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#26 Internal Medicine Resident Interview - Lifestyle, Extracurriculars, and Finding Your Voice

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Gillian is from the larger Philadelphia area and initially studied Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Scranton and worked in social services as a Case Manager after college. She then transitioned to Vaccine Development NIH-funded research as a clinical coordinator at the University of Vermont while taking pre-med classes. She attended medical school at Penn State College of Medicine, where she also earned her Masters in Education and was recognized with the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine award and the Gold Humanism Honor Society. During medical school, she also held multiple statewide and national positions such as Chair for the Committee on Bioethics & Humanities for the American Medical Association-Medical Student Section, Board of Trustee for the Pennsylvania Medical Society, State Director on the Pennsylvania Political Action Committee Board of Directors for the Pennsylvania Medical Society. She was served as an Editorial Fellow with the AMA Journal of Ethics in 2019. She matched at TJUH in Internal Medicine where she was recognized with multiple teaching awards including Hobart Amory Hare Resident Teaching Award, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and teaching award, and the Darilyn Moyer, MD, FACP Professionalism Award for Trainees in Southeastern PA. She is interested in a career in academic hospital medicine and medical education crafting curriculum that incorporates health system science and humanism topics in medicine.


0:00 - Intro

1:29 - Statistics About Internal Medicine

3:55 - What Is Internal Medicine?

7:25 - Why Internal Medicine?

15:18 - What Was IM Residency Like?

17:23 - Plans for Designing a Curriculum

19:22 - Shooting Incident at the Hospital

23:02 - Best Thing About Being an IM Doctor

26:09 - Worst Thing About Being an IM Doctor

27:14 - Work Intensity and an Average Day as a Resident

34:14 - The Best Year of Residency

35:19 - An Average Outpatient Day/Week

38:32 - If I Give You $100 Million, What Would You Do?

43:56 - Things You Wish You Knew Before Coming Into IM

45:33 - Characteristics of a Student Best for IM

50:00 - Advice for People Looking Into Internal Medicine

51:22 - Maximizing Competitiveness Going Into IM Residency

54:03 - Things Learned From Residency

56:53 - Common Mistakes

1:00:49 - Positive Qualities & Characteristics You Admire

1:03:05 - Closing Message

1:04:14 - Outro




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