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Akhil Narang, M.D.

Akhil was born in the Chicago suburbs. After attending high school at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, he majored in Biological Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Akhil then returned to Chicago to attend medical school at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He pursued a Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center between his third and fourth years of medical school. His interest in research, academic medicine, and strong clinical training led him to pursue Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Chicago where he currently serves as a chief resident. Akhil plans to pursue a career in academic Cardiology. Outside of medicine, Akhil is interested in Chicago sports (especially the Bears and Blackhawks), international affairs, social media, photography, and traveling.

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April 28th, 2014

Cynicism in Medicine

“Are you more or less cynical than when you started residency?” This was the question my Program Director asked our senior internal medicine residents at a recent dinner with Dr. Bob Wachter. If you aren’t familiar with Dr. Wachter, he is widely acclaimed as the “Father of Hospital Medicine” and a renowned champion of patient […]


January 13th, 2014

Reflections of a New Attending

During my year as a Chief Resident, I have the privilege to attend on the general medicine service for 8 weeks. I recently completed 4 weeks and, as expected, found myself in an entirely new realm of patient care and accountability. I would be remiss without recalling a few of the pivotal lessons and poignant moments […]


September 27th, 2013

Duty Hour Reform Revisited

 Discussions of resident duty hour reforms reached the point of ad nauseam a few years ago.  Everyone had their say – Program Directors (“In 2003 we instituted an 80-hour work week, in 2011 we switched to 16 hour shifts, what’s next – online residencies!?”), senior residents (“What? I have to write H&Ps again? I don’t […]


September 11th, 2013

Oral Anticoagulation, Part I: Direct Thrombin Inhibitors

When I started residency 4 years ago, warfarin was really the only choice of anticoagulation widely used for prevention of stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and in patients with venous thromboembolism (VTE). Despite knowing about the coagulation cascade for decades, only recently have viable alternatives to warfarin become available. In this post, I hope […]


August 23rd, 2013

Teaching Ultrasound to Internal Medicine Residents

Welcome, everyone! I am thrilled at the prospect of sharing with you my thoughts on issues that pertain to residency training during the current academic year. I recently attended the Fundamentals of Critical Care Ultrasound course hosted by the Society for Critical Care Medicine (SCCM). It was well attended by a mix of intensivits, anesthesiologists, and […]


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