Why did you become a pediatrician?
Atonement. Prior to going to medical school, I spent almost 10 years working in the pharmaceutical industry. I realized that I was going to spend the rest of my career learning about medicines and studying how physicians decide to treat specific diseases. I decided that I could continue to devote myself to helping huge, highly profitable multinational corporations become richer, or I could do something that might actually help real people. I guess I wasn’t a match for Pharma.
I say that I didn’t “pick” pediatrics, it picked me. In my third year clinicals, I insisted on doing pediatrics first, trying to avoid too many GI bugs and snotty noses… My first ward patient was a child abuse case involving a 3 month old. Needless to say, this was humbling.
My then fiancé (now my wife, Jade Helm; sommelier, writer and educator) knew I would do pediatrics before I did. She noticed that I always talked about the kids I had seen that day, even through Family Medicine, OB, and Surgery.