A Day in the Life

Megan Single, MD

Megan Single, MD

Megan Single, MD
PGY-1

My background:

My name is Megan and I’m a Southern girl at heart! I moved around quite a bit as a kid, so I never really had one place to call home. I was born in Georgia, moved to Kentucky when I was 5, and then moved to central Florida at the age of 10. I obtained my degree in Chemistry at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, while balancing two full-time nannying jobs. I moved back to “My Old Kentucky Home” for medical school at the University of Kentucky, which is where I discovered my unexpected passion for psychiatry. I was one of those who was born to be a surgeon, or so I thought. My first rotation of third year, on the adolescent behavioral health unit, opened my eyes to the beautiful world of psychiatry. The more I reflected on myself and my experiences over the years, the more obvious it became that I was meant to become a psychiatrist all along. I am interested in both child & adolescent psychiatry and adult forensic psychiatry!

Why I chose UF:

During the interview season, I found it very frustrating when I would ask people how they ranked programs or chose the program they were at, and the answer was always the same, “I just had a feeling.” I’m here to tell you if you think it’s not that easy, you’re not alone! I had a really difficult time ranking my top programs and deciding which order to put them in; I debated on every little detail and discussed the pros and cons I can’t even tell you how many times. There were multiple places I fit in and thought I’d be happy, but I have to admit that no matter how much I went back and forth, there was indeed an unspoken feeling about one program, and that was the University of Florida. I have always tried to center my life around the concept of joy, and joy is exactly what I felt on interview day at UF…and in fact, I had a long deep conversation about joy with one of my interviewers! My interview experience at UF was by far the most unique, meaningful, and memorable of all and it was filled with special moments I will never forget. I was blown away by the sense of family I felt between faculty and residents, and how everyone seemed to genuinely care for each other. With my broad interests in psychiatry, UF offered all of the diverse experiences I was looking for, including rotations in child psychiatry, training in specific child therapies, experiences at the state psychiatric hospital caring for the severely mentally ill population, and of course a variety of other clinical experiences on inpatient units, consult teams, addictions, and clinic. I was also very impressed by the therapy experience that residents get during the third year, and how much the residents incorporated therapy into their daily practice. What trumped it all though was simply how happy the residents seemed, and how happy I could envision myself next to them. Two months in, I couldn’t be more thrilled that I chose the University of Florida Psychiatry and I am happier and filled with more joy than I have been in a very long time!

Typical day’s schedule:

The typical day definitely depends on the rotation you are on, but overall we have a great schedule. My intern year schedule allowed for a nice transition into residency and the perfect opportunity to get Step 3 of boards out of the way early! My first month was neurology at the VA, which I really enjoyed. I’d arrive around 8:00, pre-round on my patients, then we would round with the attending and spend the rest of the day putting in orders, calling consults, writing notes, and seeing new consults. The upper-level residents were extremely helpful, so I never felt alone in learning a new electronic medical record and “doctoring” for the first time. My second rotation was urgent care at the VA, which is basically a fast-track service within the emergency department where we see patients from about 8:30 until 4:30. While my attending was very supportive, he also gave me a nice amount of autonomy to build my confidence as a doctor, which was great as an intern! I am looking forward to my next few rotations, where I will finally get to delve into psychiatry during the day and come home from work to relax instead of studying for boards!

How I spend my free time:

I was lucky enough to meet a wonderful group of friends/co-interns during the first week of orientation who have made these first few months of residency a lot more fun! I spend most of my time outside of work hanging out with them, having game nights, discovering all of the delicious restaurants around town, and finding outdoor places to explore. I have started playing tennis since I moved to sunny Florida, so you’ll frequently find me volleying the ball back and forth with my friends after work, followed by jumping in the neighborhood pool to cool off! I’m looking forward to some day trips to the springs and beaches once the pandemic calms down!


Gabriel Jerkins, MD

Gabriel Jerkins, MD

Gabriel Jerkins, MD
PGY-2

My background:

I was born and raised in Vero Beach, Florida. I spent my childhood in Vero before coming to UF as an undergraduate and have stayed here ever since. I got my bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, attended medical school at UFCOM, and am now a PGY2 psychiatry resident here at UF.

