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

I Deleted Facebook after Twelve Years

Yesterday, I deleted my Facebook account.  The decision was made after nearly a year of back and forth thinking.  I surprised myself, questioning, “Should I delete my account or not?  What will other people think?  What will I miss?”  In the minutes after deleting my account, I felt emptiness and — dare I say — a little anxious.  Those feelings quickly faded. In the grand scheme … Continue reading I Deleted Facebook after Twelve Years

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

Origin of ‘Doctor,’ a Resident’s Perspective

It’s extremely helpful and interesting to know the origin of words.  People working in medicine are delineated, in part, by their title.  It assists patients and professional colleagues in knowing who to trust when information is needed.  A key member of the medical team is the doctor, also known as physician. Where does ‘Doctor’ come from? A quick query in the dictionary yields the origin of … Continue reading Origin of ‘Doctor,’ a Resident’s Perspective

I Matched into GI Fellowship!

Matching into a three-year clinical Gastroenterology fellowship program is a dream come true.  Match Day was December 6th, 2017.  I remember anxiously driving home to meet my wife Claudia and puppy Chloe so that everyone was there to hear the news as soon as I pulled up the NRMP 2017 Medical Specialties results online. Sitting down at my desk, I opened Chrome and started to … Continue reading I Matched into GI Fellowship!