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The heart of a heart doctor


Ileana L. Pina, M.D., a cardiologist specializing in transplant and ¬†heart-failure patients, and ¬†associate chief of cardiology at Montefiore Medical Center, in New York City, talks about what’s good and bad about practicing medicine these days.

She answered these questions from MedPage Today:

1. “What’s the biggest barrier to practicing medicine today?

2. “What is your most vivid memory involving a patient who could not afford to pay for healthcare (including meds, tests, etc.) and how did you respond?

3. “What do you most often wish you could say to patients, but don’t?

4. “If you could change or eliminate something about the healthcare system, what would it be?

5. “What is the most important piece of advice for healthcare providers just starting out today?

6. “What is your ‘elevator’ pitch to persuade someone to pursue a career in medicine?

7. “What is the most rewarding aspect of being a healthcare provider?

8. “What is the most memorable research published since you became a physician and why?

9. “Do you have a favorite medical-themed book, movie, or TV show?

10. “What is your advice to other physicians on how to avoid burnout?”


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