Internal Medicine Residency Program
Dialogue with the Residents
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Robert “Bobby” Chong, MD, Preliminary R1
CPMC is a perfect fit for me to begin my career as a physician scientist. During my formal training, I spent years at the laboratory bench learning to be a biomedical scientist and somewhat less time learning to be a clinician. Consequently, when I researched residency programs I was keenly focused on finding a hospital where I could really hone my clinical skills. I was drawn to CPMC because it provides community patient care with the same rigor and commitment to excellence as I have internalized as a scientist.
Since I arrived here, I have been absolutely thrilled by the unique combination of community feel but academic spirit that the program directors and leadership have managed to cultivate. Indeed, I find myself in a constant state of learning, from daily morning reports, to noon conferences, to monthly journal clubs at attendings’ homes. I even regularly receive clinical pearls from the chief residents during pickup basketball games or meals outside of work. I knew I would enjoy my time at CPMC, but perhaps I've been most surprised by the extent of the family atmosphere and the overwhelming level of support from all levels of the program. I am discovering that this congeniality not only allows me to focus on learning, patient care, and becoming a better doctor but also is one of the key reasons why CPMC is widely regarded as a great hospital.
Raymond Lam, MD, Categorical R1
UC Los Angeles
I chose CPMC because it offered an excellent academic training program that stemmed from a genuine desire to help the community. As a native to SF, I was often encouraged by my friends and family to apply to CPMC. Their stories of CPMC's adept house-staff and compassionate patient care piqued my interest. I was initially hesitant given the smaller program size, but my fears were put to rest on interview day. The morning report was comprehensive, there was a lot of good pathology and excellent teaching points. The presentation was interspersed with slides of interesting facts about the house-staff or fun activities to do in SF - this was a program that knew how to have fun! I realized that the atmosphere was much more open and hierarchical lines did not impede patient care. The discussion and exchange of ideas was both poignant and free flowing. Rounds were efficient, the nursing staff was supportive, and there was a diversity of disease and ethnic backgrounds to learn from. Most of all, I felt heard. As I interacted with the house-staff and chiefs, I realized that we had a common goal - to deliver excellent patient care. This shared vision was what tied us together. It echoed the stories I had heard from my SF community and I knew that this vision was what motivated us to excel as physicians in training. CPMC is a hidden gem that offered me the unique blend of high quality training, versatility in career choice, and camaraderie of a smaller program. I couldn't have asked for more. After interview day, CPMC went up to the very top of my list.
Sweta Bodepudi, MD, R2
When it came to deciding on a training program, I was keen on finding a balance between exceptional patient care, committed teaching and a program that cares about its residents. It was clear from the beginning that CPMC embodied all of these in a unique blend of an academic and community setting. Good teaching to me meant supervised autonomy among and between all layers - medical students, residents and physicians. Morning report on my interview day had a refreshing feel - residents walked through a case as a team, were encouraged to think things through by chief residents and attendings, and actively engage and seek learning together. It was so evident on rounds how passionate the faculty were about teaching to ensure the best possible care is provided to patients. I think the power of this program is the culture - a culture of openness, warmth, innovation, and constant change in an effort to be better. I wanted to be at a place that I would be proud of, not just based on what I can absorb from but also what I can contribute to. From the moment I started, I felt like I had gained a new family and I know my professional journey here will be exceptional. Of course, the location can't be beat either! San Francisco not only provides an interesting array of pathology, but you can also find anything else your soul is searching for - world class dining, competent sports teams, diverse neighborhoods, abundant outdoor recreation and beautiful weather!
Sarah Haserodt, MD, R3
Ohio State University
For me, CPMC stood out among other residency programs I was considering because of the "communiversity" feel. One of my favorite rotations in medical school was at a community hospital because the atmosphere was so warm and nurturing that it was easy for me to grow as a medical student. I knew that during the stressful years of residency, I would thrive the most in a place that was supportive and friendly. When I interviewed at CPMC, I experienced this kind of environment. It was also very important to me that I have excellent teachers. During my interview day, I was amazed at the quality of the teaching during morning report (where interesting cases are discussed) and noon conference (the more traditional lecture style). The day I interviewed, the presentation was on how to become a more effective teacher. This really resonated with me because I both wanted to grow as a teacher and be surrounded by people who were good teachers. One of my concerns about a community program was that I would not get as much patient diversity as a big academic medical center. CPMC is unique because it is the referral hospital for many surrounding Sutter hospitals, which means that some extremely fascinating cases get referred to CPMC. I am so glad that I ranked CPMC as number one. For me, it has the perfect combination of a warm, supportive environment as well as the high quality education and variety in the patient population that is seen at some of the larger academic medical centers.
