I truly can’t believe how quickly the last three years have flown by and couldn’t be happier to be a part of the MGH/McLean community! The fourth year of residency affords a great amount of autonomy and flexibility in allowing residents to pursue burgeoning interests with excellent supervision and mentorship. A member of the child track, I decided to post-pone the beginning of fellowship until the PGY5 year in order to take advantage of all that the PGY4 year has to offer. I entered residency with a clinical interest in treating patients with eating orders and I currently spend about half my time as a “junior attending” at the Klarman Eating Disorders Center, a residential unit on the McLean campus treating the psychiatric and medical complexities of patients with various eating disorders. I manage a team of patients along with wonderful individual, family and group therapists, internal medicine physicians and social workers/case managers in a true interdisciplinary fashion. I am supervised by leaders in the eating disorders field and am learning the most effective treatment approaches to this complex patient population. I also have the honor of serving as one of the Administrative Chief Residents for the residency which affords wonderful opportunities to enrich the experience of junior residents, allows for teaching and mentorship and affords me a greater understanding of the administrative side of residency as well as the two wonderful institutions we are a part of. The remainder of my time is spent serving as the Chief Resident of the McLean Clinical Evaluation Center, where I am able to work with PGY1 and PGY2 residents as they begin the process of becoming psychiatrists and forming their professional identify. I also maintain a longitudinal outpatient clinic, doing both psychopharmacological management as well as individual psychodynamic psychotherapy, with a diverse population of patients including those with first episode psychosis, anorexia and bulimia, major depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders and substance use disorders, to name a few.
One of the newest and most exciting additions to our residency program over the last several years has been the development of the Clinician Educator Program, which serves to develop and mentor residents in pursuit of a clinical career in medical education. I’ve been afforded so many wonderful opportunities through this program including developing a new clinical curriculum for Physician Assistant students in an exciting new Team-Based Learning format. I also spend a good deal of time teaching medical students during their psychiatry clerkship—from working one-on-one on interviewing skills and clinical case conceptualization to delivering didactic lectures on various topics, I love working with medical students and exposing them to all the exciting possibilities the field of psychiatry has to offer!
Coming from sunny Florida, I think I’ve finally settled into the four-season changes that Boston offers and dare I say, I actually like the snow! In my free time I’m usually found running along the Charles River, sipping coffee at a local coffee shop or wandering around the beautiful streets of my Beacon Hill neighborhood. One of the greatest things about our residency are the amazing residents that make it up! My co-residents are passionate, innovative and inspiring and I feel incredibly grateful to learn and work alongside them everyday. But it’s not all work—we love to have fun too! From celebrating weddings (and there have been many!), births and birthdays to trying out new restaurants and attending exciting festivals around Boston and Cambridge, there’s always someone up for an adventure! Congratulations on deciding on the exciting field of psychiatry—best of luck in finding your residency and professional home, maybe it’ll be MGH/McLean!