Being Human in the ICU

“I don’t think of all the misery, but all the beauty that remains.” – Anne Frank As a fellow in the intensive care unit (ICU), sometimes it’s hard to see the beauty through the misery. The misery of my patients, their families, the nurses, fellow trainees and...

How to Integrate Medical Education Training into PCCM

I started PCCM fellowship with an interest in clinical teaching and education research, and a desire to focus my career on medical education. I chose a fellowship that was open to new ideas and supportive of unique areas of research interest, but not one with a...

Walking The Tightrope: Life as a Physician Mom in Fellowship

A year ago today, I was hurriedly finishing my notes at nine o’clock in the evening while eating a birthday cupcake my intern left me. Like many birthdays over the last 10 years, I spent it alone. When I reached home my daughter had already been asleep for an hour,...

Supporting Trainees During COVID-19 Pandemic: A New York Perspective

Introduction I’ve equated working during the COVID-19 pandemic in NYC to a war. Bombs might not be dropping on us; but life as we know it has been transformed. And for most of our trainees, this is a first brush with living and working in a war-zone. Here I provide a...

Fellow First: Choosing a Mentor Through the Eyes of a Fellow

One of the most important decisions a fellow will make during fellowship is choosing their mentor. Mentors serve to help us reach our career (and life) goals, utilizing both their experience and developed network of connections to facilitate the journey. Having gone...