Slice of Resident Life - Jacob Sadik, MD


Name: Jacob Sadik
Hometown: Fox River Grove, IL
Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Professional Interest: Gastroenterology

What’s are the most important things you’ve learned about residency? There is always something new to learn every day. Taking that extra time to research an unfamiliar topic in the context of patient care is critical to making the most of your residency experience. Residency has also reminded me that I can make confident decisions and be strong for my patients and their families in tenuous situations.
What should new interns look forward to when starting the program? Meeting our UH family! Fellow co-interns, residents, faculty and staff will be your lifelong friends and colleagues!
The biggest misconception about the intern year is that you’ll never see the light of day. Despite Cleveland winters, it happens!
The one thing you absolutely should do during your intern year is take a selfie with your co-residents on the UH helipad!
Favorite residency event? Bronson’s Day!
What’s the average day like for you? I am in the MICU right now. On an average day, I arrive around 7:00 a.m. and pre-round on my patients. “Radiology rounds” happen at 8 a.m. in the back of the MICU, where the team, attending and fellows review imaging on each patient. At 8:30 a.m., walking rounds start. New patients and sick patients are presented first. Rounds usually end around 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Much of the workload is completed between 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Post-call residents leave in the morning. “Helper” residents cross-cover patients and assist on-call residents. Helper residents usually leave the hospital around 5:00 - 6:00 p.m., depending on how hectic the day has been. On-call residents admit throughout the day until the night float resident arrives. From this point forward, the admissions are divided between the admitting resident on call and the night float resident.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given? An excerpt from a newspaper article that I read while I was in high school: “The world does not owe you a living. You owe the world something. You owe it your time, energy and talent so that no one will be in war, in sickness and lonely again. Get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone. You are important and you are needed. It is too late to sit around waiting for somebody to do something someday. Someday is now and that somebody is you!”

How would you describe Cleveland to somebody who has never been here? A city just hitting its commercialization stride. It’s an exciting time to be here!
What neighborhood do you live in? Lakewood
What are some of the spots to go to fall in love with Cleveland? I fell in love with Cleveland on a Sunday at the West Side Market (said everyone in Cleveland who’s ever been there). It is truly a unique shopping experience and historical treasure in the heart of Ohio City. Expect nothing less than high-quality meat, produce and pastries sold by friendly, local vendors.
Your favorite spots for a coffee: Starbucks on Clifton and Einstein Bagel Bros in the hospital (for the hazelnut coffee).
A quick bite around the hospital: Wolfgang Puck (bring back the turkey rotisserie cobb salad!)
Brunch: Too many to name, but here goes…
1) Lucky’s, which is an amazing farm-to-table brunch locale in Tremont featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
2) Inn On Coventry. Some of my greatest residency memories stem from post-call conversations here!
3) Market, for feel-good brunch-y bar food in Rocky River.
To impress a date: Severance Hall to watch the Cleveland Orchestra (it’s also a cheap date if you’re the house doc for that evening…)
A night on the town: West 25th all the way. Have dinner at Crop, another farm-to-table bank turned restaurant with cathedral ceilings, popcorn apps and a private eating area in the bank vault. Then go to Market Garden or Great Lakes Brewery for tasty microbrews and Porco for a Polynesian tiki drink on the patio during the summer. Top your night off with some ice cream at Mitchell’s!

Cope with sleep deprivation: Exercise regularly, when possible; it makes a HUGE difference in your overall energy level. Make your sleep count (e.g. dark room, quiet, shower before bed, etc).
Stay on top of discharge summaries: Do them on the same day if possible. They build up faster if you wait. Make a running list.
Get out of the hospital on time: Develop an organized, personalized system for your day. If it works, do it every day.
Avoid burnout: Reflect on the moments where you’ve truly made a difference in someone’s life. Pursue interests and cultivate a life outside of medicine.

East Side or West Side: West side is the best side!
Staying in or going out: That all depends on the day and call.
UH or VA: Tie! UH provides exceptional inpatient subspecialty rotations, which are truly an asset to the program. However, it’s such an incredible experience to be able to give back to the vets who have sacrificed so much to serve our county.
Grand Rounds or M&M: M&M is an excellent opportunity to learn from our talented colleagues. It provides an environment that fosters beneficial change in systems-based practice and utilizes evidence-based medicine to enhance the quality of patient care.
CICU or MICU: MICU is my jam.
Lease or buy a car in Cleveland: Either works, as long as you have a car. Just watch out for the potholes.
Own or rent a house in Cleveland: In general, property value is great in Cleveland, so buying is not a bad option. Factor in your post-residency location in this decision.

On my bucket list vacation in the Mediterranean.
I can’t live without my family…and caramel/cheddar popcorn.
Fun fact most people don’t know about me is I play guitar!
When I’m not on call you will find me spending time with my partner, Eric, and my dog, Wrigley.