I knew that I wanted to complete my residency at an institution that would not only provide me with outstanding clinical training, but would also allow me to join a group of like-minded, humanistic individuals who I would enjoy working with every day. I found that with Weill Cornell Medicine. From my interview day and now into my intern year, this program has a true "family feel" to it, where you always can find someone for help and advice. Additionally, it is hard to beat living and training in New York City! Having attended college in Manhattan, I knew that coming back to New York was something I desired. The opportunity to meet people from all parts of the world is an amazing experience and there is always something exciting going on in the city. I would absolutely choose Cornell again!
What stands out the most about Cornell is the collaborative and collegiate atmosphere that resonates at all levels from the house staff to the faculty. The attendings and consultants here are all incredibly friendly and love to teach evidence based practices. While attending medical school in California, I heard a lot of misconceptions involving residency programs on the east coast. However, I found none of these to be true at Cornell, which is why it was my first choice for residency. Working in New York City has also been such an honor as it has allowed me to work with the most diverse patient population in the country, including patients from all demographics and ethnic backgrounds. I constantly feel like I'm learning not just from the faculty here, but also from my patients and their diverse experiences. The work can be challenging, but I've had no doubts about my decision to train here!
When I started the residency process, I knew I wanted to find a home away from home. Being from California and having gone to medical school in the South, I was intimidated by much of the hearsay about New York residency programs. When I came for my Cornell interview, I was shocked to find how different it was. Not only was Cornell a place of outstanding clinical training and groundbreaking research, but people were so genuine and humble, and the patients were very diverse. The block schedule also makes it easy to have time to explore all the exciting things NYC has to offer. Already a few months into residency, I have met amazing co-residents to turn to for help or try new restaurants with, brilliant attendings who make teaching and learning look effortless, and administrators who make time to know each and every resident on a personal level. I took a leap of faith moving across the country for Cornell and I would make the decision again in a heartbeat! I found my home.