Meet Rahul Jaswaney, MD
Name: Rahul Jaswaney, MD
Hometown: Cary, N.C.
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Professional Interest: Cardiology
Residency Program Experience:
What is the key to making the best of this residency program? The amazing and terrifying thing about this program is the incredible amount of autonomy given to interns and residents. I would say that the key to make the best of this program is to embrace this autonomy. Whether you are committing to a diagnosis on rounds, calling families to give good news or bad news, leading goals of care discussions or performing procedures, I've definitely learned the most by pursuing the independence this program has provided.
A Few Words about Cleveland
What neighborhood do you live in? I recently moved from Cleveland Heights (on the east side) to downtown Cleveland, and it's the best decision I've ever made. Downtown is so much fun and there's so much to do. You could catch the baseball game at Progressive Field, go to one of the many bars either downtown, at the flats, or in Ohio City. My favorite spot in Cleveland is definitely Spotted Owl in Tremont which has its own eclectic taste of cocktails based on your mood and your general tastes in liquor.
Residency can be overwhelming and all-encompassing and it can be hard to parse out time for regular life activities. I remember having hundreds of conversations regarding burn out, exercising, eating right and how difficult it is to recover from burnout. I think my best advice is that, even though avoiding burnout is an active process, you can cut yourself some slack at the beginning of residency. No one starts intern year being able to leave the hospital on time, eat right throughout the day, go workout most evenings and still maintain healthy relationships with family or friends. Just as you start to get more comfortable with residency, actively focus on including the things in your life that you enjoy, and those things will keep you from burning out.
It's a Toss-Up
UH or VA: Its hard choice between these two institutions. On the one hand, UH offers an amazing hands on academic experience with attendings who have research, procedural, and clinical prowess. You learn so much about sub-specialty care and get to work one-on-one with experts in their fields. The VA can sometimes be frustrating as many ancillary staff are usually home by 4 p.m., however you have unparalleled independence with managing patients on a team and preforming bedside procedures with young but super experienced attendings. Either way you can't go wrong.
When I'm not on call you will find me at: Probably at a happy hour downtown. Or at Jolly Scholar trying to be the jolliest scholar.