Internal Medicine Residency Program
Dialogue with the Residents
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Sweta Bodepudi, MD, Categorical R1
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!
Olivia Lucero, MD, Preliminary R1
University of Washington
My goal for a preliminary year was to work in a team environment that prioritized teaching, compassionate care for the community and the academic growth of residents. My hope was to match in a great city. CPMC has all of this! My co-residents are inspiring, fun and hard working. The staff are supportive and strong. The attendings are motivated, patient, intelligent and push you with just the right amount of instruction and independence. Lastly, CPMC offers a number of research elective blocks that can be utilized to complete medical student research and begin research for my secondary training in dermatology. The department encourages self-directed learning, providing time and resources to help you build your own academic niche. In a place like CPMC, the goal is not only to survive intern year, but to thrive.
Sarah Haserodt, MD, R2
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, R2
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, R2
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, R2
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, R3
Dartmouth Medical School
I'm one of many Dartmouth Medical School 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.
Jonathan Wong, MD, R3
University of California, Irvine
There were many factors I considered before ranking CPMC as my first choice. When it came to it though, the decision really boiled down to which program would best prepare me for a career within internal medicine. For me, this meant high quality educational sessions, faculty who are passionate about teaching, a culture that is genuinely supportive of its residents and their well-being, diverse patient pathology, and a location that my wife (who I couples matched with) and I could enjoy to decompress from the intensity of residency. Though it can be difficult to get the full scope of a program from one interview, CPMC has certainly managed to exceeded my expectations.
The morning reports organized by the Chief Residents are probably the best run sessions I experienced on the interview trail. They put tremendous thought into asking the most important questions that pertain to each case. The program directors, hospitalists, and sub-specialists are truly exceptional physicians, approachable, and passionate about teaching residents. The culture here is uniquely special and I know of many former categorical and prelim residents who have come back to CPMC for jobs in part for this very reason. From the moment I started, I felt part of a tight knit community made up of my co-residents, GME staff, program directors, and hospital staff and faculty. Of course, San Francisco itself is an incredible city with an endless number of activities and restaurants to enjoy. CPMC is really an exceptional place to train and I feel lucky to have matched here each day I show up for work.
Felix Lui, MD, Chief Resident
University of Hawaii
A program that “just gets it”. At CPMC, there is an understanding that residency is not about learning by intimidation, but an open culture of collaborative learning, where you are given all the autonomy you want but are never alone in your decisions. On interview day and during the first month of intern year, I realized that the “culture” here is one of collegiality, respect, and teamwork, and you can see this perpetuated at every level from the amazing team of attendings, residents, nursing staff, and GME. Admittedly, you will be challenged in every way imaginable, and if nothing else, by the complexity and diversity of patients and cases (My first patient was suspected of having hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis; what is that?). But, it is all interesting and fun when you have smart, genuinely happy co-residents at your side supporting you and teaching you something every day. You will also develop your own teaching style as you work with talented medical students from Dartmouth, UCSF, and UC Davis. Since it is such a tight knit community, you are not just another resident passing through for the next three years; here you are a member of the CPMC family from day one. The medical staff makes a genuine effort to mentor and know you on a professional and personal basis (first name basis). Lastly, there is a strong commitment and dedication by the program to do everything in its power to advocate for you, to protect you, and to make this professional journey an amazing one. From catered meals, opportunities for research and mentorship, the many teaching conferences, they work very hard to take care of you. And if you enjoy amazing food, diversity, and endless things to do, SF is not a bad place to be. The trajectory of this premiere academic program has been rising every year, and I am thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this great CPMC family!