How My Niece Inspired Me to Become a Pediatrician

Third-year resident Dr. Samantha Langer shares the sweet story behind what led her to want to train at NewYork-Presbyterian.

Sloane was born on August 4, 2014, at 25 weeks and two days. She was in the NICU for 133 days, and I was a senior in college at the time. I️ had always known I️ wanted to do pediatrics, but after seeing how she was cared for, I️ knew that NewYork-Presbyterian Alexandra Cohen Hospital for Women and Newborns was where I️ eventually wanted to train. Fast forward all these years later, and I️’m now a third-year pediatric resident working in the NICU with some of the same nurses who took such amazing care of Sloane (and still remember her!).

Sloane is now 8 years old and as smart as can be. She’s loves basketball, soccer, and math. I have learned so much from everything that my family went through, and I️ aim to treat all my own patients and their families with the same kindness and empathy that was shown to them. Sloane is not only my niece, she’s my best friend, and I’m so honored to be able to train in New York City, so I can be with her and watch her grow up. Sloane is an amazing little girl, and I️ hope she can serve as an inspiration for others.

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