Assistant Professor of Vascular Neurology
Providence, Rhode Island
Field is rapidly evolving with better and faster ways of treating stroke patients. Neuro-regeneration is another horizon worth pursuing for vascular neurologist. Demand is high with a limited supply of well-trained professionals making one well sought after.
Always was interested in neurosciences but true inspiration came in medical school where neurology was all about playing sherlock homes. I felt that when the whole hospital had no clue about the diagnosis, they called neurology. I wanted to be that guy. That's how I ended up in neurology. During residency I found vascular neurology to be fast paced and there was a huge demand for stroke neurologists. This combined with passion for the impossible led me to do fellowship in vascular neurology. Medical school, neurology and nowadays fellowship are prerequisites for the position.
Rounding on the stroke unit with my team of residents (trainee physicians) takes up most of the day when I am on the rounding schedule. There are days when I am not rounding on the stroke unit. Those days I do stroke prevention clinic where I see the patients discharged from the hospital as well as complex stroke patients referred to me by other physicians. I also take calls from residents at night time to help them making decisions about complex stroke patients urgently.
The timeliness of care delivery and accuracy of diagnosis.
Recovering patients specially when they walk back to your clinic.
No body recovers from a stroke which is untrue. In fact most of our patients do.
Slightly formal but not the suit kind formal. Just business casual. There is a level of respect and seriousness the patients expect from their physicians which is reflected in our demeanor.
Be brave and pursue the passion. You have to be passionate to be part of this field. Hard work and commitment to excellence will come in handy.
Study more and be focused. I don't really see a whole lot of mistakes I made. Just some fine tuning but I think I did well and achieved close to my potential.
There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.
Martha Graham, choreographer
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