Rondi Gelbard, MD
Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:
BS in Biology & Anthropology - Bates College
UMDNJ –Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Where and for how many years did you train AFTER medical school?
In practice since:
Trauma/Surgical Critical Care
How did you choose your Specialty?
The majority of my exposure to Trauma was during a rotation at University Hospital in Newark as a PGY3. Even though I enjoyed this rotation, I was still undecided about my career path and elected to complete a Critical Care Fellowship between my 3rd and 4th year of Residency. I felt that the skills and knowledge acquired during the fellowship would be applicable to any subspecialty. During this year at Jackson Memorial, I was able to spend several months on the extremely busy trauma service as well as care for complex surgical patients in the ICU. It was at this point that I decided to pursue a career in Trauma and Surgical Critical Care.
What do you like MOST, and like LEAST, about your specialty?
Most: I enjoy the fast-paced environment, challenging cases that span many disciplines and opportunities for scientific investigation.
Least: What I like least are the long and sometimes unpredictable hours, and inability to save all patients despite our best efforts.
In your opinion, what attributes are important in anyone choosing this specialty?
Anyone considering a career in Trauma and Critical Care should be able to handle pressure and think clearly in stressful situations. They should possess confidence and be able to lead a team, delegating tasks when appropriate, and keeping team members focused in intense and emotional situations.