Name: Lindsay Meurer, MD
Hometown: Ashton, IL
Medical School: University of Illinois College of Medicine
Professional Interest: Gastroenterology, infectious diseases, academic medicine
RESIDENCY PROGRAM EXPERIENCE
What was the most inspirational thing you witnessed while working at the hospital? While working in the MICU, I admitted a patient following cardiac arrest on the floor. The MICU nursing staff and my colleagues in the MICU worked together exceptionally well to help resuscitate this critically ill patient who was found to have acute intra peritoneal hemorrhage with hemorrhagic shock requiring massive transfusion and vasopressor support. I was inspired by this outstanding example of teamwork.
What is the biggest sacrifice you have made in your medical training so far? Moving away from family. I have been fortunate to spend time with family each Christmas but missing other holidays, birthdays, graduations, etc. is tough.
What trait do you most admire in talented physicians? The ability to master the breadth of medicine and remain humble and compassionate.
One thing I wish I knew before starting the Residency Program is that you do not need to know everything. There will always be something new to learn and skills to improve.
What was the most difficult thing during your intern year? All of the “firsts.” Learning to adapt to your new role as an MD and continually learning new things was the most challenging yet rewarding part of intern year.
At work I always remember to smile.
At work I never forget caffeine.
What is the key to making the best of this Residency Program? Remember that we are all a team working towards the same goal of delivering high quality patient care while growing as physicians.
What is the one item somebody starting residency should absolutely invest into? A reliable vehicle. I decided to lease which has worked out really well given how accessible everything is in Cleveland.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given? Never narrow your differential diagnosis too early and avoid being biased by others initial impression.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE AREA
How would you describe Cleveland to somebody who has never been here? A little-big city with all the perks of a big city (professional sports, theatre, good food scene, shopping) but affordable and without much traffic.
What neighborhood do you live in? South Euclid – Lyndhurst
What are some of the spots to go to fall in love with Cleveland? The parks, especially Euclid Creek and Edgewater, East 4th Street, Westside Market, The Flats.
Best kept secret about Cleveland is the sports scene. Two national championships since I have started training here! Now it’s the Browns turn to follow in suite.
Your favorite spot for a quick bite around the hospital: Wolfgang Puck, Ninja City, Chipotle, Panera
A good burger: Michael Synomon's B Spot
Dinner with friends: Pacific East
Great patio: Washington Place Bistro
Shop: Beachwood Place, Legacy Village, Eaton Place
A night on the town: Downtown East 4th Street
Cope with sleep deprivation: COFFEE, COFFEE, COFFEE, may substitute for Monster or Red Bull if especially desperate.
Get to conferences on time: Prioritize urgent issues. Call consults and place time sensitive orders on rounds.
Avoid burnout: Remember why you love medicine and reflect on the positive impact you make on patients' lives each day.
East Side or West Side: East
Staying in or going out: Staying in
UH or VA: Truly a toss up. I like the balance of both practice environments.
CICU or MICU: MICU
Sushi or tacos: Alternate
Lease or buy a car in Cleveland: Lease
Own or rent a house in Cleveland: Rent
On my bucket list: travel to Europe
I can’t live without my husband, Anthony
Bad habit: sweets, chart stalking from home
If you were given 3 additional hours a day, what would you do with them? Probably sleep or spend time with Anthony.
Fun fact most people don’t know about me is I grew up on a livestock and crop farm in a rural IL. I’ve helped raise horses, pigs, chickens, ducks, sheep, cattle, and more.
When I’m not on call you will find me trying to find some sunshine, trying out new restaurants, reading, taking my dog to the park or for a walk around our neighborhood.