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A Resident's Journey

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A Resident's Journey

At any given time, Einstein Healthcare Network is training some 400 residents across 30 specialties to become caring, compassionate doctors - following a model set through 150 years of deeply held values. This is the story of one such resident as she navigates the grueling first three months of her internal medicine training. 

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Trying on the Long White Coat

First year resident Ann Vachaparambil meets her fellow interns at orientation, where they share fears and aspirations.


First Week on the Job

Ann talks about her first stressful week as a doctor, loss of sleep and delivering difficult news to patients.


Introduction to the Clinic

Ann faces the stresses of treating patients in Einstein's neighborhood primary care center. 


Treating the Sickest Patients

The death of a patient provides Ann with some perspective during her first go round in the Medical Intensive Care Unit.


Return to the Community Clinic

Ann faces her second rotation in Einstein Healthcare Network's outpatient clinic, and the realization of how much she still has to learn. 


Life on the Night Shift

Ann adjusts to the different rhythms of the overnight shift, and acknowledges that she is enjoying herself occasionally.


Life and Death Moments

A cardiac care unit rotation has Ann participating in emergency codes and tough conversations with the families of patients.


The Final Phone Call

In the last episode in the series, Ann looks back at how far she has come and offers advice for those following behind her.

Bonus Episodes


Hitting the Wall

In this extra episode, we explore how residents can cope with the inevitable feelings of burnout.


Battling the Pandemic

The program leader details the efforts to keep residents mentally strong as they faced one challenge after another.


Life Behind a Mask and Shield

Ann looks back at the early traumatic days of the pandemic and how it shaped her views as a physician.



Ann Vachaparambil, MD

1st Year Resident

Dr. Vachaparambil grew up in Albany, NY and attended Penn State University and Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University through a combined accelerated program. She is in her first year at Einstein Healthcare Network's internal medicine residency program and has not yet settled on a specialty. Dr. Vachaparembil comes from a medical family. Her younger brother is currently working his way through the same combined accelerated program, while her older sister attended Drexel University College of Medicine and is currently doing her residency at Emory University.

Glenn Eiger, MD

Program Director

Dr. Eiger is Program Director of the Internal Medicine and Preliminary Medicine Residency Programs at Einstein Healthcare Network. He is the Associate Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia and Associate Professor of Medicine at Sidney Kimmel Medical College - Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Eiger is a member of the Division of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Eiger completed his residency and chief residency at Beth Israel Medical Center and his fellowship in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Chest Physicians. He has been named Top Doc by Philadelphia Magazine.


A Resident's Journey provides an inside look into the training that goes into shaping caring and compassionate doctors. The podcast is produced by Einstein Healthcare Network's Corporate Marketing and Communications Department in association with independent podcast producer Bill Fantini. Einstein is the largest independent academic medical center in Philadelphia.

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