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Katherine Fu

Graduate Education Representative
2019 - 2021


Hi! I’m a PGY3 psychiatry resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center who was first introduced to the American Balint Society through its Enid Balint Essay Contest, where I was invited to read my 2018 submission at the ABS 3rd National Meeting. There, I had my first taste of Balint groups and the palpable warmth of the Balint community. I was hooked from the beginning!

Since starting residency, I have had to navigate several difficult changes, namely transitioning from student to resident. I was confronted with systems-based obstacles and patients’ interpersonal stressors that evoked feelings of hopelessness and inadequacy as a provider. I turned to therapy and writing as outlets, but it wasn’t until engaging in Balint work that I found a group of like-minded individuals who also sought greater meaning with their everyday patient/physician interactions.

As the graduate education representative to Council, I will bring the resident voice to Balint and promote needed Balint training, diversity, and scholarship to new groups of resident physicians.

 


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