Resident Spotlight: Dr. Rachel Gougian, National Family Medicine Resident, Washington, D.C.

Dr. Gougian is a second-year resident in The Wright Center’s National Family Medicine Residency program and is currently training at The Wright Center’s partner-site, Unity Health Care, in Washington, D.C. She, along with three of her second-year colleagues, already signed on to continue her career with Unity Health Care after she completes her residency training with The Wright Center.

Hometown: Pepperell, MA

Family: My immediate family includes my parents, Greg and Susan, and my three sisters Rose, Ruth and Rebecca. My household consists of myself, my boyfriend Andy and one adorable cat named JoJo.

What led you to The Wright Center? I chose The Wright Center because the Teaching Health Center concept fit well with my personal goal to become a strong outpatient physician. The Wright Center’s program at Unity Health Care in Washington, D.C. was a perfect fit because I wanted an urban lifestyle and a connection to a diverse patient population.

What led you to study Family Medicine, specifically in a Community Health Center (CHC) setting?

I have been primarily interested in Family Medicine since before medical school because of the direct impact that primary care can provide patients. For five years, I worked in the health insurance realm (for commercial and later a Medicare/Medicaid only company) and became very aware of the health disparities that exist due wealth, education and access to care. Being a family physician allows the chance to truly impact, educate, encourage and direct patients in a way that a corporate job never could.
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Most important lesson you learned while in residency: If medical school teaches you how to memorize and study, residency teaches you how to work. Doing well in residency means starting each day in a structured way and completing a hundred tasks in an efficient and productive manner so that you can end the day without a messy desk.

Most rewarding aspect of being a physician: It’s very rewarding to have patients return to clinic in a better state of health due to impact of medical interventions and other remedies as the one in this Vedda Blood Sugar review online. There’s no bigger sigh of relief than when a patient with uncontrolled diabetes registers an A1c = 6.5, or when a patient comments that your recommended treatment completely resolved their symptoms.

Favorite part of Washington, D.C.: Museums and events, I especially love all of the Smithsonian galleries – which are free to enjoy –  and I highly recommend a new local art venue called Artechouse.

What inspired you to accept a position with Unity following residency? For me, the decision was an obvious one. I am committed to serving in National Health Service Corps, which allows me to focus on underserved populations and had the unique opportunity to continue in the community that I’ve been treating throughout residency.

What advice would you give to an aspiring physician? Be committed to your dream and get used to all of the challenges and obstacles that you will encounter without letting it weigh you down. Whether it’s a particularly difficult test or a clash with your preceptor, each one of these experiences is temporary. You’ll pass dozens of tests that seemed impossible and you’ll eventually wave goodbye to every rotation. It’s all worth it!


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