One month into PGY-2 year and my emergency psychiatry rotation and there has not been a dull moment. Working in MGH’s Acute Psychiatry Service or “APS”, I see patients from all walks of life: from young children to the elderly, each of whom presents with a fascinating constellation of psychiatric symptoms and -- best of all -- a unique story. Initially, as a trainee in the 5-year “child track”, I was somewhat apprehensive to begin this rotation. However, my senior residents and supervising attendings have taught me to become comfortable managing everything from complex family dynamics to acutely agitated behavior in the APS. I am proud to train at an institution where trainees are so well supported, where I feel simultaneously challenged and encouraged to become a more competent and confident physician.
My clinical interests range from neurodevelopmental disabilities and gender variant/non-conforming youth to medical student education. In the past year, I have found numerous opportunities to pursue these varied interests. 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 assist in shaping my personal qualities into professional strengths. My favorite aspect of the MGH/McLean program has been the invaluable guidance from program leadership and 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 for 18 years, when 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 it demands, but I am thoroughly enjoying my life in Boston. I spend my free time soaking up outdoor markets, pasta dinners in the North End, beach days, road trips across New England, wine and beer tastings, ball games at Fenway, and sailing adventures on the Charles!