Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Health Simplified and Expanded

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

Health Simplified and Expanded

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For the past 30 years, July 1 has been a time of "new beginnings" for me. On this date in 1989, I started the first day of my pediatrics internship at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center. On July 1, 1990, I became a second-year pediatric resident and helped train the incoming interns (for a very good article on the importance of supporting and encouraging residents, I recommend "LET'S GIVE THOSE NEW RESIDENTS A LITTLE CREDIT...." by Edwin Leap at medium.com).

More recently, July 1 was not just a new beginning but a re-inventing of myself. In 2018, I left the comfort and security of a very well-paid employed position as a pediatrician and joined forces with other like-minded Physicians on a mission to help "save" health care from the bureaucracy it has become. We regularly travel to Washington, D.C., to meet with legislators, as we did in April when a white paper (an abridged version of its premise is featured in this month's PO) was presented to a bipartisan audience.

As I look back on the 30th anniversary of starting my medical career, I am proud of the progress I have made. I feel a bit like I did my intern year.. .but just (a little) older and wiser!

Now employed one week per month at one of the best children's hospital in the country, the rest of the month is MY OWN. I no longer answer to those who put profit over Patients.

I became credentialed as a telemedicine provider and love the flexibility of being able to work from home, "seeing" Patients from the comfort of their own homes or workplaces. …

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