Aisha Ansar, MD
Not having gone to medical school in the US, I was a little nervous starting residency . . . My fears were allayed on my very first day of intern year when everyone on the team did everything they could to make me feel welcome.My interview day was the first time I'd visited AFCH. Even though I had never met any of the residents before, I didn't feel displaced even for a second. The kinship the residents shared was evident from as early on as the pre-interview dinner and was (and still is!) one of my favorite things about the program. Not having gone to medical school in the US, I was a little nervous starting residency especially about learning EMR and "getting used to the system." My fears were allayed on my very first day of intern year when everyone on the team did everything they could to make me feel welcome. Since then, my appreciation for our faculty, staff and most importantly my co-residents has only grown. The camaraderie our team shares is what sets this program apart from all others. It is something I get to experience everyday at AFCH, not just between the interns and upper level residents, but also between the nursing staff and the numerous different care teams that work together to provide the best patient care possible. Be it Global Health, Patient Advocacy forums or Clinical Research, there are always opportunities to seek mentors in whichever area of medicine you're interested in. As residents, we are pushed to take on more responsibility and make independent decisions, all the while knowing that help is always around should we need it.
Aisha Ansar, MD (PGY-1)