The reason I chose to focus on primary care when I went to medical school is because I was thinking about what type of medicine would be the most challenging. For me, that's definitely primary care. A primary care doctor has to help his patients deal with every kind of medical problem, and also mental problems, should they arise. So keeping informed about every aspect of medicine is a challenge, but that's exactly what I want to offer my patients.My favorite part of being a doctor is that I can actually make a difference in my patients' lives — and not just by diagnosing and helping them get through a major illness, but also by giving good advice on everyday things, like exercise and diet.
Saba University, Netherlands Antilles
Providence St Peter Hospital Family Medicine Residency, Olympia, Washington
While my first choice is always to spend time with my wife and kids, I've been known to go fishing or hiking in nice weather, and tinker in my woodshop and garage on those rainy weekends. I also spend time with an exercise video I have, since I don't mind looking silly in the privacy of my own home.