Spice of Life
Sybil Cineas, MD, isn’t bored. She speaks five languages. She travels abroad so much, she says, “I have to get the extended [passport]because I always run out of pages.” She even chose her specialty, combined internal medicine-pediatrics, with variety in mind. “One of the things I really liked about the med-peds training [at Harvard]is that I would have the option to do just about anything,” she says.
At Brown, her many responsibilities—serving as associate director of the Medicine-Pediatrics Residency Program and assistant director for the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) in the Warren Alpert Medical School’s Primary Care-Population Medicine Program; teaching and mentoring med students and residents; and treating patients of all ages in the Medicine Pediatrics Primary Care Clinic—make her days interesting, not hectic. Cineas likes to mix things up for her students, too.
The LIC helps them understand that medicine is more than diagnosis and treatment: “They really get to care for patients in a longitudinal fashion and … experience the health system much more so than in traditional settings.” Students see another side of the system when they participate in the monthly med-peds refugee clinic. “There are patients who have a very high need, and it’s such a struggle to navigate the system,” Cineas says. “Some of them might have never been to a doctor or understand what a refill means.”
As weighty as her work can be, Cineas strives to leave it behind at the end of the day. “When I come home, I want to feel like, ah, this is home,” the Providence resident says. “This where I relax, not where I finish my EMR notes.”