Nicole Choy, MD
Who or what inspired you to become a physician?
My oldest brother is 14 years older than me, and he became a surgeon, which paved the way for me to pursue medicine. I knew I wanted to be in a profession where I can help people. I’ve also always loved science and anatomy, and medicine is a combination of all those things.
Briefly describe a "peak experience" from your career: interaction with a mentor, memorable patient, etc.
During my residency training, I met a patient who motivated me to go into breast oncology. She was diagnosed with breast cancer, and she struggled a great deal with her diagnosis and treatment. Watching her shift from a patient who was overwhelmed by her breast cancer diagnosis to surviving and overcoming that was inspirational. Being part of the team that helped to get her through that process was something I really enjoyed.
What led you to become involved in El Paso County Medical Society leadership?
Encouragement from my physician friend. I’ve been in Colorado Springs for nine years, and my husband and many of my friends are physicians in the community. Before the pandemic, I had some exposure through society events and meeting people. I lost touch during the pandemic. Following the pandemic, healthcare feels more competitive and crowded with stressors that have nothing to do with medicine, and I think physicians are worn out. The medical society is a space where healthcare providers can come together, get to know each other, and encourage each other to do better as doctors to help their patients.
What advice would you give to physicians-in-training who are just starting their careers?
Remember why you went into it in the first place. Try not to get too bogged down by all the periphery stuff. Lean into yourself, lean on those who care about you, and remember why you want to do it.
What do you enjoy doing outside of medicine?
I like hanging out with my family, watching movies and eating good food, playing frisbee with my dog, and playing poker (for pride not prize). Sometimes doing nothing and being silly with my kids.