September 26th, 2011
Hello, everyone, my name is Gopi Astik, and I am one of the internal medicine chief residents at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Our program has 4th-year chiefs, so I have completed my residency and am excited to be able to share the experience of my transition from resident to new faculty with all of you. Even as I write that, I cannot believe that I am now a staff physician.
I should start by telling you a little about myself. I am from Warrensburg, Missouri, which is about an hour east of Kansas City. I went to the University of Missouri-Kansas City for the 6 year BA/MD program, and I graduated in 2008. I decided to stay close to home for my internal medicine residency and then decided to stay AGAIN for my chief residency. What can I say? I love Kansas City. Many of you probably haven’t been to this area, and I want to tell you that it’s a beautiful place with lots of things to do. It’s a big city with small town feel … but, then again, I’m extremely biased.
This photo is from the Country Club Plaza at Christmas time. The holiday lights are lit during a ceremony on Thanksgiving – it’s amazing! There’s more than this to Kansas City, but I’ll sprinkle the details around during my time as the resident blogger.
I plan on writing about how the articles in Journal Watch affect my clinical practice, along with giving my personal experiences of my chief residency. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and questions as well. If there’s anything in particular you would like to hear about, please share your questions and comments. I am eager to share my experiences with all of you!