Posts Tagged ‘medical education’

June 16th, 2022

Dear Chief Year …

If you ask anyone on Reddit or SDN (Student Doctor Network) about pursuing Chiefdom in residency, you’ll find numerous opinions about it being an undertaking not worth the burden of additional responsibilities, even if it is considered an honor. I was also advised gently — and accurately, in my opinion — by mentors that focusing […]


June 2nd, 2022

The Importance of Psychological Safety

Even before starting residency, I knew I wanted to be a critical care doctor. I chose my residency program and drove halfway across the country to get a solid hands-on clinical experience. As an intern in the ICU, I was eager to get involved in every possible way. One morning after team rounds, fully caffeinated […]


May 25th, 2022

The Pandemic Through a Rearview Mirror

Throughout medical school, the word pandemic was something distant from our world of advancements. We truly believed we had reached the epitome of a future where a virus is something we could contain. COVID-19 proved us wrong. In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a pandemic. An unprecedented event that would change our […]


May 4th, 2022

Insights from the AAFP Physician Health and Well-Being Conference

Physician well-being has long been an issue in all medical fields, but especially in primary care — the concept of well-being is to heal the healers. Right now, this is especially important to those who have are burdened with burnout and the COVID-19 pandemic. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the […]


April 26th, 2022

Enjoy the Journey – You Deserve It

A few years back, I was a third-year medical student, exhausted on my general surgery rotation. I woke up at 4 am to the sound and smell of my coffee maker, muttering to myself, “only 1 week left.” I did not intend to become a surgeon, but I showed up early each day to get […]


April 13th, 2022

A Glimpse of Being an IMG

“God on high, Hear my prayer In my need, You have always been there He is young, He’s afraid Let him rest, Heaven blessed Bring him home” Jean Valjean praying for Marius in Les Misérables I was back in my childhood bedroom on the outskirts of Cairo when I first met our wonderful executive editor and my fellow chief […]


May 17th, 2021

“Feel the Musicality”: How Do Surgeons Learn?

My friends and I spent Thanksgiving 2018 attending surf school in Jacó, Costa Rica. We spent that week fully immersed in twice-daily surf sessions interspersed with conditioning, balance exercises, and of course, downtime to explore the town and rainforests of Jacó. Having been on a surfboard only a handful of times previously, this was a […]


April 14th, 2021

Top 21 Thoughts for ’21

What I Wish I’d Known Here is my advice for medical students, interns, and senior residents. These are things I wish someone had told me. I write from the perspective of an outgoing Internal Medicine Chief. Many thanks to my co-chiefs for their input and their support throughout this year. Medical Students Be honest about your […]


March 19th, 2021

A Leap of Faith — Residency Matching

Rank lists are finally in, and Match Day is here! As I think back to my own Match Day and major decision points in my life, I remember feeling the gravity of making what I felt were life-changing decisions. Looking back, I smile when I reflect on how little of what I thought was so […]


March 5th, 2021

The Season of the Second Year

Chief year has taught me that, although residents progress through training linearly, the educational year itself is cyclical, with predictable “seasons” that are marked by specific events and focus on different populations within the residency body. With the completion of intern orientation, the fellowship match, and residency recruitment, there is a palpable shift to the […]


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