Author: Nidhi Goel, MD, MHS
The day was built around the theme, “MedPeds: Choose your own Adventure.” It was designed to show residents and medical students the vast array of career opportunities available to them after training in internal medicine and pediatrics. We began with an introduction from Dr. Robert Habicht, program director at the University of Maryland, which was followed by and introduction to NMPRA provided by immediate past president, Dr. Jennifer McEntee. Dr. Allen Friedland, former MPPDA president, followed with an overview of the roles of Med-Peds practitioners in various settings. Dr. Devang Patel then spoke about the role of Med-Peds in international infectious disease. Our keynote address was given by Dr. Kenneth Remy, who spoke about his journey in training as a Med-Peds intensivist. Dr. Patricia Shearer spoke about caring for young adult survivors of pediatric cancers, and Dr. Leonard Feldman wrapped up the day with a talk about health disparities and transitioning patients safely from inpatient to outpatient settings. The program also included a panel discussion with various Med-Peds practitioners answering questions from residents and students about how they chose their path and the logistics of career planning. The meeting culminated in a social hour held at Frank and Nic’s West End Café, overlooking beautiful Oriole Park at Camden Yards.
The meeting proved to be an enriching experience. Students, residents, and attendings were able to learn from each other, and leave from the day with new perspectives and many new friends.