Our chief residents – Drs. Awad Hirpara, Jeff Kim, and Libby Wang – were fascinated to learn more about our second-year resident Dr. Abraha, known as “Samru”, and asked her these questions:
Where are you from, and where did you attend college and medical school?
I am from The Bronx, New York. I attended college at Cornell University and medical school at Weill Cornell Medical College.
What made you decide to pursue anesthesiology training at UCLA?
I decided to come to UCLA for my anesthesiology training for a number of reasons. I knew I would obtain great training at UCLA and be a well-rounded, highly competent anesthesiologist by the time I finished residency. I was impressed that CA-1s were involved in complex cases early on in residency. I appreciated that the CA-3s I spoke to during my interview were confident in their skills, knowledge, and endorsed gradual autonomy throughout their residency. I also came to UCLA because of the friendly vibe of the program and the hospital. I knew I would be a part of a family here. After my interviews with the program directors, I instantly knew they would look out for me both as a resident and an individual. Lastly, as a New Yorker who had never moved outside of the state, I was looking for a new experience and figured any place where I can eat lunch outside, all year round, would be a great place to complete residency!
What do you like to do in your free time in LA?
Since moving to LA, I have picked up snowboarding as a new hobby. With LA so close to multiple ski resorts, it makes for the perfect weekend trip. I also enjoy going to the beach, hiking, wine tasting at nearby vineyards and – when the pandemic allows -- going to comedy clubs, open-mike nights, and art museums.
What plans do you have for life after residency?
I’m still deciding on post-residency plans. Completing subspecialty rotations during CA-2 year will help me decide between working in general anesthesiology versus completing a fellowship.