Bijal Shah, MD
Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:
- 1996 - B.B.A., Finance & B.A., Economics; Emory University
- 2000 - Post-baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program; Harvard Extension School
2006 - Emory University School of Medicine
In practice since:
Where and for how many years did you train AFTER medical school:
Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC
- Intern/Resident Physician, 2006-2009
- Chief Resident in Emergency Medicine, 2008-2009
How did you choose your specialty?
I enjoy seeing the acute phase of an illness, doing procedures, having knowledge across a breadth of specialties and by the nature of where I choose to practice (public, safety-net hospital), and the ability to fulfill a personal and professional mission to serve my community in this particular way.
What do you like MOST, and like LEAST, about your specialty?
- Most: Acuity of illness, the undifferentiated patient, interconnectedness with public health, shift work, knowing that I can provide immediate care to someone in need.
- Least: We never close - working holidays, evening and weekends away from family.
In your opinion, what attributes are important in anyone choosing this specialty?
- Need to be able to find your own "calm" in the midst of significant chaos / be able to think critically in that environment.
- Must be able to easily multi-task and prioritize (think 10+ active patients at the same time)
- Enjoy doing procedures.
- Understanding that high acuity patients are only about 25-30% in most ED settings.
- HIV Screening in Acute Care Settings
- Medical and Resident Education