so. one of the perks of being in a small residency program is mentors.
i have a great one.
he just came to our fair institution three years ago from a much bigger place. he's the only pulmonologist here. and he has taken me under his wing, so to speak.
i am the guinea pig in a new pilot program that we're trying here. for my continuity clinic, i alternate every other week in his pulm clinic, managing my own panel of patients. CF, asthma, i even have a kid with primary ciliary dyskinesia. pretty cool stuff.
in compliance with the RRC guidelines, i even have my very own set of goals and objectives.
i know, i know...just what you've always wanted!
i still have my panel of gen peds patients whom i love working with, but i really love my pulm clinic. and i'm not a clinic person.
he also set me up with a research project, working with one of the microbiologists here. it's really neat and i now have access to the cf database. i can query searches to my hearts content. i know, i'm a total dork. i can't help it. can any of us? seriously?
during my intern year, ever since he found out i wanted to do pulm, he has talked about setting up a pulm fellowship here, in conjunction with another small, academic children's hospital up the highway a bit, which also happens to be where i went to med school. i always nodded and said, yeah, sure, that would be great. but i never really took him seriously.
until this week.
he basically told me that i should look at other programs because the timing might not work out, but that he was trying to get things started and what did i think?
we're pretty academic here, so research wouldn't be a problem. and certainly there is no lack of patient volume given that there would just be my lone self.
but i guess that's my question. there would just be me.
would i be missing out on having other fellows at the same stage of training? is there some benefit to being in a big institution with lots of fellows in other disciplines?
i'm still finishing my cv and figuring out where to send it. i'll send it to all the programs in big cities. but eventually, this is a place i wouldn't mind working. so the idea of finishing my training here is quite tempting. but also a little daunting.