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Aug 26, 2020

Dr. Alia Chisty is the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Penn State Health Milton Hershey Medical Center. After completing her medical school from Stony Brook University in New York, Dr. Chisty completed her residency in internal medicine from Yale-New Haven Medical Center in Connecticut. Dr. Chisty is extensively involved in resident education and mentorship and has numerous publications related to designing curriculum to improve resident medical education.

As physicians, the expectations of day-to-day life often leaves us feeling bogged down. But what if we could learn to look at responsibility differently, and leverage it to create a more fulfilling life? Today, Dr. Alia Chisty teaches us how to bring deeper meaning to the work we do. How to recognise our privilege and use it to help others. With Dr. Chisty, we learn what it means to embrace a life of service. She leaves us with one question: What is our true mission? 

Pearls of Wisdom:

1. Embrace a life of service. It is a privilege to be a physician and when we stop thinking about me and start thinking about them, life becomes better.
2. Adopt a pay it forward mentality. Help others because you have experienced help yourself.
3. Believe in yourself. There is a reason we got to where we are at. We must stay on this path and we can achieve whatever is necessary to bring success and fulfilment.