Jose Carlo Esteban Jose Carlo Esteban, PA-S

An elderly woman from China, who spoke little English, sat across from me and listened attentively to my counseling points of her new diagnosis of diabetes mellitus type 2. Her teenage grandson sat beside her and listened just as attentively.

He was writing down almost everything I said — which medications his grandmother would be on, how often she would need to check her blood sugars, what specialty visits she would routinely need to attend, what labs needed to be monitored, and what red flags to look out for that warranted urgent medical attention. It certainly was a frenzy of information, yet the grandson confidently spoke up with any questions that came to mind, and then translated anything his grandmother needed to address.

As I listened to the boy, his active yet mature engagement sparked memories of my own earliest footprint in health care. It was not too long ago that I, too, was wearing the same shoes as the patient’s grandson for my own grandmother.

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Eric Maier Eric Maier

Name: Eric Maier

Position: Administrative Assistant

Division/Program in department: Employee Occupational Health and Wellness (EOHW), Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Start date: Feb. 5, 2019

Where I worked prior to accepting this role: Most recently I worked at Lenovo as a Human Resources Administrator and prior to that at Credit Suisse as both a Human Capital Analyst and a Presentation Specialist.

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Maria Trescony Maria Trescony, PA-S

I couldn’t help but think of the great irony I was embarking on during my first day working as a nursing assistant in a nursing home during college. The residents that wheeled and shuffled around before me were a far cry from the young, healthy athletes I dreamed of working with as a physical therapist when I started college. I chose the field of health care because I looked forward to seeing sick people get healthy again, and, being an athlete myself, I couldn’t think of a better way to help people than to see injured athletes healed and returning to their active lives again.

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Jessica Lapinski Jessica Lapinski, DO

As family medicine residents, we have the unique opportunity to rotate and work with a wide array of specialists. This is akin to the clinical rotations that medical students go through, though the experience is a bit different given you take more onus for patient care. Additionally, there is less drive to impress people and get a “good grade,” so you see things through a slightly different lens.

For the majority of my rotations, I have enjoyed working with my specialty colleagues and have learned a lot — a tidbit here and there that will allow me to practice full scope, evidence-based family medicine. However, there is one trend that I have noticed and continue to run into: the “talking down” about other specialties.

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Mansi Shah Mansi Shah, MD

It took interviewing in three specialties for me to realize that family medicine was the place for me. I think that ultimately, I would have found purpose and fulfillment in many specialties. However, I am thrilled that I found a home in family medicine. There is a unique joy that comes from caring for people from birth until death and from building relationships with families over time. I feel very fortunate to have been able to pursue my passion for reproductive health by training in abortion care as a resident and, next year, by completing a family medicine obstetrics fellowship.

In the spirit of celebrating family medicine and my journey through medical training, I’d like to share my personal statement from when I applied for residency.

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