A Letter to R1’s

By Dr. Nazia Sharfuddin Congratulations on starting residency! This milestone is sure to be one of your most memorable, especially given that you start your venture as a physician during a global pandemic. I remember the anticipation of July 1 astutely and it is a day that is similarly memorable for most. I acutely remember the combination of nerves and excitement the night before, unable to catch any proper sleep. It was certainly foreshadowing of the sleepless nights to come as an Internal Medicine resident. On July 1, what surprised me most was how seemingly ordinary the day was. I Read More …

Pandemic Reflections

By Dr. Olivia Guerra This has been an unusual time for all of us. Whether we are staying at home or, for most of us in health care, going to work, somehow both options feel like a paradox. There is unease about our physical security if we go out, but strain on our social, emotional, mental, and/or financial security if we stay in.  Whatever your situation, most of us are feeling pressure right now. We are noticing parts of our lives that we may have taken for granted. A handshake or a hug now seems like an unaffordable luxury. A Read More …

Fighting Viral Discouragement

By. Dr. Brad Duce I agreed to write this post at the end of February, which, given what has happened since then, might as well have been 10 years ago. At the time, exams were still scheduled, schools were still in session, my spring break plans involved a lot more travel, and our society was a lot less focused on toilet paper. Covid-19 was a much more distant problem only a short time ago than the rapidly progressing global crisis that has been evolving over the past few weeks. While I had planned to write something a little more benign Read More …

The Harrowing Tales of a Transfer Resident

By Dr. Bernice Fonseka On the final night of our R1 year, a group of us juniors ordered an entire Peking duck to the MTU team room to celebrate and fuel us through one last call shift. When the others woke up the next morning (if they slept at all), they were officially R2’s, while I started fresh as an R1 all over again. A year earlier I had frantically opened my laptop on Match Day to find my CaRMS dream perfectly fulfilled. Location was extremely important to me; I was beyond thrilled to stay in the city where I Read More …