Tim Caramore, MD
Where did you attend college?
My undergraduate was at the University of Richmond in Virginia, and medical school was at Albany Medical College in New York.
Where did you do your residency?
In Madison, Wisconsin, with the University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine.
Within your specialty, do you have any sub-specialty areas of practice that you particularly enjoy?
Right now I practice primarily in the hospital taking care of hospitalized adults, and I enjoy that. I’m also interested in medical ethics, communication in medicine, healthcare policy, healthcare resource stewardship, and evidence-based medicine.
What do you enjoy most about practicing family medicine?
The opportunity to be challenged, to learn, and to be humbled every day; the chance to connect with people, and offer reassurance and good information in the face of vulnerability and uncertainty. Okay, that’s not one thing.
What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I could probably just restate my response to the last question, but what I think I love most about teaching is being a part of and bearing witness to the development of young docs.
What brought you to Montana?
A 2011 4-door Mazda 2 loaded down with essential belongings. We got terrible gas mileage, particularly along a very windy stretch of I-94 through North Dakota.
Why did you choose to be part of FMRWM?
The joy that comes with learning every day, the challenge of always trying to improve my teaching game, the constant exposure to new ideas, and the chance to be a part of shaping the future of family medicine.
What are some of your interests outside of the clinic?
Exploring the northern Rockies by foot, bicycle, or skinny ski with my wife and my dog. Cooking with vegetables. Working on our garden. Reading short fiction. Snow.
What do you love about Western Montana?
Peaches from Paradise. Pizza from the Bridge. The lack of humidity and of traffic. The balsam root and lupine on Jumbo and in the north hills in the spring. Logging morning miles in the Rattlesnake when the air still has that perfect crisp, cool feel. Unexpected moose encounters. Epic views in Glacier. The first day the classic ski tracks are set at Pattee in December. Blasting back down from that upper trail at Lubrecht when it’s not icy. A powder day at Snowbowl on some quiet weekday morning. That kind of stuff.
What is your favorite:
Book? Basically anything I’ve read by Don Delillo (Underworld, Libra, White Noise), Amy Hempel’s The Collected Stories, and George Saunders’s Tenth of December all stand out. I’m more of a short fiction than a novel fan.
Album? Always evolving. Right now, probably Dear Science by TV on the Radio and Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Movie? The Gene Wilder Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the 1989 Batman have been too rich a source of inside humor with my brothers to list anything else.