President’s Report

Building for Better

We serve on the frontlines of medicine every day and night. We know our patients, and we have a unique perspective on how to make care better. Healthcare is changing. Our roles as doctors are changing. This is our moment. If we are not leading change, …

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This is Our Moment

The only thing that’s constant in healthcare right now is change. Hospital systems are merging or restructuring, residency programs are downsizing or closing, and our career possibilities post-residency are looking much different than they did just a few years ago. …

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CIR is a Big Tent

I’m very proud to have my inaugural President’s Report appear in this issue of CIR Vitals focusing on women in medicine and the diverse and energized leadership that we need to help improve residency training and transform our ailing healthcare …

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See You Later, not Goodbye

This will be my last Vitals column as the national president of the Committee of Interns and Residents. The next edition of CIR Vitals will be addressed by the new president, soon to be elected. I will complete my term …

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Doctors & Politics: Treating the Ills of Our System

I have tried to wrap my head around why being politically vocal on healthcare issues makes some physicians uncomfortable. I am always inspired by how many people show up to a code in the hospital and are willing to lend a hand because a life is in …

Learning Better Medicine from the Patients Who Have the Least

Growing up in the border city of El Paso, Texas, I didn’t have to travel far to understand how unequal health care and services are around the world. The disparities there were self-evident. Within the limits of a bustling U.S. …

Using Our Clinical Standing to Diagnose the Ills of our Communities

It’s a familiar scene. You’re in the clinic or the emergency room. You knock on the door and enter the exam room to meet a patient for the first time. Not long into the visit, you realize that whatever you …

Creating a Strong Network of Residents, Online and Off

It is with great excitement that I am writing my first President’s Report. I have been actively engaged with CIR ever since I attended medical school at Boston University and have represented my colleagues on the CIR Executive Committee for …

Introducing the 2011-2012 CIR leadership

As you begin seeing new faces in the hospital with the start of a new residency year, you are also going to see new leaders representing you in CIR. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and …

What Makes CIR Vital?

Welcome to the first issue of CIR Vitals! I’m sad to say this is my last column as CIR president, but I’m happy to introduce the renamed and redesigned CIR News. CIR Vitals will continue to serve as a record of the union’s activities and provide essential updates about CIR. In addition, we hope to delve deeper into the issues that affect residents across the country.