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RESIDENCY: Alumna Shares the Path She Designed to Obtain Her Preferred Residency

August 19, 2016

For just over a month Fusun Dikengil, MD, has been working as an internal medicine resident at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS).

Dikengil is no stranger to UMMS. During her fourth year of medical school, she completed an elective clinical clerkship in pulmonary medicine at the institution and had an opportunity to work on research in microparticle drug delivery systems. Dikengil’s work was recently published in The Journal of Controlled Release.

Fortunate for Dikengil, she landed her first choice residency, keeping her within the vicinity of where she resides. However, Dikengil obtaining her residency top pick was no happy coincidence. She was very strategic about her clinical training experiences to increase her chances of obtaining her preferred residency appointment.

“It is up to students to make the most of the opportunity,” said Dikengil. “That’s what I really got out of my clinical education experience at Ross. I was able to design the experience I wanted.”

Dikengil did just that, she requested to conduct her core clinical clerkships at Jamaica Medical Center (JMC) in Queens, NY. It was there, in an urban and fast-paced environment, where she gained critical clinical skills in family medicine (6 weeks), obstetrics and gynecology (6 weeks), pediatrics (6 weeks), surgery (8 weeks), psychiatry (6 weeks) and internal medicine (12 weeks).

After completing her primary clinical training at JMC, Dikengil scheduled electives in community and university settings to get as much exposure to varying medical environments as possible.

 “Conducting all my cores at one training site helped me learn about how each and every department within the hospital coordinates and works together” said Dikengil. “By conducting my electives all over the Northeast, I got an even richer experience – with exposure to urban, community and rural medicine.”

Dikengil thinks she is a better physician because of the wide ranging medical settings she has experienced. Now as a resident, she possesses the cultural competency and interpersonal skills to relate to her patients of different backgrounds.

“I remember when I first started my medical education on campus. Ross made a promise that they’ll help me get to where I wanted to be and they actually did,” recalled Dikengil. “I have no regrets. Ross was the best choice I ever made.”

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