Linda Herrera Santos

I am at the end of my second month of internship, and it is hard to believe that I just recently walked the stage to receive my med school diploma in Texas. As I started the daunting journey of intern year at NWH doing medicine rotations, I have to admit that I felt nervous and completely unprepared. Nonetheless, NWH has been an incredible experience thanks to the supportive environment created by the attendings, residents, co-interns and staff. It is truly astonishing how much a person can learn in such a short period of time when everybody is deeply invested in their education. From the first day of orientation we were told to “never worry alone,” and this truly comes naturally when you are surrounded by accessible and caring people. My everyday work at NWH has been fascinating and, dare I say it, so much fun. In this short period of time, I can clearly see the transition from a medical student into a physician who is gaining more confidence every day.

My current clinical interests in Psychiatry are still very broad. However, I am very interested in mental health care disparities in racial and ethnic minorities, and I am particularly interested in working with Hispanic patients. After expressing these interests on my interview day, I was immediately connected to a national leader in this field. One of the many aspects that drew me to this program is how the residency leadership is invested in helping you pursue your interests and develop them. I haven’t even started my Psychiatry rotations, and I am already involved in an interesting project on mental health in Latino patients. I am proud to be a part of a program that provides such opportunities and resources for their trainees. But more importantly, I am incredibly proud to be part of an amazing group of people that come from diverse backgrounds but are equally kind and caring.

Adjusting to life in the Northeast after living in Texas for fifteen years was easier than I expected. It is easy to adapt to such a wonderful city with so much to offer. Even through the more challenging medicine rotations, I have been able to attend concerts, see fantastic shows, and explore the great food scene. Living in Medford has been equally great for my young daughter, who truly enjoys walking our dogs by the river while seeing ducks and rabbits along the way. We also walk around the neighborhood and explore the little local restaurants and stores. You certainly don’t get much of that in Texas. Culturally, Boston is incredibly rich and diverse, and I am excited to see my daughter grow up here.

Just two months into my residency journey and the feelings of trepidation and nervousness are slowly fading while excitement and confidence take over. Every day is a confirmation that joining the MGH/McLean program was the best decision I could make, and I am so thrilled to be here.