Get to know Khushbu Gandhi, DO, psychiatry resident.

Career goal: To become an inpatient child and adolescent psychiatrist

“Trust your instincts. Go with the training program that fits you, your goals and personality best.”

What makes your LVHN training program different from others across the country?  

The people! From attending physicians to house staff, LVHN colleagues are some of the most welcoming and wonderful members in the community. Everyone is dedicated to providing the best education and learning experience possible for their residents, fellows and medical students.

What has been the most unique part of your training experience so far?

I am very grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the second class of the Psychiatry Residency program and one of the first females in the program at LVHN. It is incredible to be contributing and to be shaping this new program to ensure that myself, my co-residents and future residents will become highly-skilled and compassionate psychiatrists.

What is one memory you have from your training so far that will stick with you for your career?

One memory that will stick with me throughout my career is my first patient encounter on the first day of residency. I walked into my patient’s room and introduced myself as Dr. Gandhi. Though it seems small, this one introduction seemed so powerful and significant. This title encompasses years of education, hard work, and love and support from my family, and I was proud to introduce myself as ‘doctor’ for the first time.

What is one piece of advice you would share with someone as they select a training program?

Trust your instincts. Go with the training program that fits you, your goals and personality best.

What does it mean to be a resident at LVHN?

Being a resident means I can be part of an immaculate team of doctors, nurses and other health professionals who provide the best care to the Lehigh Valley. I’m excited to start my journey as a psychiatrist with the LVHN family!

A day in the life of a PGY-1

Hi! My name is Khushbu Gandhi and I am a currently a PGY-1 resident, in the second class of LVHN’s Psychiatry residency program. As part of our first year, we spend two months rotating through Neurology. I have completed my first month at our Muhlenberg campus and I am currently half way through my second month at the Cedar Crest location.

My month at Muhlenberg followed this rough daily schedule:

  • At 7:30 a.m., I would meet with the attending for the week, along with the APC, to discuss patients and divide them between us. After splitting up, I would see my follow up patients and the new consults that I was assigned.
  • Around 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., I would meet up with the attending to discuss patients and go over our plan of care. We would then round on the patients together until lunch time. 
  • Lunch was spent in the Psych lounge with my fellow residents, where I would write notes, make calls to family members and follow up with members of patients’ clinical teams.
  • After lunch, I saw new consults, discussed them with the attending and then rounded on them together. We would finish rounding around 3 p.m. and then my day would end around 4-4:30 p.m. after completing notes and wrapping up any loose ends.  

My first month at Muhlenberg was a great first exposure to general inpatient neurology and allowed me to get my feet wet. The one-on-one interactions with the attendings allowed me to tailor my presentations and exam, and helped me understand the role of a Neurology resident. 

My month at Cedar Crest follows this rough daily schedule:

  • At 7:30 a.m., I meet with general neurology team to discuss and divide patients between ourselves. This team includes the senior neuro resident, one or two junior neuro residents, a rotating intern/second year and the medical student. After dividing the patients, we split up and see follow up patients, along with any new consults we are assigned.
  • Around 10 a.m., we meet with the attending and perform table rounds for about two hours. During these rounds, we each present our patients, determine our plan of care and address any concerns. The next hour is spent rounding on our patients with the attending.
  • We break for lunch around noon and attend any scheduled lectures during this hour. The afternoon involves finishing notes and seeing new consults. Additionally, we round on any patients that we did not see in the morning with the attending.
  • Our day ends between 4-6 p.m., after rounds and notes are finished, along with any other pressing matters. 

It has been a wonderful opportunity to work and collaborate with the neurology residents, who are eager to teach and provide guidance. As the service is larger than Muhlenberg, I have also had the opportunity to see a wide range of neurologic complaints/diseases. 

Overall, my experiences at both Muhlenberg and Cedar Crest have been terrific! I have gained a wealth of knowledge in the field of Neurology, which will be essential as a Psychiatrist, as the two fields are so intertwined.

Psychiatry Residency

Learn more about LVHN’s Psychiatry Residency program.

Program overview