Vipan Nikore MD
Medical School: University of Illinois-Chicago
Business School: Yale University
As I approach the tail-end of my internal medicine residency, I cannot imagine a better place to train than Cleveland Clinic. Here’s why:
1) High volume hospital with extremely sick patients
Patients are transferred from all over the state, country, and world with complex cases. This is exemplified by our Medical ICU, often regarded as the highest acuity and volume MICU in the country (approx 60 beds). Hard work is required given this volume and acuity, but the reward is that by the end of residency you feel confident treating any patient in any situation.
2) An integral part of the decision making process from day 1:
Interns know the patients best, and are the heart and soul of the care team. My first week as an intern I recall a complex liver failure patient with endocarditis. Instead of just pushing paper, I found myself brainstorming ideas with a world-renowned infectious disease specialist, cardiologist, and gastroenterologist. These interactions occur daily, and before you know it you begin leading these discussions. You spend much of your day with some of the best doctors in the world, and gain incredible knowledge from them. Our program also provides plenty of autonomy to make decisions, yet a world-class support system.
3) Educational opportunities are endless:
Our academic half day gives us protected teaching time, in addition to endless lectures, case conferences, grand rounds, resident as teaching sessions, and board review sessions available to us. Ask to check out the comprehensive lecture schedule available to CCF residents, you’ll be blown away by how many opportunities there are.
4) A well designed program:
You manage patients on subspecialty wards, thus you learn cardiology from the best cardiologists in the world, nephrology from the best nephrologists, etc. You then bring that knowledge together on our general medicine rotations and night floats. This approach allows one to be a great internist at the cutting edge of medicine. Further, our newly designed primary care outpatient experience uniquely allows us to separate our inpatient and outpatient experiences and simulates working in a true medical home.
5) A diverse and knowledgeable cohort of co-residents
You will be in awe of their sheer knowledge and this will motivate and push you to learn more. Cleveland Clinic truly is a global hospital that recruits the smartest people in the world. Remarkably this group is collegial and always looks out for each other. You also learn from outstanding fellows whom you get to know well and are always open to answering questions.
6) The program supports you to pursue your unique goals within medicine:
Thanks to my program’s support, I’ve expanded my non-profit uFLOW from Chicago to Cleveland and San Francisco, take management and leadership classes at Cleveland Clinic Academy, write monthly blogs on two well known health websites, and worked in Peru and Nepal.
7) Research Opportunities:
Our research requirements exceed those required by ACGME, and you have tremendous opportunities and support to meet these expectations. I’ve had multiple attendings reach out to me after I simply expressed interest in a specific topic.
8) An efficient hospital means more time for learning and less scut work:
We have world leading technology, labs are usually back in time for rounds, and things get done overnight and generally move fast. There is a reason presidential candidates consistently sight us as the model for healthcare.
9) Cleveland! The ideal place to be a resident!
Having lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Toronto, I admit Cleveland initially worried me. My fears quickly faded. With three major sports teams, a world renowned arts & culture scene, outstanding restaurants, a vibrant nightlife, summer festivals, the worlds highest roller coaster park, and a vast amount of outdoor greenspace I’ve found more than enough to do to keep me entertained. And its great you can enjoy these activities as a resident because of the low cost of living.
If you want to learn from the best clinicians, become an outstanding clinician, and join one of the fastest growing hospitals at the forefront of medicine, then I strongly encourage you to consider Cleveland Clinic’s Internal Medicine Residency program. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with questions.