Name: Dan Kobe, MD
Hometown: Westlake, OH
Medical School: Northeast Ohio Medical University
Professional Interest: Cardiology and Critical Care
RESIDENCY PROGRAM EXPERIENCE
What is the most important thing you learnt during residency? There’s plenty of time to continue to do what you enjoy. Sure, we work a lot. But this does not mean you have to sacrifice what's important to you.
What is the key to being a good patient advocate? Just always remember, “The patient is why I’m here.” I had a medical school professor who always used to say this. It’s easy to get caught up in our own personal and professional goals. However, the patient is the reason we are all here.
In the moments of self-doubt, how do you build yourself back up? I look at each blunder/ misstep as a learning opportunity. I’m not perfect but I know I can improve in the next situation. We are here to train. And I’m a firm believer that we learn more from our mistakes than our successes.
What is the best way to find a good mentor? Find someone who is compatible with you on both a professional and personal level.
What should new interns look forward to when starting the program? The people! I told so many applicants on interview days that I felt the interview season is such a gamble. It’s a one day snapshot of the next three years of your life. However, the people at UH are amazing. My co-interns, co-residents, and attendings are brilliant, very kind, and genuine people. As cheesy as it sounds, coming to work is sort of fun.
The biggest misconception about the intern year is that you work non-stop. This is not true. There is such a great balance to the whole year. Just when you feel burnt out after a four-week stretch of inpatient, you have elective time, ambulatory time, or vacation time next to refuel.
The one thing you absolutely should do during your intern year is get plenty of sleep. I find myself sleeping more during intern year than medical school. Sleep when you can. Rest is a good thing.
The one thing you should avoid during your intern year is not speaking up. Ask as many questions as you want. Question everything. If you’re not satisfied with an answer, pursue the answer on your own.
Favorite residency event? I love a good resident happy hour at the Fairmount. Try a Dublin Mule (not that I’m condoning alcohol consumption…)
A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE AREA
How would you describe Cleveland to somebody who has never been here? It’s the perfect city. Plenty of things to do and plenty of places to eat. This city has really nice people who are unbelievably loyal to the LAND. In full disclosure, I am a native Clevelander so I might be a tad (just a tad) biased.
What neighborhood do you live in? Little Italy. (Arguably, I live too close to the hospital.) However, I am a westsider. West Side > East Side.
What are some of the spots that capture the essence of Cleveland? Ohio City/Tremont. I highly recommend you spend a free day exploring these neighborhoods. Lakewood is another great city with plenty of things to do. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Quicken Loan’s Arena, home of the Cleveland Cavaliers – you have to go to a game at least once.
Your favorite spot for a coffee: This is lame but I love getting Starbucks every morning from the cafeteria.
A quick bite around the hospital: Pilfering graham crackers from the Seidman nutrition rooms.
To impress a date: Taco Bell on Euclid. If she’s impressed by this, she’s a keeper. If you’re trying really hard, Luca.
A night on the town: Cleveland has so many great restaurants and bars. The new east bank of the flats is great. Tremont has great places to eat. Something new is constantly opening.
Recover after a long call: In no particular order, sleep, eat Mitchell’s ice cream, and watch Netflix.
Stay on top of discharge summaries: Just do them the day you discharge the patient. And do them while you are still at work. Try to update the hospital courses on days when you have more free time. This makes the day of discharge so much quicker and easier.
Avoid burnout: Find balance. I personally like having alone time at the end of the day. I feel like I spend so much time at work interacting with others it’s nice to go home and unwind quietly. For others, they prefer to work out or hang out with friends. Find what works for you.
UH or VA: UH
East Side or West Side: West Side.
Staying in or going out: Staying in.
Grand Rounds or M&M: M&M.
Pizza or Tacos: Pizza.
Scrubs or White Coat: Scrubs. Who would say white coat?!?!
Lease or buy a car in Cleveland: Walk.
Own or rent a house in Cleveland: Rent.
On my bucket list: traveling to Slovenia and Croatia.
Bad habit: I have a huge sweet tooth…
I can’t live without Burt’s Bees chapstick.
Fun fact most people don’t know about me is well, this isn’t that fun but I have three wonderful siblings. Chris is a Med/Peds resident up in Minnesota, Katie is a Peds nurse at Metro, and Liz is starting medical school next year.
Favorite thing to come home to after a long day at work? Read primary literature. Jk…. Although that’s cool too. I like to talk to my family on the phone and work out.