Choi Chung, BScPharm, RPh
One of the values that we believe in is helping patients make informed decisions through health promotion and education. One of our aims with this interview series is to bring awareness to the different healthcare professionals and health advocates around the world, and how they’re actively involved in bettering the lives of others!
We had the opportunity to interview Dr. Stacy Escobar. Check out the interview below as she talks more about her profession and how she’s actively involved in health advocacy!
#1 First off, thank you for agreeing to be interviewed. Tell us a bit about yourself!
Hello! Thank you for the opportunity for people to hear me out. I studied medicine here in Panama City, Panama, and I love movies, travelling, hang out with friends and family, and photography.
#2 Can you tell us about your role in your current practice setting?
Well, I’m just starting my first year of internship at the Hospital Santo Tomas, one of the best public hospitals in Panama.
#3 Can you tell us about the average day-to-day routine in your practice?
My internship starts on November 1st, and as for my day-to-day routine, it includes waking up, having breakfast, going to the introductions that the hospital is having for the new doctors, and making sure I get some exercise and sleep well – kind of like the last days of vacation.
#4 What inspired you to become a physician, and is this something you always planned on doing?
I’m glad you asked! When I was in school, I loved biology and chemistry, and I knew that I wanted a career that was related to them. I love kids, so I decided that I was going to be a pediatrician when I entered medical school. Then, my grandmother was diagnosed of diabetes mellitus, and she had a gangrenous ulcer on her foot, which doctors had to remove. Since I was just starting my career, I felt a little shocked, but instead of letting my frustration and fatigue get to me, I decided to put more effort into my studies and practice. Unfortunately, my grandma died in 2015, and I made a promise to provide the best care possible to all of my patients to help them get better.
#5 How do you manage your professional responsibilities while still having enough time to pursue your personal hobbies, like social media and cosplay?
You saw my cosplay! It was my first time doing it! I like to be organized in everything I do in order to avoid neglecting my responsibilities, so I only practice my hobbies when I have free time. I have always told myself that despite the time that medicine takes, you shouldn’t stop doing what you like.
#6 What is the most rewarding part of your practice? What keeps you motivated to continue doing what you do?
As a medical student, the most rewarding part was seing the patients smile, being thankful for my help, and seeing them getting better. Being able to give patients the hope and attention they need keeps me motivated.
#7 What is one of the top pieces of health advice you’d like to share with the public?
I have always told to my relatives and friends that we must take care of our health first; it’s the most precious thing we have. It’s what keeps us alive! We should all have a check-up with a doctor once every year to make sure our health is in good shape, rather than waiting to feel sick, or for things to worsen, before going to see a doctor.
#8 In your opinion, what is the greatest challenge professionals such as yourself currently face?
I have to say that one of my biggest challenges is staying awake during shifts. Doctors recommend sleeping 8 hours every night, but we don’t comply with this at all. It not only affects us, but affects our patients as well. When we’re tired, we’re less likely to perform at our best and are more prone to making mistakes. Another challenge is nutrition. Some doctors eat poorly each day because they don’t have the time to prepare a good meal, and have to eat everything very quickly. As doctors, we have to be an example for our patients – where they see doctors who have had adequate sleep, eat a well-balanced diet and get regular exercise.
#9 Where can our audience reach you if they have any further questions?
I would be happy to answer any questions through my personal email account for now (firstname.lastname@example.org), or through my social media (Facebook or Instagram @tathiznicole).