Get to know Sathvik Shastry, MD, transitional year resident.

Career goal: Neurologist

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

I think the most important reasons why LVHN stands out among all the residency programs across the country are the camaraderie between attendings and residents, and a strong focus on education. The attending physicians who practice medicine here are world class and have trained at top places, but they can be some of the most down-to-earth human beings to work with. It’s honestly humbling to be alongside such inspiring people, and it really makes for a great hospital culture.

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

I think the wide variety of electives and exposure we get during our transition year is awesome. You can literally be on the infectious disease service one week and the cardiac ICU the next week. It’s a little bit of a whirlwind, but every new experience has been welcoming and you really get to feel like you are part of the team. Our administration has been amazing – if there is an elective or a specific interest in medicine you want to pursue, they make it happen.

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

I’ll never forget my first day of work and the first patient I took care of as a resident physician. It was such a surreal experience to introduce myself as the doctor and make my own treatment plan. It’s a crazy feeling to see yourself come this far and finally be in charge of your own patients!

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

My biggest piece of advice is to listen to your gut when you are looking into residency programs. You probably will get good training at any hospital, but the great programs are ones that encourage collaboration, promote resident wellness and properly take care of their colleagues. Trust the process and trust your instincts.

What does it mean to be a resident at LVHN?

Being a resident at Lehigh Valley Health Network means I am part of a community that strives to treat their patients like their own family. We practice meaningful medicine here, and we concentrate on building a strong foundation for the rest of our career, but we also like to prioritize having fun and friendship.

Transitional Year Residency

Learn more about LVHN’s Transitional Year Residency program.

Program overview