Resident Representatives Reap Rewards
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
After attending the 2011 ASCP Annual Meeting in October 2011, Feriyl Bhaijee, MD, applied to become a Resident Representative. “The biggest appeal was networking particularly with medical students and with residents and pathologists from other institutions,” said Dr. Bhaijee, a second-year anatomical and clinical pathology resident at the University of Mississippi, Jackson, Miss. “The 2011 ASCP Annual Meeting was a great opportunity to meet more of my colleagues and learn more about the broader role of pathology in healthcare delivery.”
She participated in a special networking session for residents there who were interested in becoming volunteers, which further honed her professional development skills. ASCP Resident Representatives may explore different learning opportunities to improve their leadership and communications skills.
“I advise other residents to become involved with ASCP because it’s valuable experience for both personal and professional development,” Dr. Bhaijee said. “I plan to stay involved with ASCP Committees to improve my knowledge and stay abreast of developments in my field.”
When she applies for a gastrointestinal pathology fellowship in July 2012, some of Dr. Bhaijee’s applications will be sent to pathologists she met through ASCP networking opportunities.
By serving as an ASCP Resident Representative, Tapan Bhavsar, MD, PhD, has learned more about how other residency programs differ from his own at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. “That knowledge has helped me recommend changes for improvement to the residency program here,” said Dr. Bhavsar, a third-year resident.
Through presenting ASCP advocacy and resources, Dr. Bhavsar has improved his leadership skills. He strongly encourages residents to take the Resident-in-Service Examinations (RISE) as a marker for their progress in studying for the pathology board examinations, submit research abstracts at ASCP Annual Meetings, and apply for ASCP subspecialty grants.
Someday he would like to become the program director of a pathology program, and his involvement with ASCP is part of his career strategy to make his dream come true.
For details about applying to become a Resident Representative, go here. All ASCP Resident members in good standing and willing to commit to the roles and responsibilities of being a Resident Representative are eligible.