Why did you become a physician?
Becoming a physician was a path I chose with a genuine desire to make a positive impact on the lives of others, particularly children and their families. This aspiration was sparked by my own childhood experiences with a remarkable pediatrician who became a beloved member of our community. I remember the excitement I felt leading up to each office visit, knowing that it would be an opportunity to interact with a doctor who made everything so fun and enjoyable.
One vivid memory I have is of the treasure chest he had in his office. It was filled with small toys and trinkets, and every time I had to go through a medical procedure or even just a Environment for Graduate Medical Education at the University of Kentucky. My research interests revolve around physician well-being, ICU quality and safety, and critical care education initiatives in resource-limited settings. Through my academic pursuits, I aim to contribute to routine check-up, I had the chance to pick something from the treasure chest. This simple act of providing a small reward made a significant difference in how I perceived those moments of anxiety or discomfort. It helped alleviate my fears and transformed the experience into something positive and memorable.
Tell us about your educational and professional background.
In terms of my educational and professional background, I am currently a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care and serve as the Assistant Dean for Clinical Learning improving the field of pediatric critical care and making a positive impact on patient outcomes.
What are your interests outside of medicine?
Outside of medicine, I have a passion for audiobooks and podcasts, which I enjoy while engaging in outdoor activities like hiking or trekking. I also actively engage in volunteer work and community service, both locally and internationally. One of my significant involvements is training pediatricians in resource-limited settings to recognize and manage critically ill children. Combining my love for travel with the opportunity to make a positive impact allows me to contribute to the well-being of children and their communities.
Why did you join the Lexington Medical Society?
Regarding my decision to join the Lexington Medical Society (LMS), there are several reasons. Firstly, LMS provides a platform to connect and network with other healthcare professionals in the Lexington area, fostering collaborations and the exchange of knowledge and experiences. Additionally, LMS offers professional development opportunities, including mentoring programs and career development initiatives, which align with my interests and aspirations for growth. Lastly, I am particularly interested in the free counseling services provided by LMS, recognizing the importance of physician well-being and mental health support.