Melanie Manaku, MD, R3
Weill Cornell Medical College
From the very start of my interview day, I had the feeling that CPMC was the place for me. I was immediately impressed by the quality of morning report. I’d already been to several interviews, and unlike other programs I’d visited, the morning report at CPMC was concise, relevant, and engaging. Throughout my interview day at CPMC I was encouraged by how strongly the program emphasizes teaching (the attendings and senior residents make it a point to teach something every day). But the thing that clinched my decision to choose CPMC was the supportive and collegial atmosphere. CPMC treats its residents like family. You will work hard, but you always know that that the program staff is concerned for your welfare, and a door is always open if you have something to discuss. There is also the fact that San Francisco is a wonderfully diverse city and you see a wide range of pathology here. And although intern year is tough, it helps that there is a genuine camaraderie among the residents (and catered lunches)! I couldn’t be happier that I matched to CPMC.
Stacie Nishimoto, MD, R3
University of California, Los Angeles
CPMC was my clear choice. As an applicant, I was looking for a mid-size community-focused program with a diverse patient population, happy residents, resources to explore a variety of specialties, and a supportive environment. On my interview day, I was impressed by the warmth and openness of residents and attendings during rounds and the praise from visiting medical students regarding the quality of and emphasis on teaching. CPMC has met and exceeded my expectations as an intern. The cases presented at morning report are not only interesting but are supported by clinically focused evidence-based medicine. The variety of cases I have encountered in the first few months has been incredible. Due in part to SF's diverse patient pool, I've managed cases involving exotic parasites and rare tumors that I'd only read about as a medical student. Residents and staff are part of a tight-knit community and I know that I can always go to them for support or help with logistical issues that allow me to focus my energy on doctoring and learning.
Ultimately, after discussing match options at length with mentors, family and friends, my decision came down to gut feeling. In what kind of environment would I want to grow as a person and physician?
I remember passing the large glass windows on the fifth floor, taking in the gorgeous view of golden gate bridge and knowing that CPMC was it. I'm grateful to be working with an amazing group of residents in a program that truly feels like home.
Matthew Yee, MD, R3
University of Toledo, Ohio
I chose to do my residency at CPMC after rotating here during my fourth year of medical school. I am originally from San Francisco and knew I wanted to come home for residency and start my medical career in the Bay Area. I quickly learned that CPMC is a place where the faculty are welcoming and approachable, where I was never interrupted or rushed during case presentations and patient care discussions, and where you are encouraged to take ”ownership” of your patients. I was always asked, “How do you want to care for your patient today?” When I was unsure about the management of a particular patient I was always referred to the medical literature with a heavy emphasis on evidence-based medicine. CPMC also has a great house staff, administrators and faculty who work hard, care for each other’s well-being and know how to have fun. Residents constantly check in with their teams throughout the day to see if any help is needed or to teach on a particular topic. The GME faculty consistently makes the effort to ask how you are doing and team lunches around the neighborhood provide a time to relax and get to know your colleagues outside of medicine. My experience at CPMC easily made the program my top choice for residency because it encompasses all the aspects I looked for in my ideal residency program: approachable and caring teachers that make education the top priority, a warm and friendly house staff that works together well and supports each other, and an emphasis on practicing evidence-based medicine to nurture the best physicians for our patients.
Jane Park, MD, Chief Resident
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College
I'm one of many Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College's grads who came to CPMC during my third and fourth year clerkships. I loved every minute I got to experience a gorgeous, vibrant city like SF -- bonfires on Ocean Beach, sailing on the Bay, hikes in the Marin Headlands, oyster shucking in Tomales Bay. I clearly fell in love with SF, but the other reason I kept returning was CPMC itself. It's a popular clerkship site for Dartmouth students for good reason. As a medical student and now as an intern, there continues to be a genuine regard for your well-being amidst trying to sharpen your skills and broaden your knowledge base as a developing physician. There's no doubt that the hours can be long, but at the end of the day, I'm lucky to work with people who are whip-smart, funny, engaging, and dedicated to patient care.