The Art of Remembering Your Role

From the very first day of medical school, doctors-in-training (residents) are molded into competent practitioners.  TV glamorizes this as a nearly overnight process, when in reality becoming a physician with the wealth of knowledge patients expect and deserve takes nearly a decade to cultivate.  Ten years are just the start, because I’m only referring to medical school (4 years) plus an average-length residency program (3-4 years).  … Continue reading The Art of Remembering Your Role

My Last Month of Wards as a Resident: Reminiscing

With only one week remaining in my final month of Wards (adult inpatient medicine), I’m finding the moment bittersweet.  Undoubtedly, there’s a sense of nostalgia.  I remember my first day of Wards, not knowing the answer when an RN asked me, “Can the patient in room [632] eat breakfast?”  I remember hours spent answering the onslaught of pages from the floor pager when on-call.  I … Continue reading My Last Month of Wards as a Resident: Reminiscing

Learning During Residency – How to spot an effective teacher/mentor

I love Internal Medicine residency training.  I am blessed to be at a fantastic program.  For the past several years, my medical practice – and career – has been molded by attending physicians.  I often sought out the “best” teachers/mentors to help.  Here’s my guide to pinpointing an invaluable teacher-mentor during inpatient and outpatient clinical rotations.  This applies to anyone training in clinical medicine – … Continue reading Learning During Residency – How to spot an effective teacher/mentor

Endoscopy Simulator

Thought I’d share a photo of my residency program’s GI endoscopy simulator!  Earlier today, I had fun testing out some of the EGD and Colonoscopy scenarios on this machine.  Once a month, our program allows for “Simulation (sim) Lab.”  Essentially, it’s an hour-long block wherein residents practice code blue 90’s, rapid responses, central line insertions, and even practice with the simulator. Interestingly, not only does … Continue reading Endoscopy Simulator