Why I chose to pursue a career in medicine:
I am the fourth generation of physicians in my family. This is our calling.
What I want my patients to know about me:
Our "electrical" patients already know most of the facts. They were there when I had my children, and they remember who I was pregnant with when I implanted their pacemaker or did their ablation. They know for sure that we love them and that I often see only one perspective: THE PATIENT'S PERSPECTIVE. Empathy is key! I am trying to build new skill sets and make the current procedures I do safer and more efficient. We are relentless at educating both the medical community and well as patients about things we can do in invasive electrophysiology. Most of the diagnoses we deal with in the electrical world are curable and fixable with ablation (we fix it and eliminate/reduce meds). We are passionate about ablations and de-prescribing medications. My brother and I are fourth-generation physicians. This is all we do for generations, take care of people.
What I do when I'm not seeing patients:
I think about our patient's ECGs, their labs,sonograms and worries and talk to them and family. I go to medical meetings to learn and to other hospitals to learn more.
My husband Steve is not in medicine. That may be a blessing. He keeps us all together. He is a finance guy and everything is a spread sheet. They confuse me for sure. :) We have 4 kids. Our children's life plans are: trauma surgeon/Naval officer, NBA player (we Serbs have been good at that), a veterinarian and an unemployed actress. My brother, Vladan, is a cardiologist. My mom and dad, Nada and Nikola, are both physicians (pathology and OB/GYN). Both MD/PhDs. My great aunt and uncle, Danica and Sever Kovachev, were a plastic surgeon and an anesthesiologist. A generation before that, we had Georg J., a pathology professor. All great docs.
Stressful in terms of achievement expectations for the next generation, but also great about caring for people not as a job, but as a calling!