I did my urology rotation at New York Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, New York, starting from the end of September 2014. During this period of time, I had a wonderful opportunity to work with and learn from amazing team of attending physicians and fellows of urology department at NYPH. The most amazing and exciting part of the rotation was scrubbing in with my attending physician in the OR and assisting them in suturing and other surgical procedures and I feel humbled that I had this opportunity several times during my electives. While performing surgeries, the fellow physicians were very kind and pleased to answer my questions relevant to the case and sometimes they would ask me questions too to recall my knowledge and to clear my concepts regarding urology.
I was overwhelmed by the welcoming nature and teaching attitude I encountered at NYPH. Three times I had a chance to see patients at a clinic with Dr. Bilal Chughtai and that was an amazing learning experience. The senior fellows at the department were so humble and thoughtful to give me career advice. I remember the early morning 5 a.m. conferences before the surgeries where everyone would put their schedule of the upcoming surgeries for the day and everyone would discuss each case individually, contributing with their knowledge and experience in patient’s best interest. Two times I attended case presentations where the fellow doctors presented their complicated cases in front of Dr. Wise who critically analyzed their cases and performances and would give them his opinion about that particular case.
At NYPH, I learnt how to control your nerves in the most nerve wrecking situations in the OR as surgery is a field where you have to make life saving decisions extremely quickly and efficiently and this is a key element to become a successful physician. Every week there was an interactive quiz session among fellows where they would play in two teams which was a fun way to learn and brush up your knowledge. Every week there would be a lecture on an interesting topic for 30-45 minutes after which there was a Q&A session and this was one of my most awaited and favorite part of the week as it would help me burnish my medical knowledge.
After graduation, I cleared my country’s board examinations and worked as a doctor at Jinnah Hospital and Faiz Hospital in Multan. I also took USMLE exams but haven’t completed all of them due to some unavoidable personal reasons. I still haven’t achieved my goal of doing residency in USA but I am persistent on it. To broaden my views in medicine, I decided to do MPH at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia and I am currently pursuing that in Australia.
My time in the New York City was also a memorable experience. The location of NYPH in the heart of Manhattan enabled me to enjoy its lively vibes after I finish my day at the hospital. The food culture and people’s friendliness leaves you with a feeling of belonging. In the conclusion, having an opportunity to work at NYPH was one of my dream that came true and I am very thankful to Ms. Dianne Young who helped me throughout the process. The experience I gained from NYPH helped me a lot in my career and I would like to express my gratitude to the whole team of urology department and Weill Cornell for this truly unforgettable experience.