Maura George, MD
Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:
Princeton University, BSE, Mechanical Engineering with certificate in Engineering Biology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
In practice since:
Where and for how many years did you train AFTER medical school:
Emory University—J. Willis Hurst Residency in Internal Medicine; 3 years
How did you choose your specialty?
I researched cell adhesion to microtextured titanium surfaces to improve hip implants as an undergraduate engineer, convinced I would be an orthopedic surgeon. Quickly into medical school I realized the field wasn't for me. I thought seriously about pediatrics, especially pediatric oncology. In my third year I developed a passion for ob/gyn and did an elective sub-I in L&D in addition to my required medicine sub-I. Although I loved OB, something didn't fit. Meanwhile, internal medicine kept gently calling, popping up in the back of my mind until finally I realized it was the right field for me. I felt like myself there, and other people approached patient care the same way I hoped to. Throughout residency in internal medicine, I thought about different specialties—critical care, ID, heme/onc—but sometimes having that many interests really means you're a generalist at heart.
What do you like MOST, and like LEAST, about your specialty?
Attributes important in choosing this specialty: