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Summer 2019

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PracticeLink.com S UMMER 2019 43 features TH e I NT er VI e W ISS ue ▲ ▲ ▲ MARCIA HORN NOYES A S T IFFANY Sh IA u, M.D., N e AR e D C o MP le TI o N of her medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College, née Jefferson Medical College, many people gave her advice about which specialty to choose. Often, the refrain went something like this: "Hey, I did this rotation in ophthalmology, and I think it would be a great fit for you." Shiau knew ophthalmology offered controllable hours and fewer night calls, two of the lifestyle factors physicians covet most. After all, it's the "O" in the so- called R o AD to happiness: radiology, ophthalmology, anesthesiology and dermatology. But when she finally decided on ophthalmology, she wasn't just banking on a catchy phrase or her colleagues' advice. She also considered her own experiences. "At Jefferson, we were affiliated with the Wills Eye Hospital, one of the nation's top eye institutes," Shiau says. "Everyone there was amazing. And as a medical student trying to determine what daily routines are like for different specialties — as well as determining how happy people are in their field — I spent time considering whether I could see myself hanging out with these people outside of work." After weighing all the factors, Shiau gave a resounding yes to ophthalmology. She assumed it would be a good fit for her personally and began her residency in Buffalo, New York. Four months later, she left the program and switched to internal medicine. "I came to realize that what other people say is just one input. In the end, it doesn't matter how people see me unless they really know me. Only then might they have a better chance of understanding what values are important to me," Shiau says. "During this soul- searching time, I asked myself a lot of questions: 'What PH YSICI A N, K NOW TH YSELF Identifying your best work environment starts with asking yourself these questions.

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