In 2015, Lydia graduated magna cum laude from Campbell University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in healthcare management and a minor in general science. While completing her undergraduate degree as a Campbell "fighting camel," Lydia was inducted into numerous honor societies including Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Mu Delta, Pre-Med Allied Health, and Who's Who Among Students: Class of 2015.
Lydia applied and was accepted into medical school at age 19 and matriculated soon after she turned 20. During her third-year of medical school, she applied and independently pursued a Master of Business Administration separately from her doctoral studies.
Throughout medical school, Lydia wrote stories about her experiences learning clinical skills and reflecting on life through poetry, and she began as a contributing author for in-Training, for which she has currently authored five pieces.
Before becoming one of the editors-in-chief of in-House, Lydia was editor-in-chief of the local community care clinic newsletter and is currently serving at the managing editor of in-Training.
As a future anesthesiologist, she has sought opportunities to study physiology. PubMed and StatPearls, LLC have published two of her essays, "Physiology, Myocardial Oxygen Demand" and "Physiology, Pulmonary Circulation," which have been subsequently cited on over 90 different medical journals and academic texts.
She has been published in the book, "Essays & Poems From Medical School," for a piece which she wrote with the book's author, Kamiar Rueckhert and recently she was published by KevinMD.
In May 2019, she graduated cum laude with a Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine and summa cum laude with a Master of Business Administration. Lydia matched via the NRMP into anesthesiology residency at the University of Central Florida.
Her NRMP match results arrived on March 15, and she is thrilled to spend one more year in her home state of North Carolina completing her intern year at Campbell University before starting at the University of Central Florida as an advanced anesthesiology resident. After residency, she plans to pursue a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology.
In her free time, Lydia sings first soprano with the Trinity Music Academy in its productions of famous operas such as "Messiah" by Handel or "The Creation" by Hayden. She also enjoys playing classical piano and has composed and published the music and verses for a hymn written for a four-part choir. As a self-proclaimed 'Southern Belle', she is adept in making homemade biscuits, gravy, pound cake, and icing and also frequently uses the phrase "Bless your heart."