Hey! I'm sure there's no way you got all the way to my profile without realizing what an awesome program UMEM is!! I mean, the faculty (Dr Mattu, Dr Butler, Dr Rogers, to name a few!) are nationally renowned in the EM field, you get to rotate in the great Shock Trauma, you read from a one-of-a-kind curriculum (in addition to the great books given to you by the department), you have a brilliant PharmD right there in the ED (which makes life/antibiotic choice/complicated meds dosing much simpler!), you get an above-average ultrasound exposure, you have simulation training and procedures in the cadaver lab on a regular basis, and to top it all off, you don't have any floor rotations other than the OBGYN (all off-service rotations are either units, anesthesia, or ofcourse, trauma!) . But the most important thing is not any of these things; it's how NICE everyone is. And that includes EVERYONE. Attendings are genuinely interested in teaching, and the senior residents take the time to stop during the craziest shift to make sure that you're not overwhlemed.ÿThe residency coordinators are beyond amazing, making sure you're adjusting well and keeping up with the residency requirements. And everyone's always ready to answer any question (medical or otherwise) that you have, no matter when.
On a personal level, I was born and raised in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Jeddah is the second biggest city in the country, and is on the Red Sea. The warm weather and beautiful sea meant that tanning on the beach (which was a mere 30 minutes away) in December was the norm for me. Needless to say, moving to Baltimore was a HUGE step. And you know what? It's been great! Baltimore is truly "charm city"; it somehow grows on you. My co-interns and residents / great new friends have made it much easier than i thought it would be. Plus, there's a ton of things to do in the city, and if you don't find what you like here, then DC, Philly and even NYC are driving-distance away!
Contact me for any Qs you might have about the program, the city, or whatever you want!
P.S .I know that I use too many exclamation marks!