ABOUT ME

Howdy! My name is Rishi. I’m the founder of RK.md, a small corner of the Internet dedicated to my musings on medicine and technology. I consider myself to be simple, inquisitive, fiscally conservative, socially liberal, and the stereotypical nerd. 🤓

I’m a combined clinical fellow in critical care medicine and adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology at Brigham & Women’s Hospital – Harvard Medical School. I enjoy mentoring aspiring healthcare providers to become insightful and compassionate members of this profession.

In my free time, I enjoy programming, sports, investing, automotive engineering, and video games. 🙂

PURPOSE

The word “doctor” comes from “docere”, the Latin for “to teach.” From my days in grade school, I have always loved teaching. Something about the process of learning complex topics, distilling them down to the basics, and being able to educate others has become a source of joy in my life. I find myself learning things for the purpose of teaching – whether that’s distributing notes, procedural skills, drawing diagrams, or just providing advice about things which worked for me and mistakes I’ve made – I cannot see myself outside of an academic world.

We’ve all had influential educators in our lives who showed patience when we were unsteady, guidance when we were lost, and supportive reassurance when we failed. Using these traits, I ultimately want to apply my knowledge base and skillset to teach approaches to care for the critically ill in the intensive care unit (ICU) and operating room. Furthermore, I want to emphasize the importance of patient safety and quality improvement using technology and humanism.

One can either be miserable learning material for an exam or learn the same material for teaching and patient care. I’ve found the latter to be a much more fruitful endeavor. I hope this passion to educate others continues to fuel my own study habits, appreciation for other disciplines in healthcare, and overall improvement as a physician every single day. 🙂

EDUCATION

I graduated early from Katy Taylor High School (2002 – 2005) and then graduated early from Houston Baptist University (2005 – 2008) with two bachelor of science majors in chemistry and biochemistry molecular biology. Here are some of my collegiate activities/accolades: Alpha Epsilon Delta (Chapter President and Webmaster), Alpha Phi Omega (Mr. APO), Alpha Chi Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa Honorary Leadership Society, Society of Physics Students, South Asian Student Association, Student Foundation

After a gap year of teaching MCAT preparatory courses, I matched to my dream medical school, Baylor College of Medicine, and earned my doctor of medicine (MD) degree in spring 2013. Here are some of my med school activities/accolades: Admissions Committee Student Co-Chair, Surgical Corps Co-Founder, Emergency Medicine Interest Group, Student Research Society, Gold Humanism Society Member

I then matched to my first choice of categorical anesthesiology residency and stayed at Baylor College of Medicine from 2013 – 2017. My residency activities/accolades included: Chief anesthesiology resident, Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, Top 10% ABA Basic Exam, Gertie Marx Award (outstanding performance in obstetric anesthesia), Robert D. Dripps Memorial Award (outstanding graduate resident in anesthesiology)

In April 2016, I accepted an out-of-match offer from Brigham & Women’s Hospital – Harvard Medical School to complete a dual fellowship in critical care medicine and adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology beginning in July 2017. I’m currently completing these fellowships. 🙂

GADGETS & TOYS

I built Zeratul in December 2016 as the successor to the Overmind and Tassadar. I wanted to build a powerful yet compact workstation using the ITX form factor with software flexibility and support for high definition gaming. Zeratul runs the latest version of Windows allowing me to seamlessly balance productivity, gaming, entertainment, and everything in between.

Artanis is an 11″ 2015 MacBook Air I purchased in March 2015 and use for tasks requiring more computing power or flexibility than my tablet can provide. Although I’ll never purchase an Apple desktop, I have to give props to their notebook line. They’re elegant, reliable, and very consumer friendly! I plan to stick to their compact line of notebooks for the foreseeable future, since I always have my desktop for more power intense tasks.

Dabbling in the Android tablet arena over many years, I never found the experience I was looking for. It was time to expand my realm of mobile platforms to include iOS, so I purchased the 32 GB iPad Pro in January 2017 with an Apple Smart Keyboard and ultimately an Apple Pencil to round out this powerful, portable device. It’s definitely my go-to at work or while studying.

