Ever go to your college reunion? My 25th reunion is coming up! 🎉
Time flies and it’s been 25 years since I graduated MIT with a bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering (“Course 10” for those nerds out there!). My experiences back then really shaped who I am today. For the reunion website, I submitted this pic of me wearing my fav math equation shirt (vintage, from the student bookstore back in the 90’s)! What’s cool is that my profile has been featured in the reunion website and email blasts to the entire 1000+ person class (See screenshot below).
I thought it would be fun to share with you what I submitted for “What I’ve been up to”:
After graduation, I enrolled in Harvard Medical School. During the application process, there were certain advantages to my MIT background. In med school interviews, no one ever questioned my ability to learn the science or handle the workload. Instead, the questions they asked were evaluating me in a different way. It was more like, "OK, he's good at math and probably pretty comfortable around robots, but can he relate to people?"
After my first year of med school, I decided to take a year off and live in Taipei, Taiwan. During that year, I studied Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. This was an amazing learning experience (it was my first time living abroad). The experience changed my world outlook and honed my language skills. I am proud that, to this day, I'm still conversational in Mandarin and I am able to conduct patient encounters entirely in Chinese.
I then returned to Boston and finished my MD degree. Medical training took me to NYC (internal medicine internship at Mt Sinai), Washington DC (Ophthalmology Residency at GW), and LA (Fellowship in Medical Retina at USC/Doheny Eye Institute). I then ended up back in New York City in 2007 for my first "real" job. That job wasn't a good fit and a year later I started a new private practice job in Greenwich CT in 2008. I've been at that job ever since and I have become an equity partner in the practice. My job involves full-time patient care. I enjoy this a lot and every day I have an opportunity to help people. I still have my MIT diploma hanging up on my exam room wall - patients often compliment me on it! #respect