Ian Motie, MD
Florida State University, Internal Medicine Residency
at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, PGY2
Why did you choose internal medicine?
As a child, I loved all things related to feeling like a detective. Whether they were Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew books, mystery films, or other pieces of media, I loved the idea of using different pieces of information, deciding what information is helpful, and ultimately solving the case. In some ways, I feel like internal medicine is the specialty that most encompasses feeling like a detective solving a mystery. Internal medicine places an increased emphasis on keeping a broad differential of diagnoses in a field of constantly evolving evidence-based medicine, which proves to be as challenging as it is rewarding.
What lesson(s) did you learn in residency that can help you for the rest of your career?
As a trainee, the feeling of “imposter syndrome” never fully goes away and is something that you must continually challenge and validate with the quality of care that you provide to your patients. As much as we help heal our patients, participating in their care also directly contributes to our growth as physicians.
What are your plans for after residency? Are you becoming a chief, going into fellowship, or starting as an attending? What factors or advice from mentors contributed to your decision?
I have been fortunate to be selected as one of the PGY-3 chief residents at my program. Afterward, I plan to pursue an infectious disease fellowship. My most formative moments in medical training occurred while being on the infectious disease service, not to mention the awe-inspiring work done within the specialty for patients around the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, I find that the infectious disease specialty best combines my passions for medicine and advocacy into one entity.
How has being a member of ACP helped you in your professional life? What resources have been most helpful to you?
Through ACP, I have met incredibly talented physicians whose work has helped inspire and inform my practices as a trainee. The resources available to internal medicine residents based on their year of training have also been invaluable. The modules available for PGY-2 residents are especially useful for interns who are transitioning into the role of teachers.