Resident Spotlight

Memoirs of West Sub by Chari Gary

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What was the most inspirational thing you witnessed while working at the hospital? I am most inspired by the culture of family and community that West Suburban fosters. The residents, physicians, nurses, and hospital staff are so diverse, and so different in personality, but work so well together. Everyone’s quirks are appreciated and celebrated, instead of shunned. The close knit relationships we build with each other throughout our time here is  unmatched, and makes coming to work both fun and fulfilling.

What is the biggest sacrifice you have made in your medical training so far? Spending time away from my son has been the biggest sacrifice. I often wish I can be present for every single activity, but alas, duty calls!

What trait do you most admire in talented physicians? I most admire physicians who treat people with kindness- not only patients, but families, residents, ancillary staff, and everyone they come across during their work day.

What’s one thing I wish I knew before starting residency?  I wish I knew how to delegate tasks better.  As a senior resident, I struggled with this, but I’ve gotten the hang of it now.

What was the most difficult thing during your intern year?  I struggled the most with time management, and leaving the hospital on time. The longer you stay around, the more work you will find.  I’m positive I hold the record for the most hours worked during intern year. I learned that while it is very important to do a good job, it is also important to go home.

At work I always remember – that I am here for a reason, and that every day is a good day to learn.

What is the key to making the best of this Residency program?  Finding a fun moment every day. Don’t take everything seriously. Laugh!

What is one item somebody starting residency should absolutely invest into? A label for your stethoscope. They always seem to disappear. Or maybe it’s just mine….

What’s the best advice you’ve been given? “Be intentional.”

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How would I describe Oak Park? Lovely. Diverse. Safe community. Great location.

What neighborhood do I live in? I’ve lived in Oak Park for the past 5 years. I love it.

Best kept secret about Oak Park – Summertime neighborhood activities! There are movie nights, wine nights, all sorts of ways to meet your neighbors and have some fun.

How do I cope with sleep deprivation?  Good question. I don’t know if I cope that well with it. Because coffee makes my left eye twitch uncontrollably, I had to give it up. I generally can make it through long hour stretches just fine, but when it’s all over, I CRASH.

City life or Suburb life?  Suburb life, for sure. Suburbs are generally more slow paced, better for families. It works for us.

Staying in or going out? Staying in, usually-unless there’s good music involved.

Cubs or White Sox? Atlanta Braves!! Final answer. I’m still a Georgia girl at heart.

What’s on my bucket list? Learning Archery. Random, I know.

Bad Habit – Following too closely when I drive, procrastinating…I could go on, but I won’t.

If I am not working – I am spending time with my son. Watching movies, going to a sporting event, or cheering him on at one of his games.

A fun fact about me –  I rehab furniture for fun, and was a master “artiste” in my former life.

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" srcset=What was the most inspirational thing you witnessed while working at the hospital? During my intern year, we admitted a patient with persistent fevers for a week with no obvious diagnosis. I was very impressed by the critical thinking and curiosity of the attendings, fellow residents, and nurses that resulted in a fluid process while creating an enriched teaching environment for everyone involved. It was amazing to see the team work together in such a synchronized manner that led to the final diagnosis and complete recovery of the patient.

What is the biggest sacrifice you have made in your medical training so far? Limiting my time with my loved ones. I had to move away from family for training and during residency, I have had less time to spend with friends. It’s tough missing weddings, events, birthdays, graduations etc., but the supportive nature of my fellow residents and the administration team continues to make me feel at home.

What trait do you most admire in talented physicians? I truly admire physicians who remember what it was like to be a resident and tailoring their teaching towards an ever-expanding education process while striving to be excellent physicians.

What’s one thing I wish I knew before starting residency? That Grey’s Anatomy is not a documentary, just kidding. I wish I knew that you do not need to be perfect and it is ALWAYS important to ask for help. Residency is full of new opportunities, new people, new skills, and endless knowledge – take advantage of it.

