Internal Medicine Residency at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center


When I was looking for a residency program
I wanted to find a program that would support what I wanted to do in the future. I wanted the research opportunities,
I wanted to be able to give something to the medical community and write it
in publications and expanding the knowledge that is medicine.
I needed a residency program with good clinical practice that can get me into the
kind of fellowship to do exactly what I want to do in the future.
I’m interested in kind of systems and innovative solutions, most
kind of big picture things. I’m very interested in health system issues
and cost of care as innovative things to reduce ordering of those tests. Because serving my community is a priority
to me I definitely wanted to choose a program that would allow me to continue
my work as a community health advocate. I knew I wanted to go into primary care
from the start and I really wanted a place that celebrated primary care and
promoted academic primary care. When I got here I was directed towards
different faculty members that had an interest in international health. One of them is Dr. William Greenough. He discovered the cure for cholera.
Being part of Johns Hopkins is in itself this phenomenal thing because you have the most intellectual minds of medicine coming
up with the most up to date research and the most innovative ways of
treating, caring for patients. I think that feeling that you’re part
of something greater, I think it is that culture that makes this place strong. People really come up to me and say
“Hey, what about this project? Hey, I hear you’re interested in this.”
I’m asked that on a daily basis by five different powerful attending
who care about my future. One of the things that I really liked is
that we have a full service hospital with everything available here but it still has
a community hospital feel and within three to six months I was able to get to
know everyone from the President of the hospital down to the janitorial staff
and quickly I had names and faces of people who could help and were willing to help. Because we’re Hopkins we get the specialty
referred in care so you do get the very interesting cases but you also get the
local community which is kind of it’s a little bit earth focused. And then you get refugees and immigrants
from other places who come with all kinds of things you’ve never seen before. This program has allowed me autonomy. I’ve been able to get to know my patients
very well and also get to know the surrounding community very well which ultimately
has made me a better physician. Kind of these home visits that the Bayview
community talked about during my interview was the first time I’ve ever heard of it,
something that like sounded good on paper but doing it it’s made me realize “Wow,
this is the program that I’ve always wanted to be in.” The patient felt like
family, she felt like part of this larger bigger picture that Bayview aspires to achieve. When I first came here I was deciding
between primary care and international health and people kept on telling me
it’s impossible to combine the two. Looking back I think that it was almost
like a Godsend for me to be here because I was not only able to find my passion but I
found people that supported me along the way, that allowed things to happen
the way they were meant to be. Many, many of our residents go
out to do international work. We [inaudible 4:03] usually through
the School of Public Health and they go and they do this work
and they come back and I think not only does that resident learn but they bring
back that knowledge and really teaches us a lot. What I didn’t expect is that how much there
is to learn from each individual that you care for and Bayview has
really helped me see that. Part of their motto is that every single
patient matters, it doesn’t matter if you’ve seen the same condition 85 times,
it doesn’t matter if you’ve seen this patient 35 times. Every individual encounter matters. They give you individualized attention
which allows you to go along whatever path you choose. I think we all enter medical school very
idealistic, with these high ideals of what kind of doctor we want to be
– compassionate, empathic. What I think I can honestly say is now
I’m starting third year and two years in I think I might be even more idealistic
than I was when I came in. You walk into this program having an MD
but you’re going to leave this program being a doctor.
I wish there was a speaker somewhere that one could shout to the world the power
of this program is the culture. The heart of Bayview will remain in
every resident that has trained here.

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