Three months in to PGY-2 year, I continue to be abundantly grateful to be part of the MGH/McLean community. I finished PGY-1 year as the night float intern on the inpatient medicine service at MGH. Two days later, I became the psychiatrist for five inpatients on the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Unit at McLean and for four outpatients through the resident clinic at MGH. Three weeks later, I had my first overnight call, in which I was the sole psychiatrist available for the patients at McLean, a 180-bed psychiatric hospital. As enriching and educational as PGY-1 year was, the experiences I have had over the last three months are why I chose Psychiatry and MGH/McLean.
As a resident on the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Unit, I have the privilege to work with patients with first-break psychosis, delirious mania and bipolar depression. I learn from my patients, their families, and the talented and accessible clinicians at McLean. We have frequent didactics and specialty rounds with experienced clinicians on various topics, including suicide risk assessment. Through my outpatient clinic, I see both psychopharmacology and therapy patients. For the first time, I am seeing patients on a long-term basis. Though this can be a daunting responsibility, I meet with three attending psychiatrists every week who dedicate their time to help guide residents through this new experience. Being on overnight call at McLean has also been a fantastic learning opportunity. I am the first doctor to see patients who arrive at the hospital and make decisions about their care. I respond to all emergencies and often make both psychiatric and medical decisions.
There are so many reasons I chose MGH/McLean for my training. I am interested in Forensic Psychiatry, so gaining exposure to that field is important to me. On the interview trail, I was excited to learn about the opportunity MGH residents have to rotate at a jail. During my residency, I have had the chance to meet with multiple Forensic faculty members who have helped develop my interest in Forensics further. I am aware that interests change, and residency is a time to discover one’s passion. For that reason, it was also important for me to be at a program where I would see different patient populations in terms of background and illness, be trained in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, have research opportunities and have strong training not only in Psychiatry but also Neurology and Medicine. The MGH/McLean program has provided me the opportunity to gain the broad experience and knowledge I am seeking in residency and the encouragement and resources to pursue my specific interests.
I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana by my mother, a criminal prosecutor (hence my interest in Forensics). However, I did have a brief detour to Boston in high school when I needed to spend a semester of my senior year away due to Hurricane Katrina. I am thrilled to be living in Boston again and training at MGH/McLean. In my free time, I enjoy going to concerts, comedy shows, reading crime thrillers, spinning, exploring the beaches of New England, and traveling to visit my fiance.