Android is the largest mobile platform on the planet, and I’ll always be a loyalist to the Nexus/Pixel lines of smartphones. These devices are built for developers and allow users to experience Android as Google sees it – pure, fast, secure and functional. The I’m running the beta channel of Android (currently 7.1.2) on this 32 GB “really blue” Google Pixel (purchased November 2016) and thoroughly enjoying the seamless integration of software with hardware.
Here are the other smartphones I’ve owned (starting with the most recent): Google Pixel (current), Huawei Nexus 6P, Motorola Nexus 6 (backup), HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Motorola Droid Bionic, Apple iPhone 4 16GB, Motorola Droid X, Motorola Droid, BlackBerry Tour 9630, Samsung Omnia i910, LG Voyager VX-10000, Palm Treo 700w

I never thought I’d get into the smartwatch market, but after prices had dropped due to expanding consumer options, I purchased a Moto 360 with stainless steel band in April 2015. I’m notorious for leaving my smartphone on “silent”, so the smartwatch is constantly notifying me about missed calls, texts, emails, social media messages, etc. It also gives me a quick overview of my day and helps keep track of fitness metrics too! 🙂

Music is such an important part of my life. I’m always listening to something while studying, on my commute to work, at the gym, and even around the apartment. For years I opted for cheap, in-ear buds which kept falling out, hurt after continued use, and in retrospect, had horrible sound quality. I’m not a hardcore audiophile, but after buying these Bose QC 35 headphones in September 2016, it’s hard to use anything else. They’re comfortable, the noise-cancelling technology is unrivaled, and they sound fantastic! The fact that they’re wireless (bluetooth) was also incredibly important to me as cords were constantly getting pulled during my workouts and commutes. The price point is high, but like they say, you get what you pay for! 🙂

This car is a toy I’ve owned longer than anything else on this list, and through the years, I’ve tinkered with its engine, suspension, electronics, battery, radiator, alternator, pumps, brakes, wheels, headlights, and interior to expand my knowledge about cars by living as a pseudo-mechanic. It’s also one of my primary outlets of stress relief after a long shift. Here are some posts with tweaks to the car. (link here)

ABOUT RISHI

Harvard critical care and cardiothoracic anesthesia combined clinical fellow seeking to improve medical education and patient safety with technology and quality initiatives. Learn more about me and feel free to drop me a question!

29 COMMENTS

  1. Excellent blog! I’ve been followig for about a year now and am in my anesthesia prelim year. Your positivity is certainly an asset, however I would love to see a post about frustrations/obstacles you have encountered while transitioning from PGY-1 to CA-1 and how you’ve overcome those. Keep up the great work!

    • I really appreciate the readership (especially from a fellow anesthesia resident!) I’ll be sure to write a post about that topic in the coming days – as you can imagine, the obstacles are substantial at the beginning… but we all get through it! =D

  2. LOVE this page and your blog! It’s amazing with all of these gaming consoles that you have time to study 🙂 Can’t wait to see a eventual review(s) of electronic medical records software systems that you encounter… unless you’ve already done that. I’m really surprised you don’t have an iPad listed here!

    • Thank you Andrea!! I haven’t actually had time to review any EMRs, but I’ve used several both inside and outside the Texas Medical Center. In reality, I wish there could be a single, universal EMR (hosted by Google, haha) to centralize all of a patient’s information in a secure manner. This would make life significantly easier for both patients and their physicians.

      As for the iPad, let’s just say that this page hasn’t been updated in a while. 😉

      • Yes, EMRs still have a LONG way to go before they can truly exchange patient information to improve the quality and safety of patient care among providers/hospitals/etc. Most of the information is still just contained in individual EMR silos that only that provider or hospital sees. I think Google actually tried to build an EMR and piloted it somewhere, but I think it was a miserable failure as I recall.

