I am Grateful for YOU!

Dr. Sladek and her family shared this with me, and I loved it so much, I wanted to share it with you. I felt it was particularly relevant during this challenging time!

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger to a friend…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” -Melody Beattie

I want you to know how grateful I am for each of you–my UCSD IM family! You have been a source of inspiration to me throughout this difficult year. Thank you for what you do each year to care for our extended family, including our patients and one another. Here’s to a happy, healthy, peaceful 2021!!!

Love, simerjot

Resident Kudos–Elizabeth Epstein!

Amazing R1 (almost R2) Elizabeth Epstein has proven herself to be a champion of wellness. She has published a review paper reframing cardiac rehab as not only a means of increasing survival rates but also improving quality of life during those years! https://rdcu.be/b4KgR

That’s not all! She has also published an article giving us all a guide on how to maintain wellness in the COVID19 era. In the articles, she compares residency training to High Intensity Interval Training, and frames wellness as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Read more here: https://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2020/05/covid-19-as-a-threat-to-wellness.html She did this all while being an amazing co-resident and physician!

Inspirational Message for Residency Grads from Dr. Vivek Murthy!

Vivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, Congratulates Class of 2020  
Dr. Vivek H. Murthy addresses the residency class of 2020 with a message that he has built his medical career around – that relationships and social connection effect all aspects of life. He shares the three aspects of building a connected personal and professional life: being fully present, always reach for kindness, and having the courage to be yourself.  The video begins with introductions from AAIM President and CEO D. Craig Brater, MD, and ACP Chief Executive Officer and EVP Darilyn V. Moyer, MD.  Total runtime: 19:04 minutesWatch video from ACP websiteVivek H. Murthy, MD, MBA, served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. As the Vice Admiral of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he commanded a uniformed service of 6,600 public health officers globally.   During his tenure, Dr. Murthy launched the TurnTheTide campaign, catalyzing a movement among health professionals to address the nation’s opioid crisis.   An internal medicine physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Murthy has focused his attention on chronic stress and isolation as prevalent problems that have profound implications for health, productivity, and happiness.   Dr. Murthy received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and his MD and MBA degrees from Yale University. He completed his internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and later joined Harvard Medical School as faculty in internal medicine.

2019-2020 Six Word Stories

During the 2019-2020 academic year, our family of residents responded to three 6-word story prompts.

My pandemic silver lining is…

  • Zooming with friends, zoomies with doggies
  • gratitude for snail mail and amazonprime
  • Residents who inspire me every day!
  • A crisis without precedent or president
  • my dog loves me even more
  • relearning how to read leisure books.
  • wearing jammies and blankies to work.
  • online church any day, any time.
  • memes, online dance workouts, virtual concerts.
  • Innovative collaborative scientific medical staff worldwide
  • less plans, free time, slow down
  • Time to reconnect with support system
  • more snuggles with the best pup
  • Almost a PGY2; no more prerounding
  • no cars no traffic smooth drive
  • parents finally learned how to facetime 
  • the tiger king is outrageous and addicting

New Year, New Me- This year I am looking forward to…

  • finally getting around to PDSAs…maybe
  • Making new memories with old friends 
  • counting to six without making any errors
  • First job, long vacation, celebrating friends!
  • Finally achieving better work life fit
  • Vegas bod inspired by Jon Chung.
  • Being done with intern year yay
  • Starting fellowship, new city, mksap first!
  • Super seniors finally graduating from residency
  • The birth of my first baby!
  • Trying a new taco every month
  • Publishing my first author research paper!
  • Becoming an ultrasound guru, like Gary
  • Finally mastering the art of mealprep
  • Watching my baby learn to walk

Today I am grateful for….

  • Light rain, comfy sweaters, Jassal hugs.
  • The chance to serve through medicine.
  • My Family, My Patients, My Residents.
  • The last parking spot in Gilman
  • warm drinks, lights, things merry/bright
  • Not being a patient in hospital
  • F Words: Family, Friends, Food, Festivities
  • Compassionate co-workers who keep me sane.
  • EDIS is all green. I sleep
  • Rain in the desert, no fires
  • My amazing va interns and attending
  • No wards, no call, no problem 
  • A good night’s sleep without interruption
  • Happy hour after Friday School, yeah!
  • Turkey Turkey Gobble Gobble Yummy Tummy


Grand Rounds 5/13/20: Grit and Grace of the Thai Boys Trapped in the Cave – Lessons for Our Own Resilience and Well-being

Grand rounds continued today with our guest speaker, Dr. Mark Berelowitz from Royal Free Hospital, London, who spoke to us about resilience and well-being, through the metaphor of the experience from the trapped Thai soccer team (Wild Boars) in 2018. We started with an overview of the rescue itself and a brief discussion of the attitudes of the boys from the soccer team about their experience within the cave.

Dr. Berelowitz then shifted to a discussion of resilience itself. He highlighted several concepts of resilience – inoculation theory, exercise theory, intrinsic toughness theory, family relationships theory, situational vs lifetime resilience – all of which he feels are insufficient to actually capture the meaning and mechanism of resilience. Instead, he again brought up the metaphor of the Thai soccer team to establish points necessary for resilience, including optimism and gratitude.

We then discussed the challenges of building resilience, both as individuals and as a society. He highlighted the need for us as a society – similar to the soccer team in the cave – to promote a value based culture. As stated by the political philosopher Michael Sandell, “[We] must find a way to lean against purely privatized notions of the good life, and instead cultivate civic virtue.” In addition, he discussed the importance of cultivating this notion both in a top-down (e.g. our hospital administrators) and bottom-up (e.g. our small clinical teams) approach. Dr. Berelowitz finally discussed the need to make such concepts habitual and highlighted the need for both societal and individual mindfulness in our approach to a value based culture.

Resilience related Grand Rounds 5/13

Please join us for a special Resilience related Grand Rounds this coming Wednesday, May 13, 2020 from 7:30 – 8:30 am!

Grit and Grace of the Thai Boys Trapped In the Cave – Lessons for Our Own Resilience and Wellbeing

Mark Berelowitz, MD

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Please use this ZOOM Webinar link to view it remotely: https://uchealth.zoom.us/j/530170932 

The recommended article is attached here:

What Will We Remember?

A quiet street, a closed building, an empty parking lot, a sad voice, a missed connection.  Pride, anger, fear, compassion, remorse.
What will we remember from this time? How can we use language to understand this experience?
Let’s try to capture a moment together to do some directed narrative writing.  Like a photograph, a short narrative tells a story in a moment’s time but leaves a lasting impression.  We can’t un-see, and we can’t un-read.  Let’s make something that lasts.
We’ll do a couple short writing exercises and share them with each other.
-Dena Rifkin, MD

Dr. Rifkin, our awesome nephrology attending and medical humanities expert has kindly agreed to lead us through this exercise!

Please fill out this survey so that we may figure out the best time for a Zoom event for those interested! Narrative Medicine

Donate Blood!

Make an appointment!

San Diego blood bank has multiple of locations where you can sign up to donate. Look up available slots and type of donation (RBC, platelet, etc): https://www.sandiegobloodbank.org/
The website only lets you make an appointment at least 10 days in advance of the appt…but if you call them, you can schedule over the phone for whenever!

San Diego Blood Bank: Donor Centers and Mobile Drives. Donating blood is convenient with locations across Southern California. Locate a donor center or blood drive near you.www.sandiegobloodbank.org

There is also the Red Cross: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/drive-results?dt=all&zipSponsor=92101

Thank you Puja Takiar for helping organize this information!