Specialty Secrets: Pediatrics

Name: Dr. Ruchika Jain, MD

Specialty: Pediatrics

Undergraduate degree and university you attended: When I lived in India, I went straight from high school into medical school.

Medical School Attended: Maulana Azad Medical College in New Delhi, India

Residency Program Completed: Pediatrics Residency at Rush Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical Center in Chicago, IL

Why did you choose your specialty?: I have always loved working with children!

Where do you currently work?: Ambulatory Clinic and Newborn Nursery

Program you’re currently involved in: AnMed Family Medicine Residency Program in Anderson, SC

What are your daily roles within your program?: I am the coordinator for the ambulatory pediatric rotation for residents and medical students. I teach/supervise 3rd and 4th year medical students, as well as family medicine residents, who are rotating through ambulatory pediatrics.

According to definition, “Ambulatory care (outpatient care) is medical care provided on an outpatient basis, including diagnosis, observation, consultation, treatment, intervention, and rehabilitation services. This care can include advanced medical technology and procedures, even when provided outside of hospitals.” -Wikipedia

What are your thoughts on the USMLE STEP exams?: It has been a very long time ago for me! I used the study guides at the time that helped, as well as doing a lot of practice review questions.

What was your favorite study technique in medical school?: I made good notes during the class lectures, and supplemented them with the textbook readings! I also did a lot of practice review questions.

Final advice for current medical students: This is the best time in your life to build a strong foundation for your medical knowledge and future career. Don’t shy away from the hard work. Ask a lot of questions. Don’t be afraid to try new things. Read more about what you see and learn each day. Build good work habits and ethics now – they will last you a lifetime! Good luck!

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