Michael L. Ren, M.D.

Michael RenWhat is your hometown?

I was born in Weifang, China but have spent the majority of my life in Shreveport, LA.

Where did you attend medical school?

Medical University of the Americas – St. Kitts and Nevis

What other educational credentials do you have?

Bachelor of Science in Biology from Centenary College of Louisiana

What are your particular clinical interests?

I have a great interest in patient education, as I believe that patients with a strong foundation of knowledge leads to better outcomes and greater compliance. I am hoping to apply this principle when helping patients manage their chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes.

Why did you choose Family Medicine?

Ever since I started interacting with patients during my clinical rotations, I have loved the process of helping the hospital team manage their chronic conditions – in particular, I enjoyed taking the time to answer any questions they had about their diagnoses or the doctors’ treatment plan. I personally believe that the more a patient understands about their own health issues, the more likely they are to adhere to a physician’s plan, and as primary care providers, we are in a unique position to ensure that our patients leave the visit with a solid understanding of what they need to do to remain healthy. This process of building rapport with a patient to better manage their healthcare is one that I have always enjoyed being a part of, and as a resident, I look forward to having a more proactive role in my patients’ well-being.

Why did you choose the Little Rock Family Medicine residency program?

As I grew up my family bounced around the states of Alabama, Texas, and Louisiana allowing me to experience the congeniality that permeates Southern culture. When it came time to decide which residency programs to apply for, I knew I couldn’t bring myself to leave the South so I focused on reputable programs in my surrounding area. Fortunately, UAMS was one of the programs kind enough to offer me an interview.

Even though I already had several interviews under my belt by the time I arrived in Little Rock, I still vividly remember how nervous I was the night before. I can also recall how that anxiety gradually melted when I had dinner with Doctors Gann and Reynolds along with my fellow interviewees, and it was virtually gone by the time I was talking to Doctor Sorsby about my parents’ home garden the next morning. From the very beginning, I felt welcome at the program. After learning more from the tour and interviews, I cemented the program as my top choice for the match.

What are your hobbies and interests outside of medicine?

My favorite activities include reading, fishing, and more recently cooking. I am also very much in love with technology and enjoy building PCs – though I don’t get too many chances to do so.