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Carrie Rupprecht, MS1
About Me IUSM Campus:
Carmel, IN
PreMed Major:
Interdisciplinary Science at Purdue University
Little known fact about me:
I like to paint. It's its own kind of medicine.

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Inspiring Physicians

Filed under: Balance,Learning from Doctors & Patients — Carrie Rupprecht on December 20, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

On Dec. 2, Dr. Connie Mariano spoke at Purdue. As a Filipino-American woman and Navy Rear Admiral, she had unique stories to relate regarding her path to her position as The White House Doctor, the title of her book I’m reading over Christmas break. What I noticed most about her was that she conveyed confidence. Of all qualities, patients most want to see kindness, competence, and confidence in their physicians. She told of how she got the job after a short interview in which she simply declared her desire to give back to her country and to be “not a desk doctor…a trench doctor.” She had prayed for a sign and had received it upon entering the room: she had spotted a Band-Aid on the interviewer’s forehead and, recognizing his humanity, was able to approach the interview more confidently and thus appear at her best. She went on to serve nine years in D.C. and abroad, following and taking care of her “first patients.” The job gave her a special perspective on the physician-patient relationship; she advised that treating all patients as if they were the President of the United States would bring the best outcomes in patient care.

I have read about another great physician, Dr. Mark Pescovitz, whom I did not get the chance to know but whom many in the IUSM community knew to be outstanding in his many roles, including transplant surgeon, artist, and volunteer. He had a remarkable life story as well. It is told by his brother and in The Indianapolis Star.

A first-year friend during finals week shared with me some of the same thoughts and feelings I was having one year ago. If you are feeling burnt-out, be assured that next year will be better. A break, this Christmas and next summer, will restore your sanity and revive your passion for medicine. The more you learn about the fascinating details of diseases and see the patients who deal with them, the more you will love it. Get support from those around you, and be thankful for and attentive to the people in your lives today. As we learn from the news of Dr. Pescovitz, we cannot be certain that we will have one more day with our loved ones. Enjoy the holidays with your families; I am sure you have never felt readier for a break.


  1. pperry@iupui.edu'

    Your comments about inspired and inspiring physicians are very thoughtful and touching. From the patient’s perspective, they are in those roles because of their sense of humanity and devotion to help those in need. I hope that many of your colleagues are following your blog.

    Comment by Pam — January 28, 2011 @ 11:22 am

  2. crupprec@iupui.edu'

    Thank you, Pam! Your comment about the patient’s perspective made me realize…I think a unique thing about being a doctor must be that we have been in, and so can put ourselves into, our “client’s” shoes. That’s not true of every profession. Most of us, or at least family members, have been patients before and observed what makes a good doctor. That’s what motivated me to pursue a medical career, and hopefully I eventually will live up to the ideals I have of how a doctor should be! Thankfully, I’ve had the chance to observe so many physicians to emulate.


    Comment by Carrie Rupprecht — January 29, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

  3. Rick@pesco.net'

    Hello Carrie
    As I do at least once a day, I googled my brother’s name, Mark Pescovitz. Today, it brought me to your blog. Thank you for mentioning him in one of your previous posts.

    He truly was all that you said of him, and a great brother as well. My remaining 4 brothers and our sister miss him deeply!


    Comment by Rick pescovitz — March 26, 2011 @ 4:56 pm

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