Where are you from?
I grew up in Canton, OH.
Why did you choose UA Family Medicine?
I was looking for programs with full-spectrum training and the Tucson South program offered that. My goal is to be able to go anywhere in the world and be able to contribute. That means delivering babies, working inpatient, and doing procedures. However, I pursued medicine for more than the clinical training and wanted a program that offered more. I wanted a space where people were challenging the oppressive systems in this country. Since the program is located near the US-Mexico border and Indigenous communities, a lot of politics are inherent to the location. Instead of shunning those communities, the program has been trying to embrace them and I want to be a part of that. Lastly, yet still very important, I felt welcomed as a queer and nonbinary person. I am loud and proud and that loud and proud was embraced.
What are you most excited about for life in Tucson?
NO MORE SNOW! I lived in Buffalo, NY for ten years and I. Am. Tired. The beautiful scenery and exploration opportunities in the mountains and parks. Biking to work every day all year round. The big cacti. Sunshine everyday?
What are your interests or hobbies outside of medicine?
Art! In all its forms. I am a circus arts performer (partner acrobatics and starting to do flow art/fire spinning). Biking. Hiking. Language learning. Reading (fantasy, politics, history, theory, queer fiction). Community building. Video/board games.
What are your professional interests within medicine?
Medical education, point of care ultrasound, community medicine, global medicine, cultural safety.
Favorite way to spend a day off?
Waking up without an alarm! Depending on the energy levels, it’s either baking a frozen pizza, lounging and inviting friends over to play games, or exploring with a hike/bike ride and dabbling in some acrobatics in there. Then ending the day with friends – talking and sharing space with one another.
Top item on your "Bucket list"?
Choreograph and record a dance/fire spinning piece in the desert.
Jinx Lioi, MD
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