Anne Meier, PGY-1
Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
When it came down to making a decision about where to go for residency, most programs seemed very similar to me. What made Cleveland Clinic stand were the opportunities it presented in research and clinical experience. The scope and complexity of cases present at Cleveland Clinic are difficult to match, and I knew that continuing my medical education at CCF would allow me to learn from a wide variety of common and rare cases. I knew I would (and have been able to) work side by side with some of the top clinicians in the country.
However, after a few months of my intern year here, I’ve found the reasons why I’m glad I matched at Cleveland Clinic differ slightly from why I initially chose to complete residency here. Despite it’s large size, there is an incredible feeling of community among the residents in the program, especially my co-intern class. I entered the program unsure of what to think of the large size, and it now feel as though it is getting smaller every day. I have been fortunate to make great friends within my class and I truly appreciate the atmosphere of support present among all my co-residents. There are frequent lectures and interactive case studies presented by senior residents. The attending physicians have been friendly and approachable, and I have to yet to meet one who would not stop what they are doing to answer any questions a resident may have.
There are a wide variety of electives available, including the opportunity to take time to complete research, without extending residency. There are still floor and clinic months providing residents with the experience necessary to be successful in general internal medicine, however, we also have a generous amount of time within our schedule to explore other specialties. In general, I have felt the freedom to make patient care decisions independently while still feeling as though I have a large amount of support and guidance from my seniors and faculty members.
Living in Cleveland has been a pleasant surprise. Having been born and raised in Michigan, I am no stranger to the Midwest, however I definitely considered residency as an opportunity to explore other regions. I did not choose Cleveland Clinic for it’s geographical location, but I have discovered that it is actually a fun city, full of history and character. There are always plenty of events to attend, or interesting places to check out. One of the things I appreciate most about living here is the atmosphere of change. Cleveland has been growing and has changed dramatically from what it was even just a few years ago. New restaurants and shops are opening frequently, and there are plenty of outdoor activities, including a national park, within close driving distance.
I cannot speak for other internal medicine programs, as I have not experienced them first hand, but I can say that I am genuinely happy I made the decision to come to Cleveland Clinic. It has been a great experience so far, and I am already looking forward to meeting the next year of outstanding incoming residents to come here.