Name: Shinban Liu, DO
School/Program: Emory University
Currently Wearing: The Bernard Men's Stretch Lab Coat
Why did you choose your profession?:
Surgery was an opportunity for me to help patients and impact their lives in an immediate and meaningful way. I've always wanted a career where I can connect with people and provide help in times of need. Becoming a surgeon was a natural choice to bridge my interests and have a literal "hands-on" approach to solving problems.
Current Passion Project:
While I have no specific projects at the moment, I always strive for inclusivity and diversity in medicine. This issue is especially prevalent in surgical subspecialties that have traditionally been difficult for women in medicine, LGBT communities, and physicians of color. I am also passionate about advocating for self-care and mental health, which is often stigmatized as weakness in the surgical field.
Who was/is your inspiration?
I am lucky to have had multiple mentors in my training that have really influenced my career. One of the most significant was my Surgery preceptor while I was on clinical rotations in medical school. When I first began medical school, I was dead set on becoming a primary care physician. I loved the idea of connecting with my patients and becoming a cornerstone to their care. I never imagined that I would pursue a surgical specialty until I started my Surgery rotation. My preceptor was intelligent, compassionate, and very technically skilled. He showed me that I could still have that connection with my patients that I desired while also performing incredible procedures. I was instantly enamored with Surgery from that point and am glad that I have never looked back.
Fun Fact 1:
My brother was in my same medical school class with me. It was phenomenal to have that level of support through those tough years!
Fun Fact 2:
I am an avid video game player. I feel that this helps with my dexterity, reflexes, and ability to navigate in a virtual 3D field (which I believe is similar to laparoscopic and robotic surgery.)
Do you have any advice for others interested in entering your field?
Medicine is a tough field. It requires mental and physical sacrifice that extends from you to all of your loved ones who act as your support system. Throughout this process there will be multiple times that you compare yourself to others and doubt your abilities. It's important to remember your inspiration of why you chose this field and always remember that you are worthy and you are enough.
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