Five Questions with PGY4 Naveen Sharma

Naveen Sharma and his WifeDr. Avee Champaneria, PGY3 and chief psychiatry resident at Central Regional Hospital, recently talked with Dr. Naveen Sharma, PGY4 and chief psychiatry resident at the Duke Psychiatric Outpatient Clinic, about Sharma’s background, residency experience and plans for the future. 

Champaneria’s Q&A was recently published in “Residency Digest,” a monthly publication by and for Duke Psychiatry residents. The Q&A below was adapted from the digest.  

Champaneria: Tell us a little about yourself. 

Sharma: I was born and raised in Michigan, in a suburb of Detroit, and I graduated from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a degree in biomedical engineering. I switched to medicine and joined Case Western Reserve University for medical school, and I got a chance to enjoy the lovely city of Cleveland. 

Milo: Part lab, part goofball.I married my wife around the time I graduated from medicine, and our time at Duke has been wonderful. We also have a rescue dog named Milo who is a black Lab/goofball mix. When I have free time, I play basketball and music, hang out with friends and watch TV.

Champaneria: What has been your best residency experience? Do you have any residency pearls to share? 

Sharma: Being at Duke grants us a lot of great opportunities to network with world-class experts in many fields. This is something that is very powerful and I definitely encourage other residents to maximize these opportunities whenever they can. 

In terms of residency pearls, I would say keeping an open mind and humility in learning are essential. This includes being willing and able to acknowledge our weaknesses and our strengths, and valuing the input of colleagues and attendings. 

Last but definitely not least, my co-residents have been very supportive and incredible friends. Being able to meet people from so many backgrounds has been an amazing and enriching experience.

Champaneria: Do you have a favorite attending? 

Sharma: I don’t, and that’s because every attending/supervisor I’ve interacted with has contributed to my growth in a unique and important way. I couldn’t have asked for better teachers.

Champaneria: Are there any cool projects you’re working on now? 

Sharma: I’m working on a few projects right now. First, I’m reviewing the history of the mental health systems and its interface with broader health care systems, primarily in the United States but also globally. I’m also working on a project related to correlations between scores on the Psychiatry Residency In-Training Examination and interest in biological psychiatry. And finally, I’m helping to develop and distribute a reading list to residents for mentorship and broadening our exposure to learning materials.

Champaneria: Where do you see yourself in five years? 

Sharma: Working a fulfilling and diverse job that allows me to balance personal and professional life.

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