This March, interns will be one year status-post The Match. As the PGY-2 year fast approaches, we seek reflections from interns on the transition from medical school to post-grad life, expectations of intern year versus the reality of intern year, and on the trials and tribulations of your first year as a practicing physician. Whether it be advice for the incoming class of interns, or meaningful patient stories that shaped your year, or your tips for personal wellness, or snippets from your personal notes or journals, we seek all reflections on the formative first year of being in-house.
The Match, Round 2
Xiomara P. Urban, MD, psychiatry resident at Albany Medical College
You Are Not Alone
Christopher Kuo, MD, pediatrics resident at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Battling Burnout and Our Quest for Perfection
Kshama Bhyravabhotla, MD, medicine-pediatrics resident at Tulane University School of Medicine
Dear Intern: You Are Not That Special
Kara F. Curry, DO, child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at Tufts Medical Center
Melanie Watt, MD, medicine-pediatrics resident at University of Tennessee Health Science Center
anonymous resident physician
Mismatch Repair: My Journey from Pediatrics to Pathology
Maureen Miller, MD, MPH, transfusion medicine fellow at Emory University School of Medicine
in-House Readers’ Choice Award
Kara F. Curry, DO
Kara is a second year child and adolescent psychiatry fellow at Tufts Medical Center. Prior to fellowship, she completed adult psychiatry residency at the University of Louisville and medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
Always intrigued by the concept of narrative writing, but with little confidence to follow through on her own ideas, she finally put pen to paper during her final years of residency training, after feeling she could finally consolidate at least some of her observations about medicine gathered through the years. She found the process of writing to be therapeutic, both personally and through the conversations it spurred among those who related to her coming of age in medicine stories.
She believes that although it may be difficult to spot the artistic side of medicine at first glance, if one looks with a keen eye, they will see the textured lives of those brave enough to take its journey, the varied tones, rates, and rhythms of the voices within its walls, and the richness and vibrancy of life that courses through it all.