The Eyes of Youth
Sitting Down With… Lisa Park, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, USA
Aleksandra Jones | | Interview
As a medical student at Yale, I was required to submit a research paper ahead of my graduation, so the summer after my first year I started looking for an interesting project. I saw a flyer from the ophthalmology department and visited its lab, where I met a group of enthusiastic people who clearly enjoyed what they were doing. It looked like so much fun that I decided that was what I wanted to do.
My second choice was pediatric cardiology – the fellows at Yale were awe-inspiring giants who were saving the lives of tiny babies. However, I realized that I’d have to complete a pediatrics residency, so I chose ophthalmology instead. Nevertheless, I completed a transitional internship, spending a month on a pediatric ward. I remember the chairman bursting into our morning conference one day, asking who had done a lumbar puncture on a newborn the day before. Apparently, no other resident had ever obtained a sample containing no red blood cells, so I suppose I could have also been successful in that field!
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