Name: Aric Jordan Moran, MD
Hometown: Muncie, IN
Medical School: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Professional Interest: Med/Peds Combined Hospitalist
RESIDENCY PROGRAM EXPERIENCE
What was the most inspirational thing you witnessed while working at the hospital? A man, in tears, telling his dedicated family at bedside that he was exhausted and ready to go. He had fought so hard for them and endured more than I can imagine – I think partly because he was afraid they would think he was giving up on them – but, in the end, they accepted and supported his wishes and stuck by his side.
What is the biggest sacrifice you have made in your medical training so far? Time!
What trait do you most admire in talented physicians? Integrity
What was the most difficult thing during your intern year? The feeling that just when I get the hang of one thing, it’s time to move on to something completely different. It’s like having your first day of work every 2-4 weeks.
One thing I wish I knew before starting the Med-Peds Residency Program is navigating the culture change between Medicine and Pediatrics is, in my opinion, the most challenging part of Med/Peds. Grasping the sheer volume of knowledge is secondary to this in difficulty, something I did not fully appreciate in medical school.
At work I always remember to check my email.
At work I never stop learning.
What is the key to making the best of this Med-Peds Residency Program? Go with the flow. Med-Peds demands versatility, so learn to be versatile. When faced with something, try it yourself first, but don’t be afraid to admit your limitations and ask for help.
What is the one item somebody starting residency should absolutely invest into? A comfortable pair of shoes
What’s the best advice you’ve been given? The first step to taking care of others is taking care of yourself. It is easy to lose sight of one’s own needs in our profession. Ultimately, if we’re mentally and physically unhealthy we cannot deliver to the fullest extent.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE AREA
How would you describe Cleveland to somebody who has never been here? Cleveland is a mix between a Northeast and Midwest City with heavy Eastern European and Italian influence.
What neighborhood do you live in? West Flats
What are some of the spots to go to fall in love with Cleveland? The Emerald Necklace, Ohio City, Tremont
Your favorite spot for a quick bite around the hospital: Wolfgang Puck
A good burger: Tremont Taphouse
Dinner with friends: So many to choose from, but a go-to is definitely Barrio
Great patio: Treehouse
A night on the town: Depending on what you’re looking for, Tremont, the Flats, East 4th, or one of the many speakeasies (for example, this one).
Cope with sleep deprivation: There is no good answer for this. Sleep when you can.
Get to conferences on time: This is made easy. It’s a priority and expectation for both categorical programs in addition to the Med-Peds program.
Avoid burnout: Again, remember to take care of yourself!
East Side or West Side: West Side for life
Staying in or going out: I’m partial to staying in but never regret talking myself into going out
UH or VA: UH
CICU or MICU: easy, MICU
Pizza or tacos: tacos
Lease or buy a car in Cleveland: Buying is feasible. I already owned before I got here, so I’m probably not the best to ask.
Own or rent a house in Cleveland: My threshold was 4 years = buy. Build that capital!
On my bucket list: Rome
I can’t live without: good coffee
Bad habit: leaving the kitchen cabinets open
If you were given 3 additional hours a day, what would you do with them? Go outside more
Fun fact most people don’t know about me is that my mom’s sister is married to my dad’s brother.
When I’m not on call you will find me…with friends hopefully; but doing nothing on the couch is a close second.