Amy Chabitonoy
Geisel Class of 2016

MATCHING IN Family Medicine, with the intent to practice full spectrum in a rural environment: “One of my favorite aspects of being a physician is the opportunity to form relationships with our patients and the amazing privilege of being a part of some of the most intimate, cherished, and terrifying moments in their lives. I love the prospect of getting to form such relationships with entire generations of families who are my patients, and being present from the birth of a child to the death of a loved one, helping families navigate in moments of profound happiness and suffering. I loved all of my clerkships and am looking forward to being able to do a little bit of everything in my future.”

THE GEISEL EXPERIENCE: “The common feature in all my favorite moments at Geisel has been the amazing people I have been fortunate enough to work with and learn from, most especially my peers. I have enjoyed meeting so many individuals with so many different interests and specialties, yet sharing the same passion for medicine and education. It's been a tough four years, there have been lots of late nights and tears, but plenty of laughter and fun. I am so proud of all that my classmates have achieved and can't wait to read about the amazing things they will do in their future careers. I wish the entire class of 2016 much happiness and success!”

IMPORTANT MENTOR: “I have been so fortunate in my four years at Geisel to have had the privilege of working with amazing faculty who have become mentors, providing examples of the qualities I hope to incorporate in my role as a physician. In my first two years of medical school I learned the art of taking patient histories and the physical exam through the On Doctoring curriculum, in a group facilitated by Karen Loring. As I near the end of my clinical years, I realize that the way in which I interact with patients and their families was molded each week in those first two years, in the lessons we learned from Karen. Going through the physical exam I recognize I hold the instruments and stand and move in specific ways that are now second nature, but back in first year took so much practice to develop. Karen was my first mentor and guide into the art of medicine and her lessons have helped shape me into the physician I will become. The greatest lesson I learned from Karen is to remember the person; beneath the symptoms and diagnosis is a person with their own story and a gesture as simple as a touch on the shoulder can be all it takes to remind you.”

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