Here we talk with Dr. Pinky Chugani, PGY-IV in Medicine-Pediatrics about her experience at UMMC, favorite hobby, and small things that make her day better. Dr. Chugani is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, attended Oklahoma State University for her undergraduate degree, and received her medical degree from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Why did you choose UMMC for residency?
I chose UMMC for residency because of the wonderful residents and faculty. During my interview I could sense how close-knit the residents were. I also got the impression of a strong supportive system amongst the residents and faculty. Some of the residents I met during my interview have continued to provide strong mentorship.
Tell us about a memorable experience from training.
There are so many to choose from but the most memorable one has to do with a patient encounter in clinic. For months we had been trying to taper Xanax and it was wonderful to watch how empowered my patient and the family felt once we were successfully able to stop it.
What is one thing you would tell the incoming interns about what is to come?
To keep in mind that you are not expected to have all the answers because if you did you would not be here. Residency is like a marathon that will test your physical and mental endurance so embrace the experience one stride at a time.
What could you give a 40 minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Cooking! I absolutely enjoy experimenting in the kitchen. It was a hobby I picked up during medical school as a stress buster and it has grown with me ever since. The creativity involved around it once you have learned the basics is fascinating to me. Did you know that is one of the few daily activities that engage all fives senses at once? You smell all the aromas, you touch different textures, you hear crackling, you see how the color changes during the process and you eventually taste your creation.
What are some small things that make your day better?
Coffee and Chocolates! Coffee runs especially with my team on house months always helped lighten up the mood and team building.
What profession would you have chosen if you weren’t a physician?
A Chef! Cooking to me is similar to medicine in that there is a level of art involved once you have learned the basics.