From as early as I can remember as a child, I have always wanted to become a doctor. You can look back at my workbooks from as early as Kindergarten, and when the questions comes up, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” the answer was always the same. It varied in specialty, sometimes a pathologist, sometimes a dermatologist, but it was always a doctor.
It was an easy profession to aspire to, growing up with a dad who was an ophthalmologist and someone who truly loved what he did for a living. Cataract surgeries playing in the background on the TV were a regular occurrence. Not many 7 year olds watch an eye surgery, but this was part of my upbringing. I was never grossed out by it and always found it intriguing. Since I had known I wanted to be a doctor since the age of 3, it only seemed natural to choose an accelerated program combining college and medical school into 6 years in order to speed up the process.
If I weren’t a doctor: I’d be a pool shark.
During the 3rd year of medical school is when we are finally able to go out into the clinical world instead of being stuck in a classroom all day. This is when I decided on OB/GYN as a specialty. I started out that year thinking that I wanted to be a Family Practitioner because I loved the idea of knowing a patient and following them throughout their lives and treating the whole family. What I didn’t expect was how much I loved my surgical rotation. I loved being in the OR and quickly realized that I had very good surgical skills (maybe from years of watching those videos). OB/GYN was my very last rotation of 3rd year and it was then I realized that it was the best of both worlds. I was able to get to know my patients, follow them through a pregnancy and see them back year after year for their annual exam. But, I can also be in the operating room doing hysterectomies and laparoscopies.
Now having been in this field for more than a decade, I am reassured every day that I made the right decision. I love getting to know the women I see day in and day out. I am humbled to be the person that gets to be present for the happiest day of a woman’s life on a regular basis. And, I look forward to the next decade of starting to meet the little girls I delivered as my new patients.
Likes: tennis, cooking (but mostly eating), spending time with my two wonderful children, volunteer work, dancing, and my guilty pleasure of the Bachelor and Bachelorette
Dislikes: traffic, horror movies and heights