Southern Plastic Surgery Intern Spotlight: Meet Jim

Welcome back to another installment of our intern spotlight series. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman prides himself on not just providing the best cosmetic surgery experience to all of his patients, but also in mentoring, teaching and helping prepare the next generation of medical professionals. This month, we’re excited to focus on our latest Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) guest resident, Jim. Jim has been interning here at SPS while he wraps up his studies at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM). It’s been a pleasure having Jim in our office learning from Dr. Whiteman and the entire SPS team. Between Jim’s hard work, attention to detail, and professionalism, he has made significant contributions during his time interning and we are proud to call him part of our Southern Plastic Surgery team.

sps intern spotlightTo help everyone get a better idea of who Jim is, we had him answer a few questions about himself and his time interning here at Southern Plastic Surgery.

What made you choose a career in medicine?

I was a chiropractor in my previous career. I really loved helping people and making a difference, but I wanted to be able to do more for them. Medicine gives me the tools to really make a huge difference in people’s lives. Especially in surgery! I know that the minute that the procedure is over, that I’ve helped to make a huge difference in that patient’s life. I am very visually orientated so surgery is a perfect fit for me.

What has been your favorite memory from your internship so far?

Being in the operating room. It’s the place that I feel most comfortable and where I feel like I can make a difference. Also, the staff in the operating room at Gwinnett Medical Center are all great people and wonderful to work with every day. They made me look forward to going into work every day.

Describe your internship in ONE word.  

Incredible!

What skills have you learned during your internship with Dr. Whiteman that you think will be most valuable in your medical field?  

Putting the patient first is number one. Listening to the patient to find out what it is that they want, and speaking honestly with them about their expectations. I can’t tell you the number of times I have heard Dr. Whiteman tell a patient that he wouldn’t recommend a procedure because it would be a waste of their money or they wouldn’t be happy with the results. Sometimes he’d suggest a much cheaper treatment or tell them not to do anything at all. He and all of his staff truly care about their patients.

Another skillset that I’ve learned is believing in myself and my abilities. Dr. Whiteman is a great teacher and pushes his interns to learn more and do more than we have before. I know that when I go on to my audition rotations later this month, that I will have what it takes to succeed no matter what I face.  

What has been the greatest lesson you’ve learned so far during your internship?  

“The patients come first” and “talk less, listen more”.

What has been your favorite part of interning with Dr. Whiteman?  

The encouragement and support from Dr. Whiteman. He truly cares and wants his interns to learn and succeed. He’s been the best preceptor that I’ve had and I can’t thank him enough.

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far during your internship?  

Stepping up to the task of being an intern is a new challenge all in itself. We are given responsibilities that we haven’t been given before and it puts to task all of our medical knowledge. Dr. Whiteman is there to help guide us through it, but he expects us to find the answers on our own. While this is a challenge, it’s one of the reasons that I feel so prepared to face my future rotations.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  

Just finishing up my surgical residency and either beginning to work at the Veterans Affairs hospital as a surgeon or continuing on to begin a fellowship in a surgical subspecialty.

What are your personal hobbies?

I enjoy outdoor activities like kayaking, white water rafting, hiking, bike riding and scuba diving. I love to be out on the water as much as possible.

What is your favorite movie:  

I’m not sure actually. These days I watch more fun comedy movies than action/adventure movies, but I like both. Lately tt seems like I watch more animated family films than anything else.

Do you have a personal motto?

Since I’m pursuing a very competitive specialty, i.e. surgery, I stick by these two mottos:

I will fight for it. I will never give up. I will reach my goal. Absolutely nothing will stop me.

Keep on working until you can say, “scalpel please”.

If you weren’t practicing medicine, what would you be doing professionally?

I don’t know for sure. I honestly can’t imagine doing anything else with my life. Medicine is such a rewarding profession. I love the beach and the ocean so I’d probably do something that combines the two. Being a scuba instructor, marine biologist or maybe a pilot all sound interesting.  

What is your favorite weekend activity in Atlanta?  

Studying, with a nap thrown in as a reward

Pick one: breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner?  

Dinner!            

After working closely together, it’s only natural that our interns begin to feel like part of our Southern Plastic Surgery family over time. And while it may be sad to see Jim leave, we couldn’t be happier about the time we spent with him during his internship. We are extremely excited to see where his career in medicine takes him and have no doubt that Jim will be a terrific doctor and make an excellent addition to wherever he ends up. For more information about Dr. David Whiteman or if you are interested in a plastic surgery consultation, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips and updates.

Southern Plastic Surgery Intern Spotlight: Meet CC

Welcome back to another installment of our intern spotlight series. In addition to performing a wide range of plastic surgery procedures, our own Dr. David Whiteman prides himself on medical mentoring and helping prepare the next generation of professionals for their careers in medicine. This month, we’re excited to focus on our latest Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) guest resident, CC. CC has been interning here at SPS while she finishes up her studies at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM). It’s been a real treat having CC in our office learning from Dr. Whiteman and our team. Between her hard work, professionalism, and enthusiasm, she has made significant contributions during her internship and we are proud to call her part of our Southern Plastic Surgery team.

best gwinnett plastic surgeonTo help everyone get a better idea of who CC is, we had her answer a few questions about her time here at Southern Plastic Surgery and share some of her fondest memories from her internship.

