Why Pulmonary Critical Care?

Trying to figure out what kind of doctor you should become? Wondering what specialty you should choose? Then SheMD's Why Specialty Series is perfect for you! We're bringing you female physicians sharing WHY they chose their specialty. Today's post is on why Dr. Chandrasekaran chose the field of Pulmonary/Critical Care and why Pulmonary/Critical Care is a great field.

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” As a kid, this answer changes every other day or week or month. As an adult in med school, for me this answer never changed. During medical school (3rd and 4th year) you become exposed to different rotations, 3rd year being the core and 4th year being the electives. I had the opportunity to do an ICU rotation as a 4th year, and I was hooked. In fact I completed another ICU rotation as a 4th year as well. The acuity of the problems, the interaction with the patient families, the adrenaline, the thrill, the procedures, the hands on, all of it really inspired and motivated me. In the ICU I felt all the doctors really knew the pathophysiology behind what was happening to each patient, which helped guide treatment and really put everything we have learned from medical school together.