ability to do. And I wanna help you get there so pet well selected you as much as you selected Hopkins. I guess you can say that. Yeah. You know, it was a perfect fit because as we've talked about mentorship is just so much of everything. It's everything in life. Really? If you're motivated, and you have drive, it's, you know, even if you're not motivated, you don't have drive you need a good mentor. So for me, I showed up for the interviews. I'd interviewed all over the country..