I am just finishing up my first rotation of intern year on the medical-psychiatric unit at MGH. As a trainee in the child psychiatry track, I consider myself a pediatrically-minded individual and was therefore apprehensive to start residency on the acute adult inpatient unit. I was quickly reassured that I had chosen the right field when, following in the footsteps of my senior residents, I learned the basics of good psychiatric management and observed patients with severe mental illnesses improve right before my eyes.
My clinical interests range from neurodevelopmental disabilities and gender variant youth to medical student admissions and education. In my short time here, I have found 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 encourage me to reflect on my identity as a psychiatrist and a female physician and teach me to shape my personal qualities into professional strengths. The most pleasant surprise of my experience at MGH/McLean so far has been the profound support from program leadership and the strong camaraderie among trainees. My co-residents are passionate, hard-working, fun and funny, and all-around inspiring. It is an honor to be a member of this dynamic group, which is my favorite aspect of the program.
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 conducting autism research at UCLA. Residency has it demands, but I am thoroughly enjoying my new home in Boston. I spend my free time soaking up outdoor markets, pasta dinners in the North End, beach days, wine and beer tastings, ball games at Fenway, and sailing adventures on the Charles!