Rajeev Samtani, MD, PGY3
Residency is a very formative time in a young phyisican’s career. Having studied the basic theory in medical school, residency is the forum in which we are given the opportunity to practice the art of medicine. The field of medicine is truly an art – something that cannot be learned in books, but must be passed down from seasoned clinicians. Mount Sinai not only fulfilled all the aspects I was looking for when continuing my medical education, but far surpassed them. I was thrilled by the atmosphere I experienced at Mount Sinai, residents from a very early stage in their training felt great autonomy in being the front-line providers for their patients, but always had the support of their senior residents and attendings at every step of the way. This cultivates an environment whose strong camaraderie is only matched by its passion for teaching. We are so fortunate to be learning from leaders in the field of medicine, not only how to practice medicine in an evidenced-based and compassionate manner, but also incorporating real-time changes in the way medicine is being practiced worldwide, with many of these changes starting right here at home from the truly innovative and groundbreaking research that is being conducted at Mount Sinai.
One of the main reasons for our rich learning experience is our patients. We are so fortunate at Mount Sinai given our unique location coupled with the experiences at our affiliate hospitals, where we are able to experience a myriad of vast disease pathology among a culturally diverse patient population. I am grateful everyday for being given the opportunity to further my passion for medicine at Mount Sinai! I look around at my fellow residents, armed with the tools and training received at Mount Sinai, I see future decorated physician scientists with cures for our most stubborn of diseases, leaders in the field of medicine, physicians who will bring healing to even the most remote of areas, advocates for healthcare reforms, but above all I look around and see compassionate physicians who will treat every patient like family and strive to heal even the most complex pathology. I am proud to consider myself a member of this amazing family!
Meghan Acho, MD, Class of 2017
Having been born and raised in the Midwest (from the great state of Michigan!), moving to New York City for my medical education and training was a life-changing experience. Not only did moving to New York provide me with the opportunity to live in one of the most exciting and eclectic cities in the world, it also allowed me to gain a new perspective on the art and practice of medicine.
When I was evaluating medicine residency programs as a student, I knew I had three goals in mind: to care for underserved populations, to work and learn in a rigorous academic environment, and to surround myself with supportive peers and mentors. In each of these capacities, Mount Sinai has truly exceeded my expectations.
From Mount Sinai floors to the Internal Medicine Associates, the VA, and, certainly, Elmhurst, I continue to be impressed by the diversity of patients we see and treat on a daily basis. Our patient population encompasses people from an incredible variety of ethnicities, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds, allowing for a more nuanced and individualized approach to medical care. This takes place in an academically stimulating, evidence-based environment in which residents are given the autonomy needed to grow and develop as clinicians.
On my very first day of intern year, I was encouraged to be my patients’ primary doctor, creating treatment plans and preparing for longitudinal care. This degree of responsibility, while slightly intimidating at first, was also very liberating, allowing me and my co-interns to gain a sense of the types of physicians we aspire to become from the very onset of residency. Perhaps the most important thing that Mount Sinai has offered is the camaraderie and support of my fellow residents. The IM program truly is a family—we work together, celebrate our successes together, and turn to each other during rough patches. I could not imagine a more enthusiastic, bright, unique, caring group of people to be surrounded by each day. I am privileged to call Mount Sinai my residency program.
Health Care Leadership
Hersh Shroff, MD, PGY3
My decisions to venture out of New Jersey to attend college at the University of Michigan, and then to come back to the east coast for medical school at NYU, were both instinctive choices. Those places just felt right from the start. Choosing a residency program was no different. Mount Sinai felt right from day one. Looking back after almost one year of residency, that feeling has never wavered, and every day it becomes clearer to me why.
For one, the people at Sinai are the type that I want to be surrounded by for the rest of my career: they drive you to be your best on your own, but support you when you need it; they are motivated by academic pursuits, and still emphasize life outside of work; they are focused on teaching, yet humble enough to learn from others. Moreover, being in New York City and having three different hospitals, Sinai offers a clinical experience that is unmatched by most other places in the country. The diagnostic and therapeutic challenge posed by the heterogeneity of our population—rich and poor, immigrant and native, literate and uneducated—provides a learning environment that is richer than most.
The Healthcare Leadership Track is a unique aspect of the program that also really drew me to Sinai. It indicated to me that the residency is focused on creating leaders in the field; people who are versed in both the clinical and operational aspects of the medical profession and can one day drive advances and improvements in the way medicine is delivered throughout the country.
I couldn't be happier to have chosen Mount Sinai as a place to start my journey in medicine. I don’t yet know where my career will take me, but I have a feeling that Mount Sinai will put me on a path to succeed in whatever I do.