        Healthcare IT adoption is a ridiculously slow process – and a big part of the problem is just resistance to change. I guess even big EMR incentives aren’t enough to persuade all docs to adopt. We’re getting there very slowly though… obviously the younger docs will only practice WITH an digital charts, so in order to attract younger docs to a group, an EMR is absolutely essential. Still shocks me how many groups aren’t getting that!

  3. Cool website man..I’m a tech savvy medical student myself… We should have an interweb medical pow-wow!! I dig the blog and content! Have u ever considered radiology???????

  4. Greetings,
    Thanks so much for your review of the water softening system. I found you by chance on the internet, and have enjoyed your site and having a brief introduction to you. As a medical family, ( Husband is an Ortho MD ) you give us hope for the future of medicine in this country. It has changed so drastically since my husband finished his residency thirty years ago. God Bless you, and I am proud that you represent this profession of Medicine so beautifully.

    • Thank you so incredibly much for this comment! I had a long shift on the GI consult service today, but your words gave me a renewed sense of motivation. 🙂

  5. You were my tour guide during my interview day (Dec. 11th), haha. I think I e-mailed you over the summer upon finding your blog via sdn. Small world.

    • Small world indeed. 🙂 Let me know if you ever have any questions regarding BCM, and best of luck to you this application cycle. Thanks for the comment!

  6. Rishi-

    I am a medical student at UT Houston who recently discovered your website. I also tend to be a student who rarely puts forth a genuine effort to study, despite a tradition of perfectionism. It is inspiring that you are not only having similar experiences at med school, but are persevering – it gives me hope. I only wish I had known about your website while I was applying. Maybe if I had submitted my TMDSAS the day it opened, I too could have gotten into Baylor. 🙂

    It was refreshing to read your blog for its non-medical insights as well. With the debate in this country so dominated by the liberal media elites, it is rare to find news sources that are not tainted by the socialist propaganda – and young people willing to admit not only that they are conservatives, but also Republicans. It isn’t fair that the same 40% of poor people who exist off of the federal dole, like tape worms in the gut of America, are now demanding we pay for their Viagra too.

    Keep up the good work.

    PS: Your quote is cool, it reminds me of the great Dolores Umbridge.

  7. Hi Rishi you are truly a tech savvy medical student. Hard to believe that you are a Medical Student not a Computer Geek. Got your comment on my site thanx for your kind attention.

    • Thanks Vinay! Haha, it was a tough decision between IT and medicine, but after years of weighing where my strengths really are, I felt my calling was more in the latter profession. 🙂

  8. Hey Rishi,

    Your quote caught my attention and intrigued me. Its wonderfully said and is so realistic. Its truly a learning experience for me. Your quote is one comprehensive package describing potent elements of success and peace and kudos to you for the contribution you have made. Also your website is fascinating.

  9. i didn’t know that you are a conservative. i was an independent at first but this 2008 election have made me more conservative. the liberal media and democratic party were all in the tank for obama. I can’t quite associate myself with the republican party right now b/c they are all over the place. hopefully they can pull it together and win in 2010.

    keep up the good work.

  10. Haha, I appreciate the thoughtful comment, but it’ll take years upon years of training and experience to come even close to achieving the accomplishments of medical legends like Dr. Carson and Dr. DeBakey. Gives me something to strive for. 🙂

  11. Nice website man, I mind find some clues to your whereabouts now, the elusive man eating beast that is never and always around

  12. Rishi, just wanted to let you know that I commend you in your achievements and always find you website welcoming, beaming with new angles of knowledge and even humor. You seem to me, the person I might have been, had I not become so full of myself and become arrogant and lazy, which is the supposed “curse” of “talented” students. Mind you, I have learned from my mistakes and have humbled down quite a bit. It is better to receive a comment that I am smart, than for me to tell someone that I am these days. I know that you have humility and are very easy going. I guess, what I am trying to say is, don’t fall like I did.

    As for you website, well, I think it would be cool if you could put some anatomy images, MRI images, surgery images, etc., since you are a Med student. It would seem more appropriate, Mr. HBU! Anyway, best of luck, man.

    And remember, the main idea is to keep the main idea the main idea.

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