Slice of Resident Life - Megan Chan, MD


Name: Megan Chan
Hometown: Honolulu, Hawaii
Medical School: Saint Louis University, MO
Professional Interest: Gastroenterology, Academic medicine/Medical education

What was the most inspirational thing you witnessed while working at the hospital? I was taking care of a chronically ill sickle cell patient who seemed to spend most of her life living in a hospital due to frequent admissions for sickle cell crisis, volume overload, sepsis, etc. It was inspirational to see her mom dedicate her life to taking care of her without ever losing hope and it motivated me to provide the best care possible.
One thing I wish I knew before starting the Residency Program…Residency is the quintessential balancing act. My time management skills were put to the test when trying to balance work, research, medical education, loved ones, friends, and time for myself. It’s important not to be consumed with work and to make time for things that make you happy.
What was the most difficult thing during your intern year? I started intern year in the MICU and losing patients despite the team’s best efforts was a humbling experience.
At work I always remember to say good morning to my team. It’s important to start the day off positive!
At work I never leave notes to do at home. It’s a way for me to separate my work life from my home life.
Favorite residency event? Put-in-Bay intern class trip at the end of the year! Otherwise, the Summer Picnic — I loved being outside with friends.
What’s the average day like for you?
An average Medium call day on Dworken (gastroenterology) as an Intern…
5:30 a. m. (more like 5:45 a.m. after several snoozes) - Wake up to my cat pawing me for food. For myself, some breakfast and a cup of tea.
7:00 a.m. - Pick up sign out from night float.
7:10 - 8:00 a.m. - Pre-round on all my old patients. Look up and see any new patients assigned in the morning.
8:00 a.m. - Rounds with the general GI attending, calling consults, placing orders.
11:00 a.m. (if Tues or Thurs) - Intern morning report.
12:00 p.m. - Noon conference, usually with lunch provided.
1:00 p.m. - Double check my to-do list and place any additional orders. Discharge patients. Start working on daily progress notes. Admit any new patients.
2:00 p.m. - Rounds with the liver attending and possibly the liver transplant team.
3:30 p.m. - Finish notes/admissions/dispo planning. Triage any acute issues happening on the floor. A cholate break almost always happens sometime in the late afternoon.
7:00 p.m. - Sign out to night float and head home!
What’s the best advice you’ve been given? “Just do your best.” I think it’s easy to second guess yourself or be overly critical if something goes wrong. But no one can predict the future and doing your best in that moment is all anyone can ask for. So put your best foot forward and take pride in your work.

How would you describe Cleveland to somebody who has never been here? An up-and-coming, reasonably affordable city with lots of restaurants and greenery! Summers are great with lots of outdoor activities and festivals, but winters are quite long and cold.
What neighborhood you live in? Shaker Heights, right near Shaker Square.
What are some of the spots to go to fall in love with Cleveland? Severance Hall, West Side Market, Shaker Square Farmer’s Market.
Your favorite spot for a coffee: Honestly, I’m not a coffee person. BUT Dewey’s in Shaker Square has coffee and buy-one-get-one-free ice cream cones every Tuesday!
A quick bite around the hospital: Einstein’s bakery and Wolfgang Puck. Indian flame just across the street for delivery!
Dinner with friends: Pacific East on Coventry.
Shop: Beachwood mall. Although I’ve been meaning to make it out to Aurora Premium Outlets about 30 mins away.
A night on the town: East 4th street

Cope with sleep deprivation: Sleeping in on days off is one of my most favorite things to do. I also keep a bag of chocolate in my purse as a pick-me-up—come find me and I’ll share!
Get to conferences on time: Prioritizing and being efficient. I think of conference as my education time so I make every effort to attend the lecture in full. Knowing what needs to get done before conference and what can wait for after conference helps get me there on time.
Avoid burnout: Do something for yourself every day. It’s important to unwind and re-energize for the next day. Don’t sacrifice what’s important to you, whether that be family, friends, pets, etc. There’s enough time for everything if you make time.

East Side or West Side: East Side!
Staying in or going out: Going out to restaurants with friends, otherwise staying in and snuggling with my cat on the couch watching TV.
UH or VA: There’s something about being at UH that I love. But the VA has a sweet resident lounge stocked with snacks and food.
Grand Rounds or M&M: M&M
CICU or MICU: MICU—variety of sick patients, great opportunity for procedures, excellent nurses and lots of support from the Pulm/Crit fellow on service
Lease or buy a car in Cleveland: I bought a car in medical school and drove it over.
Own or rent a house in Cleveland: I’m currently renting but I have friends who own. Shoveling snow off my own driveway has not yet made it to my “willing to do” list.

On my bucket list to see the Northern Lights.
I can’t live without my phone and chapstick.
Fun fact most people don’t know about me I grew up picking mangos from a pirie mango tree in my backyard.
When I’m not on call you will find me going for a run, shopping, eating, and likely driving to Dayton, OH, to see my boyfriend if it’s a Golden weekend.