The View from Halfway

Meeting milestones at six months

So much accomplished—yet so much ahead to do. Jason Lappe, MD, is halfway through the first year of his fellowship at Cleveland Clinic, and he is building an impressive track record already. He has cared for several hundred intensive care unit (ICU) patients and performed more than 200 procedures. What’s next? Dr. Lappe reflects on some milestones at work and at home with his 3-month old daughter. 

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Halfway through my first year, and I can’t believe it. As this milestone approached, I admittedly wavered between excitement over how much had been completed and concern over how much was left. The path here has certainly been a compilation of highs and lows. However, as I look around and see what has been accomplished, it is pretty remarkable. Coming into Cleveland Clinic, I was in awe of the upper-level fellows and their ability to confidently provide emergent late-night consults, perform a stat echo and direct patient care based on their findings. Over the last few months, the person being called is more frequently me or one of my first-year colleagues; and the decisions and saves are no less remarkable. 

Jason Lappe, MD

Jason Lappe, MD

I keep a list of all the patients I care for and the procedures I perform. For those who work here, the volume is of no surprise, but looking this list over I am shocked to see several hundred ICU patients, nearly the same number of echocardiograms and over 200 procedures. The next six months will certainly have a lot in store for me. 

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On a personal note, my daughter is already 3 months old. She is smiling, cooing and on the verge of breaking into a giggling fit. It is amazing watching her discover the world.

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