Iftiar Chowdhury – Chief Resident, Quality & Patient Safety
"My first name is ASM Iftiar, I go by Iftiar. The ASM are my grandfather’s initials whom I never met. He died before he met any of his grandchildren so my father and his brothers have named all their sons beginning with ASM to honor and remember him. I was born in Chittagong Bangladesh and lived there until I was seven. There life was simpler and easier but limited. My parents sacrificed it all to give my younger sisters and I the potential to further ourselves and immigrated to New York City in 1997. Life was difficult when we first arrived. Although I have no accent, english is my second language, something I did not learn until 2000. Despite my late upbringing, I whole-heartedly identify myself with my growth, development, and experiences in the U.S.A. I was fortunate enough to attend a combined, accelerated program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. I really enjoyed my six years in KC, MO where I met some amazing people. By the way it is true that KC has the world’s best barbecue. When I interviewed at IU, I felt very comfortable. I remember my interview with Dr. Goldman where we spent a significant time discussing video games and other forms of stress relief. I have enjoyed my time at IU with the 4-hospital system and the diversity of knowledge I have been exposed to, including Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. I chose to apply for the chief residency in that field as I see it as burgeoning field in medicine where it’s importance and ability to improve patient care is slowly but surely being recognized. As chief, I am excited about the learning and teaching opportunities, working together with others towards common goals, and advocating for our residents. In my spare time, I enjoy watching my favorite teams (I am a huge fan of the NY Mets), cooking, biking, gaming, reading about various topics (history, airplanes/airlines/airports), traveling and just spending time with friends and loved ones. I am still considering hospitalist vs. fellowship for the time being but know that I want to focus on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety regardless of what field I pursue.".