I knew I wanted a specialty where I would be able to spend time with people and keep relationships going over a long period of time. So that limited me to either primary care or possibly psychiatry, and eventually I concluded that I wanted to really work with the whole person, including their mental health and physical health. And I wanted to know people across all age spectrums and stay in touch with them for many years. And that limited it down to internal medicine and general primary care, which is what I eventually chose.
I particularly like when my patients develop trust in me and when something comes up with their health that I’m the person that they turn to. That kind of depth of relationship and intimacy that develops between me and my patients is probably the part of medicine that I enjoy the most.