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MATCH: Q&A with Student Set to Begin an Internal Medicine Residency

April 03, 2017

Recently, Ross hosted a reception at Times Square in New York to celebrate students who matched into a residency program. During the event, Ross had a chat with Ryan Bartscherer, who is a native of Montville, NJ, to discuss his experiences that led to an Internal Medicine residency at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut.

ROSS: Considering what you know now, what would you say to your younger self - that person who was just beginning his medical education?
BARTSCHERER: I would tell that person (who I was back then) to relax. You are going to make it. I would reassure him that he is putting in the work that is needed. I would encourage him to make sure he takes everything he could with him from the basic sciences program and apply it in clinical practice.
ROSS: Did you have many people who questioned why you were going to school in the Caribbean?
BARTSCHERER: To be quite honest, I did not have many friends who were going into medicine. I was a pioneer of sorts among my circle of friends. Therefore, not too many people had an opinion either way about whether I pursued my medical degree at a US school or in the Caribbean.
I did enough research on my own to feel comfortable with my decision - I looked into match rates and other outcomes that were important coming out of school. I felt confident I was up for the challenge.
ROSS: So, if you did not know many people in the field of medicine, what influenced you to become a physician?
BARTSCHERER: I was initially in electrical engineering. I found that sitting in a cubicle all day was not really for me - I liked to be around people and interacting with them. Engineering was too impersonal for me.
I ended up tearing my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and had a bad recovery and awful experience with physicians. I decided I could do it better. I could be the type of physician who really understands what patients are going through and help them get better - instead of making the experience more miserable.
ROSS: Why do you think you were successful in earning a residency position?
BARTSCHERER: I really applied myself during the clinical years. I consistently worked hard and put in the work to make sure I got great recommendation letters.
Also, having a fair amount of confidence during residency interviews is key. Some I know did not do well because of their lack of interpersonal skills. It had nothing to do with their board scores.
ROSS: Where did you conduct your clinical clerkships?
BARTSCHERER: My core clerkships were at St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Queens, NY. From there, I ventured out for most of my electives - cardiology at NYU Lutheran Medical Center, electives that were sub-categories of Internal Medicine at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland in Pontiac, Michigan. Michigan was beautiful; I had a great time there. The attending physicians were very enthusiastic about teaching. I also conducted electives in Connecticut at Norwalk Hospital and Danbury Hospital.
It was fantastic to experience the many places that I would not have normally considered. Conducting my clinical training at various hospital sites gave me the opportunity to engage with different attending physicians, see the varying types of patients and learn in contrasting socio-economic settings.


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