The ProspectiveDoctor Podcast

The Pre-Med Paradox: What You Need to Know About the Life of a Physician

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen talks to Dr. Amit Pandey, an Internal Medicine Hospitalist with SRS Medical Group in San Diego, California. They discuss all you need to know about the life of a physician, the benefits of being adaptable to change, and why every physician remembers their first code blue. 

  • [00:00] Introduction
  • [01:45] Who is Dr. Amit Pandey
  • [03:56] The Life of a Physician
  • [06:19] Memorable Moments in Dr. Pandey’s Career
  • [09:20] Do You Remember Your First Code Blue?
  • [12:15] What Dr. Pandey Wishes He Knew Before Becoming a Physician
  • [15:45] The Benefits of Being Adaptable and Open to Change
  • [17:40] What Dr. Pandey Would Do Different If He Could Go Back in Time
  • [21:15] Parting Thoughts

The Pre-Med Paradox

Dr. Pandey recently penned a book titled “The Pre-Med Paradox: What You Need to Know About the Life of a Physician.” The book aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the medical journey, from pre-med through residency, and becoming a physician. He shares the motivation for writing the book and how it can serve as a pseudo-mentor for students, offering practical insights into the experiential component of life in medicine.

Memorable Moments in Medicine

Dr. Pandey shares his most memorable experiences as a physician, highlighting one moment that will stick with him for the rest of his life—the first time he ran a code blue. This life-and-death situation became a pivotal experience, showcasing the high-stakes nature of hospital medicine and the collaboration involved in resuscitating a patient.

Reflecting on the Medical Journey

Valuable advice for those considering a career in medicine: be adaptable and open to change. According to Dr. Pandey, the journey to medicine is not a straight line. Your passions will change and so will your dreams. He emphasizes the importance of understanding the diversity within the medical field, both in terms of practitioners and career opportunities. He encourages aspiring doctors to explore various roles, specialties, and to keep an open mind throughout their medical journey. As a soon-to-be physician, focus not only on academics but also on exploring opportunities, having a balanced life-work routine, and embracing the ever-changing nature of your career.

Grab a copy of Dr. Pandey’s book on Amazon and reach out to him via Instagram and his Website for more details about his work. 

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Erkeda DeRouen

Dr. Erkeda DeRouen is a graduate of Hampton University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences, followed by completing medical school at the Boston University School of Medicine. She then completed residency at The University of Maryland Family and Community Medicine Program. After that, she worked at an underserved community health center, and currently is an Associate Medical Director of a telemedicine company. She recently became one of the first 1,000 lifestyle medicine certified physicians in the world! Her areas of interest include: health equity and eliminating health disparities, service of underserved populations, HIV management, transgender care, mentorship, and lifestyle medicine.

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