“How to survive the 1st year pathology residency” teleconference a huge success!
July 1 sees another wave of Chinese medical graduates (CMG) entering pathology residency programs across the country. In order to bring together a significant body of information to CMG interns, and to orient and familiarize them with pathology residency program culture, expectations and tips to improve their performance in their training, Dr. Liping Song, a pathology intern at the Ball Memorial Hospital, IN, spearheaded and organized the first “How to survive the 1st year pathology residency” teleconference which took place on June 26, 2010.
The CAPA’s Resident Committee, co-chaired by Dr. Lanjing Zhang, a GI and Liver pathology fellow at University of Pennsylvania, aided Dr. Song’s effort. The conference started with welcome remarks from CAPA president Dr. Ming Zhou, also co-chair of the CAPA resident committee. Five invited speakers, including Dr. Ming Zhou, Dr. Lanjing Zhang, Dr. Linsheng Zhang (4th year resident at Medical University of South Carolina), Dr. Zhiyong Ren (2nd year resident at University of Alabama at Birmingham) and Dr. Qiusheng Si (Cytopathology fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center) discussed with 27 participating interns wide-ranging, yet critical, topics. They covered recommended readings for the first year, ways to survive internship, preparation for subspecialty fellowship training, first-hand internship experience and survival tips, ways to effectively communicate with colleagues and attendings and pathology board preparation. All five speakers highlighted the importance of attitude as first year interns and shared their invaluable experiences and unique points of view of pathology resident life.
This 4 hour-long teleconference was very well received by all the attendees and many of them expressed their gratitude to the speakers and organizers. We look forward to participation of many other CAPA members next year.
Contributed by Liping Song and Lanjing Zhang