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Subspecialties Refractive, Other

Star Eyes

Why medicine?

Being a doctor puts you in the extremely unique and privileged position to attend important moments in people’s lives – delivering a baby, being present when someone is told they have a fatal diagnosis, witnessing severe psychotic behavior, or performing surgery. My career choice came down to choosing a specialty where I’d be using my academic strengths in math and physics, alongside my human strength of engaging with patients of all ages. I also wanted to become a surgeon, but needed a surgical specialty that would not impinge too heavily on evenings and weekends; I didn’t want to give up being a musician – something I started at age of four.

How do these two skills – music and medicine – complement each other?

Refractive surgery and jazz, to me, are analogous. Both require you to be able to make instantaneous decisions based on huge amounts of experience and expertise, as well as creativity and collaborative work – and of course, both give back extraordinary emotional satisfaction.

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Phoebe Harkin

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