"Growing up in Miami, I was never really a Miami Heat fan. My team was the Los Angeles Lakers. I grew up in the era of the great Kobe Bryant and was fascinated by everything he was as an athlete. I remember watching his nationally televised games and going to the backyard to practice those exact same moves over and over until the lights came on and my mom would tell me to come inside. Basketball has been my sanctuary for as long as I can remember. Hearing the bounce of the ball, watching it's flight in the air, and feeling the leather-bound ball never gets old. I know how grueling and difficult medical school can be, so I made it a point to dedicate at least 1 day a week to hitting the gym and working on my game. I was blessed to find many others with a similar passion for hoops at USF, so our weekly ritual was hoops every Friday. The spirit of competition, the camaraderie, and the amazing workout that basketball affords me, really helped recharge my batteries and made me forget for an hour or 2 the sometimes stressful environment that is medical school. I know the lessons learned from this game and my hero Kobe Bryant will definitely serve me well as I begin my career as a surgeon.
I am a hooper"
Ricardo Rendel, M.D.
General Surgery intern at Eastern Virginia Medical School
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine | Class of 2018 .
letting us know doctors have hoop dreams too!! Keep ballin' fam!!
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