Meera Bhardwaj, MD, PGY3
I grew up in the suburbs of New York City and was excited to come back to New York for residency. New York City is extremely vibrant, as are the patients and pathology we encounter daily at Mount Sinai. At one moment you are working up community acquired pneumonia, and the next chikungunya appears on the differential diagnosis. In this program we have a diversity of locations and experiences from the Bronx VA to the depths of Queens and international gateway at Elmhurst Hospital. At Mount Sinai we meet patients from all walks of life and some who sadly have very rare and advanced diseases processes.
While interviewing for residency programs, I was very impressed by the emphasis placed on learning and evidence-based medicine at Mount Sinai. The Internal Medicine morning report process really pushes everyone to understand landmark trials and new developments in medicine. This fervor for evidence-based medicine permeates through the entire program even during simple one-on-one discussions on individual patients with my supervising residents.
Mount Sinai is an amazing place to attend residency because of the patients, the pathology and the education; however, the best parts of the program are my co-residents. Intern year has at times been extremely stressful and grueling, but it has been made much sweeter by my friends and teachers in the program. We support each other through thick and thin. We let each other vent, and we find ways to help each other smile. When you spend as many hours in the hospital as we do, you need good friends to help you carry on.
I am so grateful to be apart of the Sinai family, and to have the opportunity to work with the communities of the Bronx, East Harlem, and Elmhurst.
Kaitlin Klipper, MD, Class of 2017
I was born and raised in Long Island and knew that I wanted to train in the New York area. I thought that deciding on a residency program would be one of the most difficult career decisions I would make, but it turned out to be quite simple. Sinai was a place where I felt surrounded by extremely smart and driven colleagues who were also down to earth and friendly. My co-residents have become my dearest friends and I have gotten to know them so well over the past year.
But the biggest reason I chose Sinai is because of the program's strong emphasis on evidence-based medicine (as exemplified by our morning report). I believe it establishes a culture of constant learning and understanding which is the basis for all the medical decisions that we make. Between Sinai, Elmhurst and the VA, I have seen such a vast array of interesting cases and managed all different types of patients from the critically ill, end of life, exotic diagnoses and beyond.
I am part of the Healthcare Leadership Track and I chose this tract because I am extremely interested in learning more about the way a hospital functions and how it can deliver the highest quality of care. One of my career goals is to shape health care reform in a way that supports patient wellness rather than just treating sickness.
Residency is a very busy time life, but I am so glad I chose to do my residency at Sinai. I feel extremely supported by the program and my colleagues, and I wouldn't want to be at any other place.
Eric Alter, MD, Class of 2017
Many aspects of the Internal Medicine program at Mount Sinai initially attracted me; however, what stood out the most upon completing my first year, were the exceptional people I had the pleasure to work with. My co-residents, as well as the attendings, fellows, and general support staff, foster an environment that is not only supportive and full of camaraderie, but also one where education and clinical training are of paramount importance.
Residing and training in NYC has its advantages as well. We spend time at three very different hospitals across three boroughs (Mount Sinai in Manhattan, Elmhurst in Queens, and the Bronx VA). The diversity of our patients and their medical issues bring new and exciting challenges daily. We truly see it all! Additionally, during our free time, we have access to an incredible city and all that it has to offer.
The Healthcare Leadership Track is another valuable aspect of the program. It provides supplemental education in quality improvement, the business of medicine, and hospital efficiency. These areas are not typically addressed in residency training. Acquiring this knowledge and skill set prepares us for the constantly evolving health care landscape and to ultimately become future academic hospital leaders.
I am fortunate to be part of the Mount Sinai Internal Medicine Residency Program and look forward to the opportunities and experiences that lay ahead.
Global Health Track
Allison Glaser, MD, Class of 2015
Born and raised in Brooklyn, I knew that someday I would make my way back to the city for residency. I was looking for a program with a diverse patient population, varied hospital experiences and a rigorous yet non-competitive atmosphere. I wanted to be where questions are appreciated, where residents learn together and develop long-lasting relationships. After the effortless conversations I had during my interview day, I knew that Sinai’s residency program encompassed all of these traits. The juxtaposition of the Upper East Side and East Harlem sold me. Our patient population is truly unique, and I appreciate that I can get both authentic Caribbean food and a gourmet Sriracha donut within a one-block radius.
Another requirement was access to Global Health opportunities. I spent the year between college and medical school working in rural Honduras and then later in Guatemala, and I hope to integrate international medicine into my career in Infectious Diseases. Through the Global Health Track and mentors in my field of interest, Sinai has provided me with the opportunity to create a research project and work abroad for six weeks during my third year. While I am excited to have another adventure, after my recent rotation at Elmhurst, where tuberculosis and histoplasmosis are popular diagnoses on the differential, I have learned that I do not have to travel too far to see the “zebras” of Medicine.