​Why I chose UF:

Since I’ve been at UF since I was an undergraduate, I’m pretty familiar with the university and the Gainesville area. I have a lot of reasons for choosing UF- I like living in Gainesville a lot, I get along really well with the other residents here, and I’m not too far from my family in Vero. All that said, I think the main reason I chose UF was the strength of the faculty. As a medical student, I got to spend a lot of time with our attendings in the psych department, and I consistently found mentors and role-models in the doctors I worked with. At UF, I felt like I was surrounded by the kind of psychiatrist I wanted to become, and my time in residency so far has only solidified that feeling.​

Typical day’s schedule:

Although typical days vary from rotation to rotation, this month I’m working on the psychiatry consult service at the VA, which is a rotation we’ll usually spend at least a couple months on during our first and second years. Currently, I’m working with a PGY 1, PGY4, and a dedicated PA assigned to the VA psych consult service. Typically I get in around 8:00 AM, review patients in the hospital that I’ve been following (typically 2-4 depending on the census), pre-round and interview patients, and meet back in the consult room at 9:30 for rounds with the rest of the team. Round typically last 1-1.5 hours, with an emphasis on teaching by attending physicians Drs. Cheong and Martinez. Once rounds finish, I usually grab lunch spend the rest of the afternoon writing notes, and answering new consults as they come in, and am usually able to finish around up around 4-5 PM.​

How I spend my free time:​

Prior to the pandemic, I enjoyed spending time with members of both my program and in other residency programs here at UF, often making a point to meet up for trivia on Tuesdays after our afternoon didactics. COVID has certainly affected how I spend my free time, but recently I’ve been able to enjoy spending time with my girlfriend and our dog (Mr. Buttons), playing board games/computer games, watching movies, and of course, re-reading the DSM V cover to cover.


Robert Scholl, DO

Robert Scholl, DO

Robert Scholl, DO, MMSc
PGY-3

My background:

I was born in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe, Hessen, Germany, and grew up there until I moved to Florida at age 12. I attended the University of Florida for my undergraduate studies. I completed a Master’s in Medical Science at the University of South Florida and attended Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida.

Why I chose UF:

My interview and second look solidified my choice in UF. The residents I met were happy with their decision to attend UF and were very motivated to teach me about all their program had to offer. In retrospect, this was the most important reason because of the friendships and connections that ensued. I also chose UF because of its reputation as a leader in healthcare in Florida. Its healthcare system is renowned not only in the state but nationwide. Such an institution undoubtedly attracts instructors who are dedicated to excellent patient care and teaching the next generation of physicians. I found this to be true and the attendings I work with provide a wealth of knowledge that will have a lasting impact on me. The program also has many opportunities to succeed and learn including a solid inpatient and outpatient experience, research, didactics, community psychiatry, and grand rounds from presenters from across the country. Finally, a big decision of why I chose UF was couple’s matching with my significant other, Anne, who is currently in her last year of Family Medicine residency at UF.

Typical day’s schedule:

Third-year residents transition from inpatient and consult rotations as well as partial outpatient experience to full-time clinic duties. The clinic typically starts at 8am until 5pm. There are no longer call duties during this year. We typically see a maximum of 10 patients a day if they are all follow-ups. These appointments typically last 45 minutes which includes time to staff and write notes. New patient appointments are 90 minutes long. This experience gives us lots of one on one time with attendings and is a wonderful learning experience. We also start seeing psychodynamic psychotherapy patients and start lectures and supervision. There is much to learn during this year and the fact that we no longer take call gives us extra to study and solidify our knowledge. I also moonlight at our inpatient psychiatric hospital on the weekends to earn extra money.

How I spend my free time:

I spend my free time trying to stay active by working out, playing tennis, and teaching my dog JoJo new tricks. I love to travel. I play video games, watch tv and movies during my free time. I recently picked up oil painting during my third year as a hobby.


Elizabeth Soyeon Ahn, MD

Elizabeth Soyeon Ahn, MD

Elizabeth Soyeon Ahn, MD
PGY-4, Chief Resident

My background:

I was born in Seoul, South Korea, grew up in Atlanta and studied Sociology and Japanese at Emory University for undergraduate. I received an MD from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia.

Why I chose UF:

The people, and its reputation in academia.

Typical day’s schedule:

Usually, 8a – 5p because we do not have call duties after 2nd year. In the mornings, I help train interns, read, study for the board exam, look into fellowship programs, search for jobs, and fulfill my duties as a chief resident doing administrative work. Attendings allow me to take on a supervisor role as a junior attending on different services. In the afternoons, I participate in teaching, attend didactics, see patients in my continuity clinic or the Med Check Clinics. I can either choose to enjoy my full weekend off or pick up a moonlighting shift on Saturday or Sunday for extra income.

How I spend my free time:

Eat, relax, sing, go bowling, play tennis, and walk.