Meigra Myers Chin, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine
Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
- What is your most memorable moment of teaching?
I don’t have a single moment, although there are moments that stand out in my mind along the way. I teach medical students (in various roles) from their first through fourth years, so I get to see quite a few through all the way…and I think that one of the most satisfying, if not memorable, moments in teaching is seeing that evolution from a wobbly first-year to a self-confident, organized fourth-year student. It is gratifying when you hear back from a student that they remember learning something from you.
- Who or what is your biggest influence?
I was very privileged to train under some of the best of the best at Bellevue, not just attending faculty, but residents and fellows as well. I’d have to say that the true sense of integrity and duty to patients first that I learned there is one of my biggest influences.
- Any advice for other clerkship directors?
Get your faculty invested in your students. There can be a tendency to focus on residents more than students, or EM-bound students more than all students if you have a required clerkship like we do. Faculty need to remember that these are the kids who will be taking care of our patients (and us!) down the line. One of my main goals for my clerkship is to give all students a clearer understanding of what EM does, why we are great at what we do, and that in the future, when we wake you up in the middle of the night for a consult, we are doing it for good reason!
- What is your favorite part about being an educator/director?
I’ve had a lot of first-year students assigned to follow me in the ED and then come to me down the line to tell me that they’ve decided to pursue EM. That makes me feel great.
- Any interesting factoids you would like to share?
I was an atypical student, back in school as a single parent with an undergrad BFA in theatre and absolutely zero science background when I started my pursuit of medicine. I think I will always have a soft spot for the outlier students and their individual circumstances because of the way I came up. “Wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking.”—Antonio Machado