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Renee M Szafir, MD
1. What made you want to become a pediatrician?
Ever since I was young, I had dreams of becoming a pediatrician. I worked as a medical assistant in college at a pediatrics office, which helped to solidify my decision. Throughout medical school, I tried to keep an open mind, but always kept coming back to the wonderful experiences I had working with children - they are constantly bringing a smile to my face. I also have an interest in preventive medicine, and pediatrics is the perfect specialty for this, as most prevention is best if started young. A pediatrician can be that positive influence to help families and children develop healthy lifestyles, and I strive to do just that.
2. What would you be doing if you weren't a doctor?
If I weren't a doctor, I always said I would have been a teacher. Teaching was always in the back of my head growing up. It's another wonderful career where you get to help make an impact on children.
3. What's one thing you'd like to tell every parent about keeping their child healthy?
Healthy habits start young. It's important to teach and be a role model for healthy eating, physical activity, and safe activities as soon as you can.
4. Who's the most famous person you've ever met?
Sadly, I don't think I've ever met anyone famous. But once at a Backstreet Boys concert in middle school, Howie flew over me in the crowd and gave me a rose!
5. What's the most unrealistic medical movie/TV show you've ever seen?
I would say Private Practice is the most unrealistic medical show I used to watch, for the fact that a bunch of super specialized physicians work together in a general outpatient office, and regardless of their specialties, they all do everything!
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