Dylan Heckscher, MD
Hometown: Princeton, NJ
Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis
Hobbies: Cooking, Brewing, Squash (the sport, not the vegetable), Backpacking
Specialty Interests/Career Plan: Andrology/Infertility – I’m looking for an academic career in the long run.
Why Yale? While doing my sub-I, I was struck by how welcoming and educational the entire program was, from interns to attendings. There is an excellent diversity of cases and attending specialties, and excellent autonomy, particularly as compared to other northeast programs.
Why New Haven? New Haven is a small city that punches way above its weight culturally and in the culinary world. There are cool museums, excellent restaurants (and new ones opening regularly), and good concerts. The downtown is easily walkable. With our salaries and the cost of living, you can easily enjoy all those things too.
On top of that, New York is a quick train ride from downtown, Boston a quick Amtrak ride. You can be in Vermont, New Hampshire, or large cities easily enough for a quick weekend trip, and with the New Haven airport (10 minutes from downtown) you can easily go anywhere on the east coast.
What would you be doing if not urology? Honestly, if I wasn’t a doctor, I’d probably want to be a chef.
Random fact: I lived in China for a year before I decided to switch my career track to medicine.