What was the most difficult thing during your intern year? Being able to present in a concise manner. There is a lot to learn and grasp, and being concise goes a long way into providing optimal patient care.

At work I always remember – to drink coffee.

What is the key to making the best of this Residency program? Remember this is a unique opportunity with abundant resources that one should always utilize into becoming the best physician they can be.

What is one item somebody starting residency should absolutely invest into? Good shoes – good shoes – good shoes – good shoes – because “ these boots ain’t made for walking.”

What’s the best advice you’ve been given? …do more.

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How would I describe Oak Park? A quiet small town with a cute downtown area that encompasses various great restaurants. It is only 15-20 minutes to Chicago downtown via car or public transportation, giving you endless possibilities for your time off.

What neighborhood do I live in? I live in downtown Chicago.

Best kept secret about Oak Park – There are quite a few legends (authors, athletes, entertainers, etc.) that have resided in Oak Park.

How do I cope with sleep deprivation? Let’s just say that the “barista” in the hospital lobby calls me “Dr. Espresso.”

City life or Suburb life? – City life always.

Staying in or going out? It’s trending towards staying in.

Cubs or White Sox? White Sox? I am not a fan of white socks; I like to wear black socks. GO CUBS

What’s on my bucket list? Salar de Uyuni

Bad Habit – procrastination

If I am not working – I am probably sleeping or checking out some new restaurant downtown for food/drinks.

A fun fact about me – While growing up in a small village, I was dragged behind a bus by accident, and after moving to USA my college job was driving buses.

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What was the most inspirational thing you witnessed while working at the hospital? The diversity and camaraderie – from our incredibly smart attending physicians to residents and the amazing ancillary staff team, there is a close knit relationship and everyone is supportive and looks out for each other.

What is the biggest sacrifice you have made in your medical training so far? Being away from family and missing out on family events especially during the holidays.

What trait do you most admire in talented physicians? A physician who is hard working, treats patients and staff with respect and is willing to teach to interns and residents.

What’s one thing I wish I knew before starting residency? That it’s ok to not know everything as long as you are willing to learn.

What was the most difficult thing during your intern year? Time management. Sometimes it would take me 2 hours to write a single H&P.

At work I always remember – to smile and greet everyone.

What is the key to making the best of this Residency program? Teamwork, being nice to everyone, and balancing work and fun.

What is one item somebody starting residency should absolutely invest into? BLACK OUT CURTAINS! Makes a huge difference when you are on night shifts. And maybe a wine fridge?

What’s the best advice you’ve been given? “Keep pushing forward and always be curious.”

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How would I describe Oak Park? Birthplace of Ernest Hemingway with beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright houses. Plenty of mom and pop shops, a very inexpensive movie theater in the downtown, safe neighborhoods and apartments that you can actually afford on resident’s salary. And, it’s only a 20 minute drive to the city!

What neighborhood do I live in? Lived in Oak Park for 3 years. Just moved to East Village (Wicker Park aka the hipster neighborhood area).

Best kept secret about Oak Park – Tuesdays are the best nights to go for a dinner and movie date. Bar Louie has $1 burger specials and $5 movie night at the Lake Theater in downtown.

How do I cope with sleep deprivation? Caffeine all day. Everyday.

City life or Suburb life? – just moved to be closer to the city so I guess city life it is!

Staying in or going out? depends on the rotation I’m in but mostly going out.

Cubs or White Sox? Not a baseball fan but I did buy a Cubs hat when they won the World Series because bandwagonning is not a crime.

What’s on my bucket list? Dinner at Alinea (the only 3 michelin star restaurant in Chicago) Yes I’m a foodie!

Bad Habit – Procrastination and splurging on things I do not need.

If I am not working – I am either out of town, bouldering at my rock climbing gym, or busy planning a social event.

A fun fact about me – I went cliff diving with my friends in Dominica while I was in med school. Jumped off the cliff and almost drowned because I don’t really know how to swim. Got rescued by two local teen boys! Yes, I am that person who literally jumps off a cliff just because my friends are doing it.

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