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Learning medicine is the
easiest part of residency. The most important thing is to
find a program that’s going to help turn you into the
kind of person you want to be. When you get this far,everybody
has the skills to do it. So what are you really
looking for? So all these residencies,
they’re different ways to prove your worth to the
hospital, to the patient,
to yourself. And it is very nerve-racking
because you’re interviewing on a hope of what you’re going
to become. But I think when you find a
place that has a good fit, your nervousness kind of
evaporates away because you
can see how you’re going to get to where
you want to go. I think what makes
this residency
program great is definitely the people. I think it would be impossible
to go at it alone. Once I got here I knew that I found new family, a new home. People that I could work with, people I could confide to,
cry to. From the very beginning we’ve done everything together;
studied for all of our boards together. I think we were both looking
for a place to call home. We always were traveling every
four months, out of a suitcase, and it was nice to finally
plant roots for a change. You want to look for
somewhere where they’re going to care
about you. Family’s not always going to
come with people who are the same blood as you. Those aren’t my co-residents, they’re my brothers and sisters and that’s really how I look
at them. And they care about me. They’re more concerned about
me as a person than they are about
me as a resident. Its nice to know that there
are people that care about us, people that care about our
community here. Not just the local community,
but also the larger community at the HCA
Healthcare level. There are programs out
there that will turn you into the hardest
working physician. There are some cultures out
there that will turn you into the smartest,
the best, the most adept at
procedures. But one thing that this
program really focuses on, is the ability to teach you to
adapt, to think for yourself. Medicine you’re
forever learning. So this is not something where
you learn and you stop. We have a research
coordinator, and they take
care of everything. You bring the idea;
they’re going to roll
everything for you. There’s always a project that
you can start and they are very
supportive of that. We have mentors here that
are ready to support you in any kind of
interest that you have. We have statisticians to help
you analyze your data. We’re doing a massive
amount of research. The ACGME wants us to publish
about three papers a year. Our faculty did twenty-two,
our residents did fourteen. There’s a standard that we
meet in our hospital that I know is being met in this
whole community of hospitals across the nation. It’s those intangibles. It’s people who want to
do something to make this
program better. If you look at a program and
it’s just a job, that’s going to be 3 years, 4
years, 5, 6 years of your life. You can’t get that back. Look, there’s one hundred and
sixty-eight hours in a week; you’re not working one hundred
and sixty-eight hours. So you need to be somewhere
where you’re happy to be. There’s offerings for everyone. You know, there’s amazing
food here, there’s amazing
cultural diversity, there’s lots of
different museums, there’s amazing beaches. This program places a
great emphasis on making sure you have time to be
who you need to be to give
your best. And I’m not saying that in the
regards to being a doctor, being a physician, being a
healer, being a caretaker. As the old adage goes, you
can’t care for someone until you’ve cared
for yourself. That’s the legacy we all
want to leave. Don’t sell yourself short. Follow your heart and you’ll
make the right choice. There’s a lot of workplaces
out there where you come in, you stay in your lane, get the
work done and go home. But not here.

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