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Resident Testimonials

Ramzi Dudum, PGY-3

Ramzi Dudum, PGY-3

"The Osler Medical Residency has been everything I had hoped for and more; the program cultivates an unparalleled educational environment surrounded by thoughtful, kind colleagues and faculty. Each year builds on the prior and culminates with the Senior Assistant Resident (SAR) year, which is full of leadership experience and guided autonomy. In this role, we have the opportunity to regularly teach both interns and JARs and serve as the leader of the service. Our attendings offer evidence-based guidance to help refine our treatment plans, but expect us to guide both plans and patient-care discussions. Outside of clinical responsibilities, I've had the opportunity to work with our Patient Safety and Quality Improvement pathway--in this capacity, I've been able to work on hospital-wide initiatives to help improve the care and outcomes for our patients. My main projects thus far have allowed me to work on multi-disciplinary teams to improve care for our septic patients and malnourished patients."
Kathleen Hiltz, PGY-1

Kathleen Hiltz, PGY-1

"I have been so impressed with my teachers and co-residents' teaching. People around here are incredibly good clinicians, but even more importantly, they come to medicine with humility, supportive understanding for the new interns, and a sense of humor. Going through the interview process, I prioritized strong clinical training and strong program culture. At every interview I asked myself, 'are these people I would want to grab a beer/dinner with after work?' In the Osler program, that answer has been a resounding 'yes'. Exploring the Baltimore food and trivia scene remains a priority with my co-interns."
Vincent Pallazola, PGY-3

Vincent Pallazola, PGY-3

"When looking for residency programs, I wanted a clinically rigorous program with ample research opportunities and a strong sense of comradery/community among the residency classes. The Osler residency program strikes the perfect balance between clinical support and autonomy, fostering an environment where interns feel empowered to take ownership for their patients early on, and JARs/SARs are treated like junior faculty in terms of their responsibilities for teaching and directing patient care. I’ve had the opportunity to pursue scholarly work as a research fellow in the Johns Hopkins Ciccarone Center for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, where I’ve lead several original research investigations and review articles during my time in residency. I’ve also pursued my interests in global health by participating in a fully-funded research rotation abroad in Puno, Peru. I’ve had a great time living in Baltimore and have made many close friendships here. I’ve honestly been impressed with the supportive and friendly culture of our program that starts from the top-down. Looking back on my time as a resident, I couldn’t be happier with my decision to pick Johns Hopkins for internal medicine training."
Talia Robledo-Gil, PGY-2

Talia Robledo-Gil, PGY-2

"I was looking for a program that would provide me with strong clinical training in an underserved community. This is something you can certainly get with several programs. However, what has continued to impress me about the Osler program are the residents. My co-residents are not just driven, passionate, and curious people, but also interested in your well being at the end of a long call night. I feel supported by my colleagues, and I know there is always someone available for a coffee break, a clinical question, or just a good catch up."
Andi Shahu, PGY-2

Andi Shahu, PGY-2

"When I interviewed, I remember being struck by ACS rounds. I left being impressed by the interns’ knowledge and dedication, as well as the senior residents’ ability to do such in-depth teaching on topics related to those patients’ care. Over time, I came to realize that it was indicative of the many ways in which the Osler program goes above and beyond to create a unique residency experience. Another example of this is the Firm system that helps to make it feel like we’re each part of a family within our program. The hard work feels much easier when you work together with amazing friends who inspire you and help you and laugh with you every day. Also, Baltimore is an amazingly complex, underrated city. It offers ample opportunities for us to learn more about the ways in which our patients are impacted by structural injustice and inequity, and every day I learn directly from my patients how I can be a better advocate for patients everywhere. And last, given my own personal interest in health policy, the proximity to the Bloomberg School of Public Health, numerous health and government agencies/organizations in Baltimore & Washington, D.C. appealed to me as well."
Eva Valilis, PGY-2

Eva Valilis, PGY-2

"When I was applying to residencies I was searching for a rigorous program whose trainees were clinically competent, curious but also down-to-earth. Every day I am reminded why I chose the Osler program as I witness my co-residents teaching on rounds, and interns gaining autonomy as budding clinicians. As interns, we had the opportunity to independently admit patients overnight, which was a challenging but an incredibly intellectually rewarding experience. As I progress through through training, I continue to be amazed by how committed our housestaff and faculty are to learning from our patients and providing evidence-based care."
Judith Vick, PGY-1

Judith Vick, PGY-1

"When I was a pre-clinical medical student at Hopkins, my mom was hospitalized here and taken care of by Osler medical residents. As a family member, I was in awe of the compassion and competence of Osler interns. Later, as a core medical student and then sub-I, I came to appreciate the amazing teaching that’s baked into the Osler program. Now as an intern, I’ve quickly seen how residents look out for each other in addition to looking out for their patients. We love medicine and we love each other, and it’s hard to imagine being anywhere else. I’ve always wanted to train with colleagues and in a hospital that I trust to take care of my family, and I know from experience that the Osler residents and the Johns Hopkins Hospital are exactly that."
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