It feels like only a moment ago that I was enlightened and inspired to pursue a profession in psychiatry. In reflecting about the reasons why I loved this field, I realized that the patients gave me a fulfillment and purpose much greater than my own self. They teach me so much about life, and bring a whole new meaning to mine…and for that, I will always be grateful.
This passion and purpose is something I reflect upon often, especially as I venture into the new excitement of intern year. I am so happy to share that my shift from medical school into residency at MGH was a positive and welcoming transition. Prior to beginning this year, I had a whirlwind of emotions and expectations of myself, with the major thought being “I want to be a good doctor.” Such a simply stated goal, but truly complex, as I knew it was going to be something I would work towards every day for the rest of my life.
So, where do I begin to achieve such a lifelong goal? Seeing myself in this very moment, I wondered if I even knew how to work the hospital pager.
My first day on the wards, I was given three pieces of advice: 1. Stay hydrated and know the locations of the nearest restrooms; 2. Know how to write a note and an order on the EMR (everything else you will learn as you go); and 3. Never worry alone.
This statement of “Never worry alone” has been reiterated to me throughout my first several weeks of intern year. My co-residents, senior residents, attendings, nurses, and staff all around make me feel supported and part of a very special community. The feeling I received from them reminded me of an impression I knew well: it was the sense of family.
As a resident following the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry track, I have had the opportunity to work in the pediatric neurology continuity clinic on a weekly basis. At first, it felt overwhelming as I had never treated (or seen) so many patients with neurologic disorders before. But I was never alone. The attendings were right down the hall, awaiting for my H&P presentation, and senior residents consistently checked in to see if I needed their help. We were a team with the same goal of caring for the whole patient.
By the end of each day, I knew that the patients we had seen as a team were being cared for in every way. The knowledge, skills, and resources at MGH have undoubtedly inspired me to push myself more, and grow to become my best self. Intern year (and really, every year) certainly is going to bring about its own challenges; but with every challenge there is a patient in need of care. And with every patient in need, there is the MGH team ready to make a difference.
I am so excited for all that is to come during residency, and participate in many of the opportunities that MGH offers its residents. There are various projects involving research, medical education, and community outreach—I find it difficult to decide what to do first! Boston has already become a home to me, and I look forward to serving this community and learning from every patient I meet along the way. Thank you for taking time to read this short summary of my experience, and I hope that you too find a passion and home in serving a community that inspires you to become greater.