I am finally hitting my stride in our primarily outpatient year and have realized that it comes with its own set of rewards and challenges! As a new therapist, it has been humbling to sit with patients as they express profound grief, sadness, joy, shame, and hope. I wear many hats as a PGY-3. For example, my current duties include juggling my clinic panel, taking call in the emergency room, running therapeutic groups, and participating in a collaborative care psychiatric team at a community healthcare center. Each half-day block differs from the next, creating a schedule that is both busy and invigorating!
My clinical interests range from neurodevelopmental disabilities, gender variant/non-conforming youth, and childhood trauma, to medical student education and advocacy, including fighting against stigma about mental health conditions. I also enjoy writing prose and poetry on my reflections about my training. One of the many perks of this program is the ease at which trainees can connect with renowned leaders in their fields. I have mentors who help me to reflect on my identity both as a psychiatrist and a female physician, and they assist me in shaping my personal qualities into professional strengths. With the support of my mentors, I have found numerous opportunities to pursue my varied interests and have collaborated with my colleagues on book chapters, research projects, and teaching activities for medical students and residents in other specialties. By far, my favorite aspect of the MGH/McLean program has been the strong camaraderie among trainees. My co-residents are passionate, hard-working, intelligent, hilarious, and all-around inspiring. It is an honor to be a member of this dynamic group.
As for my background, I am originally from Singapore and lived there until I was 18, at which point I left to attend Middlebury College in rural Vermont. Though it was a drastic move, I grew to love the Green Mountains so much that I returned to attend medical school at the University of Vermont. Prior to med school, I spent time developing my interest in autism, including volunteering at a group home in China and engaging in autism research at UCLA. Residency has its demands, but I am thoroughly enjoying my life in Boston. I spend my free time exploring local gems in Boston and Cambridge (outdoor markets, new restaurants, museums, and breweries) and taking my new puppy on road trips through New England.