What made you choose a career in medicine?

Having family members negatively affected by the poor healthcare system in Nigeria and the lack of available treatment enabled me to see the importance of health and wellness for every individual, especially those in disadvantaged populations. This motivated me to do my part by working to reach those through healthcare that seem unreachable.

What has been your favorite memory of your internship so far?

I can’t say I have just one favorite memory. I would say crossing paths with caring, intelligent people every day will forever impact me and stay in my memory.

Describe your internship in ONE word.   

Enlightening

What skills have you learned that you think will be most valuable in your medical career?  

The ability to engage with patients and connect with them personally. This is a skill that I have had nurtured in me that reaches far beyond the world of medicine. I personally believe that many physicians lack the ability to connect with their patients on a personal level.

What has been the greatest lesson you’ve learned so far during your internship?  

I’ve learned that unexpected things happen, especially rare ones, and you can’t let this frustrate you. You must roll with it and treat those things as they come.

What has been your favorite part of interning with Dr. Whiteman?  

Dr. Whiteman is one of the only teachers that I have had that has actually allowed his students to have real life responsibilities with patients. The interaction he allows his students to have with patients is easily the best experience a student can have, and a luxury that most students are not allowed. He loves to teach and share his knowledge and never allows anything to get in the way of one of his students getting the best learning experience possible!

What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far during your internship?  

The biggest challenge for me was getting over my initial timidness and becoming more comfortable and confident in what I know and applying it. I feel I have grown a lot in this area during my internship.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  

In 5 years I hope to be practicing sports medicine and starting a family.

When you’re not working, what are your favorite hobbies?

Health and fitness, as well as “trying” to learn guitar.

What is your favorite movie?  

The Patriot

Do you have a personal motto?

It’s not by my strength or for my glory!

If you weren’t practicing medicine what would you be doing professionally?  

I would either be a sports analyst on a major network like NFL network or ESPN or be pursuing a career in Public Health programming.

What is your favorite weekend activity in Atlanta?  

Finding the best desserts all over the city.

Pick one: breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner?  

Brunch! I love chicken and waffles!!

It’s always sad to see our interns leave. After mentoring and working closely together, it’s only natural to get accustomed to seeing someone every day and to start feeling like a family over time. With that said, we have only great things to say about our time with CC and we are excited to see where her career takes her. We have no doubt that CC will be a terrific, valuable addition to wherever she ends up. For more information about Dr. David Whiteman or if you are interested in a plastic surgery consultation, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more plastic surgery tips and updates.

Southern Plastic Surgery Intern Spotlight: Meet Tiffany

Welcome back to our intern spotlight series. For this installment, we’re thrilled to put the spotlight on our newest Southern Plastic Surgery (SPS) guest resident, Tiffany. Tiffany is interning here at SPS while she finishes up her studies at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (GA-PCOM). We have loved having Tiffany in our office and have been constantly impressed by her professionalism and her natural ability to work with our patients.  Her hard work and enthusiasm is present in everything she does. To help everyone get to know Tiffany a little bit better, we had her share some of her fondest memories with us and open up about what she has learned during her time here at SPS and where she hopes to go during her career in medicine. Here’s what she had to say:

southern plastic surgery atlanta gaHow would you describe your internship in one word?

Inspiring

Which skills that you have learned do you think will be most valuable in your medical field?

The most important skill I’ve learned so far from Dr. David Whiteman is his honesty and level of care he takes when working with his patients.

What has been the greatest lesson you’ve learned so far during your internship?

I have learned that most patients just want to be heard and it’s incumbent on us to listen intently to their concerns.

What has been the biggest challenge of your internship so far?

So far, the biggest challenge has been handling patient’s emotions after anesthesia.

southern plastic surgery atlanta gaWhere do you see yourself in 5 years?  

In Florida, post-residency, working in my own private practice.

What’s the best thing about interning with Dr. Whiteman?  

It may sound cheesy, but getting to spend time with Dr. Whiteman and his staff. It has been one of the best office environments I have worked in and I am truly grateful to spend my time there.

What are your favorite hobbies?

I love to spend my time studying, being with my son, practicing mixed martial arts fighting, and running.

What is your favorite movie?

Good Will Hunting

Do you have a personal motto?

Good, better, best. Never let it rest. Till your good is your better and your better is your best.

If you weren’t practicing medicine, what would you be doing professionally?

I would be something related to working with people, like a social worker, therapist, or teacher.

What is your favorite weekend activity in Atlanta?

I love the outdoor festivals in the springtime in Atlanta! I just attended the recent brunch festival.

Pick one: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch or Dinner?

Brunch! Though to be honest, I love all food at all times.

It’s never easy to say goodbye to any of our interns, who all begin to feel like family during their time here. But we are thrilled about our time with Tiffany and can’t wait to see what great things she will go on to during her career, whether it be in cosmetic surgery or otherwise. Having expertise is only one part of having a career in medicine. To really make it, a medical provider must be able to work well with patients and nurture relationships. We have no doubt that Tiffany will meet this standard and thrive regardless of where she ends up. For more information or if you are interested in a plastic surgery consultation, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery today! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for more tips and updates.