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Lisa Erickson of the Center for Reproductive Medicine
Reproductive Endocrinologist / Center for Reproductive Medicine
Top Doctors Designee:
2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014
Why did you decide you wanted to go into medicine?
I want to help people and be a part of a team. I headed down the road to emergency medicine after training as a paramedic but took a detour to Ob-Gyn after my first clinical rotation. The marvel of pregnancy trumped trauma.
What are the most common questions or fears you hear from patients?
One: Will I ever get pregnant? This is the great uncertainty that plagues our patients. But the system is designed to work, so the answer is: most likely. There are many ways to build a family, even if it may not be your first choice. Two: How much will it cost? Three: Will they make me do something I do not want to do? No, we will not. It’s America and you have choices. We respect your autonomy and your process.
If you could talk to yourself at the start of your career, what advice would you give?
Don’t personalize it! Get thicker skin. Learn as many languages as you can. Ask a lot of questions. Have mentors. Strive for balance. Be a team player. Get a serious hobby. When you have some extra time, join organized medicine to promote a pro-medicine political agenda and continue to give back. When you finally have some money, give it to support medical students’ tuition.
What do you think is the most important trait a doctor needs to succeed in your field?
Humility, optimism, patience, sense of humor, flexibility, pluralistic views, nonjudgmental attitude, empathy, ability to communicate in all languages and learning styles. They should also have good hands.