Dr. Javier F. Sevilla-Martir
Q: What led you to practice family medicine?
Dr. Sevilla-Martir: I was led into family medicine after working with a family physician who I met while working as a general practitioner in a non-profit hospital in Honduras. It was clear that her training had provided her with a set of skills I wanted to have to practice medicine, both in my local practice at the time and my considering my dreams to one day participate in global health. It was holistic from every point of view and fit so well my career aspirations for academia and service to the community.
Q: What is a typical day for you?
Dr. Sevilla-Martir: My typical day is a mix. I have clinic three times per week, and I finish my notes soon after every clinic. I teach medical students in five courses -- two classroom-based, two clinical rotations and an elective in Honduras. I also teach residents that take an elective course I offer at the Family Medicine Center. I meet with medical student interest groups, community leaders and other health professionals or faculty members to plan health education activities in the community and to prepare overseas trips for global health experiences. I staff and work on improving services at our student outreach clinic, as well as mentor and advise students, residents and junior faculty memmbers with interest in my areas of expertise. I work on research projects with students and residents preparing presentations. When not at work or volunteering -- which, believe it or not, happens a lot -- I spend time with my family and friends, playing with my 10-year-old son, watching "futbol" (soccer), and listening to music. We have two main vacations per year and take a "stay-cation" for the Holy Days to celebrate Christmas at home.
Q: How have things changed since you entered the field?
Dr. Sevilla-Martir: During the past ten years the need for family physicians has increased, and with this so have the opportunities for service projects, innovative interventions to improve access to health care for underserved populations, and the quality of available services. That requires passion for service and a solid and diverse training experience.