I am just now completing the first quarter of internship. I have spent the past three months at Newton Wellesley Hospital on my medicine rotations. I spent the first month on an oncology-focused service, followed by an elective month in palliative care. I am now finishing up a rotation through the emergency department. My experience at Newton Wellesley has exceeded all expectations. At NWH, the medicine teams include MGH senior residents, NWH-based interns (such as interns completing transition year, and psychiatry interns from both MGH/McLean and Longwood), MGH medicine interns, and a NWH-based attending. NWH is a community hospital with the mission to treat every patient like a family member, and many patients have been coming to this hospital for decades. I have found everyone I have met to be incredibly friendly, compassionate, and supportive, both of patients and of staff. I feel particularly lucky to have received excellent teaching in medicine from our MGH senior residents and NWH attendings, and have learned a remarkable amount during just three months. I am confident that this experience has helped to solidify my new identity as a physician. For the next three months, I excited to head to Blake 11 for three months of inpatient psychiatry at MGH.
One of the more meaningful aspects of this program has been interacting with the co-residents I have met. Before dispersing to our clinical rotations, we started the year with an in-depth orientation. This time together gave us a preview of the work ahead of us, but the main focus was on getting to know each other. Even while we are all busy on our various rotations, we have made a huge effort to spend time together. I am consistently impressed by how fun, interesting, and thoughtful my co-interns are. There are also great opportunities to get to know residents ahead of me in the program. During intern year, I have attended frequent residency-wide social events, such as BBQs and outings to Fenway park, as well as dinner discussions with our new Harvard Psychiatry Book Club, the Clinician Educator program, and Program in Psychotherapy. Returning to the Boston area and living in Cambridge, I am having a blast rediscovering this great town, especially the tons of new delicious restaurants.
My interest in psychiatry began early. During college, I studied medical anthropology, and my mentor was a psychiatrist and anthropologist. I conducted field work with commercial sex workers in rural Malawi, and became interested in the psychological experience of disease, such as HIV/AIDs. I pursued a master’s degree in International Development, and did field work in Tanzania with orphaned young people on their conceptions of wellbeing. In medical school at Hopkins, I became interested in healthcare access issues across poor communities in inner city Baltimore. What drew me to this program was primarily the people, both faculty and residents, I met on the interview trail. Since arriving, I continue to be struck by the people I am meeting, as well as the great depth of clinical experiences and resources to gain a successful foundation in psychiatry and to pursue my interests in community psychiatry and global mental health.