DR. SACHIN KEDAR, NANOS AMBASSADOR AND 2019 MERIT AWARD WINNER
Sachin Kedar, MD, MBBS
Ophthalmology or Neurology? I am board certified in Neurology (ABPN), Ophthalmology (Medical Council of India) and clinical neurophysiology (ABPN)
What was the best clinical pearl you learned in fellowship?
I have a collection or pearls from my time with Nancy Newman, Valerie Biousse and James Corbett, but two stand out.
a. Insist that a transesophageal echocardiogram be performed in an embolic central retinal artery occlusion despite a “normal transthoracic echocardiogram”.
b. The other is a Corbettism “Everyone in the world has syphilis but you and me; I know about me but not about thee”, a comment made when I failed to test for syphilis in a 60 year old with papilledema, who as it turned out had neurosyphilis.
What are the top 3 things you’ve learned over the last 5 years?
- There is no such thing as a “perfect practice”; you have to adapt to the needs of your group and community
- Build or join an inter-professional collaborative group in your area of interest; it expands your horizon and it is lots of fun.
- Set aside and jealously guard personal or family time- it is not easy till you decide it is important for you
Tell us about your involvement with NANOS! Although I have volunteered on several committees, my primary involvement with NANOS has been in the education arm, more recently as Chair of curriculum committee. This was a natural fit for me given my background as residency program director throughout my academic career. I gained unique skills-set in each of these roles which has been professionally rewarding. More importantly, I made new friends, gained mentors, built collaborations and worked with some wonderful, like-minded members of the NANOS community.
What would you say to members who want to be more involved in NANOS? NANOS will let you explore, build and enhance your unique interests and skills-set, and also provide you mentors to be successful. Please reach out, we value your input.
What do you know at this stage in your career that you wish you knew when you first joined NANOS? If you have an idea or proposal for NANOS, do not hesitate to pitch. NANOS leaders are but a call/message/email/tweet away.