HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL INTERVIEW 5
Internal medicine is the specialty that wasselected for the interview. Internal medicine is the specialty thatdeals with diagnosis, treatment and prevention of adult diseases.Internal medicine doctors and experts are called Internists.Internists focus on diagnosing, treating and providing compassionatecare for adults (Miller et al, 2009). Internists use theirunderstanding of the human anatomy and physiology to perform theirduties. For one to be an internist, they should dedicate at leastthree years of their undergraduate and postgraduate studies todiagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect adults. This group ofdoctors should not be confused with interns because they are at amuch higher level of the medical profession. To explore more on thespecialty, I interviewed Gupta Gandhi, an internal medical doctor.
Contact information of the interviewee.
South East Hospital, Florida
Email: [email protected]
Interview Questions and Responses
Why did you choose to be an internist?
Growing up in India, I experienced many adultsfall ill with no money to take them to the hospital. They stayed athome until they recovered or died. I always wished I could help but Ihad no means. I promised myself to work hard in school and be adoctor to help similar cases. That is why I am here today.
How long have you been in this profession?
(Hesitates a little) I have been an internistfor around 15 years now.
What do you like best about your job?
I like this job because of many reasons. Numberone, it gives me a sense of purpose on this earth. I wake up everyday knowing that I am headed to my place of work to help fellow humanbeings. The job is also challenging, hence keeping me on my toes.Every day, I experience new cases, some of which I have neverencountered in my whole medical career.
How do you help influence the decisions of your patients?
Sometimes, when a patient is diagnosed with alifestyle disease, they may be reluctant to shun their old habits. Insuch an event, I always give them the full information of what theyshould do if they intend to get better or reduce the effects of thedisease. I also point out the possible effects if they do not adhere.I then let them make a decision.
What are the three determinants that help patients access your care?
This hospital is cheap and therefore accessibleto many patients seeking medical care. The hospital has a goodpublicity program. We are known to be among the most professionalhospitals in the region. Finally, our diagnostic and care givingfacilities are modern therefore more reliable.
What do you think of the current healthcare legislation and how does it impact your job?
The current healthcare legislation does notconsider the poor in the society. Many people that are in need ofhealthcare cannot visit hospitals because they cannot afford healthinsurance. The situation makes it hard for us to save people that arein need of our services.
What do you think the future of this profession holds? Are you excited?
More people are joining this profession,bringing in more expertise with them. The future looks bright becausemore internists will help reduce our current workload.
What is the current health trend that you are experiencing?
The rate of obesity- related diseases isincreasing quite fast. The number of obese people diagnosed withcardiovascular diseases has doubled the figures that I used toexperience in the last decade. We need to do something before itbecomes catastrophic.
Gupta, J. (Personal Interview, November 23, 2015)
Miller R.A., Pople H.E., Myers, J.D., (2009).Internist-I, an Experimental Computer-Based Diagnostic Consultant forGeneral Internal Medicine. NewEngland Journal of medicine 307(6):468- 478.