What does your job entail?
I help patients for both urgent care and primary-care issues on a walk-in basis. I joined Patient First as a staff physician and have been medical director at the Perry Hall center since 2012. As medical director, I am also responsible for all medical operations at the Perry Hall center.
What kind of schooling or training did you go through?
After graduating from Furman University, I earned my medical doctorate from the Medical University of South Carolina. I then completed a three-year family medicine internship and residency at the University of Maryland.
What inspired you to this career?
I was inspired to pursue medicine by both a love of science and a desire to help others in a tangible way.
What do you like best about your job?
The best part of the job is that I get to meet and help all kinds of different people from such varied backgrounds.
What are the challenges?
The biggest challenges are the varied issues patients bring to us, and being able to address those issues successfully is what makes this job rewarding. We encounter a wide scope of medical problems and complexities as people turn to Patient First for help. Those problems require that we have knowledge of all the medical specialties so that we can help everyone who walks through the door.
The average salary of a family physician in 2012 was $189,000, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians, which cited a survey from national physician search firm Merritt Hawkins.Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun