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Welcome to The Medicine Mentors interview series. Our mission is to create a platform for top physician mentors to share key insights, traits and best practices based on their experiences to guide medical students and residents.

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Jan 5, 2024

Natasha Chida, MD, MSPH, is the Myron L. Weisfeldt Professor of Medicine, Director of the Osler Medical Residency Program and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Chida earned her MD and MPH from University of Miami where she stayed on to complete her internal medicine residency prior to coming to Hopkins to pursue a fellowship in Infectious Diseases. A passionate clinician educator, Dr. Chida has served on many national education committees for the ACGME and Infectious Diseases Society of America. She is passionate about career development for physicians-in-training, the advancement of women in medicine, and how to best train residents and fellows in HIV care.

“Being intentional around what you want to accomplish is helpful because it prevents you from spinning off into something that you don’t really care about or want to do.” Today we learn the art of building our mission statement and the science of staying true to it with Dr. Natasha Chida, Director of Osler Residency Program at Johns Hopkins. Tune in as Dr. Chida shares tips on identifying our true north, utilizing the village of mentors around us, and most importantly growing with intention to get the most out of our training years. Ultimately “if you know what your mission is and if you feel like you’re fulfilling it, that to me is success.”

Pearls of Wisdom:
1. In order to make the right decisions you need to know your mission. Whether that’s been instilled in you since childhood or comes through new inspirations, balance is all about clarifying your mission. 
2. When figuring out what your mission is, look back at your best and worst days. Piece out what happened in both that made them good or bad. Seek out the activities that bring you joy and be sure to re-evaluate when necessary. 
3. In order to make the most out of any mentoring relationship, you must be intentional. Yes, they want to help you but you need to be able to define what you’re looking to achieve and proactively monitor that as they help you on the journey.