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Rishi Kumar, MD

Howdy! My name is Rishi, and 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 chief anesthesiology resident physician currently training at Baylor College of Medicine and will begin a pair of fellowships in critical care and adult cardiothoracic anesthesiology at Harvard come July 2017. I enjoy mentoring aspiring healthcare providers to become insightful and compassionate members of this profession.

  • Computers
  • Smartphones
  • Peripherals

Residency - Baylor College of Medicine (2013 - 2017)

Residency - Baylor College of Medicine (2013 - 2017)

Categorical Anesthesiology Residency
Chief anesthesiology resident, Society of Critical Care Anesthesiologists, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, Top 10% ABA Basic Exam

Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine (2009 - 2013)

Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine (2009 - 2013)

Doctor of Medicine (MD)
Admissions Committee Student Co-Chair, Surgical Corps Co-Founder, Emergency Medicine Interest Group, Student Research Society, Gold Humanism Society Member

Undergraduate College - Houston Baptist University (2005 - 2008)

Undergraduate College - Houston Baptist University (2005 - 2008)

Double B.Sc. in Chemistry and Biochemistry Molecular Biology
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

 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. Awesome blog! So glad I came across it. Trying for anesthesiology with fairly low scores, lets see how it goes.

  3. 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!

  4. 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???????

  5. 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. 🙂

  6. Hey Rishi..
    Cool website ! Interesting articles.. Impressive resume ! I’m a med student from Mumbai.. Keep writing !!

  7. 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!

  8. Hi! it’s me Sonia. You are a very intelligent person. How are you? Well I will talk to you soon! Happy Halloween!

  9. 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.

  10. 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. 🙂

  11. 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.

  12. You have a super cool, creative Web site!

  13. 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.

  14. 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. 🙂

  15. Rishi you are the Indian version of Dr. Ben Carson

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

  17. Wow, your quote is truly inspirational. Here’s another great one: “I’m in it to win it.”

  18. 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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