I grew up in Israel before moving to the United States. Once here, my family lived in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the “Hub City,” where I was lucky to learn intimately about all life in the South has to offer, including stick-to-your-ribs home cooking, blues music, and, importantly, SEC sports!
I moved to Chicago, the “Windy City”, for medical school where I undoubtedly learned about the wind — but also learned to navigate life with diverse people from all corners of the globe. I learned the foundations of how to be a good doctor and practice good medicine — and how that ultimately begins by being a good human and caring about the communities around you.
I took a year to pursue research, during which I worked physically at Massachusetts General Hospital, and remotely at Brigham and Women's Hospital, UCSF, and University of Washington. That was my first experience living in Boston and I was absolutely thrilled to match at BIDMC and to get to stay in this area as a preliminary intern.
In particular, what drew me to BIDMC was the amalgam of faculty and residents I encountered on interview day: a group with such diverse backgrounds and interests but with the same underlying pulse to be both good doctors and good humans — and an understanding of how the two go hand in hand. In my eyes, this is the root of the BI culture and was a message that resonated so deeply with me. On interview day, I saw it demonstrated in how the interviewers treated me, my co-interviewees, and even each other. It made me feel warmth, a sense of belonging, and a desire to continue my education in a place that prioritized that value. In addition, BIDMC offers an incredible education, vast research opportunities, excellent clinical exposure, and amazing mentorship.
Although I am a preliminary intern, BIDMC has truly captured my heart, and this will always be my family. I have made friends here that I will keep for a lifetime, mentors that will continue to shepherd me through difficult decisions, and memories, that I will hold in my heart through the rest of my training and career in medicine. If you needed a sign — this is it!