Yogita Tailor, DO
Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:
BS in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Minor in Modern Language and Linguistics - University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine
Where and for how many years did you train AFTER medical school?
In practice since:
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
How did you choose your Specialty?
I initially thought I wanted to do primary care—either Internal Medicine, Family Medicine or Pediatrics, however, certain aspects, such as following lab values, felt very impersonal to me. Then during a fourth year medical student rotation, I was exposed to PM&R. I was drawn to PM&R immediately as I felt it to be so patient-centered—focusing on helping the patient become as FUNCTIONAL as possible. The field lets me be involved with procedures as well as intimate focus on patients and their families making my career very fulfilling.
What do you like MOST, and like LEAST, about your specialty?
The field lets me be involved with procedures as well as intimate focus on patients and their families making my career very fulfilling.
There are so many various aspects of PM&R ranging from post-stroke/spinal cord injury/brain injury care to Sports Medicine to Pediatrics to pain management to amputee care, etc. that make the field so exciting and diverse, but it can also be overwhelming because there is so much out there.
In your opinion, what attributes are important in anyone choosing this specialty?
You must be genuinely be interested in understanding the patient on very personal levels—getting an idea of their day to day function, their personal goals, their family support, architecture of their home, job responsibilities, etc. in order to treat their underlying condition that is preventing them from functioning at their highest potential.
You must also be a team player and a good leader. You will be working closely with a multidisciplinary team consisting of physical and occupational therapists, social workers, nurses, etc.