1) Q: You're 1/3 of the way through intern year. What's the scoop?
A: In a lot of ways it's kind of what I was expecting, but there is no way to prepare for what residency is really like. All of the "behind the scenes" work that goes in a hospital is more than I ever could have imagined. It takes a lot of work to keep the place running.
2) Q: What do you think of Salt Lake City & the University of Utah as a medical program?
A: SLC is great! The accessibility of the outdoors is unbelievable. I'm able to go for a trail run or mountain bike ride in the mountains 1/2 mile up the street from our apartment. I will say I do miss the WI beer though. I am & will continue to get great medical training at Utah. I had heard from some of my mentors at WI that Utah is similar to Madison- great people, great training, and exciting new surgeries all of which I find to be true.
3) Q: What do you see as the biggest challenge in medical relationships?
A: Right now- living apart from my beautiful wife! But really- communication is key to getting both parties on the same page in terms of expectations. Time together is limited, but if expectations are realistic that time seems like a blessing vs. a curse. One other thing is the inflexible schedule- my work schedule is set for me & will be for the foreseeable future. It's hard knowing that I will have to miss a lot of important events that are important to me & my family.
4) Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: Still married ;-) That's a hard question- it's hard to see past residency as its a long and intense period in my training. I am undecided as to whether or not I want to do a fellowship- but ultimately I see myself being a general surgeon in a smaller community. Ask me the same question in a couple years & I might have a better idea.
5) Q: How is little Maddy (our cat) holding up?
A: She misses her mom. She sleeps on her mom's pillows every night, and has taken a liking to eating cardboard in the middle of the night.