Chase Anderson

Although it’s only been four months since residency began, it feels as though I’ve been here for a lifetime--in the best way possible.

Over the past four months I’ve gone from Behavioral Neurology at McLean to MGH Neurology to Psychiatry Admissions at McLean, and I just wrapped up a month Medicine and Medicine on the Red Team (a more cardiac-focused team) at Newton Wellesley Hospital. At each place, what has continually made my heart warm is the care that everyone has shown for patients, the work that goes on for each person who comes into the hospital behind the scenes.

It’s an honor to be a part of that process. It has been a privilege to have the opportunity to hear people’s stories and be with them in such moments.

At the core of what has made residency such a wonderful experience?

My fellow co-residents. I’m still--and probably will forever be--in awe of the things they’ve accomplished. More than that, however, each of us comes from different environments and perspectives, yet all of that fades into the background when we’re sitting on the Charles River eating snacks and talking about our days. Or when we go out for group dinners and talk about the future of psychiatry, and who we want to be in that grand scheme. To be around such diversity of thought and experiences pushes you to grow in unexpected, fun, and stimulating ways.

Finding mentors in different specialties. There’s a wealth of opportunities at your fingertips, and I cannot say how much it means when an older physician that you’re working with takes the time out to teach you, to ask about your day. When your attending in Neurology asks about who you are as a person, takes the time to get to know you outside of the hospital setting, it sets the tone for the whole residency. Though I’m on my “Obama break” from being class president at my medical school, it’s nice to know that when I get back into wanting to be a part of various activities, there will be an abundance to choose from.

Being back in Boston with friends from undergraduate and graduate school. To be honest, they were what made Boston what it was for me. They helped make me – let me be – the person I am today. Whether walking to the Prudential or going to the movies with them or laughing as we make dinner, there’s a sense of serenity. It’s good to be home.

At the end of everything, looking back at the months since starting residency, it’s always been about the human connection for me. At MGH, in Boston, I’ve been able to find that in spades. I look forward to what adventures, challenges, and triumphs the coming months, coming years bring and who I become as a person and as a psychiatrist.