Hi! My name is Alyssa DelPizzo and I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. As a young kid, I had two big career ambitions, to be a doctor and to be a professional soccer player. The latter did not work out due to a number of knee injuries I had playing in high school and college. While I was disappointed when the dream of my career as an athlete ended, it was a blessing in disguise. I decided to put all my competitive energy into becoming a doctor. I graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Health and Exercise Science. From there I wasted no time in starting medical school at Ross University. I felt called to attend this school where I spent the first year and a half studying abroad in a third world country. Medical mission work in an impoverished setting was always a desire of mine and this experience helped to further deepen that passion.
When it came time to decide where I wanted to attend Residency, UCSD was at the top of my list for a couple of reasons. My boyfriend lives out here and the first time I came to visit, I knew right away that San Diego and I would get along just fine! The temperate climate, abundance of outdoor activities, and craft breweries galore were just a few reasons why this city was a great fit. My experience with the Residency Program further confirmed my decision. Everyone I met was kind and genuinely excited to talk about the opportunities this program had to offer. Other residents seemed like-minded to me in the fact that they had unique stories about studying or living abroad and how those experiences enhanced their love for medicine.
I chose Family Medicine because it allows me to see a broad spectrum of patients and medical conditions all in the same day. Whether managing a newborn or caring for an elderly patient, I am thrilled to see it all and stay on my toes for what might walk through the door next. My specific interests within family medicine are women’s health, pediatrics, sports medicine and integrative medicine.
Outside of work I have been challenged with and enjoyed finding new hobbies and outlets. Relationships are important and I commit myself to spending quality time with my family and friends as much as I can. In addition, I have found that things like yoga, body pump, gardening, cooking, craft beer, and a hot day at the beach are all things that keep me balanced and grounded.
I am looking forward to the challenges, adventures, and opportunities that lie ahead in Residency. My hope is that this time will aid in learning more about myself and the people that I will care for, while simultaneously living a life that is congruent to the advice I give my patients. I am so excited to begin this next chapter!