Jean Pierre Valette, MD - Sports Medicine Fellowship, OHSU
Born and raised in the Bay Area, I left for the East coast at age thirteen for high school at Exeter in NH. I then attended Wesleyan University in CT for college where I was a neuroscience major and played on the varsity diving and ultimate Frisbee teams. Knowing I wanted to leave the harsh winters behind, I returned to San Francisco where I worked as an EMT and in the front office of a family physician's practice for two years while I applied to medical school.
During my time in medical school at UCSD I was fortunate to learn from many talented specialists who knew so much about their fields. When I worked with the UCSD family medicine physicians, however, I was inspired by well they knew their patients and could use this to individualize their treatment options. Family medicine particularly appeals to me because it allows me to help my patients with any of their medical issues while getting to know them on a meaningful long term basis.
UCSD offered me the perfect combination of things I was looking for in a residency program. It combined the rigor of an academic family medicine program, passionate and caring faculty, the ability to work with medical students, excellent exposure to sports medicine, and of course an unbeatable location. My particular interests in medicine include medical education, sports medicine, osteopathic manipulation, and integrative medicine.
In my free time away from the hospital and clinics I enjoy cooking, playing board games, exploring local beer spots (always easy in SD), and doing anything active/outdoors like beach volleyball, soccer, yoga, running, and cycling.