Dr. Ronvir Sangha
CA-2 Resident year
While I spent most of CA-1 year getting comfortable and confident in the OR with bread and butter cases, CA-2 year is all about new experiences and challenges via subspecialty rotations. I already knew I liked to do “big cases” after my neuro-anesthesia month last year, so I requested to front-load my year with liver and cardiac anesthesia rotations. That meant a summer of long days spent with complicated patients, but it was everything I loved about anesthesia in the first place! Plus, the hard work paid off with some great recommendation letters and a fellowship match by year’s end.
My days would start with a 5 AM alarm and a finely tuned morning routine that let me get to the ORs by 5:45 to start setting up (it helps that there is never traffic that early). After double checking I had the right central line kits and that my transducers were all zeroed (shoutout to the amazing morning techs that make set-up a breeze!), I hurry along to the 6:30 liver/cardiac lecture. At 7, I meet my patient, and by 7:30 we’re in the OR where the real fun starts! It’s hard not to feel good with invasive lines after a doing them so frequently over the month; I inch closer and closer to my goal of having the art-line, intubation, central line, swan all done within half an hour. The attendings for these cases are often 1:1 (no other OR responsibilities), so that leaves plenty of time for teaching and breaks. After dropping the patient off in the ICU, I check-in with board-runner to see if I’m needed to finish any other cases. If not, I pre-op my patient for the next day and head home, usually anywhere from 4-7pm depending if I’m on call.
There’s always something new and fun to do in Chicago, even on weeknights. One of my summer favorites is to walk down to City Winery on the River-Walk for apps and a drink (or two) with friends. Or if I’m feeling a quiet night in, I’ll order delivery to my River North high-rise (after taking way too long to choose a restaurant from the long list of nearby favorites) and do some light reading for the next day.