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Oct 28, 2020

Kirana Gudi, MD, is the Vice-Chair of Education and Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Weill Cornell Medicine, where she is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Gudi received her medical training on the Weill Cornell campus, where she earned her MD, completed residency, and she served as a chief resident. She then pursued a fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Gudi maintains an active outpatient pulmonary practice, attends on the inpatient pulmonary consult and ICU consult services, and is passionate about medicine and medical education.

Today, Dr. Kirana Gudi lets us in on her little secret: She has the best job in the world. She carries an infectious enthusiasm toward medicine, patient-care, and being an academician. We learn how important it is to pick the one subspecialty you love, no matter who tells you otherwise. She shares with us how leaps of faith, gaining new perspectives and vantage points, and relying on each other for support are what continually guide her toward meaning and fulfillment. There will be difficult days, and there will be challenges, but the opportunity to explore our love for medicine—and pass that love on to those that follow behind us—is a gift that spans generations to come.

Pearls of Wisdom:

1. A life of no challenge is not success. Success is more about how you navigate through the challenges that life presents in front of you.
2. While the decisions are ultimately ours, we need the gift of perspective from a team of diverse mentors to take the most step forward.
3. "Just do it. The toothpicks will rearrange themselves" - from your mentor (ICU director) who encouraged you to take on a new opportunity to advance your career knowing that at the end, things work out.