Supreet Singh, MD, PGY-2
I still remember the non-stop discussions about finding the “perfect” residency program during my last two years of medical school. My peers and I had fondly looked forward to all the traveling and happy hours that the interview season was supposed to bring. However, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic as the interviews became virtual, the thought of finding my home for the next three years through a video call seemed daunting. As all the Zoom interviews started to blend together, my interview at Mount Sinai was a rare experience that stood out. From the humility of the world class faculty to the camaraderie among residents, it seemed to exceed my expectations in every possible category. It was an experience where I could really feel the sincerity in all my interactions through a computer screen.
A year later, as I reflect back at my time at Mount Sinai, my impression has remained the same as it was on my interview day. The endless support from my colleagues (also some of my closest friends) and attendings has enabled me to maximize my education, wellness, and curiosity to become a better physician. The unique schedule of alternating golden and black weekends has allowed me to have a normal social life with family and friends despite all the time constraints imposed by being in residency. As someone with a strong interest in clinical research, the emphasis on evidence-based medicine has made me appreciate and understand the reasoning behind decisions we make regarding patient care on a daily basis. The endless learning opportunities, mentorship from the leading experts, and having the most fun and amazing coresidents truly makes Mount Sinai the best place to train, and a place that I am proud to call my home for the next two years.
Megan D’Andrea, MD, PGY-2 and Tatiana Requijo, MD, PGY-2
What are your backgrounds?
- Tatiana: from Queens NY (Fresh Meadows), went to college at Binghamton in NY, Med School at Cornell. Most likely to be found fangirling over the Empire State Building
- Megan: from Albany NY, went to college at Tufts in Boston, Med School at Sinai. Most likely to be found in the depths of Central Park.
What do you want to do in your professional life?
- Tatiana: I want to practice outpatient geriatrics!
- Megan: still figuring it out! Thinking primary care, hospitalist, or an outpatient specialty
Why do you love Mount Sinai?
- Our amazing co-residents!!!
- Working with diverse patient populations
- Incredible faculty who provide mentorship and education
- Golden weekends
- Elmhurst food
When you became friends, what did you do outside of work?
- We became friends during a block of nights we had together. You really get to know your nights crews - we bonded over midnight dinners, strolls through the empty halls, helping each other through tricky admissions, and sunrises on the roof.
- Outside of work, we like to spend time in Central Park (shoutout to our residency softball team, The Runs), enjoy post-work happy hours (shoutout Bar Goyana), split a bagel or two (shoutout Bagel Shop)
Why are our resident the best?
- Help each other whenever possible, whether it’s lending a hand for a tricky A-stick or covering a shift so one of us can attend a wedding
- we go the extra mile to make sure we support each other through good days and bad
- the seniors are great teachers and sources of support for the interns
Lodoe Sangmo, MD, PGY-2
My name is Lodoe Sangmo and I am currently a PGY-2 at the Internal Medicine program at Mount Sinai. As a medical student at Mount Sinai, I was exposed to all the incredible things that the Mount Sinai Internal Medicine program had to offer- a rigorous academic program with residents dedicated to patient care, the opportunity to serve a diverse patient population and mentorship opportunities from leaders within their respective medical sub-specialties. Furthermore, having grown up in India and Queens, New York, I know there’s no place like New York City to train! While rotating through the Manhattan campus, Elmhurst Hospital in Queens and the Bronx VA, we not only get exposure to a wide breadth of complex disease pathology but also traverse a multitude of languages, healthcare systems and levels of health literacy. While at Mount Sinai, I have also been able to find mentors and faculty who are like-minded and share my research interests in social determinants of health/refugee health. My incredible co-residents not only push me to become a better doctor, but also provide the support system that is so vital during residency. Overall, Mount Sinai encompasses everything I would want in an internal medicine residency program and I wouldn’t hesitate to choose it again!
Health Care Leadership Track
Sophia Golec, MD, PGY-3
I am originally from New York and attended Columbia University for my undergraduate degree, where I studied biology and anthropology. I then went to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine for medical school. I was excited to move back to New York City and start training at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do but I knew that I wanted to take advantage of the abundant resources available at the residency to figure out my future path.
I chose to join the Healthcare Leadership Track in order to meet with the leaders at Mount Sinai who are involved with making change happen. During this Track, I have been able to interface with top hospital leadership who graciously make the time to speak with us. I have connected with numerous faculty members for personal discussions regarding their careers and their advice about my path. The lecture series have been illuminating about how healthcare is actually provided to patients in the United States. It has been exciting to learn alongside motivated peers. Through this program, I have been involved in quality improvement and research initiatives. One such project on analyzing the reasons behind increased length of stay was presented at multiple national conferences. I have grown as a leader and intend to use these skills as I embark on my future career as an academic clinician.
Medical Education Track
Robyn Jordan, MD, Chief Resident
I’m originally from Maryland and attended the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for medical school. When looking for a residency program, I knew I wanted a program with strong clinical training and a diverse patient population in a friendly and collegial atmosphere. I knew from my time as a medical student that Sinai residents were very well-trained in general and subspecialty medicine. Being in NYC, our patient population was the most ethnically, socioeconomically and religiously diverse of all the places I interviewed. The fact that I could find these aspects in an institution that also provided me with such caring and invested mentors, even as a medical student, encouraged me to stay at Sinai.
Within the internal medicine residency, I joined the medical education track. I had prior teaching experience from graduate school and medical school and had completed an elective on teaching adult learners as a medical student. The med ed track provided an opportunity to build on my previous skillset in a practical way. By developing a needs assessment, implementing a med ed intervention of my own design and measuring its efficacy, I’ve been able to practice the skillset that I will use in my future career. The fact that the track is led by one of the best educators in our program, Dr. Mayce Mansour, also didn’t hurt!
Genomic Medicine Track
Meghana Eswarappa, MD, Recent Graduate
Rotating on the internal medicine service was the highlight of my time as a medical student at Mount Sinai and set the bar for qualities that I was looking for in a residency program - a warm atmosphere, a diverse patient population in a bustling city, and a supportive program leadership who placed an emphasis on education. I remember working with residents whose knowledge, independence, and kindness I wanted to emulate. As a former resident, I am incredibly happy with my decision.
In addition to discovering great mentors and academic projects to pursue subspecialty interests, I have had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Genomic Medicine Track. The track exposes us to genetics in the context of a wide variety of clinical fields and provides us with the opportunity to engage in projects to apply this knowledge to our individual areas of interest. Half-way into the year, I had learned many new skillsets relevant to my future care of patients.