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
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!
With the new year fast approaching, I felt that the weekly “New Horizon” photo challenge was apropos. Internal Medicine residency is a perpetual cerebral challenge, involving new and interesting medical cases and an abundance of clinical situations where knowledge is not only pushed to the limit, but expanded. I love what I do, and the opportunity to train with many amazing physicians, as well as learn from … Continue reading The Maturation of a Physician
It’s time for the obligatory “year in review” post, and I couldn’t be more proud. Intern year is an emotional rollercoaster, marked by episodes of triumph and failure. The year is almost over, and I am (anxiously) awaiting my second year of residency training. Finishing intern year (first year) is a huge milestone in my professional medical career. Many medical students ask me: “Any advice for … Continue reading PGY-1 “Intern” Year In Review