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

2017 In Review

Writing my 2017 year-end article as a third year resident (PGY-3) is truly something.  I find myself reflecting on a myriad of things; vying to be a competent physician, enjoying my first wedding anniversary with my wife Claudia, bringing home our Cavalier King Charles puppy, and finding my niche within the ever-changing landscape of healthcare.  I’ll explain a particular highlight of 2017, relating to personal … Continue reading 2017 In Review

Fellowship Candidacy

Life in residency is always busy.  Time flies by.  I am nearly three months into my third and final year of residency (PGY-3).  I was scrolling through social media earlier today, and noticed a familiar big announcement: Today ACGME residency programs start receiving applications. #ERAS2018 pic.twitter.com/ScKRMXMt2r — ERAS (@ERASinfo) September 15, 2017 The start of a brand new cycle of residency applications is a momentous … Continue reading Fellowship Candidacy