Stanford Anesthesiology offers an abundance of opportunities to become the kind of physician that you want to become. For me it is more than just being an excellent clinician. I have become involved in quality improvement projects and been fully funded to attend our national and local conferences to learn and share our experiences. Also I enjoy being able to go to salsa classes on and off the Stanford campus.
As a native Spanish speaking provider, I was on the quest to finding a residency program that fit many attributes, but among a top characteristic for me was to find a residency program that serves a diverse set of patient population. At Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, over half of the patient population we serve are Spanish speaking only families, which has been such a rewarding aspect of my experience here at Stanford. When I came for the interview day, I realized that I was going to have a wealth of clinical experience not only in a tertiary care center, but also working out in the communities and getting to know the resources I can connect patients and their families with. Further, I was drawn by several of the innovative things the pediatrics program was doing, which included the ability to select from different scholarly concentration tracks. And best, has been the people that day in and day out, I have the most immense pleasure to work with, including my co-residents, faculty, and ancillary staff that have been nothing but very welcoming.
I am originally from the East Coast, and I chose Stanford for both residency and fellowship because I found the co-workers and faculty at Stanford to be tremendously supportive with respect to my personal, intellectual, and career development. This was very clear to me even when interviewing but crystallized as my training at Stanford progressed. The amazing weather and wealth of outdoor resources is another bonus that most trainees don't appreciate until they have been here for a while.
I started my path from community college, transferred to UC Berkeley, and worked at UCSF before coming to Stanford. I have been at Stanford for over 10 years (medical school and residency). This place has been outstanding is so many ways and have had incredible opportunities. Our program (and so do many surgery and medicine programs) rotates at Stanford, the Palo Alto VA, CPMC in San Francisco, Santa Clara Valley county hospital, and Kaiser Santa Clara. We serve a very very diverse community (and underserved population) and I find myself speaking Spanish frequently (or even having a full census being mostly or all Latino). I am planning on doing a hand surgery fellowship at the University of Washington and then a pediatric hand fellowship at Scottish Rite in Dallas after my residency. Again the opportunity of being here and having the Stanford backing has been essential to my success. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions! Good luck.
Encouraging diversity in medical education has been a part of my life's mission. At every level of my education, I have advocated for, mentored and personally sacrificed so that those not traditionally in medicine could see a pathway into this great profession and know that they are capable of participating. The Stanford Anesthesia department provides a world-class education and I want others like me to be able to experience that.
The dermatopathology faculty were very warm, welcoming, and provided a relaxed yet vigorous work environment. My program director also encouraged research and supported my ideas. It felt like a second home with people who really cared about me as a person as well as my success.
Choosing Stanford for my pediatric residency training was an easy decision. I had the opportunity to visit Stanford's pediatric residency program for a sub-intern rotation and was overwhelmed by the support of residents, faculty mentorship and advocacy for diversity in medicine that I knew immediately this was the right place for me. Seeing how much the program director invested in her residents and helped to cultivate their scholarly interests, I knew that by coming here not only would I be an exceptionally trained pediatrician but encouraged to become a leader in my field.
I immigrated to the US from Burma with my family when I was 5. When I came to Stanford to interview for internal medicine residency in 2012 I was immediately struck by the predominance of women, including 2 young women of color, in the assistant program director roles at Stanford. This is almost unheard of elsewhere. Personal and professional mentorship requires connection. Representation matters to me. I came to Stanford for both residency and fellowship to find that.