Resident life blog

October 2014 - Loving work and life in Richmond

Kyle Seedlock, M.D.
Pediatric resident

I've had some exciting new clinical experiences as a second year resident. A few memorable monents include working on the inpatient hematology and oncology service as well as the adolescent outpatient rotation.

My time on hematology and oncology was truly rewarding. I had the opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team on rounds that included the attending, fellow, chaplain, child life specialist, and social worker. The support system was incredibly helpful for team morale when dealing with tough decisions regarding palliative care and new diagnoses. While it was an emotionally challenging time, I felt able to develop close relationships with the patients and their families as we all worked together to come up with a plan of care.

I also enjoyed my adolescent medicine rotation. I got to work alongside the talented adolescent medicine attendings, Drs. Richard Brookman and Stephanie Crewe. This rotation really challenged me to flex my motivational interviewing muscle. By the end of the rotation, I felt very comfortable taking a HEADSSS history (Home, Education/Employment, Activities, Drugs, Sexuality, Suicide, and Safety) and talking to teenagers about safe and healthy lifestyles.

 Finally, it isn’t all about work - especially during all of the beautiful seasons here in Virginia! After attending VCU School of Medicine and continuing my training here at CHoR, I am still discovering Richmond and the surrounding area. Since we are centrally located in the state, it is very easy to get to the mountains or water depending on your preference. In July, I was able to go to Deltaville, a delightful boating town that is about one hour away from Richmond. Another great year round activity in Richmond is the South of the James Market. The market has awesome stands with local meats, eggs, vegetables, cheeses, and food trucks! My co-residents and I devoured some of Mrs. Yoder’s famous donuts while browsing the market this summer.

From exciting new clinical experiences, to making memories with friends, my second year of residency is off to a great start!

Photo: Reviewing charts with Dr. Crewe in the adolescent clinic.